Category Archives: Women’s Hockey

Women’s Hockey Update: October 17th, 2018


The U18 Russian women’s national team preparing for last weekend’s Kuortane Cup tournament in Finland.  (Image Source)

Ok, time to start getting caught up on things here, and we will start with international action from earlier this month.  The Russian Under-18 Women’s national team made its second tournament appearance of 2018-19 in early October in Kuortane Finland, playing for the Kuortane Cup against the host country plus the Czechs and Norwegians (you can see the full Russian roster for the tournament in the last women’s hockey update).  Read on, for a recap of that tournament, plus a look at the first round of the U18 amateur women’s club championship in Russia!

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Women’s Hockey Update: October 3rd, 2018 (Part 2)


The Russian U18 women’s national team in training for the upcoming Kuortane Cup tournament.  (Image Source)

As promised, the second part of this two-part women’s hockey update!  Yesterday, we talked about the recent games in the Women’s Hockey League; tonight we turn our attention to goings-on in Russian U18 women’s hockey, at all levels.  Read on, for the opening results of the national championship at that age level, and previews of some quickly-upcoming tournaments!


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Women’s Hockey Update: October 2nd, 2018 (Part 1)


Agidel Ufa’s Elina Mitrofanova finds the going a bit heavy in front of the Dynamo St. Petersburg net during Women’s Hockey League action last week.  Mitrofanova would get some revenge, however, as Agidel won two of their three games in St. Petersburg. (Image Source)

This will be a two-parter of a women’s hockey update, for reasons entirely of post length.  This evening will be all about the last ten day’s doings in the Women’s Hockey League, where five different three-game series took place.  Tomorrow, we’ll discuss matters outside the Women’s Hockey League, including some upcoming U18 international hockey.  So read on, for recaps of some very interesting games, and the merciful end of one streak that had gone on far too long!

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Women’s Hockey Update: Sept. 19th, 2018


A tough day at the office for Dynamo St. Petersburg goalie Valeriya Merkusheva against SKIF Nizhny Novgorod last week. (Image Source)

With a week and a half of 2018-19 Women’s Hockey League games now in the books, time for an update on that league and its early goings-on this season.  There have been some very interesting results already, as well as some bravura performances from some of the league’s big players.  Read on, for some recaps, but a few other tidbits of news!


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The Women’s Hockey League in 2018-19


Agidel Ufa’s Polina Luchnikova (#87) camps out in front of Tornado Moscow Oblast goalie Nadezhda Alexandrova and Galina Skiba during Sunday’s opening game of the 2018-19 Women’s Hockey League season.  Luchnikova, making her Agidel debut, had a huge game, scoring twice to lead her team to a 3-2 victory.  (Image Source)

The Russian Women’s Hockey League began it’s 2018-19 season on Sunday, as defending champions Agidel Ufa hosted their arch-rivals, and last year’s beaten finalists, Tornado Moscow Oblast.  This season will be the fourth in the Women’s Hockey League is under the aegis of the KHL, and it will feature some changes from last season.  Most notably, with the Olympics out of the way, the 2018-19 regular season will expand from 24 games per team to 36.  It will be followed once again by a two-round playoff featuring the top four regular-season squads.  The lineup of teams?  That is unchanged from the seven who took part in 2017-18.  So read on, for a look at each of those clubs, their major off-season moves, and their prospects for the coming season.


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Women’s Hockey Update: August 28th, 2018

Agidel Ufa players and coaches receive their gold medals as 2017-18 Champions of Russia in a ceremony on Tuesday.

We have hockey games to talk about! Both Russian women’s national teams (Senior and Under-18) played their first tournaments of 2018-19 late last week, and, well, fortunes were mixed.  Read on, for full recaps of those tournaments, major transfer news from the Women’s Hockey League, a sneak preview of the teams that will take part in the amateur national championship, and some other notes!

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Women’s Hockey Update: August 20th, 2018


Forward Valeriya Pavlova at work as the Russian women’s national team prepares for its first international tournament of 2018-19.  (Image Source)

Time — indeed, well past time — for an update on what has been happening in Russian women’s hockey this month!  We are within a few days of the first national team games of the new season, we have a Women’s Hockey League schedule to consider, and there are some other bits of news as well.  So read on!

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Women’s Hockey Update: July 30th, 2018 (Updated)


SKIF Nizhny Novgorod U18 goalie Varvara Bunkova with Georgy Kuznetsov of Dynamo Moscow (l.) and Andrei Tikhomirov of Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod after Saturday’s KHL pre-season game between Dynamo and Torpedo.  All of the proceeds from the game went to help with Bunkova’s physiotherapy following very complicated knee surgery.  (Image Source)

More player moves in the Women’s Hockey League since the last update, including a couple more big signings by SKIF Nizhny Novgorod!  Those are discussed below, as well as some new players in camp with defending champions Agidel Ufa, a benefit game for an injured young player, and some other matters as well.  Read on…

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Scheduling Note

I am off traveling this weekend, so KHL team previews will resume early next week (Slovan Bratislava is the next up).

In the meantime, however, there was a significant bit of hockey news on Thursday, which you can append to this week’s Women’s Hockey Update.  Forward Alexandra Vafina is on her way from Women’s Hockey League champions Agidel Ufa to SKIF Nizhny Novgorod.  The former University of Calgary standout joined Agidel early in 2017-18, and scored 6-11-17 in 20 games before adding two goals and two assists in five playoff contests.  Still only 27, Vafina has played for Russia at eight World Championships and two Olympic Games, though (perhaps oddly) she was not included on the 2018 Games roster.  She represents an huge acquisition for SKIF, who were a bit of a surprise playoff team last season after a couple of campaigns rebuilding from their youth program.

Have a good weekend, and see you all early next week!

Women’s Hockey Update: July 17th, 2018


Forward Darya Teryoshkina in action for the University of Maine in the NCAA last season.  The 20-year-old from Chelyabinsk has caught the eye of the Russian team selectors this summer — more on that below!  (Image Source)

As the new season nears (indications are that the Women’s Hockey League season will begin on September 9th), the pace of news in Russian women’s hockey is also picking up.  And there have been some heavy tidings in the first part of July, including: a Women’s Hockey League team on the move, an unpleasant situation at the league’s defending champions, some players coming and going, and a first look at some of the prospective Russian national-teamers in 2018-19.  Read on!

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