🇺🇸 2020 Isobel Cup Final Cancelled Due To COVID-19


With only one game to go in the 2019-20 NWHL season, the Isobel Cup final between the defending champion Minnesota Whitecaps and the Boston Pride, the NWHL today announced the final will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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2020 IIHF Rankings, Olympic Seedings Released (UPDATED)


With the world on pause, and all international hockey cancelled, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IIHF today answered a few of many questions coming out of the cancellations of most major World Championship tournaments, today releasing both the 2020 Men’s and Women’s World Ranking, which in turn has officially confirmed the first qualifiers for the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
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🇨🇦 🇫🇷 IIHF Cancels 2020 Women’s World Championship, Division IA Tournaments


Due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus that continues to spread rapidly across the world, today the International Ice Hockey Federation announced the cancellation of both the Top Division and Division IA tournaments of the 2020 Women’s World Championship.
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🇵🇱 🇪🇸 🇰🇬 IIHF Cancels Seven Tournaments Due To COVID-19


Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus throughout the world, with particularly large impacts now on European soil, today the International Ice Hockey Federation announced the cancellation of seven World Championship tournaments set to begin in March.
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🇨🇦 🇺🇸 Canada, United States Face Off In 3-On-3 Women’s Tournament At NHL All-Star Weekend


The top female players from around the world today convened to take over the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in St. Louis, taking part in a Canada vs. USA 3-on-3 game in front of a packed crowd at Enterprise Center in advance of their upcoming Rivalry Series and the 2020 Women’s World Championship.
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🇨🇦 Bailey Bram Retires From Team Canada After 100 Games


Canadian forward Bailey Bram, who saw her 13-year career take her from the NCAA to CWHL, Swedish league and top levels of international hockey, today announced her retirement from hockey at the age of 29.
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🇨🇦 Courtney Birchard Retires From Team Canada, Turns Focus To Coaching


Defender Courtney Birchard, who spent a decade anchoring the blueline of Team Canada, today announced her retirement from pro hockey, officially making the transition into coaching a full-time endeavour.
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🇷🇺 WADA Hands Russia Four Year Ban On International Sports


This morning in Lausanne, Switzerland, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) unanimously agreed upon a four year ban for Russia not only from the 2020 Summer and 2022 Winter Olympics, but also for its member sport federations (of which the International Ice Hockey Federation is a part) to ban Russia from participating in or hosting any events between now and 2023.
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2020 Women’s World Championship Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship was today announced for the tournament taking place in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, which hopes to bring as much drama and excitement as the last year’s tournament in Finland did.
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🇸🇪 Swedish Hockey Federation Confirms Cancellation Of Four Nations Cup In Luleå


After rejecting their latest deal to put an end to a standoff with the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, today the organization announced that the upcoming Four Nations Cup, scheduled for 5-9 November in Luleå, has been cancelled.
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🇸🇪 Swedish Women’s Team Vows Boycott For 2019-20 Season


Similar to a scenario that played out in 2017 with the U.S. women’s team, today all 43 members of the Swedish women’s national program announced they will boycott participation in any further international competition, including November’s Four Nations Cup in Luleå.
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🇫🇮 Linda Välimäki Announces Retirement From Ilves


Just weeks after Riikka Sallinen retired from the Finnish national team, another key forward from this year’s Silver medal squad announced their retirement, with Linda Välimäki announcing on Twitter she is retiring from the game at age 29.
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Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2019


The Hockey Hall Of Fame today announced the newest members that will join as the Class of 2019 on 15 November, with the most decorated women’s player in history, the first Iron Curtain star to defect to the west, and a pair of multiple Stanley Cup champions, who between them hold a number of International Hockey Lineal Championships, all to join the ranks of the Hall in Toronto.
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🇫🇮 Riikka Sallinen Retires For Second Time At 46


Finnish forward Riikka Sallinen (previously Välilä, née Nieminen), an integral member of the Naisleijonat since 1989 who retired in 2003, but returned in 2013, today announced her re-retirement from professional hockey at the age of 46.
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Major Announcements Made At 2019 IIHF Congress


The IIHF Annual Congress today was held on the off day at the 2019 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia, with a number of major announcements voted on to impact the future of international hockey in the coming years.
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🇫🇮 Venla Hovi Announces Retirement After Historic Worlds Silver Medal


Finnish forward Venla Hovi, only a day removed from Finland’s shocking silver medal finish on home ice at the 2019 Women’s World Championship, announced her retirement on Twitter at age 31, capping a year of both Worlds silver and a Clarkson Cup.
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 2-1 Finland 🇫🇮 (SO) – 14 Apr 2019


🇺🇸 United States 2-1 Finland 🇫🇮 (SO)
Women’s World Championship Gold Medal Game
Espoo Metro Areena, Espoo 🇫🇮
Sunday, 14 April 2019

Annie Pankowski scored twice, including the shootout winner, as the U.S. claimed a wild 2-1 victory over Finland in the 2019 Women’s Worlds gold medal game. It’s the fifth straight American world title.
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🇭🇺 🇩🇰 Hungary, Denmark Promoted To 2020 Women’s World Championship


Just days after France and Sweden were relegated to Division IA at the 2020 Women’s World Championship, their spots were claimed by long-time returnees Denmark and first-timers Hungary for the Top Division in 2020.
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 8-0 Russia 🇷🇺 – 13 Apr 2019


🇺🇸 United States 8-0 Russia 🇷🇺
Women’s World Championship Semifinal
Espoo Metro Areena, Espoo 🇫🇮
Saturday, 13 April 2019

The hockey gods ordained that the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship would not witness back-to-back semi-final upsets. Sparked by Hilary Knight’s five-point night, the U.S. hammered Russia 8-0 to advance to Sunday’s gold medal game against host Finland, which defeated Canada 4-2 earlier.
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