Category Archives: RWHL

Women’s Hockey Update: March 13th, 2017


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


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


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


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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Women’s Hockey Update: Nov. 22nd,2016


Players from Ukhta team ZHK Nikolai Liu celebrate a goal against Groza-1 St. Petersburg during a League of Women’s Hockey tournament last weekend.  A full tournament recap is below!  (Image Source)

The big news from the wider world of women’s hockey this week was not of the good variety; in case you missed it, the U.S.-based National Women’s Hockey League announced steep, immediate, and unilateral cuts to player salaries to enable the four-team circuit to continue to operate.  The NWHL, you may recall, is the league in which Lyudmila Belyakova (now of Tornado Moscow Oblast) and Yekaterina Smolentseva (Agidel Ufa) played last season, although it currently has no Russian players.  For more details on what is happening in the NWHL, I refer you to this excellent article at The Ice Garden, which includes a timeline of events and a number of informative links.  And read on here, for a recap of an important series in the Russian Women’s Hockey League, a dramatic tournament finale at the amateur level, and an overseas update.

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Women’s Hockey Update: Nov. 17th, 2016


Anna Shokhina of Tornado Moscow Oblast.  (Image Source)

The Women’s Hockey League reached its halfway point this week, with all teams now having played 18 games.  When we checked in last time, Agidel Ufa had taken the first two games of their set in Krasnoyarsk against Biryusa, although they needed overtime in the second one.  The third and final match of the series went scoreless into the waning minutes, before the teams traded quick goals.  Then, in overtime, Biryusa’s Yekaterina Lobova collected the winner, delivering a severe blow to Agidel’s title hopes in the process.  Read on, for the rest of the week’s action and a couple of other notes as well!

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Women’s Hockey Update: Nov. 9th, 2016


The Russian Under-18 team belts out the national anthem after winning a four-nations tournament last weekend.  (Image Source)

A bit behind in the blogging this week — my apologies.  We will postpone our usual stroll through the KHL teams until next Monday, and instead get you caught up on what has been going on in Russian women’s hockey.  Both the senior and Under-18 national sides were in action last week, as the Women’s Hockey League took a break; read on, to see how they fared (spoiler alert: they fared very well).

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Women’s Hockey Update: Nov. 1st, 2016


Alexandra Vafina (right) of the University of Calgary battles a McGill opponent during Canadian University hockey action last season. (Image Source)

This week we are all about international hockey, as both the senior and Under-18 Russian squads will be in action in the coming days.  Read on, for a look at their respective rosters, and a quick look in at how the Canadian-based Russian players are doing early in their seasons.

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Women’s Hockey Update: Oct. 25th, 2016


Arktik-Universitet Ukhta’s Hungarian forward Alexandra Husak. (Image Source)

Time for another update on Russian women’s hockey, and the last few days have seen some exciting games, and some interesting developments, in the Women’s Hockey League.  So read on for that, and also for a story about a kitten!

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