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USA wins it

The United States has won the Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship. They beat Canada 7–5 in the gold medal game. Finland won bronze, and Germany finished in eighth place and was relegated.

The final rankings are:

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Finland
  4. Russia
  5. Sweden
  6. Switzerland
  7. Japan
  8. Germany – relegated to Division I A

Barring a change in format, these will be the pools for the 2016 tournament in Kamloops BC:

Pool A Pool B
Canada Japan
Finland Sweden
Russia Switzerland
United States Winner of Division I A

2015 Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship starts

Tomorrow, the 2015 Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship starts in Sweden. It will be the 25th anniversary of the tournament.

I think that the most likely result will be a similar one to the previous tournament. The top two will be the usual suspects. Finland will probably be third. I am losing confidence in my predictions that Sweden will return to the top four. Japan will likely be relegated.

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.

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.

2014 Women’s World Championship info

The IIHF has released dates and venues for all of its upcoming tournaments, including the senior and U18 Women’s World Championships.

Unfortunately here is no senior World Championship next year (2014), only the Olympics. Shame on you, IIHF.

However, there are tournaments for all the lower levels. The Division I Group A tournament will take place April 6–12 in Prerov, Czech Republic. The competitors will be Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovakia, Austria, Norway, and France. Notice that last years winner, Japan, isn’t in it? This therefore seems to indicate that they were indeed promoted. I’m no sure what happens to the team that wins 2014’s edition. Possibilities include simply not promoting them (bad), holding a qualification tournament between Japan and the 2014 winner (my favoured solution), or nine teams in 2015 (awkward but doable).

Link farm Sunday in April edition

In no particular order:

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The teams promoted and relegated for all levels of the IIHF Women’s World Championships are:

Tournament Promoted Relegated
World Championships n/a Czech Republic
Division IA Japan? Latvia
Division IB France Great Britain
Division IIa Hungary Slovenia
Division IIB South Korea South Africa
Division II Qualification Turkey n/a

Since the IIHF does not explicitly say, in both the news report and statistics page, whether Japan was promoted or merely the winner or Division I Group A, I still have no idea what was going on. By the looks of it no one was promoted to the main tournament in 2014, which will keep it at eight teams in 2015. That negates any point of winning the tournament this year, which is a shame. I hope I’m wrong, and that a better explanation is forthcoming. Update: Another possibility is that there will be some sort of qualifier series, like a best–of–three between Japan and whoever wins Division I Group A next year.


Quote of the day from Vyckie Garrison, the co–founder of No Longer Qivering:

“Fanaticism will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”


Yes! JJ, the Unrepentant Old Hippie, lives. She’ll be returning to blogging soon.

2013 Women’s World Championship concludes

The 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championship has concluded, with Team USA winning gold. Canada won silver, and Russia won bronze. This is the first time Canada did not finish in first when hosting the Championship. This is Russia’s first medal since 2001 and second overall.

The final ranking is as follows:

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

And a big thumbs down to the IIHF. In 2010, they said:

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