IHLC 2020 In Review – Women’s


After one of the most dramatic years in international women’s hockey history, with both a thrilling World Championship final and an off-ice reckoning over women’s equality in the game, 2020 was set to be a watershed year in women’s hockey.

Then COVID-19 shut down the planet.
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🇷🇺 CAS Shortens Russian International Sports Ban To Two Years


At a ruling today at the Court Of Arbitration For Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Russia’s proposed four year sporting ban from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was reduced to two years, meaning that Russia will be banned from participating in any international sporting competition, including the 2021 Summer and 2022 Winter Olympics, until 17 December 2022.
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IIHF Announces More Tournaments Cancelled Due To Pandemic


After a few months of relative peace on the international hockey front, and even the return of international competition as recently as two weeks ago, the IIHF today announced that a number of international tournaments will be cancelled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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🇺🇸 Meghan Duggan Announces Formal Retirement From Team USA


American forward Meghan Duggan, who has captained Team USA to Olympic and World Championship Gold success for over a decade, today formally announced her retirement from pro hockey at age 33.
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🇺🇸 Zoe Hickel Retires From Team USA To Coach At Ohio State


American winger Zoe Hickel, a two-time World Champion and holding the rare distinction of winning both the Clarkson and Isobel Cups, today confirmed her retirement from playing, joining Ohio State University’s coaching staff at age 28.
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🇸🇪 🇫🇮 Swedish Hockey Federation Confirms No Four Nations Cup In 2020


As schedules begin to trickle out for a truncated version of the 2020-21 international hockey calendar, the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation’s women’s calendar for 2020-21 does not feature theirs or Finland’s participation in the Four Nations Cup, which in all likelihood is scrapped due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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🇫🇮 Isa Rahunen Announces Retirement To Pursue Nursing Full Time


Finnish defender Isa Rahunen today announced her retirement from both Kärpät of the Finnish Naisten Liiga and the Naisleijonat national team at the age of 27, committing herself full time to her nursing studies at the University of Oulu during this global COVID-19 pandemic.
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🇨🇦 Melody Davidson Leaves Hockey Canada After 26 Years


Melody Davidson, the Canadian management official who has helped to revolutionize women’s hockey and turn Canada into the international juggernaut they are, announced she will be leaving Hockey Canada, an organization she has been with since 1994.
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🇨🇦 🇸🇰 Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2020


The Hockey Hall Of Fame today announced the newest members that will join as the Class of 2020, with two first-ballot inductees joining a trio of Canadian players who have long awaited their call to the Hall in Toronto.
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2020 IIHF Extraordinary Congress Sets Future Calendar


With the scheduled 2020 IIHF Congress that was set for Zürich during the now-cancelled 2020 World Championships, today the International Ice Hockey Federation held their Extraordinary Congress virtually (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), setting the schedule for both the 2020-21 international hockey calendar, as well as for the 2022 Olympic qualification.
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