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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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 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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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 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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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 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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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ 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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๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Isa Rahunen Announces Retirement To Pursue Nursing Full Time


Finnish defender Isa Rahunen today announced her retirement from both Kรคrpรคt 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 the COVID-19 pandemic.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 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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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ 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 Hallย in Toronto.
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2020 IIHF Extraordinary Congress Sets Future Calendar


With the scheduled 2020 IIHF Congress that was set for Zรผrich 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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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 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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๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Men’s Division I Tournaments Cancelled By IIHF


Two of the three remaining tournaments on the International Ice Hockey Federation calendar have now officially been axed as well, with Division IA and IB of the Men’s World Championship officially being cancelled over COVID-19 concerns.
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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 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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๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ 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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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 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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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 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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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 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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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 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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