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The Toronto Varsity Blues is the name for the intercollegiate sports program at the University of Toronto. Its 43 athletic teams regularly participate in competitions held by Ontario University Athletics and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The Varsity Blues traces its founding to 1877, with the formation of the men's football team.[1] Since 1908, Varsity Blues athletes have won numerous medals in Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and have also long competed in International University Sports Federation championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games.[2]

The Varsity Blues program has teams in badminton, baseball, basketball, cross country running, curling, fastpitch softball, fencing, field hockey, figure skating, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, mountain biking, nordic skiing, rowing, rugby, soccer, squash, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

Men's ice hockey

The men's ice hockey team plays in the Ontario University Athletics conference, and are coached by Darren Lowe. The team is based at Varsity Arena. The current Varsity Blues have won ten CIAU Championships.[3] The men's ice hockey team was founded in 1891.[4] The Varsity Blues senior team won the Allan Cup in 1921 and 1927, and won the gold medal at the 1928 Winter Olympics. Conn Smythe (U of T 1920), the principal owner of the N.H.L Toronto Maple Leafs (1927–61) and builder of Maple Leaf Gardens (1931), chose Royal Blue and White as his team's colors to honor his Alma Mater. The Maple Leafs are popularly known as "The Blue & White" by many of their older fans.

Women's ice hockey


Toronto Varsity Blues
First season 1877
Athletic director Beth Ali
Head coach Greg Gary
2nd year, 5–11  (.313)
Other staff Tom Flaxman (OC)
Donnavan Carter (DC)
Home stadium Varsity Stadium
Year built 2007
Stadium capacity 5000
Stadium surface Polytan Ligaturf
Location Toronto, Ontario
League CIS
Conference OUA (1980-present)
Past associations ORFU (1883-1897)
CIRFU (1898-1970)
OUAA (1971-1973)
OQIFC (1974-1979)
All-time record 524–421–35 (.553)
Postseason record 24–27
Grey Cups 4
1909, 1910, 1911, 1920
Vanier Cups 2
1965, 1993
Churchill Bowl Championships 1
Atlantic Bowl Championships 2
1962, 1974
Yates Cups 25
1898, 1899, 1901, 1903, 1905,
1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914,
1920, 1921, 1926, 1932, 1933,
1936, 1948, 1951, 1954, 1958,
1965, 1967, 1974, 1983, 1993
Hec Crighton winners 4
Mike Eben, Mike Raham, Dan Feraday, Eugene Buccigrossi
Current uniform
Colours Blue and White


Mascot True Blue
Outfitter Russell
Rivals York Lions

The Toronto Varsity Blues football team won the first Grey Cup game ever held in 1909, and went on to win the cup again in 1910, 1911, and 1920. After intercollegiate teams no longer competed for the Grey Cup, the team won the first Vanier Cup ever held in 1965, and then again in 1993 as Canadian national football champions. The team has 25 Yates Cup championship wins as champions of the Ontario University Athletics conference of the CIS, a total second only to the 29 won by the Western Ontario Mustangs.

However, hard times have fallen on the University of Toronto football team in recent years. The football program had not won a game since the 2001 season (a win that itself ended an 18-game losing streak).[5] On October 13, 2007, they set the record for the longest losing streak in Canadian university history, at 49 losses in a row. This losing streak was snapped on September 1, 2008 when they defeated the Waterloo Warriors 18-17 for their first win in almost seven years.[6] The team last posted a winning record in 1995.[7]

The team is seeing a minor turnaround as the Blues have won three games in two consecutive seasons. The team was led by head coach Greg DeLaval who won his first game with the Blues when the team ended their record-setting losing streak in 2008. In 2010, the Blues posted a remarkable 40-35 win over the second-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees, which was their first win over a nationally ranked opponent since 1997 against the Waterloo Warriors.[8] The Blues finished with a 3-5 record in 2010, which was their best since the 1996 season when they posted the same mark. The Blues posted a 3-5 record again in 2011, while once again finishing just out of the playoffs in seventh place. The team took a step back with a 2-6 record in 2012, including home losses to fellow 2-6 teams York and Ottawa.

Season-by-season record

The following is the record of the Toronto Varsity Blues football team in the last ten seasons of play:

Season Games Won Lost Pct % PF PA Standing Playoffs
2003 8 0 8 0.000 42 438 10th in OUA Did not qualify
2004 8 0 8 0.000 82 450 9th in OUA Did not qualify
2005 8 0 8 0.000 126 433 9th in OUA Did not qualify
2006 8 0 8 0.000 125 418 10th in OUA Did not qualify
2007 8 0 8 0.000 111 345 10th in OUA Did not qualify
2008 8 2 6 0.250 168 272 8th in OUA Did not qualify
2009 8 1 7 0.125 98 279 9th in OUA Did not qualify
2010 8 3 5 0.375 140 236 7th in OUA Did not qualify
2011 8 3 5 0.750 110 189 7th in OUA Did not qualify
2012 8 2 6 0.750 136 279 9th in OUA Did not qualify

Varsity Blues in the CFL

As of the start of the 2012 CFL season, two former Blues players are on CFL teams' rosters:

Nordic skiing

The Nordic skiing team competes against Ontario universities each year at the OUA Championships in February after qualifying races earlier in the season. The team has steadily grown in size and experience since Hans Fischer stepped up to the position of coach in the 2005-06 season.


The University of Toronto Rowing Club represents the Varsity Blues at local and international regattas. The UTRC was founded on February 10, 1897, and throughout the years has had many successes including Royal Canadian Henley Regatta victories, OUA titles, and a silver medal at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.

See also

  • List of University of Toronto people


External links

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