The Ice hockey Varsity is here!
On Saturday 4th March the oldest rivalry in the history of ice hockey pays its biennial visit to Peterborough as the Cambridge Light Blues take on arch-rivals the Oxford Dark Blues in what is expected to be the biggest indoor fixture of the Oxbridge sporting calendar, and one of the biggest varsity fixtures on ice outside of North America.
This year’s edition will mark the 132nd anniversary of the Varsity Match between the two teams. The Peterborough rink is once again expected to reach capacity as crowds cheer on two of the top teams from Division 1 of the British Universities Ice Hockey Association as they go toe-to-toe and battle it out for the historic King Edward Cup.
Doors open at 8:00pm and the ceremonial puck drop will take place at 8:30pm. There will be a fully licensed bar overlooking the ice open throughout the game.
The afterparty (with queue jump and reduced price for Cambridge and Oxford fans) will take place at Life (Kuda) in Cambridge following the match.
Tickets include coach transportation. Coaches will depart from Queens’ Back at 6.45pm SHARP (please be on time!). The coaches will head back to Cambridge straight after the game, so expect to be back in Cambridge at around 11pm.
Please, visit http://oxforduniversityicehockey.com/ and contact the team to purchase your ticket with transportation.
Please see theicehockeyvarsitymatch.eventbrite.co.uk to buy tickets (including return transport to/from Cambridge) and for further event information.
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CAMBRIDGE 5 OXFORD 3
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CAMBRIDGE 5, NOTTINGHAM 4. FULL MATCH REPORT BELOW.
SHEFFIELD – April 17, 2016 - Fresh off claiming the BUIHA Division 1 South title, the Cambridge Men’s Light Blues headed to Sheffield this past Sunday to take on the Nottingham Mavericks, the winners of the BUIHA North division. Styles make fights, and this one put the nation’s best offense from Nottingham against the nation’s best defense from Cambridge. It was going to be a tough test if the light Blues were going to take their first ever national title.
The Cambridge Blues are the University’s men’s varsity squad. They compete in BUIHA Division 1 South (checking), which is the top tier for University ice hockey in Britain.
The season consists of a league format cup competition that runs from November until March. The Blues also enter Tier 1 of the Universities National Championships. The Blues squad trains on ice on Sunday evenings at Planet Ice in Peterborough, in addition to three weekly fitness sessions.
The Blues’ season is marked by two important highlights. The first is a trip to Zuoz, Switzerland, where they train up to four times a day and play matches against local teams on perfect outdoor ice at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz. The second is of course the annual varsity match against their arch-rival, the Oxford University Blues. This fiercely competed contest is steeped in history and has an intensity like no other.
The Cambridge Eskimos, the University’s ‘B’ team, were originally formed in the 1920’s along with the Oxford Cosmopolitans. However, during World War II the rivalry was suspended, and upon it’s return the Eskimos were no longer a feature. The team was revived again in 1995.
The Eskimos form the ‘recreational’ side of the club, welcoming both beginner players from the University, members of staff and also one or two players from outside. Despite the recreational status, in recent years the squad has featured some formidable players and has taken on some very strong opposition from both University teams and recreational teams across the country.
Continuing the theme of touring Europe, the Eskimos will usually take at least one trip across the channel onto the continent. Last season they played in a tournament in Linz in Austria; they will be making a return this year.
The Women’s Blues were founded in the 1980’s and follow a similar training structure to the Men’s Blues.
Accepting players of all backgrounds, they boast a wide range of talent – from complete beginners to 15 year veterans. The Women’s Blues play in BUIHA Division 2 (non-checking), and in addition typicallyplay a series of exhibition matches against both University squads and teams from the English Women’s Leagues during Michaelmas term. Their season culminates with the annual varsity match against Oxford. They also enter the Universities National Championships in Sheffield, competing in tier 3.
One of the highlights for the Women’s Blues is their trip to Vierumaki in Finland for the BUIHA training camp. With the opportunity for training both on and off the ice, this trip gives the Women’s Blues a chance to develop their skills in state of the art facilities.