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The Ontario University Athletics (OUA) came into being in 1997 with the merger of the Ontario Universities Athletics Association and the Ontario Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Association. This is similar to what would be called a college athletic conference in the United States,such as the Big Ten or Atlantic Coast Conference.  The league was directly preceeded by the Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Union which ran from 1921 until being replaced by the OWIAA in 1971.  The league was then replaced by the OUA Women's league;  which started play with the 1997-98 season.

Present MembershipEdit

Team Centre Arena Joined
Brock Badgers St. Catharines, Ontario Seymour-Hannah Sports & Entertainment Centre 2000
Guelph Gryphons Guelph, Ontario Gryphon Centre Arena 1997
Laurentian Voyageurs Sudbury, Ontario Countryside Arena 2013
Laurier Golden Hawks Waterloo, Ontario Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex 1997
Nipissing Lakers North Bay, Ontario North Bay Memorial Gardens 2013
Queen's Golden Gaels Kingston, Ontario Kingston Memorial Centre 1997
Ryerson Rams Toronto, Ontario Mattamy Home Ice 2011
Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto, Ontario Varsity Arena 1997
UOIT Ridgebacks Oshawa, Ontario Campus Ice Centre 2007
Waterloo Warriors Waterloo, Ontario Columbia Ice Field Arena 2002
Western Ontario Mustangs London, Ontario Thompson Arena 2000
Windsor Lancers Windsor, Ontario South Windsor Arena 1997
York Lions Toronto, Ontario Canlan Ice Sports York 1997

Former MembersEdit

  • McMaster Marauders (University disbanded men's and women's teams around 1989, university is still an OUA member for sports other than ice hockey)

OUA Full Members playing in other leaguesEdit

OUA Associate Members playing in other leaguesEdit

Non-Women's hockey OUA MembersEdit

OUA Women's Seasons: 1997-98 to presentEdit

Year Regular Season Champion Tournament Champion U-Cup Qualifier Other Qualifiers
1997-98 Toronto Varsity Blues Guelph Gryphons Guelph Gryphons 4th place Toronto Varsity Blues Silver Medal
1998-99 Toronto Varsity Blues Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks 4th place

Toronto Varsity Blues Bronze Medal

1999-00 Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto Varsity Blues 4th place Guelph Gryphons Bronze Medal
2000-01 Laurier Golden Hawks (W) Toronto Varsity Blues (E) Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto Varsity Blues National ChampionsN/A
2001-02 Laurier Golden Hawks (W) Toronto Varsity Blues (E) Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks Silver MedalToronto Varsity Blues Bronze Medal
2002-03 Laurier Golden Hawks (W) Toronto Varsity Blues (E) Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto Varsity Blues Silver MedalN/A
2003-04 Toronto Varsity Blues (E) Guelph Gryphons (W) Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks 5th place N/A
2004-05 Laurier Golden Hawks (W) Toronto Varsity Blues (E) Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks National Champions N/A
2005-06 Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks Silver Medal Toronto Varsity Blues 5th place
2006-07 Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks  4th place N/A
2007-08 Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks Silver MedalN/A
2008-09 Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks Silver Medal N/A
2009-10 Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks Bronze Medal N/A
2010-11 Laurier Golden Hawks Queen's Golden Gaels Queen's Golden Gaels Bronze Medal Laurier Golden Hawks 4th place
2011-12 Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks 4th place N/A
2012-13 Guelph Gryphons Queen's Golden Gaels Queen's Golden Gaels 6th place Toronto Varsity Blues 4th place
2013-14 Guelph Gryphons Laurier Golden Hawks Laurier Golden Hawks 4th placeN/A
2014-15 Western Ontario Mustangs Western Ontario Mustangs Western Ontario Mustangs National Champions Guelph Gryphons 5th place
2015-16 Guelph Gryphons Guelph Gryphons Guelph Gryphons 4th place Western Ontario Mustangs T-7th place
2016-17 Guelph Gryphons Guelph Gryphons Guelph Gryphons T-7th place Queen's Golden Gaels T-7th place
2017-18 Queen's Golden Gaels Western Ontario Mustangs Western Ontario Mustangs Silver Medal

Queen's Golden Gaels T-7th place

Notable gamesEdit

  • 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 York University. 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.[1] The game lasted over five hours and ten minutes. York's player of the game was goaltender Debra Ferguson[2], as she valiantly made 63 saves over 125 minutes.

Awards and honorsEdit

All-star teamsEdit

  • First Team 1999-2000
Player   Position   School
Joyce Torrington G Laurier
Melanie Roach D York
Heather Vance D Toronto
Lisa Backman F Laurier
Jen Rawson F Toronto
Sari Krooks F York

  • Second Team 1999-2000
Player   Position   School
Shannon Bettles G Guelph
Tanja Vlahovich D Guelph
Sandy Hustler D Windsor
Caroline Hall F Laurier
Krista Lehrbass F Guelph
Jackie Cherevaty F Toronto

  • First Team 1998-99
Player   Position   School
Shelley Campbell G Windsor
Melanie Roach D York
Sandy Hustler D Windsor
Lisa Backman F Laurier
Coley Dosser F Guelph
Urzula May F Toronto

  • Second Team 1998-99
Player   Position   School
Shannon Bettles G Guelph
Heather Vance D Toronto
Kim Shillington D Laurier
Lori Loftus F Queen's
Karent Kett F York
Jennifer Krog F Laurier

  • First Team 1997-98
Player   Position   School
Shelly Campbell G Windsor
Stephanie Campell D Toronto
Ali MacMillan D Toronto
Coley Dosser F Guelph
Sue Ann Van Damme F Toronto
Cheryl Pounder F Laurier

  • Second Team 1997-98
Player   Position   School
Colette Good G York
Allyson Fox D York
Ingrid Gedies D Guelph
Shanley White F York
Jen Rawson F Toronto
Tammy Kerr F Guelph


  • First Team 1996-97
Player   Position   School
Debra Ferguson G York
Allyson Fox D York
Sarah Miller D Guelph
Jayna Hefford F Toronto
Sari Krooks F York
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  • Second Team 1996-97
Player   Position   School
Shelly Campbell G Windsor
Heather Balbraith D York
Cheryl Pounder D Laurier
Sarah Applegarth F Guelph
Lori Dupuis F Toronto
Amy Turek F Laurier

  • First Team 1995-96
Player   Position   School
Michelle Clayton G York
Cassie Campbell D Guelph
Julie Walker D Queen's
Andria Hunter F Toronto
Amy Turek F Laurier
Katie Quinn F York

  • Second Team 1995-96
Player   Position   School
Jennifer Dewar G Guelph
Cheryl Pounder D Laurier
Allyson Fox D York
Sarah Applegarth F Guelph
Lori Dupuis F Toronto
Laura Schuler F Toronto

  • First Team 1994-95
Player   Position   School
Jenifer Dewar G Guelph
Lori Dupuis D Toronto
Andria Hunter D Toronto
Amy Turek F Laurier
Stacey Harvey F Queen's
Nathalie Rivard F Toronto

  • Second Team 1994-95
Player   Position   School
Michelle Clayton and Tammy Edger (tie) G York and Queen's
Liz Duval D Guelph
Katie Quinn D York
Rebecca Reid F Toronto
Cassie Campbell F Guelph
Julie Walker F Queen's


  • First Team 1993-94
Player   Position   School
Michelle Clayton G York
Andria Hunter D Toronto
Stephanie Boyd D Toronto
Liz Duval F Guelph
Stacey Harvey F Queen's
Nathalie Rivard F Toronto

  • Second Team 1993-94
Player   Position   School
Jennifer Dewar G Guelph
Sarah Applegarth D Guelph
Lori Dupuis D Toronto
Katie Quinn F York
Michelle Holmes F Guelph
Cassie Campbell F Guelph

  • First Team 1992-93
Player   Position   School
Leslie Reddon G Toronto
Stacey Harvey D Queen’s
Stephanie Boyd D Toronto
Lori Dupuis F Toronto
Marnie Barrow F York
Lori Taylor F Toronto

  • Second Team 1992-93
Player   Position   School
Stephanie Slade G Guelph
Cassie Campbell D Guelph
Natalie Rivard D Toronto
Liz Duval F Guelph
Helen Knowles F Guelph
Michele Hanes F Guelph

  • First Team 1991-92
Player   Position   School
Marci Hickmott G Guelph
Stacey Harvey D Queen’s
Lori Taylor D Toronto
Andria Hunter F Toronto
Julie Stevens F Queen’s
Nancy Deschamps F Guelph

  • Second Team 1991-92
Player   Position   School
Leslie Reddon G Toronto
Marni Barrow D York
Helen Knowles D Guelph
Stephanie Boyd F Toronto
Vicky Sunohara F Toronto
Heather White F Queen’s

  • First Team 1990-91
Player   Position   School
Leslie Reddon G Toronto
Marnie Barrow D York
Stephanie Boyd D Toronto
Andria Hunter F Toronto
Sue Patterson F Queen’s
Vicky Sunohara F Toronto

  • Second Team 1990-91
Player   Position   School
Marci Hickmott and Heather Zakary (tie) G Guelph and Toronto
Kelli Chittick D Guelph
Elizabeth Duvall D Guelph
Laura Lloyd F McMaster
Stacey Harvey F Queen’s
Jules Stevens F Queen’s

  • First Team 1989-90
Player   Position   School
Sandy Stanifort G McMaster
Marni Barrow D Toronto
Lori Taylor D Toronto
Jenny Patterson F Guelph
Jules Stevens F Queens
Sue Patterson F Queens

  • Second Team 1989-90
Player   Position   School
Leslie Reddon G Toronto
Rebecca Higgins D Queens
Cindy McGarroch D Toronto
Michele Campbell F York
Kelly Borutski F McMaster
Laurie Wise F Toronto

  • First Team 1983-84
Player   Position   School
Glenda Rosen G McMaster
Sue Scherer D Guelph
Sophie Radecki D Toronto
Carolyn Aylesworth C Queens
Marjot Verlaan RW McMaster
Heather Ginzel LW Toronto
  • First Team 1982-83
Player   Position   School
Karen Ranson G Toronto
Sue Scherer D Guelph
Beth Harrison D McMaster
Carolyn Aylesworth C Queens
Sue Howard RW York
Karen Wright LW Toronto


  • First Team 1981-82
Player   Position   School
Cindy Vining G McMaster
Tina Vlad D Guelph
Barb Boys D York
Sue Howard C York
Helen Murphy RW Toronto
Donna Downes LW McMaster

[3]

Most Valuable playerEdit

Year   Player   School
2008-09 Andrea Bevan Laurier
2007-08 Lauren Barch Laurier
2006-07 Andrea Bevan Laurier
2005-06 Kate Allgood Brock
2004-05 Cindy Eadie Laurier

Scoring leadersEdit

Year   Player   School Points
2008-09 Tamara Bell
Andrea Ironside
Guelph
Laurier
2007-08 Janine Davies Toronto
2006-07 Kate Allgood Brock
1998-99 Jackie Cherevaty Toronto 36[4]

[5]

OUA players in the OlympicsEdit

Player Position School Event Result
Lesley ReddonGoaltender University of Toronto 1998 Winter OlympicsSilver
Lori DupuisForward University of Toronto 1998 Winter OlympicsSilver
Lori DupuisForward University of Toronto 2002 Winter OlympicsGold
Jayna HeffordForward University of Toronto 1998 Winter OlympicsSilver
Jayna HeffordForward University of Toronto 2002 Winter OlympicsGold
Jayna HeffordForward University of Toronto 2006 Winter OlympicsSilver
Jayna HeffordForward University of Toronto 2010 Winter OlympicsGold
Laura SchulerForward University of Toronto 1998 Winter OlympicsSilver
Vicky SunoharaForward University of Toronto 1998 Winter OlympicsSilver
Vicky SunoharaForward University of Toronto 2002 Winter OlympicsGold

ReferencesEdit