Category Archives: Women’s Hockey

The Women’s Hockey League: A 2016-17 Recap


Olga Sosina and Anna Shokhina captained the East and West teams, respectively, at the Women’s Hockey League’s first-ever All-Star Game in January.  (Image Source)

Time for a look back at 2016-17 in Russia’s Women’s Hockey League!  If you have been following along here, you know by now who the champions were, but read on for a team-by-team look at how the season went.  And there will also be some general comments on the campaign as well.


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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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Tornado: Champions Again!


Tornado Moscow Oblast: 2016-17 Champions of Russia! (Image Source)

For the third straight season, and the ninth in the last twelve, Tornado Moscow Oblast are Champions of Russia’s Women’s Hockey League.  This had been foreseeable for some time, but its mathematical certainty was achieved today.  Read on, as we take a look at the championship, other action from around the league, and a few other things as well.

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Women’s Hockey Update: Feb. 14, 2017


Gold medalists returning home!  (Image Source)

More international hockey on tap in this update!  While the victorious Universiade national teams were returning home, a women’s tournament in Finland was getting underway with Russian respresentation.  A full update on how that went is ahead, along with some quick previews of upcoming league action and a note from North America.  Read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: February 6th, 2017

In this update, we’re off to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where the 2017 Winter Universiade has been taking place.  The Russian women’s hockey team won gold at this competition in Spain in 2015, and so were on a quest for a repeat.  The above highlight video from today’s women’s final will tell you whether they succeeded, and you can read on for a longer look at how things went!

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Women’s Hockey Update: Jan. 26th, 2017


Olga Sosina and Anna Shokhina shake hands before the opening faceoff of the Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game last Thursday in Ufa.  (Image Source)

Lots to discuss in this one, as we touch on All-Star festivities of various types, a few games in the Women’s Hockey League, and some upcoming international play!  So read on…


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All-Star Week in the KHL and its various other leagues is upon us, and starting tomorrow all eyes turn to the Bashkir capital city of Ufa, where this year’s festivities are taking place.  Read on, for a look at what is planned (and what has already happened)!

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Podium! Russia Takes Bronze at the U18 Women’s Worlds


The Russian players and coaches celebrate after the bronze medal game.  (Image Source)

Another year of the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship is now behind us, and for the third straight tournament it was the United States who claimed gold, this time via a 3-1 victory over Canada in the final in the Czech Republic.  As for Team Russia, they did just fine as well, taking home their second bronze medal in three years.  When we checked in with the tournament last week, the group stage had just wrapped up, with Russia third in Group A; read on, to for a recap of the medal round and some post-tournament thoughts!

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