Female hockey has a long history here in Canada
Unfortunately, the media doesn’t always give the ladies the same type of coverage that the male game receives. The ladies performing AND excelling at the NHL All Star game showed the ladies are extremely talented and brought alot of interest and support to the female game.
This year the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship celebrates its 30-year anniversary. Unfortunately, hockey has been cancelled and that includes the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship.
We visited the IIHF’s website and found the Top 30 moments in Women’s Worlds history! We hope you will spend some time watching these top 30 moments!
Women’s Hockey – #25 – Kim St. Pierre
By the time Kim St-Pierre retired from hockey in 2013, she had set several records which will be very difficult to break. She is the only female goalie to have won three Olympic gold medals, and her 13 career shutouts at the Women’s World Championship is also not likely to be challenged for a very long time. CLICK HERE to read the story!
Women’s Hockey – #30 IIHF Invests $2 Million Towards Female Hockey
The U.S.-Canada gold medal game at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver was watched by more than 10 million Canadians, and pretty much anyone who watched the game would have said it was the best women’s game ever played at that time. Women’s hockey was at an all-time high at the same time that it was at an all-time low. Many of the other games at those Olympics, however, were not competitive, including Canada’s 18-0 slaughter of Slovakia and a 13-0 U.S. rout of Russia.
Soon after, IOC president Jacques Rogge issued a thinly-veiled threat when he said that if the women’s game didn’t get more competitive – and fast – it might not be around much longer on the Olympic schedule of events. CLICK HERE to read the story!
Women’s Hockey – #7 – Haley Wickenheiser
It would never happen today on a North American team. No way a 15-year-old would ever play at the Women’s Worlds but Haley Wickenheiser did just that in 1994. CLICK HERE to read the story!
Women’s Hockey – #16 – Cammi Granato
As the first female scout of the new NHL Expansion team in Seattle, Cammi Granato brings a pioneering spirit to the NHL. The top goalscorer in the history of the Women’s World Championship, she played in every women’s event from 1990 to 2005, starting at the inaugural tournament when she was just a few days shy of her 19th birthday! Here is the story! CLICK HERE to read the story!
Women’s Hockey – #11 – Sweden’s powerhouse
The women’s program in Sweden is going through tough times right now. The team was demoted to Division I for 2020 (now 2021), an unthinkable situation at any time in the nation’s hockey history. But there was a time not too long ago when it had its golden age, specifically the three-year period 2005-07 under coach Peter Elander. CLICK HERE to read the story!
Women’s Hockey – #19 Florence Schelling Plays 28 Straight
April 7th, Former Swiss women’s goalie Florence Schelling was named general manager of one of the nation’s top men’s professional teams, SC Bern, on Wednesday. However, did you know women’s hockey record book is dotted with the name Florence Schelling? CLICK HERE to read the story!
Women’s Hockey – #21- Before the Olympics
Women’s hockey as we know it started with an invitational tournament in Toronto in 1987. There were two teams representing the hosts – one called Canada and another Ontario – and one from the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, and the Netherlands. CLICK HERE to read the story!
Women’s Hockey – #20 – Russian Success
When the IIHF established an annual U18 event for women starting in 2008, it changed the women’s game exponentially. This junior event gave young girls an early goal, and from there they could learn and build and develop for the senior Women’s Worlds. Perhaps no country benefited more from the additional tournament than Russia. Here’s the story! CLICK HERE to read the story!
Women’s Hockey – #18 – Team USA
No one could ever take away the U.S. Olympic gold from 1998, but between 1990 and 2004 Canada won every Women’s Worlds gold medal, eight in a row. In 2005, that changed…CLICK HERE to read the story!
If you enjoyed these stories, we hope you will CLICK HERE to visit the IIHF website and read all 30 stories! Enjoy!