Category Archives: Women’s Hockey

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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The Russian Women’s Team at the Olympics


The Russian women’s national team during pre-Olympic preparation in Khabarovsk in January. (Image Source)

So, after all the turmoil and tension of the past couple of months, the Russian women’s national team — playing as “The Olympic Athletes from Russia,” and I think I need not recap that whole story yet again — will begin its Olympic journey at the Kwandong Hockey Centre on Gangneung, South Korea, on Sunday.  The final roster choices have been made, the lines and pairings seem set, and it is at long last time to play.  Read on, for a look at the lineup!

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Women’s Hockey Update: February 1st, 2018



Russian women’s national team captain Olga Sosina with some young fans after a pre-Olympic warm-up game in Khabarovsk earlier this week.  (Image Source)

Time for another women’s hockey update!  We will get to Olga Sosina (above) and the national team’s Olympic preparations, but the big news of the week came today from the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, which recently heard the appeals of 39 Russian athletes convicted by the Oswald Commission of doping offences at the 2014 Games.  Among those 39 were eight members of the women’s hockey team from 2014: Inna Dyubanok, Yekaterina Smolentseva, Yekaterina Pashkevich, Anna Shibanova, Tatyana Burina, Anna Shchukina, Galina Skiba, and Yekaterina Lebedeva.  Read on, for what the court decided, and some other news notes as well!

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Olympians (Updated)


Gangneung Hockey Centre, one of two venues for the hockey tournaments at the upcoming Olympic Games.  (Image Source)

Ok, we have the men’s and women’s Russian Olympic rosters named (they’re below the jump)!  One bit of news regarding the latter; the situation with Lyudmila Belyakova has been sorted out between the FHR and IOC, and she is eligible to be chosen for the Games.  Read on! (and come back for updates through today — I will be adding notes and thoughts throughout the day).  If you have questions, do feel free to leave them in the comments.

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