Category Archives: Women’s Hockey

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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Wrapping up the Women’s Amateur Hockey Season

Action around the Grad-1 Moscow goal as they take on Groza-1 St. Petersburg for the championship of the League of Women’s Hockey’s Amazons Division. (Image Source)

This past week saw the end of the women’s amateur hockey season in Russia, as the League of Women’s Hockey‘s over-18 division (the Amazons Division) held its championship tournament as part of the 8th All-Russian Hockey Festival in Sochi. This was the fourth year of the competition, and the first three championships had gone to Grad-1 Moscow, a team whose roster includes a number of names familiar to long-time followers of women’s international hockey. Grad-1 were there in Sochi to defend their titles — could they make it four straight? Read on, for a recap of that tournament and of the league’s under-18 championship round, which took place last month!

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Gold at the Euros, Again!

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Team Russia finished up a successful trip to the U16 Girls’ European Cup in Příbram, Czechia, yesterday, winning the gold medal 3-0 over defending champions Finland! For Russia, it is the second European Cup win in the tournament’s three-hear history; the Russian U16s also won the inaugural European Cup in 2017 before taking home the bronze medal in 2018. YOu can see the Russian roster for the 2019 tournament here, and read on for a recap of the competition itself!

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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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Team Russia at the 2019 U16 Girls’ Euros

Russia’s Alina Ichayeva (#21) battles Ayaka Tomiuchi of Japan during Tuesday’s game at the 2019 U16 Girls’ European Cup. (Image Source)

The third edition of the Under-16 Girls’ European Cup competition is underway, in the Czech city of Příbram! Action got underway yesterday, with Russia playing their first match earlier today, against Japan. Team Russia won the gold medal at the inaugural U16 Girls’ Euros, in 2017 in Hungary, and they took bronze last season in Finland. Read on, for a look at the 2019 Russian roster!

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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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Controversy

Team Russia finished up their 2019 Women’s Worlds today dropping a 7-0 decision in the Bronze Medal Game to a fired-up Canadian side that had been stunned in the semifinal by Finland. The result places Russia fourth, matching their 2018 Olympics finish and improving slightly on their fifth-place finish at the 2017 Worlds. However, a return to the podium, last accomplished at the Worlds by 2016’s bronze-medal winners, seems a distant bell for the Russian women’s team at this moment, given lopsided losses to the Americans and Canadians at the 2019 tournament, as well as the emergence of Finland in recent years as a genuine power in women’s international hockey. Not that Russia’s 2019 Worlds was all bad, of course — we’ll have a full recap of their medal round, and some thoughts on the team in general, later on this week.

In the meantime, read on for a thought or two on what transpired in today’s Final between the U.S. and Finland…

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