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The Lady Blues women's ice hockey team represent the University of Toronto and compete in the Ontario University Athletics conference.

HistoryEdit

On December 12, 1922, the Lady Blues joined the Ladies Ontario Hockey Associaton 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, and the reason was certain unsatisfactory aspects of competition.[3] There were issues as to the acceptable definition of womanhood.

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]

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. [6] The game lasted over five hours and ten minutes. York's player of the game was goaltender Debra Ferguson[7], as she valiantly made 63 saves over 125 minutes.

Awards and honorsEdit

Nicole Kesteris

Nicole Kesteris was named to the 2011 CIS All-Rookie Team

  • Nicole Kesteris, 2011 CIS All-Rookie Team[8]

All-OUA teamEdit

  • First Team 1981-82
Player   Position   School
Helen Murphy RW Toronto

[9]

Lady Blues in Olympic hockeyEdit

Player Position School Event Result
Lesley Reddon[10]Goaltender 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

Lady Blues in professional hockeyEdit

Player Team League
Katie DowdallBrampton Thunder CWHL
Jayna HeffordBrampton Thunder CWHL
Lesley ReddonStrathmore Rockies WWHL
Vicky SunoharaBrampton Thunder CWHL


Team PhotosEdit


See alsoEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. Coast to Coast:Hockey in Canada to the Second World War, p.137, Edited by John Chi-Kit Wong, University of Toronto Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8020-9532-9
  2. Coast to Coast:Hockey in Canada to the Second World War, p.150, Edited by John Chi-Kit Wong, University of Toronto Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8020-9532-9
  3. Bruce Kidd, The Struggle for Canadian Sport, Toronto:University of Toronto Press, 1996, p.103
  4. http://webapps.utsc.utoronto.ca/ose/story.php?id=349
  5. http://www.dynamicchiropractic.ca/pdf_out/DynamicChiropractic.ca-The-Justine-Blainey-Story-1285010719.pdf
  6. Women's Hockey Archives. Ontario University Athletics. Retrieved on 10 April 2010.
  7. Saving Grace, THE LONGEST GAME IN HOCKEY HISTORY. York University, Profiles Online. Retrieved on 10 April 2010.
  8. http://www.varsityblues.ca/news/2011/3/9/WHOCKEY_0309115145.aspx
  9. OUA WOMEN'S HOCKEY HISTORY - ALL-STARS. Ontario University Association. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved on 14 April 2010.
  10. Lesley Reddon. Sports Reference.com. Retrieved on 10 April 2010.

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