Category Archives: Women’s Hockey
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.
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!
After a fairly quiet stretch going back to mid-May, it is time for another women’s hockey update! The 2017-18 women’s hockey picture in Russia is becoming clearer, largely as a result of some meetings involving Women’s Hockey League and Russian Hockey Federation executives. Read on, then, for news of a league format change, some notes on the upcoming international season, and other such matters.
“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!
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…).
There remains one piece of on-ice business to be settled before the 2016-17 Russian women’s hockey season can be declared fully finished. That is the national championship of the League of Women’s Hockey, the country’s amateur women’s league. That tournament, the second in the competition’s history, begins tomorrow in Sochi on the Black Sea Coast, as part of the overall Russian amateur hockey national festivities. Read on, for a quick look at that tournament, including some familiar names from the past…
As we mentioned last time, this past weekend saw the first-ever Under-16 Girls’ European Championship, with Budapest, Hungary, as the inaugural host city. Team Russia was in attendance, and… well, you can probably figure out from the picture above how it all went. Read on, then, for a recap of Russia’s gold-medal campaign at the new tournament!
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.
Hockey can be an insular, insulating, and insulated thing — and sometimes that is no bad thing — but events away from the rink do intrude on occasion, and so it was today. It was, without doubt, a heavy-hearted group of Russian players that took the ice, black armbands prominent on their sweaters, to face Team Canada in their third Group A match at the 2017 Women’s World Championship in Michigan. And I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my own condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the victims and their friends and families, and to the city of St. Petersburg, after the terrorist attack on the city’s metro earlier today.
Read on, for a recap of Team Russia’s group stage games at the Women’s Worlds.