Six Russian Female Players Banned From Olympics For Life Due To Doping


After the IOC’s landmark decision to ban Russia outright from the 2018 Olympics, but still allow individual athletes to compete under the Olympic flag if they pass IOC drug tests, the IOC today announced that six members of Russia’s women’s team at the 2014 Sochi Games failed their tests, and are thus banned for life from the Olympics.
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IOC Expels Russia From 2018 Olympics, Hockey Status In Question


The International Olympic Committee today announced an outright ban on the Russian delegation at the upcoming Olympic Games this February in Pyeongchang, South Korea, although athletes that are cleared of a controversial state-sponsored doping program are allowed to participate under the Olympic flag.
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Ukranian Players Caught Up In Division IA Bribery Scandal


A bribery scandal has struck the hockey world, with news coming from Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat that two Ukranian players were caught accepting bribes to throw the 2017 World Championship Division IA, which clinched Korea their first promotion in history to the 2018 World Championships, putting the legitimacy of their win, along with Korea’s future, in potential doubt.
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2017-18 Euro Hockey Tour Schedule Released


The full schedule for the 2017-18 Euro Hockey Tour has been announced, the highlights being the moving of the Sweden Hockey Games to April (due to this year’s Olympics in February), and the addition of teams from Canada, Switzerland and Korea, all preparing for the Games in Pyeongchang.
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2018 World Championships Schedule Released


The IIHF has released the full schedule for the 2018 World Championships in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, with defending champions Sweden opening the tournament against Belarus, while hosts Denmark open the tournament against Germany on opening day.
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Japan Promoted, Czechia Relegated At Women’s Worlds


After falling to Switzerland in a best-of-three relegation series, Czechia has been demoted to Division I Group A in 2018, while Japan, victors of 2017 Group IA in Graz, Austria, will be promoted for the 2019 Women’s World Championships, with no tournament being held in 2018 due to the Pyeongchang Olympics.
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NHL Confirms Players Will Not Attend 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics


After months of speculation and negotiations, the National Hockey League today announced that they will not actively participate in the 2018 Olympics in Korea, ending a 20-year span of NHL participation in the Games.
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U.S. Women’s Team, USA Hockey Strike New Agreement


In a good news story after weeks of bad blood between the U.S. Women’s National Team and USA Hockey, a new four year agreement has been agreed upon by both parties, ensuring that the U.S. team will suit up for the Women’s World Championships, which begin in just three days time in Plymouth, Michigan.
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U.S. Women’s Team Vows Boycott Of World Championships, USA Hockey Responds


In a shocking development less than a month before the 2017 Women’s World Championships in Plymouth, Michigan, the U.S. women’s national team today announced, in solidarity, that they will sit out the Worlds in protest of a lack of support from USA Hockey, the culmination of a year’s worth of legal proceedings with the American hockey body.
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