It was a big weekend for women’s hockey, as both the Clarkson Cup in the CWHL and the inaugural Isobel Cup in the NWHL were awarded, to the Calgary Inferno and Boston Pride, respectively.
The second leg of Olympic Qualification is in the books, with Japan, Poland and Italy emerging victorious in the Pre-Qualification Round to advance to the Final Qualification round in September, with the winners moving on to Korea in 2018.
The schedule for the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship was today announced in the host city of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, with the tournament kicking off with a rematch of last year’s final (and every Gold Medal Game in tournament history), between the bitter rivals Canada and the United States.
After a two-city race between Asian powers to host the XXIV Olympiad, it was today announced in Kuala Lumpur that Beijing, China will host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, after defeating Almaty, Kazakhstan by a vote of 44-40.
After Poland failed to defeat Hungary in regulation in front of their hometown fans, Hungary clinched the second and final promotion to the 2016 World Championships in Russia, following an undefeated Kazakhstan who punched their ticket on Thursday.
As a result of their 3-0 win over Denmark, improving them to 4-0 at the Division I Group A tournament in Rouen, France, the Czech women’s team has secured the eighth and final spot at the 2016 Women’s World Championship next spring in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, taking the spot from the German squad that was relegated at this year’s Championship in Malmö, Sweden.
Japan has nabbed the eighth and final qualification spot for the 2015 Women’s World Championship in Malmö, Sweden, defeating the Czechs 2-1 in the third and final game of their qualification playoff series in Yokohama, Japan.
The IIHF has released a new microsite for the 2015 Women’s World Championship in Malmö, Sweden, worldwomen2015.com, and with it released the full schedule for the World Championship in March and April. Current champions Canada will open the Worlds against the defending World Championship Gold Medal winners and perennial rivals the United States on opening day, while Finland faces Russia, Germany plays Switzerland, and Sweden takes on the winner of the Czech Republic / Japan playoff this November. (UPDATE: Japan has defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 in their three game series to qualify for the World Championship).
The International Hockey Lineal Championship will next be contended at the Four Nations Cup in November, all but guaranteeing that Canada, the U.S., Sweden or Finland will enter the tournament with the IHLC, and in all likelihood with the opening Canada-USA game being for the title.
Some more details on the 2015 Worlds in Malmö have been released – the all-important groupings! The teams break down as follows (current IIHF rankings in parentheses):
🇯🇵 JAPAN (JPN) Women’s National Ice Hockey Team (1987-)
Japan played at the inaugural Women’s World Tournament in 1987, losing their first IHLC game to Canada 11-0, but has remained consistent as an IHLC contender, competing against the U.S., Canada and China in the 1995 and 1996 Pacific Rim Championships, and a handful of World Championship appearances. They finished sixth on home ice at the 1998 Olympics, and last played for the IHLC at the 2019 World Championship.
🇯🇵 JAPAN (JPN) Men’s Junior National Ice Hockey Team (1982-)
Japan, despite only qualifying for a single World Junior Championship in 1993, has the unique distinction of playing twice for the IHLC in the same tournament, despite being outscored 15-1. Japan has since bobbled between Division I and II, not regaining their success of the early 1990’s on the junior level.
🇯🇵 JAPAN (JPN) Men’s National Ice Hockey Team (1930-)
1 win, 1 reign, 1 game with IHLC – ranked 21st
IHLC last held 01 November 1997
Japan first burst on to the international scene in 1930, quite an anomaly for an Asian squad in the largely European / North American dominated hockey scene. Japan competed for their first IHLC in 1957, and made a number of World Championship appearances thanks to the IIHF allowing a “Far East” competitor to play in tournaments they otherwise wouldn’t have qualified for, before winning their first and only IHLC forty years later from Canada. While Japan has not played for the IHLC since, they have stayed a mainstay of Division IA, looking to reach the World Championship’s top pool once again.
Kelli Stack and Jen Schoullis each recorded a hat trick to help lead the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 13-0 win over Japan in its second game of the International Ice Hockey Federation Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series.
01:01 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Pounder (Wickenheiser, Heaney)
02:51 – 🇯🇵 PEN – Tamada, holding
05:03 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Kellar (Drolet)
08:19 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Kellar (Pounder)
08:47 – 🇯🇵 PEN – Sato, holding
03:18 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Wickenheiser, high sticking
05:46 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Goyette (Wickenheiser)
09:27 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Drolet, interference
12:37 – 🇯🇵 PEN – Tsuchida, hooking
13:12 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Goyette, roughing
13:12 – 🇯🇵 PEN – Yoshimi, roughing
15:42 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Heaney
17:05 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Diduck (Wilson, Campbell)
19:11 – 🇯🇵 PEN – Ono, interference
19:19 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Goyette, slashing
01:38 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Lapointe (Kariya)
03:13 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Tully
11:41 – 🇯🇵 GOAL – Sasoya (Tsuchida, Kawaguchi)
12:17 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Dawe (Gendron, Daigle)
14:48 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Lapointe (Bes, Smith)
15:35 – 🇯🇵 PEN – Miura
16:35 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Lafayette (Shantz)
18:10 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Bes (Kariya)
18:23 – 🇯🇵 PEN – Sano
02:29 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Sunohara (Yuen)
02:52 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Sunohara (Yuen)
06:08 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Montour (Michaud)
06:36 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – McGuire (Yuen)
08:10 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – James (Richards)
13:06 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Ginzel (Cameron)
14:55 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Yuen (McGuire)
16:13 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Ratushny (James)
17:47 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Cameron (Wilson)
02:56 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kasatonov, tripping
03:42 – 🇷🇺 SH GOAL – Starikov (Petrov, Mikhailov)
07:55 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Kharlamov (Mikhailov)
09:47 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – A. Golikov (Makarov, Starikov)
12:19 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Fetisov (Petrov, Kharlamov)
14:59 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – A. Golikov (Makarov)
17:30 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Balderis (Starikov, Zhluktov)
19:00 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – V. Golikov (Makarov)
19:27 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – V. Golikov (Fetisov, A. Golikov)