Category Archives: International Hockey
First of all, a very Merry Christmas to all celebrating today! Secondly, the weekly women’s hockey update will be along
tomorrow on Wednesday, with news of the upcoming Under-18 Worlds and other matters. Tomorrow, however, will also see the opening faceoffs of the 2017-18 World Junior Championship, in Buffalo, New York, and that is the focus of tonight’s post. Read on, for a look at the Russian roster!
It is Monday, so time for another update on Russian women’s hockey! This time around, there is an international tournament to recap, along with some new developments in the on-going Olympic saga. There are a couple of other bits and pieces, too, so read on!
An update this time around with really only one story: the Oswald Commission’s decision on the Russian women’s national team came down today. Six players from the 2014 Olympic squad, of the seven under investigation, have been convicted of doping offenses at the 2014 Olympic Games, and have received life-time bans from the Olympic Games. The six are: Inna Dyubanok, Yekaterina Lebedeva, Yekaterina Pashkevich, Anna Shibanova, Galina Skiba, and Yekaterina Smolentseva. The seventh player in the group, Anna Shokhina, was cleared of any wrong-doing. The Oswald Commission also annulled Team Russia’s sixth-place finish at the 2014 games.
Read on, for some thoughts and quotes.
If you would like a bit of weekend reading, I invite you to check out my translation of an interview from this past week with Russian women’s national team and Agidel Ufa forward Olga Sosina. The 25-year-old from Almetyevsk, in the Republic of Tatarstan, is for my money the best player in the Russian women’s program; there are certainly other serious contenders for that title, but few can match Sosina’s combination of speed, strength, and skill (see video above). She’s very good, is what I’m saying, and if you have been following the Russian women’s hockey coverage here for any length of time at all, you have doubtless seen mention of her.
Enjoy the interview — and my apologies for any errors or misunderstandings in the translation!
On and off the ice, there have been noteworthy developments in Russian women’s hockey over the past seven days, and more than a few! Read on, therefore, for expansion talk, the Oswald Commission and the national team, and whole lot of hockey games in various competitions…
Highlights from one of this past week’s Women’s Hockey League games: a thriller between Agidel Ufa (in green) and Tornado Moscow Oblast!
A fairly large update this week, as in addition to some exciting goings-on on the ice, there was some significant off-ice tidings in a couple of areas — and not all of it is good news. There will be more of this in the coming week too, so read on…
With the KHL resuming action this week after the international break, I am pleased and grateful once again to turn the blog over to Tomáš Vorčák (@vorkywh24 on Twitter) for another guest post. Tomáš has been keeping a close eye on developments with regards to the league’s new strategic plan, to which he himself introduced us back in May. This post deals with some extra information coming out of Friday’s meeting of the KHL Executive Board. Without further ado, read on!
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!
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!
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…