Toronto Varsity Blues women's ice hockey

Summary

Toronto Varsity Blues women's ice hockey
Toronto Varsity Blues women's ice hockey athletic logo
UniversityUniversity of Toronto
ConferenceOUA
Governing BodyU Sports
Head coachVicky Sunohara
11th season, 203–96–31
Assistant coaches
  • Peter McBride
  • Safiya Muharuma
  • Kelly O'Hanlon
  • Jessica Turi
  • Dave Wakabayashi (goalie)
ArenaVarsity Arena
Capacity: 4,116
LocationToronto
ColorsBlue and White
   
U Sports Tournament championships
2001
U Sports Tournament appearances
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2013, 2019, 2020
Conference Tournament championships
1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2020

The Toronto Varsity Blues women's ice hockey program represents the University of Toronto in the Ontario University Athletics conference of U Sports. Three-time Olympic medalist Vicky Sunohara has served as head coach since the 2011–12 season.

History

Blue goalie 2014.

On December 12, 1922, the Lady Blues joined the Ladies Ontario Hockey Association (LOHA) and paid dues of eleven dollars: six dollars association fee, five dollars one time fee.[1] The Lady Blues were the LOHA Provincial Champions in 1924.[2] In 1925, the Lady Blues withdrew from the LOHA, taking issue with certain unsatisfactory aspects of competition and debate as to the acceptable definition of womanhood.[3]

In 1993, (although the Lady Blues won 13 of the last 15 provincial championships), a task force recommended that the University of Toronto cut the team for financial reasons.[4] Justine Blainey, a member of the team, organized a "Save the Team" night that raised over $8,000. She personally called 100 alumni during a one-week fundraising blitz. Blainey had previously earned national recognition as she endured five different court cases before finally having her case heard by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1986 because the Metro Toronto Hockey League denied her the opportunity to play hockey for them in 1981.[5]

During the 2000-01 regular season, the Lady Blues accumulated an undefeated record with 22 wins and no losses or ties. They outscored all opponents by a 114-14 margin. In the OUA playoffs, the Lady Blues defeated Toronto rival York University by a 4-1 mark and shut out Laurier 5-0 to win the OUA championship.

Heading into the 2001 National Championships, the Lady Blues were seeded Number 1 overall. The Lady Blues first game was a resounding 12–1 victory over the hosting Calgary Dinos. In the semifinal, the Lady Blues would proceed to eliminate the McGill Martlets by a 4–1 tally. The championship game was a closer affair, with the Lady Blues besting the Regina Cougars in a 4-3 triumph. It was the Lady Blues first national championship in CIS women’s hockey. Of note, the Varsity Blues managed to defeat every other top team in the nation that season. The teams that were defeated included Regina, Concordia, Alberta, McGill and Saskatchewan, as the Lady Blues finished with an overall win loss record of 35-0-0.[6]

Notable games

Blues player 2014.
  • On February 25, 1997, a little-known rule denies the Blues’ their second consecutive title. The OWIAA gold medal game in Waterloo, Ontario resulted in a controversial finish. Lady Blues player Jayna Hefford scored 23 seconds into overtime in the OWIAA gold medal game against the York Yeowomen at Waterloo Memorial Arena. The Lady Blues believed they had claimed the provincial championship.
OWIAA league rules indicated that the first five-minute overtime session in a playoff game must be played in its entirety (as a regular period). It was advised that the game would continue after Hefford's goal. York University (known as the Yeowomen at the time) tied the game with 1:47 left in the first overtime. Sari Krooks broke in on the right wing and scored on Keely Brown.
A second overtime period began and this overtime period was classified as sudden death. York skater Shanley White took advantage of a Lady Blues clearing error. She scored on the error and York prevailed by a 3-2 mark in double overtime to claim the OWIAA gold medal. The Lady Blues loss ended the Blues' undefeated season, and gave York its first championship in 10 years.
The two played a scoreless opening period, but the Lady Blues scored ten seconds into the second period when Hefford passed to linemate Laura Schuler, and beat goalie Debra Ferguson. York tied the game 26 seconds into the third period which led into overtime. Despite winning the silver medal, the Lady Blues ended its regular season with a 13-0-2 record. In the semifinal, the Lady Blues defeated the Guelph Gryphons by a 4-1 tally. In that game, Laura Schuler had a hat trick, while Hefford added three assists.[7]
  • On February 11, 2000, the Ontario University Athletics women's ice hockey program saw its longest game take place. The University of Toronto's Rhonda Mitchell scored on a 35-foot slap shot. It was the 5:07 mark of the eighth period and the Varsity Blues defeated the York Lions women's ice hockey program. Although the victory allowed the U of T to advance to the OUA gold medal game, it was the longest in the history of Canadian women's hockey.[8] The game lasted over five hours and ten minutes. York's player of the game was goaltender Debra Ferguson, who made 63 saves over 125 minutes in net.[9]

U Sports Tournament results

In Progress

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
2019 #8 First Round
Consolation Bracket
Fifth place game
#1 Alberta
#4 St. Thomas
#6 Manitoba
L 3–2
W 2–1
L 2–0

Player awards and honours

  • Alison Houston, 2001 CIS Goaltending Champion (0.40 GAA)
  • Karen Hughes, CIS coach of the Year, 2001[10]
  • Jen Rawson, 2001 CIS Tournament MVP honors

University Awards

  • 2020 Toronto Varsity Blues Female Rookie of the Year: Natasha Athanasakos[11]
  • 2014 Toronto Varsity Blues Female Athlete of the Year: Nicole Kesteris[12]

OUA Awards

  • Karen Hughes, 2001 OUA Coach of the Year
  • Jen Rawson, 2001 OUA all-star
  • Jen Rawson, 2001 OUA Athlete of the Year
  • Vicky Sunohara, 2020 OUA Female Coach of the Year

OUA All-Stars

  • Taylor Day – Forward – 2017 OUA First-Team All-Star
  • Cristine Chao – Defence – 2017 OUA First-Team All-Star

OUA Most Sportsmanlike

Player Year
Cristine Chao 2018/19

U Sports Awards

  • Erica Fryer, U Sports Athlete of the Month, January 2020[13]

Marion Hilliard Award

The Marion Hilliard Award recognizes excellence in an OUA women's hockey student-athlete in three areas: hockey, academics and community involvement.

  • Bridget Bates, 1999
  • Jenny McRae, 2003
  • Sue McCutcheon, 2005

All-Canadian honours

First Team

  • Urszula May, 1999 CIS First Team All-Canadian

Second Team

  • Ali MacMillan, 1998 CIS Second Team All-Canadian
  • Sue Anne Van Damme, 1998 CIS Second Team All-Canadian
  • Jen Rawson, 2000 CIS Second Team All-Canadian
  • Heather Vance, 2000 CIS Second Team All-Canadian
  • Alison Houston, 2001 CIS Second Team All-Canadian
  • Susie Laska, 2001 CIS Second Team All-Canadian
  • Jen Rawson, 2001 CIS Second Team All-Canadian
  • Alison Houston, 2003 CIS Second Team All-Canadian
  • Kim Malcher, 2003 CIS Second Team All-Canadian
  • Safiya Muharuma, 2004 CIS Second Team All-Canadian
  • Kim Devereaux, 2006 CIS Second Team All-Canadian
  • Stephanie Lockert, 2007 CIS Second Team All-Canadian[14]

U Sports All-Rookie

  • Cristine Chao, 2015-16 U Sports All-Rookie[15]

International

Lady Blues in Olympic hockey

Player Position School Event Result
Lesley Reddon[19] Goaltender University of Toronto 1998 Winter Olympics Silver
Lori Dupuis Forward University of Toronto 1998 Winter Olympics Silver
Lori Dupuis Forward University of Toronto 2002 Winter Olympics Gold
Jayna Hefford Forward University of Toronto 1998 Winter Olympics Silver
Jayna Hefford Forward University of Toronto 2002 Winter Olympics Gold
Jayna Hefford Forward University of Toronto 2006 Winter Olympics Silver
Jayna Hefford Forward University of Toronto 2010 Winter Olympics Gold
Laura Schuler Forward University of Toronto 1998 Winter Olympics Silver
Vicky Sunohara Forward University of Toronto 1998 Winter Olympics Silver
Vicky Sunohara Forward University of Toronto 2002 Winter Olympics Gold
Vicky Sunohara Forward University of Toronto 2006 Winter Olympics Gold

Blues in pro hockey

Player Pos. Team(s) League(s) Titles
Lori Dupuis F Brampton Thunder NWHL
CWHL
2008 CWHL championship
Jayna Hefford F Brampton Thunder NWHL
CWHL
Gold medal: 2006 Esso Women's Nationals
2008 CWHL championship
Vicky Sunohara F Brampton Thunder NWHL
CWHL
Gold medal: 2006 Esso Women's Nationals
2008 CWHL championship
Karolina Urban F Calgary Inferno
Markham Thunder
CWHL 2018 Clarkson Cup

[20]

The following players were selected in the 2010 CWHL Draft.[21]

Player Pos. Team Draft Pick
Mary Modeste F Toronto Furies 2010 #39
Heather Logan-Sprenger F Brampton Thunder 2010 #71

See also

References

  1. ^ Wong, John Chi-Kit (2009). Coast to Coast: Hockey in Canada to the Second World War. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 137. ISBN 9780802095329.
  2. ^ Wong 2009, p. 150.
  3. ^ Kidd, Bruce (1996). The Struggle for Canadian Sport. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 103. doi:10.3138/j.ctt2ttg6t. ISBN 978-0-8020-7664-9.
  4. ^ http://webapps.utsc.utoronto.ca/ose/story.php?id=349[dead link]
  5. ^ "The Justine Blaine Story". Dynamic Chiropractic. 16 (17). August 10, 1998.
  6. ^ "Blues to Honour 10th Anniversary of Perfect Season". University of Toronto Athletics. January 31, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  7. ^ http://www.whockey.com/team/blues/article/The_Varsity_970225.txt[dead link]
  8. ^ "Women's Hockey Archives". Ontario University Athletics. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  9. ^ "Saving Grace, The Longest Game in Hockey History". York University. August 2000. Retrieved April 10, 2010.[dead link]
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  11. ^ "STAFFORD, THOMSON NAMED VARSITY BLUES ATHLETES OF THE YEAR". varsityblues.ca/. April 8, 2020. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  12. ^ Helen Picard (March 31, 2014). "Kesteris, Chetrat named Varsity Blues athletes of the year". thevarsity.ca/. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  13. ^ "January 2019 — Erica Fryer". usports.ca/. February 11, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  14. ^ "2007-08 CIS Women's Hockey Championship Media Kit" (PDF). Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  15. ^ "2015-16 U Sports Women's Hockey Awards and All-Canadians". presto-en.usports.ca. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
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  18. ^ "Canadian men's and women's hockey teams announced for 2019 FISU Winter Universiade". usports.ca. February 22, 2019. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  19. ^ "Lesley Reddon". Sports Reference.com. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  20. ^ "CAN Announces Women's Ice Hockey Team for Harbin". fisu.net. January 9, 2009. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  21. ^ "CWHL 2010-11 Draft". Canadian Women's Hockey League. Archived from the original on December 28, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2011.