Category Archives: Women’s Hockey

Women’s Hockey Update: March 20th, 2018


SKIF Nizhny Novgorod’s Polina Bolgareva breaks through the Dynamo St. Petersburg defence to test goalie Valeriya Merkusheva during a game last week.  (Image Source)

There was not too much in the way of Women’s Hockey League action this past week, with just two pairs of games on the schedule.  There was, however, the final qualifying tournament of the amateur League of Women’s Hockey, so the national championship tournament teams for that are all set.  And there was some deep drama in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League playoffs — read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: March 13th, 2018


A student from the Salavat Yulaev Ufa hockey school does the opening faceoff honours at yesterday’s Women’s Hockey League game between Agidel Ufa and Dynamo St. Petersburg (that’s Agidel captain Yekaterina Lebedeva on the right, and Dynamo’s captain Alyona Andryushchenko on the left).  The match was also part of the 2018 IIHF Global Girls’ Game!  (Image Source)

There were some big games this week in the Women’s Hockey League, as the playoff picture continues to take shape.  We now have one team with a post-season spot mathematically secured, while the battle for the other three such places continues.  Read on, for some game recaps and a quick look at the end of the season in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

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Women’s Hockey Update: March 6th, 2018


Aneta Tejralová (l.) of Dynamo St. Petersburg and Arktik-Universitet Ukhta’s Leisan Iskhakova in Women’s Hockey League action this past week. (Image Source)

The Women’s Hockey League came out of its Olympic break this past week, and it did so in a big way, with 12 games on the schedule as the playoff picture begins to solidify.  There were some thrilling games in there too, as well as a historic moment for Agidel Ufa, so read on for recaps, and for a look at some action this past weekend in Russia’s amateur U18 league.

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Women’s Hockey Update: February 27th, 2018


Mariya Barykina (l.) and Svetlana Trefilova, team-mates on the Russian national team at the 2002 and 2006 Olympics and still team-mates today, with Grad-1 Moscow in Russia’s amateur women’s hockey league!  (Image Source)

With the Olympic Games over, we now return to the weekly women’s hockey updates!  This one is sort of a catch-up edition; there were games in the amateur League of Women’s Hockey and in the Russian national Under-18 championship during the Olympic break, so read on for a full recap of those events.  And we will also start to take a look at the women’s hockey program in Russia in light of the results from these most recent Games, and at where it might go in the future.


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Olympic Update: February 24th, 2018


Russian men’s team Head Coach Oleg Znarok keeps an eye on his players during their last pre-gold-medal-game practice in South Korea.  (Image Source)

We are not far from the gold medal game of the men’s 2018 Olympic hockey tournament, and the Russian team is indeed involved, as I’m sure you know.  What follows here is by way of a quick catch-up post to bring everybody up to date on how we got to this point, and we will also take a very short look back at the end of the Russian women’s team’s tournament in the bronze medal game against Finland last week.  Read on…

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Olympic Update: February 19th, 2018


Valeriya Tarkanova gets her blocker to a Canadian shot during Monday’s Olympic semifinal, while Melodie Daoust lurks in the vicinity.  (Image Source)

On Monday, for the first time ever, the Russian women’s national team played an Olympic hockey semi-final, with the powerhouse Canadian side as the opponent.  These two teams have already met, of course, in the group stage at the 2018 Games, and on that occasion Canada emerged with a 5-0 victory and a 48-18 shot advantage.  So it was going to be very hard sledding indeed for the Russian side.  How did it go?  Read on…

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Olympic Update: February 17th, 2018


Viktoriya Kulishova (#73, seated) celebrates with team-mates after her goal in the Olympic quarterfinal against Switzerland.  It was a vital tally, and in a massive game.  (Image Source)

Saturday was a busy day for the Russian hockey teams in South Korea; for the first time at the 2018 Games, both the men’s and women’s sides were in action on the same day.  And for both it turned out to be a very pleasant Saturday indeed!  Read on, therefore, for a couple of match recaps and some associated notes and quotes.

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Olympic Update: February 16th, 2018


Kirill Kaprizov (#77) celebrates a goal with line-mates Nikita Gusev and Pavel Datsyuk (#13) during Friday’s game against Slovenia.  And it was the only such celebration… (Image Source)

The Russian men’s team headed into their second round-robin game on Friday with an unexpected 0-1 record, having dropped their opener 3-2 to Slovakia.  Next on the schedule was Slovenia, and… well, the ship got itself righted in a fairly big way!  Read on, for a recap of that game, and a quick note on the women’s team’s quarterfinal against Switzerland, which is now over.  A full recap of that game will be along here on Saturday.

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Olympic Update: February 13th, 2018


Team captain Olga Sosina eyes a passing lane against Kali Flanagan of the U.S.A. during Group A Olympic action on Tuesday. (Image Source)

The Russian women’s hockey team at the 2018 Olympic Games played its second group game today, after dropping their opener 5-0 to Canada.  Read on, therefore, for a recap of today’s encounter with the Americans, along with some notes and quotes!

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Olympic Update: February 11th, 2018


The Russian bench looks on during Sunday’s Olympic opener against Canada. (Image Source)

The women’s Olympic hockey tournament is underway (it actually commenced on Saturday), and the Russian side saw its first official action of the Games today.  Read on, for a game recap, along with some notes and quotes!

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