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2015 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship Ends

Team USA has won the 2015 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship. They won it 3–2 in overtime. The final rankings are:

  1. United States – Gold Medal
  2. Canada – Silver Medal
  3. Russia – Bronze Medal
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Finland
  6. Sweden
  7. Switzerland
  8. Japan – Relegated to Division I
Pool A Pool B
United States Finland
Canada Sweden
Russia Switzerland
Czech Republic France

The next tournament will be in St. Catherine’s, Ontario.

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We three peat

Team Canada has won the 2014 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, with a 5–1 win over the United States. This is Canada’s fourth title and third consecutive win. The United States won silver, and the Czech Republic was third, beating Russia, who had its best showing ever.

The final rankings are as follows:

  1. Canada
  2. United States
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Russia
  5. Finland
  6. Sweden
  7. Japan
  8. Hungary – relegated to Division I.

Unless there is a change in format, the likely groups for the next tournament are:

Pool A Pool B
Canada United States
Russia Czech Republic
Finland Sweden
Switzerland Japan

The Division I tournament is currently ongoing, and will conclude April 4. It’s winner will be promoted and take the remaining spot.

Canada become World U18 Champions in dramatic fashion

Team Canada has won the 2013 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, with a 2–1 win over the United States. Canada won it in the just about the most dramatic way possible, tying it with 12 seconds left and then winning it in overtime. This is Canada’s third title. The United States won silver, and Sweden won bronze for the fourth time.

The final rankings are as follows:

  1. Canada
  2. United States
  3. Sweden
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Finland
  6. Hungary
  7. Russia
  8. Germany – relegated to Division I for 2013.

As can be seen, I didn’t really make much in the way of predictions, but those I did make mostly either blatantly obvious or completely wrong. The only one I got right was Russia winning the relegation round again.

Unless there is a change in format, the likely groups for the next tournament are:

Pool A Pool B
Canada United States
Czech Republic Sweden
Finland Hungary
Japan Russia

The Division I tournament is currently ongoing, and will conclude January 8. It’s winner will be promoted and take the remaining spot. The location of the 2014 competition will be announced later this year.

And lastly, a big thumbs down to the IIHF for holding this tournament in late December/early January. As it is currently scheduled, it is “buried” behind another tournament that has a significantly higher profile. This is completely unnecessary. The IIHF routinely holds lower division tournaments later in January. The U18 Women’s World should be moved to later in January. If this is done, the U18 Women’s won’t be “buried”, while at the same time requiring minimal changes to the way other tournaments are scheduled. This way, the IIHF won’t be, you know, totally missing the net on how it promotes this competition.

Update 2013–1–8: Team Japan won the Division I tournament and was promoted. They will play in Group A and I have updated the table to indicate that.

Women’s U18 starts today

This year’s edition of the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship begins today, and runs through to January 5. It is being held in Heinola and Vierumäki, Finland.

There will be no surprises here. The usual suspects— Canada and the United States— will be the top two spots. Since they are playing in front of a home crowd, it’s possible that Finland might use that as a boost to win bronze. The other European teams of Sweden, Germany, and the Czech Republic will also make the quarterfinals, therefore finishing in the next three positions (in some order). I think that Russia will once again win the relegation round and finish seventh, giving last year’s Cinderella team its midnight.

Scattered thoughts and random links

I think that the Civilization series is one of the best series of computer games ever. Don’t ask why, but for some reason, it seems to go better for me when this song is repeating endlessly in the background:


Inspired by the Arbourist, I present this quote from Corey Robin, writing in The Nation:

St. Petersburg in revolt gave us Vladimir Nabokov, Isaiah Berlin and Ayn Rand. The first was a novelist, the second a philosopher. The third was neither but thought she was both.


Why Liberalism (US definition) works.


I’m most definitely not the first to notice this, but people borrowed from themselves centuries ago. Consider these two annotated Mozart incipits:

Sheet music

The first two bars of the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 7 K. 309.

Sheet music

The first two bars of the second movement of Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 11 K. 331

The one on top is the first two bars of the first movement of Piano Sonata No. 7 K. 309; the one on the bottom is the first two bars of the second movement (the minuet) of Piano Sonata No. 11. K. 311 (that’s the one with the well–known Rondo alla Turca). As can be seen, perhaps even by someone who cannot read music, they begin with almost the exact same phrase. Indeed, they start with the same pattern (ignoring the acciaccaturas) of scale degrees (the annotations above the staves). They also have basically the same pattern of “long” and “short” (ill–defined terms) notes. Just about the most significant difference is the key, as C major and A major are not closely–related.

After these two bars, the two movements diverge significantly.


France and Slovakia qualified for the next round of the 2013 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship. The main tournament is takes place in Finland and starts December 29.

Canada is World U18 Champions

My most recent sports prognostication was mostly wrong, but in this case I am glad to be wrong, as Canada has won the 2012 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship. We beat the United States 3–0 in the final. This is Canada’s second championship. The United States won silver. Sweden won bronze for the third time.

The final rankings are as follows:

  1. Canada
  2. United States
  3. Sweden
  4. Germany
  5. Finland
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Russia
  8. Switzerland – relegated to Division I for 2013.

In accordance with IIHF regulations for seeding, the likely groups for the next tournament are:

Pool A Pool B
Canada United States
Germany Sweden
Finland Czech Republic
Hungary Russia

 

The location of the next tournament will be announced later this year.

Women’s U18 starts today

The IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship began today. It’s being held in Zlin and Prerov the Czech Republic.

I don’t think there will be much of a change from last year’s tournament. The group winners will be the usual suspects— Canada and the United States. They will steamroller the opposition and will face each other in the final for the fifth consecutive time. I think that Switzerland and Russia will finish last in the groups and hence face each other in the best–of–three relegation round. The remaining countries will advance to the quarterfinals.

There was a best–of–three exhibition series between Canada and the United States. Canada won 2–1. Since there is no particular correlation between winning that series and winning the final, I still think that the US will win this tournament again. The bronze medal and positions 4–6 are potentially in play for the other quarterfinalists. Even though people in their own country express wonderment at the idea that women play hockey, much less have a women’s team, I believe that Russia won’t be relegated again.

Since there will be one–sided games, please be aware that such also happened at a higher–profile also taking place now (This is a poor scheduling decision by the IIHF). Unless you took the same view of blowouts in the higher–profile tournament, please don’t call for mercy rules or laying back here. Don’t engage in sexist double standards.

Prediction of final rankings:

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Finland
  4. Sweden
  5. Germany
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Russia
  8. Switzerland – relegated to Division I for 2013

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