Category Archives: International Hockey

Women’s Hockey Update: November 13th, 2017

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Valeriya Pavlova made her return to the national team this past week after a season away, and it was clear how much she’d been missed!  (Image Source)

We’re back in business here this week with another women’s hockey update, and this one is mostly about the international scene.  Two Russian women’s national teams saw game action over the past few days, and — spoiler alert — it all went very well indeed.  Read on, for those stories and some other notes as well!

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 23rd, 2017

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Lots of post-game smiling for the Russian women’s national team over the past ten days!  Here Galina Skiba (#55), goalie Mariya Sorokina, Yekaterina Nikolayeva (#76), and Anna Shokhina (#97) celebrate a win over the Boston Pride.  (Image Source)

In the autumn of 2016, the Russian women’s national team visited the United States to take on clubs from the NWHL, and came away at the end with a respectable 2-3 record.  This fall, the nats went back again, and let us just say that they improved somewhat upon that mark.  When we checked in last week, Team Russia had won their first two games of the series, so read on for recaps of the four that took place since then!

 

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 16th, 2017

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Members of the Russian women’s national team pose before their game against the Metropolitan Riveters on Friday.  Note, in the back row, the presence of Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Yevgeny Kuznetsov, who had dropped by say hello.  (Image Source)

Yesterday we had a quick look at the Russian women’s national team roster for their current visit to the United States to take on NWHL opposition.  Today, we go into more depth on the team’s first couple of games in North America (and a very interesting start to the series it has been, too), and present you with the promised brief preview of the amateur women’s hockey season in Russia.  Read on…

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Team Russia on the 2017 NWHL Tour

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Olga Sosina. (Image Source)

The Russian women’s national team opened its 2017 series against National Women’s Hockey League teams on Friday in New Jersey, taking on the newly-rechristened Metropolitan Riveters.  It was a successful night for Team Russia, as they emerged 3-2 victors on back of a hat-trick by their redoubtable captain, Olga Sosina.  There will be a full recap of that here game on Monday, but today we will take a look at the roster that the coaching staff has selected for the overseas trip.  Read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 9th, 2017

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Russia’s Yevgeniya Dyupina scores against Nana Fujimoto of Japan during an exhibition game on Monday.  (Image Source)

Here we are at Monday, so it is time once again for a women’s hockey update, and there is a great deal to cover in this one!  Both the senior and under-18 Russian women’s national teams saw action this past week, and the last couple of days witnessed the celebrations of the IIHF’s World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend.  In addition, there was a very important player-signing in the Women’s Hockey League, and even bigger news than that.  Read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 2nd, 2017

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Teams representing Moscow Oblast (in white) and Vologda Oblast do battle during last week’s first stage of the Russian Under-18 Women’s National Championship.  (Image Source)

Time to check in with what happened over the last seven days in women’s hockey in Russia!  Lots to cover in this one: six games from the Women’s Hockey League, the opening tilts of the country’s Under-18 women’s championship, and the gathering of not one but two national squads.  Read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: September 25th, 2017

Highlights of Agidel’s season-opening win over Biryusa Krasnoyarsk in front of a record crowd in Ufa.

Every team in the Women’s Hockey league has seen at least a couple of games now, with more to come this week!  Read on, therefore, for a full recounting of what transpired in the last seven days in that league, including quite a lot of fans in Ufa, and a couple of other notes as well.  Plus, we have links to upcoming livestreams!

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Women’s Hockey Update: September 18, 2017

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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

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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

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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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