Category Archives: International Hockey

Women’s Hockey Update: September 18, 2017


Dynamo St. Petersburg forward Yekaterina Smolina on the attack versus Tornado Moscow Oblast this past weekend.  (Image Source)

The 2017-18 Women’s Hockey league season got underway on Saturday, as champions Tornado Moscow Oblast hosted defending bronze-medalists Dynamo St. Petersburg in a pair of games in Dmitrov, and the results were… well, they were quite fascinating, actually. Read on, for a full recap of the weekend’s action, for some international hockey, and for looks at the 2017-18 possibilities of the four Women’s Hockey League teams that finished off the podium last season!


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Women’s Hockey Update: September 11th, 2017


Agidel Ufa celebrate winning the 2017 Euro Women’s Hockey Challenge in August.  (Image Source)

By this time next week, we will have Women’s Hockey League regular season games to talk about!  And in preparation for that, this post will take a preview-ish sort of look at last season’s top three teams in the league: Tornado Moscow Oblast, Agidel Ufa, and Dynamo St. Petersburg.  We also have a little bit of international news, so read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: September 4th, 2017


Statue in Astana, Kazakhstan, of Tomiris (or Tomyris), the sixth-century B.C. queen of the Massagetae, who dwelt in what is now Central Asia.  According to legend, Queen Tomiris defeated and killed the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great in battle.  And this week’s update features some interesting news about the women’s hockey team that now bears her name!  (Image Source)

We are just 12 days away from the opening of the 2017-18 Women’s Hockey League season; the full schedule was released a couple of weeks ago.  The new campaign opens on September 16th, when defending champions Tornado Moscow Oblast host Dynamo St. Petersburg; the latter team finished third in 2016-17, and very definitely has some title aspirations this time around.

The seven teams in the league will play 24 regular-season games this time, down — due primarily to the Olympics — from the 36 of last season.  However, 2017-18 will also see the first-ever playoffs in the Women’s Hockey League!  The top four teams will make the post-season and contest the championship, with that all starting in early April of 2018.

Read on, for some other news and notes from the last month or so in Russian women’s hockey!

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Women’s Hockey Update: July 31st, 2017

“A Day with Women’s National Team”: A very interesting little video following women’s senior national team members Anna Shockhina and Alevtina Shtaryova around a day of training in Novogorsk.

The Women’s Hockey League teams are all now fully immersed in pre-season preparations, and we are quickly approaching the first actual games of 2017-18, even if they will be just of the “exhibition” variety.  In the meantime, however, there are still some bits of news to look at, so read on for an early version of the 2017-18 Russian U18 roster, a new coach in the Women’s Hockey League, and a whole new competition in Russian women’s amateur hockey!

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Zaripov Banned

Our preview of Severstal Cherepovets 2017-18 season will be up later on today, but now we have to take a look at some sad breaking news from the KHL.  The league and the IIHF have announced that three players have been suspended following positive drug tests during the 2016-17 season: defenceman Andrei Konev (free agent formerly of Admiral Vladivostok), defenceman Derek Smith (free agent formerly of Medveščak Zagreb), and — most shockingly — forward Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars Kazan, formerly of Metallurg Magnitogorsk).  Konev is suspended until November 19th of this year, Smith until September 2nd of 2018, and Zaripov until May 22nd, 2019, with those bans pertaining to both KHL and international hockey.  More on Zaripov below…

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Women’s Hockey Update: July 6th, 2017

Dynamo St. Petersburg players impart some wisdom at a children’s hockey master-class in April of this year.

They’re back!  Women’s Hockey League teams are heading back to training camps this week (most of them, anyway — SKIF Nizhny Novgorod got their 2017-18 preparations underway with a dry-land camp back in mid-June).  Read on, therefore, as we get caught up on the league’s news of the last couple of weeks, including among other items a most promising young goalie on the move, and the potential return to action of a league star!

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Women’s Hockey Update: June 12th, 2017


Anna Shokhina receives the Women’s Hockey League’s 2016-17 Best Player award from former USSR national teamer Alexander Yakushev.  (Image Source)

After a fairly quiet stretch going back to mid-May, it is time for another women’s hockey update!  The 2017-18 women’s hockey picture in Russia is becoming clearer, largely as a result of some meetings involving Women’s Hockey League and Russian Hockey Federation executives.  Read on, then, for news of a league format change, some notes on the upcoming international season, and other such matters.

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Wrapping Up the 2017 Worlds


Russian players and staff pose after today’s bronze medal game win over Finland. (Image Source)

The 2017 edition of the IIHF Men’s World Championship came to an end today, as Sweden defeated Canada 2-1 in a shootout to win their tenth gold medal.  That was in Paris — a little ways north and east, in Köln, Germany, Team Russia was taking Finland for bronze, and to extend their medal streak at this tournament to four years.  How did it go?  You can check the caption of the picture above, but also read on for the whole story, and for some thoughts about Russia’s performance at the tournament in general.

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Women’s Hockey Update: May 19th, 2017


The Oka River (left) meets the Volga at Nizhny Novgorod, which was announced today as the host city of the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship.  (Image Source)

Much news this week in Russian women’s hockey, starting with some very exciting tidings on the international hockey scene!  Read on, however, as we also have the conclusion to the amateur women’s hockey season in Russia, transfers news, and other such items (including an update on a kitten…).

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To the Medal Round at the Worlds!


Russia’s head coach, Oleg Znarok, appeared in good humour as his team arrived in Paris today for Thursday’s Worlds quarterfinal.  (Image Source)

When last we checked in the Russian national team at the IIHF 2017 Men’s World Championship, coach Oleg Znarok had his squad at 3-0, but had lost — at least temporarily — the services of captain Sergei Mozyakin (German forwardPatrick Hager, who had injured Mozyakin, was given a two-game suspension for the incident).  So how have things gone for Team Russia since then?  Well, read on…

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