Category Archives: Women’s Hockey
The 2017-18 Women’s Hockey league season got underway on Saturday, as champions Tornado Moscow Oblast hosted defending bronze-medalists Dynamo St. Petersburg in a pair of games in Dmitrov, and the results were… well, they were quite fascinating, actually. Read on, for a full recap of the weekend’s action, for some international hockey, and for looks at the 2017-18 possibilities of the four Women’s Hockey League teams that finished off the podium last season!
By this time next week, we will have Women’s Hockey League regular season games to talk about! And in preparation for that, this post will take a preview-ish sort of look at last season’s top three teams in the league: Tornado Moscow Oblast, Agidel Ufa, and Dynamo St. Petersburg. We also have a little bit of international news, so read on!
We are just 12 days away from the opening of the 2017-18 Women’s Hockey League season; the full schedule was released a couple of weeks ago. The new campaign opens on September 16th, when defending champions Tornado Moscow Oblast host Dynamo St. Petersburg; the latter team finished third in 2016-17, and very definitely has some title aspirations this time around.
The seven teams in the league will play 24 regular-season games this time, down — due primarily to the Olympics — from the 36 of last season. However, 2017-18 will also see the first-ever playoffs in the Women’s Hockey League! The top four teams will make the post-season and contest the championship, with that all starting in early April of 2018.
Read on, for some other news and notes from the last month or so in Russian women’s hockey!
“A Day with Women’s National Team”: A very interesting little video following women’s senior national team members Anna Shockhina and Alevtina Shtaryova around a day of training in Novogorsk.
The Women’s Hockey League teams are all now fully immersed in pre-season preparations, and we are quickly approaching the first actual games of 2017-18, even if they will be just of the “exhibition” variety. In the meantime, however, there are still some bits of news to look at, so read on for an early version of the 2017-18 Russian U18 roster, a new coach in the Women’s Hockey League, and a whole new competition in Russian women’s amateur 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…