Category Archives: Women’s Hockey
With the Under-18 Women’s World Championship finished up, there was a bit of lull — though not a complete one — in the on-ice action this week. However, that does mean that there was no news at all! Read on, for recaps of a couple of re-scheduled Women’s Hockey League games, plus a transfer move involving a fairly big-name player.
The 2018 Women’s Under-18 World Championship came to an end on Saturday in Dmitrov, Russia, as the United States collected its fourth straight gold medal at the event with a 9-3 victory over Sweden. Not that the Swedes need be embarrassed; the tournament saw them become the first non-North American team to make it to the gold medal game. As we have mentioned here before, the tournament had earlier seen some history made by Team Russia, who became the first squad from outside North America to beat one of the continent’s two women’s hockey powerhouses. However, in the end the Russian players may leave their home tournament (the first top-division women’s hockey Worlds held in Russia) with a sense of an opportunity missed, as they dropped the bronze medal match to Canada by a score of 5-1. Read on, for a recap of how Russia’s tournament ended, and for some thoughts.
This is the “non-U18 Women’s Worlds” update for this week; you can check out yesterday’s post for how that tournament is going along! But read on here for a recap of the Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game, which took place yesterday, and a look at what the senior women’s national team got up to last week. And there are a few bits and pieces of Olympic news as well.
There are just four teams left standing at the Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Dmitrov, Russia! The host side, coming off its massive upset of Team Canada last Saturday, are indeed one of them, but there have been some bumps along the way. Read on, for an update on how Team Russia has been getting along!
Well! I had intended to take today to write a wrap-up piece on the just-completed World Juniors, which saw the Russian side miss out on the podium for the first time in eight years. However, sometimes history gets in the way, so that piece will have to wait! Why? Because on Saturday, Russia’s Under-18 women’s national team opened the 2018 U18 Worlds, at home in Dmitrov just north of Moscow, with a 3-2 victory over Canada. It was the first time at this competition that Russia had beaten a North American team — in fact, it was the first time that any team from outside North America had defeated either Canada or the U.S. Read on, for a look at how it all happened (and above is the video of the entire game)!
Starting tomorrow, for the first time ever Russia will host a top-division women’s hockey world championship, as the 2018 event for the Under-18 age group gets going in Dmitrov, just north of Moscow. That fact, in and off itself, makes this a momentous event for women’s hockey in the country, even before the first puck is dropped. But drop it will, so read on for a look at Team Russia’s roster for the tournament!
As noted, this will be a short piece! There will be a full post here looking at the Russian roster for the U18 Women’s Worlds, which start in Dmitrov on Saturday, in the next couple of days.
However, there is one bit of news to pass along: the senior Russian women’s national team is in action this week in Germany at the 2018 Nations Cup tournament. This is a six-team tournament, and Team Russia finds itself in Group B along with Finland and Canada (the latter represented in Germany by an Under-22 team). Russia takes on the Canadians on Thursday and the Finns on Friday, with Saturday’s placement game wrapping up the competition. Group A, by the way, includes Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland.
You can see Team Russia’s Nations Cup roster here. Unlike for the recent pair of games against Japan, this Russian roster includes most though not all of the “big names,” and should be fairly close to what the coaching staff would like to take to the Olympics, should that whole situation be worked out satisfactorily. The goaltending, in particular, appears to be set firmly as the trio of Nadezhda Morozova, Valeriya Tarakanova, and Nadezhda Alexandrova. There are still some slots to be filled on defence and up front, however, and these next couple of games may give us some clues as to how that task will be accomplished!
A full recap of the Nations Cup, news from the U18 Worlds, and a look ahead to the Women’s Hockey League All-Star game will be included in next week’s update!
Slightly delayed, but here is this week’s Russian women’s hockey update! This edition includes recaps of some international games this past weekend, Russia’s preliminary roster for the Under-18 Women’s Worlds, and more — including, unfortunately, some further sad Olympic news. Read on…
It is Monday, so time for another update on Russian women’s hockey! This time around, there is an international tournament to recap, along with some new developments in the on-going Olympic saga. There are a couple of other bits and pieces, too, so read on!
An update this time around with really only one story: the Oswald Commission’s decision on the Russian women’s national team came down today. Six players from the 2014 Olympic squad, of the seven under investigation, have been convicted of doping offenses at the 2014 Olympic Games, and have received life-time bans from the Olympic Games. The six are: Inna Dyubanok, Yekaterina Lebedeva, Yekaterina Pashkevich, Anna Shibanova, Galina Skiba, and Yekaterina Smolentseva. The seventh player in the group, Anna Shokhina, was cleared of any wrong-doing. The Oswald Commission also annulled Team Russia’s sixth-place finish at the 2014 games.
Read on, for some thoughts and quotes.