Category Archives: Women’s Hockey

Decision Day


The KHL prepares for the 2016-17 Awards Ceremony.  Before that, however, there was momentous news from the league itself…  (Image Source)

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!

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Women’s Hockey Update: May 19th, 2017


The Oka River (left) meets the Volga at Nizhny Novgorod, which was announced today as the host city of the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship.  (Image Source)

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…).

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Women’s Hockey Update: May 10th, 2017



Grad-1 Moscow celebrate winning the inaugural Russian amateur women’s hockey championship, in May of 2016.  (Image Source)

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…

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Gold at the Euros!


Team Russia players after receiving their gold medals at the Under-16 Girls’ Euros on Sunday.  (Image Source)

As we mentioned last time, this past weekend saw the first-ever Under-16 Girls’ European Championship, with Budapest, Hungary, as the inaugural host city.  Team Russia was in attendance, and… well, you can probably figure out from the picture above how it all went.  Read on, then, for a recap of Russia’s gold-medal campaign at the new tournament!

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Women’s Hockey Update: April 26th, 2017


Defender Yelena Provorova scores Russia’s winner in the bronze-medal game at the 2017 U18 Women’s Worlds.  Provorova will captain her country’s first-ever U16 Girls’ team, starting tomorrow.  (Image Source)

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new era in international women’s hockey, with the opening the first IIHF-sanctioned national team tournament at the U16 Girls’ level!  Read on, for a look at Russia’s roster at that tournament, and some other notes as well.

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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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