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Title: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 24, 2013, 12:32:33 PM
The Clarkson Cup, the CWHL (Canadian Womens Hockey League) championship, won by the U.S-based Boston Blades, with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Stars.


http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/50783-Boston-beats-Montreal-to-become-first-American-Clarkson-Cup-champions.html (http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/50783-Boston-beats-Montreal-to-become-first-American-Clarkson-Cup-champions.html)

...as happy as Blades players and staff were to win the Clarkson Cup, CWHL brass were just as pleased at the steps forward the league has taken. In addition to the crowd in attendance, Canadian sports TV giant TSN broadcast the game, and rink board advertising and corporate support grew again.

...CWHL players will be paid a living wage anytime soon, but step by step, they are building the infrastructure for future generations to better appreciate women’s hockey... they’re already succeeding: a large portion of the crowd was comprised of young female players and participation in the women’s game has never been better.

 “We’re laying a good foundation for the years that are ahead,” Andress said. “We’re branding for the kids and the community, so all the money involved goes back into the sport.

“I think it’s going to be great,” Murphy said. “I don’t really think the U.S. knows a lot about women’s hockey and when we come back and show them we were on TSN, that we won this whole league, they’re going to be intrigued by it.”
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: RobDM on March 24, 2013, 01:41:28 PM
I was fortunate enough to cover 4 games of the seven-game tournament including yesterday's final. A lot of people shrug off the women's game but in my opinion, it is intense, passionate hockey that fans would enjoy if they gave it a chance.

Here's a link to my CWHL stories:
http://www.tmlfans.ca/category/blogs/womens-hockey-inside-the-cwhl
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 03, 2013, 01:39:36 AM
Team Canada defeats the U.S. 3-2 in a shootout, after coming back from a 2-O deficit, of the opening game at the Women's World Hookey Championships (WWHC).

Canadian Captain Hayley Wickenheiser left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. 

http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/sports/nhl/story/2013/04/02/sp-hockey-canada-usa-womens-world-championship.html
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 04, 2013, 12:42:19 AM
Yikes!  A 13-0 whitewash of Switzerland by by Canads at the WHC.  Oh well, no further comment necessary!

Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 04, 2013, 12:54:32 AM
In case some were wondering why the Canadian women's team wore the black and yellow uniforms in place of the traditional red& white colours of Team Canada, look no further than the reason:  in support of the Livestrong Foundation and it's contributions to cancer victims & survivors, support, awareness, etc.,etc.

For many of these women, the dreaded disease has struck close to home.  Also, for them to wear the black and yellow uniforms (for just the opening game against the U.S.), represented their own tribute to those stricken with cancer and their courage in the face of it.

While many hockey observers may not have agreed with the somewhat "controversial" decision to go with these uniforms for just one game, all those associated with Hockey Canada including the women's coach Dan Church, gave them their unwavering support and go ahead.

Here's more on this story:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/team-canada-black-and-yellow-a-tribute-to-cancer-fight-not-armstrong-1.1219209
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 06, 2013, 06:14:37 PM
8-0 win over Finland last night for Team Canada.  Three goal performance from Megan Agosta-Marciano.  With the win, Canada catapults into the semifinals with a perfect record.

GO CANADA GO!  Go ladies!
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: oakl0008 on April 09, 2013, 12:49:41 AM
 This year I find that Women's Team Canada is getting a little more deserved coverage. Very nice to see. Go Girls!  8)
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 09, 2013, 01:25:51 AM
...on to the Gold Medal matchup!!  Team Canada vs Team USA on Tuesday night!!   (TSN 7:30 PM)   GO CANADA GO!!!

The Canadian women defeated Team Russia 8-1 in the semi-final, while the Americans defeated Team Finland 3-0.

Bronze medal game will be played Tuesday afternoon featuring Team Russia vs Team Finland.   (TSN 3:30 PM)

Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 10, 2013, 04:31:49 AM
Congratulations to the USA on their Gold medal victory, a 3-2 win over Team Canada, in the championship game of the WWHC.

As disappointed as Canada was, and, as ecstatic the U.S as the was, this final featured everything anyone would want in a women's game -- solid goaltending (Canada's Szabados stopped 30 shots while the U.S. Vetter stopped 16), opportunistic scoring (both Canada and the U.S. scored goals on longshots and from the point), odd-man rushes (with the U.S. taking several of them past out-of-position Canadian defenders), plenty of speed (an up-tempo on the part of the Americans as they used their speed to rush past and around Canadian forwards & defenders, while Canada was not quite up to par on all counts), some chippiness (on the part of the Canadians that landed them a penalty or two too many), boisterous fans and a sold-out audience at the Scotiabank Centre in Ottawa, and...our Prime Minister in attendance.

While the Canadians won it on a score of 5-4 in 2012, in the state of Vermont, over the U.S., this time around the roles were reversed.  However,  Canada remains the country with the most WWHC titles with 10, while the USA is second with 5.

The Canadians played well but the Americans played better.  Using their large size on defence and using their speed to their advantage, the U.S. offset the  Canadian forwards up front and tried to utilize whatever odd-man rushes presented them.

Both teams played entertaining hockey and both teams played great.  But there has to be a winner and that winner in the end turned out to be the USA, led by the  game-winning goal scored in the third period by Amanda Kessel, yes, Phil Kessel's sister, a standout player in the NCAA women's hockey division. 


MVP and top forward award went to Canada's Marie-Philippe Poulin who also led the tournament in scoring.

The bronze medal game played earlier in the day featured Team Russia vs Team Finland, won by the Russians 2-0.  This was Team Russia's second Bronze medal (their first being in 2001).  Former NHLer Alexei Yashin is the Russian GM for the women 's team.


For more, go to:
http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/story/?id=420287 (http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/story/?id=420287)
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 11, 2013, 12:49:56 AM
A future Team Canada women's national team goaltender?

Taylor Crosby, Sidney's sister, talks hockey and then some...

http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/06/07/sidney-crosbys-sister-taylor-following-in-his-footsteps/
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 17, 2013, 02:39:50 PM
Wanna fight?!  You go, girls!

That's exactly what ensued between Team Canada & Team USA as the two rivals are participating in a series of exhibition games leading up to Sochi 2014.

What appeared to be a slight 'head hit' on Canadian goalkeeper Shannon Szabados by American Monique Lamoureux initiated the line brawl.

It's not the first time this has happened.

So, as Team Canada's Tess Bonhomme tweeted, "Women's hockey, boring?!"    As they say in Russian, nyet!

See more:
http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/women-hockey-line-brawl-highlights-hate-between-usa-025849473--nhl.html
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: oakl0008 on December 13, 2013, 01:24:03 PM
Yesterday, eight weeks before the Olympics, Team Canada's head coach Dan Church has stepped down. It was cited originally as "personal reasons", then later he mentioned that the powers that be did not have "confidence in what he was doing" with the team moving forward.

Another note: They did not try to convince him to stay after he offered his resignation AND he did not attend the official press conference of this announcement nor did he personally say his goodbyes to the team before flying back to Toronto.

This all happened yesterday morning, the same day of a Canada-USA exhibition series in Calgary in which the USA totally dominated (I watched the game) and won 5-1. If it weren't for Canada's goalie, the score would have been more lopsided. This is just speculation, but there have been rumblings that this may have to do with a couple of veterans that voiced their displeasure with being left off of the Four Nations Cup roster (in which Canada won). I'm not saying who belongs on the roster or not, but something is not right here.

And I think we can all agree that THIS close to the Olympics, this doesn't look too good.

More here:  http://www.tsn.ca/story/?id=438828#YourCallTop
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 13, 2013, 01:47:55 PM
Yesterday, eight weeks before the Olympics, Team Canada's head coach Dan Church has stepped down. It was cited originally as "personal reasons", then later he mentioned that the powers that be did not have "confidence in what he was doing" with the team moving forward.

Another note: They did not try to convince him to stay after he offered his resignation AND he did not attend the official press conference of this announcement nor did he personally say his goodbyes to the team before flying back to Toronto.

This all happened yesterday morning, the same day of a Canada-USA exhibition series in Calgary in which the USA totally dominated (I watched the game) and won 5-1. If it weren't for Canada's goalie, the score would have been more lopsided. This is just speculation, but there have been rumblings that this may have to do with a couple of veterans that voiced their displeasure with being left off of the Four Nations Cup roster (in which Canada won). I'm not saying who belongs on the roster or not, but something is not right here.

And I think we can all agree that THIS close to the Olympics, this doesn't look too good.

More here:  http://www.tsn.ca/story/?id=438828#YourCallTop (http://www.tsn.ca/story/?id=438828#YourCallTop)


That's quite surprising in that Church hasn't fared too badly in his tenure as the Women's National team coach.  (Melody Davidson has been the most successful in the short time that she was there.  Too bad she's in a managerial position with the team).

Not sure Goyette or Haley have much experience behind the bench.

Also, aren't there some of the team's older veterans, such as Hayley Wickenheiser, who perhaps should hang up the skates and take up a position within the team's organization, while giving way to a speedier player or two?  I'm doubtful Canada can match the U.S. speed anymore.  Don't mean to pan Wickenheiser.  Afterall she's been one of the country's best-ever women's hockey players, but it seemed that she's had trouble against speedier teams (such as the U.S.).

The above seems to be implied in the article, as some people are voicing their concern with roster changes that have not been made for the benefit of the team as a whole.

Don't know.  We'll just have to wait and see and hope they can be successful for Olympic gold.
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 15, 2013, 01:59:35 AM
World University Winter Games ( FlSU) in Italy, Team Canada lashes it's opponents 21-0 over Spain...

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh-game/canada-university-hockey-teams-smash-opposition-openers-italy-032857924.html
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: Stickytape on December 15, 2013, 09:00:44 AM
World University Winter Games ( FlSU) in Italy, Team Canada lashes it's opponents 21-0 over Spain...

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh-game/canada-university-hockey-teams-smash-opposition-openers-italy-032857924.html

"Spain, playing its first-ever FISU contest, registered just two shots, both coming in the third period."

Ouch.
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 17, 2013, 12:29:56 PM
Introducing the new Women's national team coach...

http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/story/?id=439213 (http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/story/?id=439213)
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on December 21, 2013, 04:27:22 AM
Yet another line-brawl between Canada & USA in Women's pre-Olympic tune-up...

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh-game/canada-u-women-hockey-teams-line-brawl-second-050946816.html
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 09, 2014, 09:48:53 AM
Canada defeats the U.S. 3-2 on a shootout goal by Brianna Jenner, (one of the heroines in Canada's brilliant comeback victory in the gold medal at the 2012 Sochi Winter Olympics), at the Four Nations Cup women's tournament. 

This was Canada's fourteenth Nations Cup gold medal.
Many familiar (veteran) names associated with both countries' respective Olympic rosters did not play in this tournament, giving way to newer players to get a chance,. and alao to enhance  the women's development program.

A highly entertaining two-way gqme between two rivals, as always, playing their A-gqme in bringing the best out of each other:

What a hell of a game. What an awesome thing for women’s hockey," said U.S. head coach Ken Klee. "It was a fantastic hockey game. Both teams played well, both teams had chances, both teams moved. It was just an awesome hockey game."

"I'm really proud of this group and what we accomplished here. This was our goal," said Canadian captain Haley Irwin. "We got better each game and I think there’s a lot we can take from this.

Source:  Sportsnet
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 02, 2015, 11:40:09 AM
Forgot to mention...

In April, rhe 2015 IIHF World Women's Hockey Championships took place in Malmo, Sweden, and the end result saw the USA win the Gold with a 7-5 victory over Team Canada.

Finland won the bronze over Russia.

It was a sweet victory of revenge for the USA Women as they were determined not to let the results of Sochi (2014 Winter Olympic Games) happen again.  (The U.S lost in Sochi when Team Canada stormed back from a 2-0 deficit in the Gold medal game room eventually win in OT).

Not this time, as Team USA broke a 5-5 tie in the third period to rally away with the win and thus the gold medal.

"Huge motivator," Knight said. "We had the hump on our back, the monkey on our back from Sochi and that didn't feel good. We came out with a win and it feels really good."

Canada had trouble containing the speedy Americans particularly Hillary Knight''s line even though both teams were even in the offensive department.  Both team's goaltenders were pulled as the goals rang up.

"We had to start better today," Ouellette said. "We never gave up. We fought until the end. We were able to come back and make it 5-5. For that, I'm so proud of my teammates, but it's not enough to win."

The U.S.' Knight was named top forward.  Japan's (yes, Japan) Nana Fujimoto top goaltender.


http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/women-s-world-hockey-championship-usa-defeats-canada-in-final-1.3021312 (http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/women-s-world-hockey-championship-usa-defeats-canada-in-final-1.3021312).
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 29, 2016, 03:24:19 AM
The 2016 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships have begun, in Kamloops, B.C., Canada, and the opening game was a 3-1loss for Team Canada to Team USA.

With exciting and fast-paced action from both squads,  the defending champion Americans, with  slightly superior speed and offence, came back from a 1-O Canadian lead in the third period and rallied back on markers by Hillary Knight & Brianna Decker. 

MVPs of the game:  goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (Team Canada);   forward Hillary Knight (Team USA).

Canada plays Russia next, while USA plays Finland.

Story:
http://www.worldwomen2016.com/en/news/usa-can/
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 29, 2016, 03:59:08 AM
In other news in the 2016 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships:

Team Sweden,  outshooting Team Czech Republic 31-18, needed a last-minute goal in the final period to defeat Team Czech Republic 3-2.

Sweden next plays Japan while the Czechs play Switzerland.

                                                              -------------

Led by two goaIs scored by Tanja Niskanen, defending Bronze medallists TeamFinland convincingly defeated Team Russia by ascore of 5-3.

Finland will play the U.S., while Russia meet Canada.

                                                                 ------------- 

It was a goaltender's duel between Team Switzerland's Florence Schelling (voted Best Goaltender at 2014 Sochi Olympics), and Team Japan's  Nana Fujimoto (voted Best Goaltender at the 2015 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships). The result:  the Swiss reigned victorious with a 4-2 victory.

Team Switzerland's  next game will be against Team Czech Republic, while Japan plays Sweden.

For more info, click here:
http://www.worldwomen2016.com/?changeview=desktop#schedule-match-2016-03-28


Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 31, 2016, 10:42:11 AM
Led by a pair of goals by Rebecca Houston, Halli Krzyzaniak,  Brianna Jenner and Meaghan Mikkelson, Team Canada gave coach Laura Schuler her first inaugural win as it trounced Team Russia 8-1.

For a brief few minutes in the game, the Russians had a 1-0 lead -- the first time ever that a Russian Women's squad had taken a lead over Team Canada -- but the euphoria of that quickly gave way to a barrage of goals that put the game squarely in Canada's favour.

Canada plays Finland next, while Russia prepares to face the Americans.


http://www.worldwomen2016.com/en/news/can-rus/ (http://www.worldwomen2016.com/en/news/can-rus/)
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 31, 2016, 11:14:42 AM
It was by no means an easy victory even though Team USA outshot Team Finland in their 2-1 win.  Finnish goalkeeper Meen Raisanen stopped every possible shot, and was crucial in keeping her squad in the game.  At one point, the Finns were outshot 20-1 in the second period in which Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson tallied what would prove to be the winning team goal for the Americans.

The US' netminder Vetter was forced to thwart off some dangerous Finnish shots that could have tied the game up.  Too bad the Finns fell short.

The USA plays Russia next, while Finland meets Canada.

                                            -----------

Not even Swiss star goaltender Florence Schilling could stop Team Czech's  Teresa Vanisova's two goal performance in the Czech's 3-1 upset victory over Team Switzerland. 

The upstart Czech team that has kept the scores surprisingly close -- they defeated Sweden 3-2 in their opening round robin game -- wasn't expected to dispose of the defending Bronze medallist Swiss squad, but that's exactly what they did, thanks in part to star player Vanisova.

Team Czech plays Japan next, while the Swiss prepare for Sweden.

                                           --------

Sweden easily outshot Team Japan and solved Japanese 'keeper  Nana Fujimoto, enroute to a 2-0 shutout of Japan.

The Swedes will next play the Swiss, and Japan faces Team Czech.

Info:
http://www.worldwomen2016.com/?changeview=desktop#schedule-match-2016-03-29
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 03, 2016, 04:39:59 AM
Quarter-Final action at the 2016 WWHC saw Finland defeat the "Cinderella" Czechs 5-0, while Russia beat Sweden 4-2 on a four point performance by Russian forward Olga Sosina.

Canada and USA both had QF byes.

Team Canada faces Finland in the Semi-Final Sunday, while Team USA will meet Russia.


Source:   IIHF
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 04, 2016, 01:51:25 PM
Semi-Final results:

Thanks to a hat-trick by Natalie Spooner, Team Canada staved off the "gritty" Finns bya score of 5-3, and booked itself into the Gold medal game against Team USA.

Despite being outshot 39-19, Meeri Raisanen, the Finnish goalkeeper kept her team competent throughout the game.  Two of Canada's goals were empty-netters.

Close game.


Team Canada now meets Team USA in the Gold medal matchup, while Team Finland faces Team Russia in the. Bronze medal match.


Story:
http://www.worldwomen2016.com/en/news/can-fin-sf/


                                                -----------


In other Semi-Final action yesterday, it was a big day for multiple Team USA players as the Americans made short work of Team Russia, trouncing them by a score of 9-0.


Hillary Knight, Jocelyn-Lamoureux Davidson, Monique Lamoureux, Brianna Decker, etc., and the list goes on, as Team USA outshot Team Russia 40-17.


Now, it's on to the Gold medal game for Team USA against Team Canada, while Team Russia meets Team Finland in the. Bronze medal matchup.


Story:

http://www.worldwomen2016.com/en/news/usa-rus-sf/

Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 04, 2016, 02:07:19 PM
Tonight's Gold medal game between Team Canada & Team USA starts at 7:30PM ET

This afternnon's Bronze medal game between Team Finland & Team Russia begins at 3:00PM ET.
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 05, 2016, 07:12:35 PM
Wow, what a finish!  Team USA forward Alex Carpenter managed to shove the puck, after a funny bounce that trickled behind  the pads of Canada's goaltender Emerance Maschemeyer, into the net in OT.

Jubilation for Team USA as it the Americans won their third consecutive World Women's title.  Ex-NHLer Ken Klee's team was dominant throughout the tournament but met their match in Team Canada for the Gold (even though the US had beaten Canada 3-1 in the tournament-opening Round Robin game).

As for Team Canada, they had their chances in OT including several power play opportunities in regulation, hut couldn't solve US goaltender Alex Rigsby who was stellar.

"I thought we were all over them and we just had an unlucky bounce," Canadian forward Meghan Agosta said. "We had power play after power play and couldn't put it in. Emerance Maschmeyer, she kept us in the game.

Speaking of Canada's 'keeper Emerance Maschemeyer, she was equally stellar in net, foiling the Americans every chance she got.  So much so, that Maschemeyer was voted the tournament's top goaltender. 

Fans were treated to a goaltending duel between Rigsby (US) and Maschemeyer (Canada).

Hilary Knight (US) was voted as top forward, Jenni Hiirikoski (Finland) as top defender, and Emerance Maschemeyer (Canada) too goaltender.

Named to tournament All-Star team were forwards Rebecca Johnston (Canada), Christine Huani (Switzerland), Hillary Knight (US), as well as defenders Jenni Hiirikoski (Finland), Monique Lamoureux (US), and goaltender Meeting Raisanen (Finland).

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/u-s-beats-canada-ot-win-womens-hockey-gold/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/u-s-beats-canada-ot-win-womens-hockey-gold/)
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 05, 2016, 07:30:41 PM
Team Russia staved off Team Finland in the shootout 1-0l  and earned themselves the Bronze medal.

Russian forwards Olga Sosina & Anna Shukma helped solve Finish goaltender Meeri Raisanen.  Russian 'keeper Nadezdha Morozova, who made 32 saves in regulation, stopped several Finns in the shootout. 

As for Finnish goalkeeper Raisanen, who was named to tournament All-Star team,  kept her team in the game making 22 saves in regulation, before the Russian forwards solved her in the shootout.

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/russia-edges-finland-bronze-womens-world-hockey-championship/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/russia-edges-finland-bronze-womens-world-hockey-championship/)
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 16, 2016, 12:46:02 AM
Team Canada loses 3-2 in OT to Team USA in the IIHF 2016 u18 World Women's Hockey Championship Gold medal game, held in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.

The Canadians led 2-O halfway into the game, but the Americans found a way to tie it all up and force OT.

http://u18worldwomen2016.iihf.com/en/news/usa-can-gmg/


Team Sweden took the Bronze, 2-1 winners over Team Russia.

http://u18worldwomen2016.iihf.com/en/news/rus-swe-bmg/
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 14, 2017, 05:13:03 AM
Olympic hockey's most decorated scorer has retired.  Hayley Wickenheiser, who won four Olympic Women's hockey Golds, and is known as Olympic hockey's all-time top scorer, officially announced her retirement.

Hayley Wickenheiser   @wick_22
Dear Canada. It has been the great honour of my life to play for you. Time to hang em up!! Thank you! #grateful #graduationday #canada
7:02 PM - 13 Jan 2017.

By the way, fellas, she was also the first female ever to score a goal in a professional men's league.

She was also an integral part of women's hockey in elevating the game worldwide, for many an aspiring young woman to want to be like Hayley.

Quite an accomplishment and a hockey career.

Thank you Hayley Wickenheiser and all the best to you!

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/womens-hockey-star-hayley-wickenheiser-announces-retirement/
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 14, 2017, 05:31:57 AM
Interview with Hayley Wickenheiser on her retirement, career, etc.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/hayley-wickenheiser-unmatched-career-life-hockey/

...and more:
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/hayley-wickenheiser-calls-it-a-career-1.3935762
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on March 16, 2017, 04:56:23 AM
The Team USA Women's squad will be boycotting the upcoming 2017 World Women's Hockey Championships, to be played in the U.S. (in Plymouth, Michigan), over the issues of equitable & fair treatment and wages:

...they announced Wednesday, is they’ll be boycotting the IIHF world championships next month—a tournament in which they’re defending champions, a tournament that’ll be held on their home soil—unless USA Hockey takes big steps towards meeting their demands for fair pay and treatment.

In the words of captain Megan Duggan, the women want the organization that runs hockey in the country to “stop treating us like an afterthought.”

USA Hockey pays the women in the national team program $1,000 per month for a six-month period every Olympic year. That’s it. “The other three and a half years, they don’t give us any money,” Lamoureux-Morando said. It’s why you’ll find a lot of players who double as personal trainers, coaches, and IT workers on the roster.

“If you’re at the pinnacle of your sport, you should be able to make a living wage doing so,” Lamoureux-Morando said. “We should be able to make a living wage being the top female hockey players in the country and not have to hold second and third jobs.”

Players do also get compensation from the U.S. Olympic Committee, ranging from $750-2,000 per month. Travel and food is covered—but not like it is for the men’s senior team, or the world junior team.

“The food we eat isn’t as good, and we don’t stay in as nice hotels,” Lamoureux-Morando said.

Over the last year, they’ve been asking for more playing opportunities (they play just nine games in non-Olympic years) and financial support “consistent with the boys’ teams,” as a statement puts it.

“None of those requests get addressed in our conversations,” Lamoureux-Morando said. Fair compensation, travel, relocation expenses, pregnancy benefits, worker’s compensation and disability insurance are all on a long list of requests.

This has been in the works for 14 months, since the women’s team approached Ballard Sparhr—the same law firm that represented the American women’s soccer team last year, when they demanded equal pay with their male counterparts.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/u-s-womens-hockey-team-boycotting-world-championships/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/u-s-womens-hockey-team-boycotting-world-championships/)
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 01, 2017, 06:46:14 AM
Chalk one up for Team USA, eh?  With the American squad having had no pre-tournament practice nor training camp, and threatening to boycott their participation in this year's 2017 Women's World Hockey Championships, well, who would have known as Team USA solidly shutout Team Canada 2-O, in what was both their tournament opening game.

With the U.S. Women having secured the agreement they were seeking with USA Hockey just days prior to this opening game, there was an emotion that the Americans displayed on ice that parlayed into victory.

True, Team Canada seemed slow and lethargic, and off their game somewhat, what with Shannon Sabados making 28 saves, but give the U.S. credit on this one.

"We're so united," U.S. forward Gigi Marvin said. "We were itching to be on the ice and it was displayed beautifully tonight, the unity, the support around the ice.

"It was something that means a lot especially after what we went through."

"It was a big thing for female sports and they got it," (Team Canada's)Poulin said. "I think it was a big emotional game for them tonight."


http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/us-beats-canada-womens-hockey-world-championship/.
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 01, 2017, 07:00:36 AM
In other game results at the 2017 WWHC:

Team Russia who was without it's top scorers Shokhina & Sosina, managed to stave off Team Finland 2-1.

Team Germany surprised Team Sweden 3-1, while Team Switserland defeated the Czech Republic in a shootout 2-1..


http://www.worldwomen2017.com/
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 02, 2017, 02:56:03 AM
Uh oh, Canada.   Team Canada succumbs to a 4-3 defeat to Team Finland, and it is the first time ever  that the Finns beat the Canadians at a World Women's tournament.

The Finnish women were overcome with jubilation and left Team Canada shaking it's head figuring out what they need to do to continue to stay alive at these World Championships all of a sudden.

Team Canada needs to beat Team Russia and avoid going O-3 in this preliminary round to even have a chance to a semifinal bye or quarter-finals.
Goal differentials will decide the tie-breaker.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/finland-beats-canada-first-time-ever-womens-world-hockey-championship/
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 02, 2017, 03:00:10 AM
In other WWHC action:

The surging Germans outlasted the Czech Republic 2-I, while Switzerland but Sweden 2-1.

Team USA continued it's mastery with it's second consecutive shutout win, His time a 7-O drubbing of Team Russia.


Source:   Sportsnet,    IIHF
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 02, 2017, 03:05:39 AM
Re:  Team USA's Amanda Kessel:  Phil would be proud...as she was inspired by his Stanley Cup victory.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/u-s-blank-russia-womens-world-hockey-championship/

Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 05, 2017, 04:51:43 PM
Finally!  Team Canada's offence exploded in an 8-O thrashing of Team Russia in a matchup played Monday.  Team Canada also gets a bye and participation in Thursday's Semi-final versus Team Finland.

The Canadians earned their Semi-final date by having the tiebreaker in the goals differential column.  Finland & Russia were tied in this category which vaulted Canada ahead.

As for Team Finland, they lost to the U.S. Monday, by a stubborn 5-3 score.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/canada-blows-russia-first-win-womens-world-hockey-championship/

So far, so good.
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 05, 2017, 05:15:22 PM
In today's WWHC Quarter-Final action

The "Cinderella" Team Germany stunned Team Russia 2-1 and a matchup against Team USA in Thursday's Semi-Final.

Team Finland defeated Team Sweden 4-0 and will play Team Canada in Thursday's Semi-Final matchup.

Team Czech Republic beat Team Switzerland 4-2.


Source:   IIHF
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 06, 2017, 11:49:55 PM
Okay Canada!

Team Canada shuts out Team Finland 4-0 and book a trip to the Gold medal game against Team USA.

Team Canada came bursting out of offensive gate against the Finns taking an early lead and outpaced Finland with their puck possession.  Of course,  Canadian 'keeper Shannon Szabados had to be at her best and she more than was indeed, backstopping some dangerous Finnish scoring chances, effectively shutting the door on Team Finland.

Canada now plays the U.S. in Friday's Gold Medal match.


http://www.worldwomen2017.com/en/news/can-fin-12/
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 07, 2017, 12:00:11 AM
Team USA routed Team Germany 11-0.  The shot tally was 39-8 in favour of the Americans before a raucous home crowd.

The Germans were considered the "Cinderella" team of the fournament making it this far into a Semi- final game.  Kudos to them but the reality is that the U.S. was simply overpowering on their home turf.

Team USA will meet Team Canada for the Gold Medal matoh Friday.


http://www.worldwomen2017.com/en/news/usa-ger-12/?changeview=desktop
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 07, 2017, 12:05:59 AM
In the Classification Round game, Team Russia beat Team Sweden 4-3, for the 5th or 6th spots.

In the Relegation Round, Team Switzerland scored in OT to defeat Team Czech Republic 3-2.  Game 2 is slated for Friday.


Source:     IIHF.com
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 08, 2017, 02:48:12 AM
2017 WWHC Gold Medal Game:  USA 3  Canada 2  OT

What a way to finish for the Americans before a cheering home crowd, as Team USA's Hilary Knight was the heroine in scoring the pivotal overtime goal that won the Americans their eighth WWHC Gold.  It's also the first time they've ever won it on their home ice.

For Team Canada, it has not been since 2012 that they last won the Gold at a WWHC tournament.  Still, for the Canadians, this game could have gone either way.  Small consolation knowing that they truly challenged the U.S. squad, as has been done so many more times in these previous tournaments.

"The last time we played at home we lost to them in Vermont, and we didn't want that feeling again," said defenceman Kacey Bellamy, who scored the Americans' two goals in regulation. "The support we've had the last few weeks has been incredible, so we wanted to win this for the fans."

"We're both great teams," Knight continued. "You have to try to cut the odds in your favour, but at the end of the day you saw a great hockey game."

"I heard the Canada chants, and then was thinking, 'Come on! Let's get the U.S. chants!' It was an awesome atmosphere," Knight added. "To get the fan support was amazing. We often play in places we're getting booed, so cheers were great."

"I thought we played really well," offered Canada's Meghan Agosta. "I think the biggest thing we can take out of this is to get more quality shots on net. It's tough right now, but we need to bounce back."

Anytime these two meet, it's guaranteed to showcase exciting two-way hockey.


http://www.worldwomen2017.com/en/news/can-usa-gold/ (http://www.worldwomen2017.com/en/news/can-usa-gold/)
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 08, 2017, 03:04:57 AM
2017 WWHC Bronze Medal Game:   Finland 8  Germany 0.

Team Finland finally turned on the offensive firepower to unleash eight goals in shutting out the Germans.  Perhaps no one was actually expecting Germany to win, but no one foresaw The Finns scoring that many either.  Good for them, as they were thoroughly dominant in this Bronze Medal match.

As for Team Germany, just to finish fourth here at these WWHC is an achievement, the best showing for the German team yet.


"We started pretty well in the tournament, but as you can see on the ice against Canada, the United States, and Finland, the gap is big," acknowledged Germany's coach Benjamin Hinterstocker. "We don't have to talk about which team is the better one, but overall, we should be happy for the team and women's hockey in Germany. I think we represented German women's hockey well."

Very well said.  And for the Finns, very well played.

http://www.worldwomen2017.com/en/news/fin-ger-bronze/ (http://www.worldwomen2017.com/en/news/fin-ger-bronze/)
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 08, 2017, 03:26:39 AM
2017 WWHC Classification Round (Best-of Three):

Switzerland 3  Czech Republic 1  (Switzerland wins series 2 games to 0)

Chalk one up for Team Switzerland's Aina Muller, as Muller's three points ( one goal, two assists), along with Florence Schellings goaltending was all that was need to stymie the Czechs.

Bronze medallists at the 2014 Women's Olympic Hockey event, the Swiss were not about to lose their classification.  It would have been a definite downer had they not won considering their previously-mentioned achievement.

"Going into Sochi was different," Schelling noted. "We were in the top group, so we didn't have to win a game to make the quarter finals. And at that point, it's 50-50. But this time, we're in the lower group, so we have to qualify for the quarters next year. And although we've improved so much, so has all of women's hockey. You can see that in every game."

As for Team Czech Republic, their relegation is awaiting but the decision will made during next month's Men's WHC tournament.  The IIHF may expand the Women's pool for the next WWHC tournament.


http://www.worldwomen2017.com/en/news/sui-cze-rel-3/ (http://www.worldwomen2017.com/en/news/sui-cze-rel-3/)
Title: Re: Women's hockey
Post by: hockeyfan1 on October 23, 2017, 08:39:56 AM
The CWHL season is underway and two new additions from China -- the Kunlun Red Star and the Vanke Rays -- make up the international portion of the league.

Both the Kunlun Red Star, and the Vanke Rays rosters are made up of mostly Chinese and  NCAA players (plenty with Chinese-American & Chinese-Canadian heritage as well as non-Chinese lineage).

The Kunlun Red Star  played the season opener in Thornhill against the Markham Thunder.  Just having an international presence is more than what the CWHL could bargain for, as the Chinese teams are here to gain knowledge of the game as well as being "ambassadors" for the sport's further growth &  development to spur greater interest in Women's hockey there.

While the 2022 Beijing Winter Games are still awhile away, having these two clubs presented itself as the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of it, as there are currently just 400+ women playing ice hockey in a country as populous as China.


https://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2017/10/20/chinese-clubs-launch-revolutionary-debut-in-cwhl.html (https://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2017/10/20/chinese-clubs-launch-revolutionary-debut-in-cwhl.html)

Click on the teams in the dropdown list to see their full rosters:
http://www.thecwhl.com/stats/roster/3/18 (http://www.thecwhl.com/stats/roster/3/18)

Check out their website here:
http://www.thecwhl.com/ (http://www.thecwhl.com/)