If anyone has information about the league structure of women's hockey in Russia, please let me know. Russia was not active in international women's hockey until just 1994. They started their national team at the beginning of January 1994 in St. Petersburg. For more information about women's hockey in Russia, be sure to see Barbara Pickering's overview of Russian Women's Hockey.
Here is a link that provides the results of all games played by the Russian Women's National team.
During the 93-94 and 94-95 seasons, their national team toured North America to gain experience. In 1995, they competed in the European B Championship for the first time, and won the gold medal! This means that they are promoted to the European A Championship for 1996. The 1996 European A Championship was held in Russia.
I have two very short information files on the Russian national team, from 1994 and 1995, respectively.
Russia placed as follows at the European Championships:
Russia placed as follows at the IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships:
And as follows at the Winter Olympics:
Here are some pictures of Team Russia players from the 1997 WWC.
The greeneset club in Kitchener (location of the 1997 Women's World Hockey Championship) in terms of its international experience, the Russian team was created only 3 years ago (1994) in St. Petersburg.
Following two tours of North America, the Russians embarked on their first European B Championship in 1995 -- where they promptly won the gold medal.
Team Russia continued its meteoric rise having captured silver at last yera's European A championship in Yaroslavl, Russia.
Kitchener marks the Russians' first World Championship appearance.
The Russian player who figures to make the biggest impact at the world championships is Ekaterina Pashkevich, a five-foot-10, 190-pound power forward with a hard, heavy shot and lots of skill.
Pashkevich left Russia in 1994 and lives in the Boston area now, playing for a senior A women's team in Assabet Valley, as well as skating three or four times a week with a men's club team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Like all teams in the world touranment, Russia is seeking to earn a berth in the 1998 Olympics and believe that beating arch-rival China in the tournament opener is the key to realizing that achievement.
1997 Christmas Cup in Lyss, Switzerland: Fri Dec 26 1997: 16.00 Eröffnungszeremonie 16.30 Japan - Russland 20.00 Schweiz - Deutschland Sat Dec 27 1997: 16.30 Russland - Deutschland 20.00 Schweiz - Dänemark Sun Dec 28 1997: 16.30 Schweiz - Russland 20.00 Dänemark - Japan Mon Dec 29 1997: 16.30 Japan - Deutschland 20.00 Dänemark - Russland Tue Dec 30 1997: 11.00 Deutschland - Dänemark 14.00 Schweiz - Japan Three Nations Cup Tournament in Fuessen, Germany: Nov 28 1997 Germany - Russia 2:1 (0:1,1:0,1:0) Nov 29 1997 Switzerland - Russia 0:3 (0:0,0:2,0:1) Nov 30 1997 Germany - Switzerland 1:1 (0:0,0:0,1:1)
This hockey tournament started in 1992 in St. Petersburg as "The White Nights Hockey Tournament", and during the 1994 competition was officially declared by the Russian Ice Hockey Federation as the "Women's Open Ice Hockey Cup of Russia." It is effectively the only club/team competition in Russia. Invitations been sent to a number of European Hockey Federations/teams. In the past, teams from Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, and the USA have participated. The tournament is part of the "White Nights Hockey Festival," which also includes competition for the old-timers. The tournament opening ceremonies take place Monday, June 24, 1996. The closing is on Friday, June 28, 1996.
The 5th Annual White Nights Tournament (in June 1996) was sponsored by the "SKA" Army Hockey Club of St. Petersburg. Invitations were extended to college, high school, veteran players; men, women; teams and individuals. It took place in St. Petersburg, Russia from June 20-29, 1996.
For more information, contact Amik Nafte (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) at work phone 212-770-4748 or home phone/fax 516-432-2855.
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