The 1999 Pool A Women's World Championship was held in Espoo, Finland from March 8-14, 1999. Team Canada won the gold, Team USA the silver, and Team Finland the bronze.
The top five teams from the 1998 Winter Olympics qualified, along with the top three teams from the World Championship qualification tournament.
This is the first year for a Pool B World Championship. It will replace the European B Championships that have been held in the past. There was a detailed qualification process in 1998 to determine which teams would qualify for the Pool A and Pool B 1999 World Championships. There was a pre-qualification tournament, and then a qualification tournament.
The list below shows how the eight countries qualified to compete at the 1999 Pool A Women's World Hockey Championship. For a list of countries competing in the Pool B World Championship, see the Pool B 1999 WWC page.
March 8th, also known as the "International Women's Day", was the opening day of the Women's Ice Hockey World Championship in Finland. The games were played at the new ice rink in Espoo (called the Länsi-Auto Areena) and at Vantaa (Myyrmäki).
This was the second time that Finland hosted the World Championship; they hosted their first championship in Tampere in 1992. The official opening ceremony was held on Monday, March 8th before the game between Finland and Germany, at 7.30 p.m. A total of 20 games were played in the tournament.
In preparation for the World Championships, and to enable the final rosters to be selected for the national teams, several countries competed in the 1998 Three Nations Cup and Canada and Finland played in a series of exhibition games which were held throughout Ontario and Quebec.
GROUP A GROUP B USA Canada China Finland Sweden Germany Russia Switzerland
March 8 1. USA 10 vs Russia 2 16:30 Espoo 2. China 1 vs Sweden 3 16:30 Vantaa 3. Canada 10 vs Switzerland 0 20:00 Vantaa 4. Finland 9 vs Germany 0 20:00 Espoo March 9 5. Germany 0 vs Canada 13 16:30 Espoo 6. China 3 vs Russia 2 16:30 Vantaa 7. Sweden 0 vs USA 11 20:00 Vantaa 8. Finland 7 vs Switzerland 0 20:00 Espoo March 11 9. Russia 0 vs Sweden 7 16:30 Espoo 10. USA 6 vs China 0 16:30 Vantaa 11. Switzerland 4 vs Germany 5 20:00 Vantaa 12. Canada 1 vs Finland 0 20:00 Espoo March 12 13. B3 (Ger 2) vs A4 (Rus 6) 16:30 Vantaa 14. A3 (Chi 3) vs B4 (Swi 2) 20:00 Vantaa March 13 15. B1 (Can 4) vs A2 (Swe 1) 14:00 Espoo 16. A1 (Usa 3) vs B2 (Fin 1) 19:30 Espoo March 14 17. Russia 1 vs China 4 12:00 Vantaa - 5th Place 18. Germany 3 vs Switzerland 0 16:00 Vantaa - 7th Place 19. Sweden 2 vs Finland 8 14:00 Espoo - Bronze 20. Canada 3 vs USA 1 18:00 Espoo - Gold All times indicated are local Finnish time.
TSN broadcasted the semi-final game on March 13 at 7am EST, and the gold medal final game on March 14 at 11am EST. [The final was also replayed at 3:30 am EST on March 15th.]
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