Category Archives: RWHL

Women’s Hockey Update: June 11th, 2019

Goalmouth scramble between FSO Moscow (in maroon) and the Molnienosnye Lezviya team from Zhukov, Kaluga Oblast, during the final stage of the Anatoly Tarasov Golden Puck tournament for girls born 2005-06.  FSO won the game and the 12-team tournament, which was held last month near Volgograd, while Molnienosnye Lezviya took home the silver medal.  (Image Source)

Time to catch up with some women’s hockey news that has been kicking around in the files waiting to be written about for the past little while! Read on, for some off-season signings news, a peek ahead to the amateur league in 2019-20, and belated hat-tips to some young champions! And a reminder here that you can also check out my piece at The Ice Garden on the possibility of Women’s Hockey League expansion to China.

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A Blog Note!

Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays veteran defender Beiwei Yu steps into a shot while playing for (and captaining) the Chinese national team earlier this spring. (Image Source)

I has recently very happy and honoured to be asked to contribute a guest-post to The Ice Garden, SB Nation’s women’s hockey blog, and that piece is now done and published! You can read it here, and without giving too much away, it’s on the subject of a possible Chinese expansion team for the Russian Women’s Hockey League. Do check it out, and many thanks to the folks at The Ice Garden for the opportunity to write for them!

KHL Developments

KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko. (Image Source)

The KHL formally wrapped up its 2018-19 season a few days ago with its annual Awards Ceremony, and we are now officially in the land of 2019-20. But the handing-out of trophies was not the only event on the KHL calendar last week; the league also held a meeting of its teams to discuss a few matters related to the upcoming campaign as well. Read on for some talk of what came out of that meeting, and we’ll take a look at the awards ceremony as well!

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Agidel!

Agidel Ufa take the Women’s Hockey League Cup! Highlights of the clinching Game 3 vs. Dynamo St. Petersburg.

Another season of the Women’s Hockey League in Russia is in the books, and, as in 2017-18, it is the team from the Republic of Bashkortostan that has emerged on the top step of the podium. Agidel Ufa on Wednesday wrapped up their second straight championship season, defeating Dynamo St. Petersburg 4-1 in Game 3 of the Final to complete the sweep. Read on, for a recap of the Final series, and some thoughts!

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A Championship Day!

Agidel Ufa celebrate their second straight championship of the Women’s Hockey League! (Image Source)

This was a busy day indeed in Russian hockey! As the Russian Girls’ U16 team was picking up its second win in two games at the European Cup (6-1 over Hungary this time), no fewer than three Russian leagues saw their 2018-19 champions determined. Read on for a few quick details, and a related blog note.

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Preview: The 2018-19 Women’s Hockey League Final

Puck battle between Agidel Ufa’s Elina Mitrofanova (in white) and Mariya Pugina of Dynamo St. Petersburg during a September, 2018 game.  (Image Source)

With the Women’s Worlds all wrapped up, attention now turns back to the closing act of the 2018-19 season in the Women’s Hockey League. The best-of-five Final between defending champions Agidel Ufa and first-time finalists Dynamo St. Petersburg will get underway in the capital of Bashkortostan this coming Saturday. As for he we got here: it’s been a dramatic ride through the Women’s Hockey Playoffs, and you can get all caught up on that at this post. And read on, for a look at how the teams will match up in the championship series!

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Clutch

Agidel’s Olga Sosina on the move. (Image Source)

Our Universiade recap is on its way — you will see it here in the next day or so — but right now we need to talk about Olga Sosina. I generally apply adjectives such as “redoubtable,” “formidable,” or even “fearsome” to the 26-year-old Agidel Ufa forward; in today’s third and deciding game of the Women’s Hockey League semi-final between her team and SKIF Nizhny Novgorod, she was all of those things, and there are doubtless some SKIF players who will be seeing her in their nightmares for awhile. Read on, as we look back on the semifinal round of the Women’s Hockey League playoffs, and on a jaw-dropping clutch performance by Ms. Sosina.

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Women’s Hockey League Semi-Final Preview

Action from earlier this season between SKIF Nizhny Novgorod (in blue) and Agidel Ufa. Those two teams will renew acquaintances in the first round of the 2018-19 playoffs on Saturday! (Image Source)

We are set for the start of the Russian Women’s Hockey League‘s playoffs! The league introduced a post-season in 2017-18, and the inaugural event ended with Agidel Ufa defeating Tornado Moscow Oblast three games to zero in the best-of-five final. But Tornado missed out on the playoffs this time around, replaced by post-season first-timers Biryusa Krasnoyarsk. Joining Biryusa will be SKIF Nizhny Novgorod, Dynamo St. Petersburg, and defending champions and top seed Agidel Ufa. Read on, for a look at the semifinal match-ups!

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Women’s Hockey Update: February 19th, 2019

Team Russia with the championship trophy after their recent tournament triumph in Dmitrov. (Image Source)

Lots of interesting stuff to get through in this update! The Women’s Hockey League regular season is nearing its end, and we’ll take a look at how the battles for the final playoff places are shaping up. And there’s a recap of the successful six-nations international tournament in Dmitrov last weekend, plus a very familiar name now playing in the amateur women’s league. Read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: February 6th, 2019

Agidel Ufa (in white) and Dynamo St. Petersburg have both booked their tickets to the Women’s Hockey League’s post-season. But what of the rest of the league? (Image Source)

The 2018-19 Russian Women’s Hockey league regular season is heading into its final game, to be played in the middle and later parts of this month. And while a couple of teams have clinched their spots in the final four, there are still some places up for grabs. Read on, as we run down the league’s playoff races — and there’s some international news and an update from the amateur game as well!

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