Category Archives: RWHL

Women’s Hockey Update: July 17th, 2017

Clips and Comments from one of Agidel Ufa’s early training camp sessions last week.

As the Women’s Hockey League teams, and the Russian women’s national team, get down to on-ice business for the upcoming season, I thought it might be worthwhile to take a look at the league’s coaches.  So read on, for a team-by-team look at the people behind the benches, and for a pieces of news from the last week-and-a-bit.

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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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Decision Day

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The KHL prepares for the 2016-17 Awards Ceremony.  Before that, however, there was momentous news from the league itself…  (Image Source)

It might be necessary to make some unpopular decisions,” said KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko yesterday, after a meeting of the Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport.  Today, the league’s own Board of Directors met, and some thunderous decisions were indeed made — popular or unpopular, depending on one’s point of view.  Read on, for a quick and preliminary look at those, and also some news of the KHL’s annual awards ceremony, which also happened today!

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Women’s Hockey Update: May 19th, 2017

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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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Women’s Hockey Update: April 26th, 2017

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Defender Yelena Provorova scores Russia’s winner in the bronze-medal game at the 2017 U18 Women’s Worlds.  Provorova will captain her country’s first-ever U16 Girls’ team, starting tomorrow.  (Image Source)

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new era in international women’s hockey, with the opening the first IIHF-sanctioned national team tournament at the U16 Girls’ level!  Read on, for a look at Russia’s roster at that tournament, and some other notes as well.

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Women’s Hockey Update: March 13th, 2017

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Tornado Moscow Oblast players celebrate with the Women’s Hockey League championship trophy on Sunday.  (Image Source)

So the curtain has come down on another season of the Russian Women’s Hockey League, whose last matches of 2016-17 were played on Sunday.  There was little at stake for most of the teams, but one standings spot was still to be decided; read on for how that turned out, and for some other bits and pieces of news as well.

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Women’s Hockey Update: March 8th, 2017

International Women’s Day gifts at Wednesday’s Agidel Ufa practice session!

International Women’s Day was celebrated around the globe today, and Russia’s Women’s Hockey League duly observed the occasion —  players and female staff arriving for practice were greeted with gifts of tulips.  There is indeed a strong Russian connection with International Women’s Day: it had been informally observed in other countries prior to 1917, but a March 8th strike in that year by women working in the textile factories in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) was a crucial episode of the Russian Revolution, and led to very early recognition of the day in the newly-founded USSR.  March 8th was formally adopted as a world holiday by the United Nations in 1975.

With that in mind, read on as we recap the past week’s doing in the Women’s Hockey League (serious contributions from Hungary in this one) , along with a couple of other notes as well!

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Women’s Hockey Update: March 1st, 2017

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Arktik-Universitet Ukhta goalie Alyona Kropachyova gets her toe on a shot to rob Yelena Podkammenaya of Biryusa Krasnoyarsk during Women’s Hockey League action last week.  (Image Source)

As discussed here last week, the 2016-17 Women’s Hockey League championship has been decided, with Tornado Moscow Oblast the winner for the third straight season.  There is still hockey to be played, and standings places to be decided, in the league.  Read on, as we discuss those, take a look at some interesting expansion news, and cover a couple of other items as well!

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Women’s Hockey Update: Dec. 7th, 2016

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Faceoff time between Tornado Moscow Oblast (in yellow) and Agidel Ufa. (Image Source)

And here we are with another update on goings-on in Russian women’s hockey!  The past week was all about league play, at both the professional and amateur levels, so we will get you all caught up with that.  And we will take a side-trip to Latvia, where that country’s women’s league has begun its 2016-17 season.

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Women’s Hockey Update: Nov. 30th, 2016

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SKIF Nizhny Novgorod’s Mariya Belova looks on during a game on Tuesday against Arktik-Universitet Ukhta.  How that went, and the sad significance of the black armband, are explained below.  (Image Source)

This was an eventful week in Russian women’s hockey, and unfortunately we will begin with some very tragic news.  However, there are also happier matters to look at, including some remarkable results both in the Women’s Hockey League and on the amateur side of things, so do read on…

(a quick technical note: the “translate link” function of Google Translate seems to have quit on me this evening, so most of the links in the article are to pieces in their original Russian.  You will have to take my word for it that they so in fact say what I say that they say.)

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