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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Tara Watchorn Retires From Canadian National Team

Canadian defender Tara Watchorn announced her retirement from pro hockey, first from the CWHL and then today from the national team, retiring at only 27 years of age with an Olympic Gold and Clarkson Cup.
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Charline Labonté Announces Retirement From Professional Hockey

Canadian goaltender Charline Labonté today announced her retirement from both the Canadian national team and the Montreal Canadiennes, capping a nearly 20 year career where she won four Olympic Gold Medals, two World Championships and a Clarkson Cup.
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Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces 2017 Class

The Hockey Hall Of Fame today announced the newest members that will join as the Class of 2017 on November 13, with Teemu Selänne, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi, Dave Andreychuk and Danielle Goyette entering the Hall, bringing their professional and international accolades (along with their International Hockey Lineal Championship reigns) to Toronto.
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Major Announcements Made At 2017 IIHF Congress

The IIHF Annual Congress today was held on the off day at the 2017 World Championships in Cologne, Germany, with a number of major announcements voted on to impact the future of international hockey in the coming years.
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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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IHLC Results – United States 3-2 Canada (OT) – Apr. 7, 2017

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Women’s World Championship Gold Medal Game
USA Hockey Arena 1, Plymouth usa-11
Friday, April 7, 2017

The ways in which these Gold Medal meetings between Canada and Team USA can manage to differ from each other in terms of intensity and excitement always seems to be a challenge, but these two bitter rivals always manage to find a way to make it work.

For the 2017 World Championships, it was yet another overtime tilt, but this time it was the heroics of star forward Hilary Knight, on home ice, providing the drama in the form of the winning goal, giving the Americans their eighth World title, and allowing them to retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – United States 11-0 Germany – Apr. 6, 2017

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Women’s World Championship Semifinal
USA Hockey Arena 1, Plymouth usa-11
Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Cinderella run of the German squad came to an abrupt halt at the hands of Team USA, handing the Träger der Adler an 11-0 spanking in the 2017 World Championship Semifinal, punching a ticket to the Gold Medal Game and retaining the International Hockey Lineal Championship.
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IHLC Results – United States 5-3 Finland – Apr. 3, 2017

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Women’s World Championship Preliminary Round
USA Hockey Arena 1, Plymouth usa-11
Monday, April 3, 2017

Team USA unsurprisingly swept the Group Round at the 2017 World Championships, but were forced to sweat a little before clinching a 5-3 victory over Finland, ensuring they retain the International Hockey Lineal Championship en route to the Semifinals.
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