Category Archives: Women’s Hockey

A Step Back?


Alevtina Shtaryova watches as a Russian scoring chance is foiled by Germany’s Jennifer Harß during quarterfinal action on Tuesday. (Image Source)

Russia’s run at the 2017 Women’s World Championship in Michigan came to an end today, without a medal and a day earlier than was hoped-for.  What happened, and what can we take away from what must be considered a disappointing tournament?  Read on…

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To the Quarterfinals at the Women’s Worlds


Team Russia captain Olga Sosina in action today against Canada. (Image Source)

Hockey can be an insular, insulating, and insulated thing — and sometimes that is no bad thing — but events away from the rink do intrude on occasion, and so it was today.  It was, without doubt, a heavy-hearted group of Russian players that took the ice, black armbands prominent on their sweaters, to face Team Canada in their third Group A match at the 2017 Women’s World Championship in Michigan.  And I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my own condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the victims and their friends and families, and to the city of St. Petersburg, after the terrorist attack on the city’s metro earlier today.

Read on, for a recap of Team Russia’s group stage games at the Women’s Worlds.

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A Short, Pre-Worlds, Women’s Hockey Update


Team Russia at the 2017 Women’s Worlds.  (Image Source)

Here we are, literally on the eve of the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship!  And it will be a full tournament, the US team having sorted out its differences with USA Hockey and come away with a much more equitable deal than they had in place previously.  As for Team Russia, we took a look at their roster right here the other day, and I would invite to check out other previews of the squad here and here.  And read on, for some brief news of how the team’s preparations have gone since then, and an interesting Women’s Hockey League note!

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Russia at the 2017 Women’s Worlds


Forward Yekaterina Smolentseva, the last holdover from Russia’s first-ever Women’s Worlds team in 1997, at last week’s training camp for the 2017 tournament (and she did indeed make the final roster).  (Image Source)

The Russian national team’s final roster for the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship has been named!  In fact the team has departed from its training camp in Novogorsk, and is now in Plymouth, Michigan, going through final preparations for the tournament, which begins on Friday.  Read on, as we take a look at the players selected, and speculate a bit about how head coach Alexei Chistyakov may deploy them when the time comes.

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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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