A Very Quick Women’s Hockey Update!
As noted, this will be a short piece! There will be a full post here looking at the Russian roster for the U18 Women’s Worlds, which start in Dmitrov on Saturday, in the next couple of days.
However, there is one bit of news to pass along: the senior Russian women’s national team is in action this week in Germany at the 2018 Nations Cup tournament. This is a six-team tournament, and Team Russia finds itself in Group B along with Finland and Canada (the latter represented in Germany by an Under-22 team). Russia takes on the Canadians on Thursday and the Finns on Friday, with Saturday’s placement game wrapping up the competition. Group A, by the way, includes Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland.
You can see Team Russia’s Nations Cup roster here. Unlike for the recent pair of games against Japan, this Russian roster includes most though not all of the “big names,” and should be fairly close to what the coaching staff would like to take to the Olympics, should that whole situation be worked out satisfactorily. The goaltending, in particular, appears to be set firmly as the trio of Nadezhda Morozova, Valeriya Tarakanova, and Nadezhda Alexandrova. There are still some slots to be filled on defence and up front, however, and these next couple of games may give us some clues as to how that task will be accomplished!
A full recap of the Nations Cup, news from the U18 Worlds, and a look ahead to the Women’s Hockey League All-Star game will be included in next week’s update!