Category Archives: Women’s Hockey

Women’s Hockey Update: February 19th, 2019

Team Russia with the championship trophy after their recent tournament triumph in Dmitrov. (Image Source)

Lots of interesting stuff to get through in this update! The Women’s Hockey League regular season is nearing its end, and we’ll take a look at how the battles for the final playoff places are shaping up. And there’s a recap of the successful six-nations international tournament in Dmitrov last weekend, plus a very familiar name now playing in the amateur women’s league. Read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: February 6th, 2019

Agidel Ufa (in white) and Dynamo St. Petersburg have both booked their tickets to the Women’s Hockey League’s post-season. But what of the rest of the league? (Image Source)

The 2018-19 Russian Women’s Hockey league regular season is heading into its final game, to be played in the middle and later parts of this month. And while a couple of teams have clinched their spots in the final four, there are still some places up for grabs. Read on, as we run down the league’s playoff races — and there’s some international news and an update from the amateur game as well!

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End of the Tunnel

Joy for the SK Sverdlovsk Oblast players after Sunday’s result (Photo by Darya Sukhorukova, Source)

They did it! Since this blog began, we have been mentioning the long losing streak of SK Sverdlovsk Oblast in the Women’s Hockey League — a drought that stretched back to the early days of the 2013-14 season, when the team played as Spartak-Merkury Yekaterinburg. Well, the streak is no longer; SKSO downed SKIF Nizhny Novgorod 2-1 on Sunday, and for added difficulty they did it on the road. Read on for more!

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Recapping the U18 Women’s Worlds

Russian goalie Darya Gredzen, a major story at this year’s U18 Women’s Worlds, turns away Canada’s Maggie MacEachern during the tournament semifinal. (Image Source)

We’re back, and there is much to catch up on! Let us start with the U18 Women’s World Championship, which wrapped up in Obihiro, Japan, this past weekend. As the 2018 tournament had done, this one saw Team Russia play some excellent hockey at times, and produce some encouraging results, but come away empty-handed at the end. Read on, for a quick recap of Russia’s tournament, and some thoughts.

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Team Russia at the 2019 U18 Women’s Worlds

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It was a year ago, almost exactly, that the Russian women’s U18 team recorded the most famous victory in the program’s history, a 3-2 win over Canada in the opening game of the first ever Russian-hosted women’s world championship. That tournament would end in disappointment and a fourth-place finish, but it was a sure sign of progress nonetheless. So what can the team manage for an encore, when the 2019 U18 Women’s Worlds opens tomorrow in Obihiro, Japan? Well, read on for a look at the roster, and some thoughts.

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Women’s Hockey Update: December 17th, 2018

The Russian Under-18 women’s national team prepares to take on Finland in Stupino this past weekend. (Image Source)

Lots to cover in this update, as we look back on a weekend of international hockey, along with a number of games in the amateur Russian women’s league!  It was mixed fortunes for the Russian “B” national team and the U18 side in their tournaments, but some history was made in the League of Women’s Hockey — read on!  

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Women’s Hockey Update: December 6th, 2018

Team Russia with the Buffalo Beauts at the conclusion of their four-game series on Tuesday.  (Image Source)

This update is all about the international play!  With the Women’s Hockey Hockey league on break for now (games resume on December 18th), two Russian women’s national teams headed out on their adventures this past week.  Usually, that means the senior team and the U18 team, but this time there was a twist; both teams were of the senior variety, as we got our first look at a Russian women’s “B” national team.  Read on for recaps of how both teams did!  

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Women’s Hockey Update: November 26th, 2018

Spartanki Moscow players celebrate a historic result last weekend in the amateur League of Women’s Hockey.  (Image Source)

High time for another update on recent doings in Russian women’s hockey!  We’ve got some game recaps from the amateur and professional side of things, as well as the Russian national team roster for some upcoming games against North American opposition.  So, without further ado, read on!

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Change of Status for Belarusan Players

Belarusan defenceman Pavel Vorobey, a recent signing at Sibir Novosibirsk, is one of the players affected by last week’s change in the KHL regulations.  (Image Source)

In a recent post here, we talked about the KHL’s foreign-player rules, and I noted that one remaining area of confusion was the status of players from Belarus.  Belarusan athletes competing on Russian teams had, up until this summer, been considered imports, and thus counted against the various leagues’ foreign-player limits.  However, this past summer the Russian Ministry of Sport indicated that change would be coming, and this past week new regulations became official in the KHL: Belarusan players at Russian KHL clubs no longer officially count as foreigners.  What does it all mean?  Read on…

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Women’s Hockey Update, November 17th, 2018

Biryusa Krasnoyarsk’s Valeriya Pavlova, who pulled off a rare feat in Women’s Hockey League action this past week.  (Image Source)

As mentioned in the last post here, the Russian women’s national team was in four-nations tournament action in Switzerland a week ago, playing for the Chablais Hockey Trophy, and it went very well indeed.  In this update, we’ll take a detailed look at those games, and check in on the Women’s Hockey League matches of the past few days.  So read on!  

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