Founded in 1891, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team are one of the oldest hockey programs in North America. The Varsity Blues, led by second-year head coach Ryan Medel and a roster featuring a blend of returning veterans and emerging rookies, have the goal of making the OUA Playoffs for the first time since 2015–2016. The Blues’ first test comes in their home opener against local rivals Ryerson Rams.