Category Archives: Women’s Hockey

Off on the Right Foot: Biryusa Krasnoyarsk in 2019-20

Biryusa Krasnoyarsk celebrate a victory early in the 2019-20 campaign. (Image Source)

The 2019-20 season in the Russian Women’s Hockey League (the ZhHL) is now underway, with every team have played its opening two games. One of the squads that will be feeling pretty content with the weekend’s work is Biryusa Krasnoyarsk, part of the Sokol Krasnoyarsk club whose top men’s team plays in the VHL. Biryusa have one of the ZhHL’s most lethal scorers, a goaltending mainstay of the Russian national team, an exciting young group coming up, and — still going strong — one of the pioneers of Russian women’s hockey. Read on, as we look at their 2019-20 chances!

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Defensively-Sound Dynamo St. Petersburg Look to Take the Last Step

Dynamo St. Petersburg, 2019-20. (Image Source)

The Dynamo St. Petersburg women’s squad, part of the eponymous club that includes teams in the men’s VHL and MHL, spent most of 2018-19 establishing themselves as bona fide contenders in the Women’s Hockey League. Though they were overwhelmed in the end by champions Agidel Ufa, Dynamo’s tough defence and spectacular (and youthful) goaltending caught the eye in good way last season. The summer, however, has not been particularly kind to the team, on or off the ice, and some questions await answers on the literal eve of the new season. Read on…

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Agidel Ufa Go for Three in a Row

Agidel Ufa celebrate their 2018-19 ZhHL Cup championship. (Image Source)

The 2019-20 season of Russia’s Women’s Hockey League (Женская хоккейная лига — Zhenskaya khokkeynaya liga, or ZhHL) is just a couple of days away now, with the first puck to drop this coming Friday, September 13th. The big news from the league this summer, of course, was the addition of an eighth team with former CWHL side KRS Vanke Rays Shenzhen joining the circuit. The teams will each play 28 games between now and February, with a two-round playoff to follow.

And herewith we start our looks at the teams of the ZhHL this coming season, beginning with defending champions Agidel Ufa. The team from Bashkortostan comes in with a roster that, as you might expect, is strong from top to bottom and at forward it includes the league’s most electrifying player. Read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: September 2nd, 2019

A tense moment in the Agidel Ufa goalmouth against KRS Vanke Rays Shenzhen during last month’s pre-season tournament in Beijing. (Image Source)

We’re into September, and the Women’s Hockey League season is fast approaching! However, before we get to that, and to the team previews for the coming campaign, there are some on-ice doings from August to get caught up on. So read further, as we look at the finishes to a couple of international tournaments, and quickly recap some pre-season club competitions.

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International Women’s Hockey Update: August 23rd, 2019

Players from the Russian U18 women’s national team celebrate a goal at the Hockey Canada Summer Showcase earlier this month. (Image Source)

The late-August Women’s Hockey Update will be a two-parter, as there is a lot of material to get through. You may consider this post as “Part 1,” and we’re going to take a look at some rosters and results for both the senior and U18 Russian women’s national teams. Both have now commenced their 2019-20 campaigns, and we are starting to get a bit of a look at their preparations for their respective World Championships next year. Read on!

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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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A New Era For the Russian Women’s National Team

New Russian senior women’s national team head coach Yevgeni Bobariko. (Image Source)

The summer of 2019 is turning into a significant one for the Russian national hockey program. Already we have seen a new head coach appointed to the senior men’s national team, and now a change behind the bench has come to the senior women’s side as well. Gone after three seasons in charge is Alexei Chistyakov, and his replacement, promoted from the head-coaching job of the U18 and U16 women’s teams, is Yevgeni Bobariko. Read on, for some notes and thoughts…

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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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