Category Archives: RWHL

Women’s Hockey Update: August 7th, 2019

Dynamo St. Petersburg players out for a run as preparations for the 2019-20 Women’s Hockey League season continue. (Image Source)

This is short update, but the news is big news: we have a 2019-20 Women’s Hockey League Schedule! No particular surprises in it, but there are a few points of interest, and we’ll take a look at those below. And read on also for some details on an upcoming international women’s club tournament, and a look at how things went today for the Russian U18 women’s national team, who were in game action in Calgary!

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Women’s Hockey Update: July 24th, 2019 (Updated!)

A pleasant shade-break during dry-land training for Agidel Ufa players, as they prepare to defend their Women’s Hockey League championship in 2019-20. (Image Source)

Things are getting busier on the Russian women’s hockey scene, as the 2019-20 season approaches! In this update we have all kinds of news from the last ten days or so, including confirmation of the Women’s Hockey League team-list for this coming season, some players switching clubs, pre-season game news, and even a new logo in the league. Plus the U18 international season is getting underway; we have a Team Russia roster for some matches upcoming in a couple of weeks — read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: July 14th, 2019

The Shenzhen Dayun Arena in Shenzhen, China. (Image Source)

There was big news for the Women’s Hockey League in the past few days! The league has intentions of expanding to ten teams in the next few seasons, and the first steps along that road have been taken, according to reports. So read on, for that story and some tidings as on-ice preparations begin for the 2019-20 season.

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Women’s Hockey Update: June 28th, 2019

SKIF Nizhny Novgorod’s Karoliina Rantamäki in action against Biryusa Krasnoyarsk. (Image Source)

This June has been a bit of a quiet period for news in Russian women’s hockey, or at least it was until this week. Now, however, we have a coaching change in the Women’s Hockey League, the departure of one of the most famous players in the league’s recent history, and some other little bits and pieces as well. Read on…

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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 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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