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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In Memoriam – Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2011-12

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Today marks the anniversary of the tragic air disaster of Yak Service Flight 9633 on September 7, 2011, that crashed near Yaroslavl, Russia, and killed the entire roster and staff of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL, and all but one of the flight crew members, when a pilot error caused the aircraft to fail its takeoff, running off the runway and crashing into a tower mast.

IIHF president Rene Fasel declared the crash as “the darkest day in the history of our sport,” as fans from across the world, and in particular Russia and the eight other nations represented by team players and staff, mourned for the shocking and tragic loss. On this sad anniversary, the IHLC commemorates this deep loss, and remember those who perished in the accident.
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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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2018 Euro Hockey Challenge Schedule Confirmed


The Euro Hockey Challenge will return in the lead-up to the 2018 World Championships this season, with yet another scheduling reformat thanks to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, with national teams fine-tuning their rosters before heading to Copenhagen and Herning.
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2018 World Junior Championships Schedule Released


The schedule for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York is highlighted by the first ever outdoor game in IIHF competition, a tilt between defending champs Team USA and their cross-border rivals, Canada, on December 29, at New Era Field in nearby Orchard Park.
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