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Elizabeth Etue, Editor Retires. WINIH Looks for New Home.

Submitted by Elizabeth Etue on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 15:12 in

Friends and Fans of WINIH.com.   April 2013

I have retired from women's hockey and WINIH.com.

Will be posting more details after the 2014 Olympics.

If you have enjoyed stories, interviews and posts on WINIH, send us a note or post it on this blog.

On the Bench,

Elizabeth Etue

Team Canada's Competition Schedule Sept./Oct. 2013

Submitted by Elizabeth Etue on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 15:17 in

Midget Teams Playing Against Team Canada.

Calgary Buffaloes (CGY B)
Calgary Flames (CGY F)
Calgary Northstars (CGY N)
Calgary Royals (CGY R)
Edmonton CAC Canadians (EDM CAC)
Edmonton K of C Pats (EDM KC) Edmonton MLAC Maple Leafs (EDM MLAC)
Edmonton SSAC Athletics (EDM SSAC)
Fort Saskatchewan Rangers (FTS)
Grande Prairie Storm (GP)
Leduc Oil Kings (LED)
Lethbridge Hurricanes (LET) Lloydminster Bobcats (LLO)
Red Deer Chiefs (RD)
St. Albert Raiders (STA)
Sherwood Park Kings (SP)
South East Athletic Club Tigers (SEAC)
Strathmore Bisons (STR)

Schedule
Time (MT) Game/Result Round Arena Location

September/Septembre 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013/Dimanche 8 septembre 2013
09:00 CAN 6 – RUS 1
Exhibition/Hors concours Shayba Arena Sochi, RUS

Tuesday, September 10, 2013/Mardi 10 septembre 2013
09:00 CAN 9 – RUS 1
Exhibition/Hors concours Shayba Arena Sochi, RUS

Thursday, September 19, 2013/Jeudi 19 septembre 2013
17:30 STR – SEAC Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.
20:30 CAN – CGY F Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

Friday, September 20, 2013/Vendredi 20 septembre 2013
18:00 STR – CGY F Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.
21:00 CAN – SEAC Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

Saturday, September 21, 2013/Samedi 21 septembre 2013
12:00 CGY F – SEAC Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.
15:00 CAN – STR Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

Sunday, September 22, 2013/Dimanche 22 septembre 2013
12:45 TBD/à déterminer Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.
16:00 TBD/à déterminer Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013/Mercredi 25 septembre 2013
19:30 CAN – CGY R Midget Series/Série midget Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

Thursday, September 26, 2013/Jeudi 26 septembre 2013
19:15 CAN – CGY N Midget Series/Série midget Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

October/Octobre 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013/Mardi 1er octobre 2013
19:30 CAN – RD Midget Series/Série midget Red Deer Arena Red Deer, Alta.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013/Mercredi 2 octobre 2013
TBD CAN – CGY F Midget Series/Série midget Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013/Mardi 8 octobre 2013
18:45 CAN – LET Midget Series/Série midget Nicolas Sheran Ice Centre Lethbridge, Alta./Alb.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013/Mercredi 9 octobre 2013
19:45 CAN – SEAC Midget Series/Série midget Kinplex 1 Medicine Hat, Alta./Alb.

 

Team Canada's Competition Schedule Sept./Oct. 2013

Submitted by Elizabeth Etue on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 15:17 in

Midget Teams Playing Against Team Canada.

Calgary Buffaloes (CGY B)
Calgary Flames (CGY F)
Calgary Northstars (CGY N)
Calgary Royals (CGY R)
Edmonton CAC Canadians (EDM CAC)
Edmonton K of C Pats (EDM KC) Edmonton MLAC Maple Leafs (EDM MLAC)
Edmonton SSAC Athletics (EDM SSAC)
Fort Saskatchewan Rangers (FTS)
Grande Prairie Storm (GP)
Leduc Oil Kings (LED)
Lethbridge Hurricanes (LET) Lloydminster Bobcats (LLO)
Red Deer Chiefs (RD)
St. Albert Raiders (STA)
Sherwood Park Kings (SP)
South East Athletic Club Tigers (SEAC)
Strathmore Bisons (STR)

Schedule
Time (MT) Game/Result Round Arena Location

September/Septembre 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013/Dimanche 8 septembre 2013
09:00 CAN 6 – RUS 1
Exhibition/Hors concours Shayba Arena Sochi, RUS

Tuesday, September 10, 2013/Mardi 10 septembre 2013
09:00 CAN 9 – RUS 1
Exhibition/Hors concours Shayba Arena Sochi, RUS

Thursday, September 19, 2013/Jeudi 19 septembre 2013
17:30 STR – SEAC Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.
20:30 CAN – CGY F Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

Friday, September 20, 2013/Vendredi 20 septembre 2013
18:00 STR – CGY F Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.
21:00 CAN – SEAC Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

Saturday, September 21, 2013/Samedi 21 septembre 2013
12:00 CGY F – SEAC Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.
15:00 CAN – STR Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

Sunday, September 22, 2013/Dimanche 22 septembre 2013
12:45 TBD/à déterminer Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.
16:00 TBD/à déterminer Icebreaker Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013/Mercredi 25 septembre 2013
19:30 CAN – CGY R Midget Series/Série midget Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

Thursday, September 26, 2013/Jeudi 26 septembre 2013
19:15 CAN – CGY N Midget Series/Série midget Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

October/Octobre 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013/Mardi 1er octobre 2013
19:30 CAN – RD Midget Series/Série midget Red Deer Arena Red Deer, Alta.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013/Mercredi 2 octobre 2013
TBD CAN – CGY F Midget Series/Série midget Markin MacPhail Centre – Rink A Calgary, Alta./Alb.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013/Mardi 8 octobre 2013
18:45 CAN – LET Midget Series/Série midget Nicolas Sheran Ice Centre Lethbridge, Alta./Alb.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013/Mercredi 9 octobre 2013
19:45 CAN – SEAC Midget Series/Série midget Kinplex 1 Medicine Hat, Alta./Alb.

 

Sarah Vaillancourt Retires:"I'm not one to linger and repeat things."

Submitted by GuestBlog on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 18:36 in Players and coaches

One of Canada’s most dynamic and creative players, Sarah Vaillancourt retires at 27.

Sarah Vaillancourt made her debut with Canada’s team as an 18-year-old in 2003 and appeared in a total of 107 games with the national team, amassing 45 goals, 53 assists and 98 points. Vaillancourt won Olympic gold in 2006 and 2010, world championship gold in 2007, and silver medals at the 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013 world championships. The Sherbrooke, Que., native is a graduate of Canada’s under-22 program as well, serving as team captain in 2006-07 and helping Canada win gold at the Air Canada Cup in Germany in 2005 and 2007.

Here is an interview done late April via email; she explains the whole story on why she retired at 27.

EE: You started playing with Team Canada as an 18 year old and now you are 27; can you fans give some of the highlights of this period which is almost a decade?

SV: Making the Olympic team for the first time in 2006 was quite the highlight, and participating and wining on home soil during the 2010 Olympics is something I'll always remember. Most importantly, it is the friendships that I've made over the years that I will keep and cherish forever.

EE: You had injuries; abdominal and hip surgery; what else happened in terms of injuries over the years?
SV: 3 surgeries...Nov. 2010 right sport hernia, Jan. 2012 left hip torn labrum, and Nov. 2012 left sport hernia.

EE: How did that impact your decision to retire?
SV: It played a major role in my decision, but my decision wasn't solely based on my injuries/surgeries.

EE: You had such a strong world championship in 2013, many fans would be surprized at your departure at this time? How was the world championship from your point of view and did that experience impact your decision?
SV: I was happy about my world championship, despite our loss in the final game. I knew I was retiring before the start of the tournament, so I went into it enjoying every second of it with my teammates and savoring every second of wearing the Maple leaf on my chest. I'm very grateful that I was able to play one last tournament with my teammates and in front of our amazing Canadian fans.

EE: You said in HC press release; “While it was difficult for me to come to this decision to retire, I know that there are great challenges and opportunities ahead for me.” Why did you make this decision now?
SV: Because an Olympic year is extremely demanding physically. I didn't want to take the risk of going through what I underwent post the 2010 Olympic year. (3 years of surgery) I didn't want to have to quit my amazing job here in Sherbrooke and I didn't want to have to postpone my Master's degree in education. Basically, I wasn't ready to make the sacrifices that are involved when moving to Calgary for 7 months.

EE: What are the challenges ahead of you?
SV: Completing my Master's degree in Education and having children within the next few years with my girlfriend. We are also in the midst of building our house, and I'm very thrilled about that!
EE: Are you still working for the sports school?
SV: Yes and I'm planning to get even more involved next year.

EE: Will you play for Montreal team next year? So still involved in hockey?
SV: Yes definitely and I'm very excited about it. We will still have a great team next year, and I'm looking forward to playing hockey as a hobby…(smile icon here)

EE: You have dreamed about playing for TC and realized the dream but it seems like a short time to fans who love to watch you playing with such imagination and skill.
SV: Yes well I had always said that I was going to retire when I was 28. Initially my plan was to retire post-Olympics, but I'll be 28 on May 8th, so I guess I wasn't too far off. I have accomplished what I wanted while playing for the national team and I've had the chance to live my dream for close to a decade, but I'm not one to linger and repeat things over and over again. I love new challenges; therefore, I'm ready for new ones and I'm ready to have a family with my girlfriend.

EE: What will you miss about the game and the team?

SV: I will miss my teammates. I will miss playing, struggling, laughing, working hard, winning, and competing with them. However, I know that what we've accomplished together and the friendships that we've made will last forever. I will miss wearing the Canadian Maple Leaf on my heart and going to battle on the ice with my teammates. I will miss playing in front of our wonderful Canadian fans. I will miss representing my country. But I'm happy that I can say that I will miss these things because that means that I've had the PRIVILEGE of experiencing them all. I feel extremely lucky, and even luckier to still be able to play hockey for more years.


 

Russians Take Bronze at 2013 World Championship.

Submitted by Elizabeth Etue on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 13:17 in 2013 World Championship, Events

April 9, 2013.

OTTAWA – Anna Shibanova's power-play goal early in the third period broke a scoreless tie and sent Russia to a 2-0 win over Finland to take the bronze medal at the 2013 Women's World Championship.

The Finns were undone by poor shooting and scored only one goal in their final four games of the tournament.

Nadezhda Alexandrova stopped all 32 shots for the victors.

Russia has now won only its second WW medal ever, the last coming in 2001 (bronze). "It's incredible," said 40-year-old Yekaterina Pashkevich, the only member of this year's team who also won bronze 12 years ago. "It's been a long time. And now with Sochi next, we're so excited. We're going to be very competitive there."

The Russians lost only one game all tournament, that in the semi-finals against Canada, and they were inspired by their new general manager, former NHLer Alexei Yashin, who brought in a new head coach and half a dozen fresh faces from last year's team.

"I wouldn't call it pressure, but there were expectations we had, for sure," Pashkevich admitted. "They put a lot of trust in us that we could win a medal."

In the other dressing room, goalie Noora Raty expressed immense disappointment in her team's inability to put the puck in the net. "We scored only five goals in six games," she said. "You can't win like that. It's frustrating watching your team have chance after chance and they can't put the puck in the net. It comes down to will, and I feel like we didn't have that will today. All our shots were easy saves for their goalie."

The first period was calm and tame. Although Finland had a significant advantage in puck possession, Alexandrova wasn’t forced to make many difficult saves. At the other end, Raty faced only four harmless shots.

The best chance of the period came when Olga Sosina made a gorgeous stretch pass to Iya Gavrilova to spring her alone on Raty. Gavrilova, though, blasted a shot high and wide.

Both teams had one power play a piece but nothing much came of either man advantage opportunity.

The second period was also scoreless and not much more dramatic. Neither goalie had to make a great save as defence ruled the day. There were turnovers aplenty between the blue lines and in the offensive end teams shot without much accuracy.

So, for the second time in as many days the Finns headed to the dressing room after two periods in a 0-0 game.

The Russians started the final period of regulation with a power play and couldn't score, but soon enough they had another man advantage, and this time they capitalized. Shibanova's hard slap shot from the top of the circle beat Raty cleanly to the far side at 4:11, and the bronze-medal game had its first goal.

"I didn't see it," Raty said. "Our defenceman was screening me totally. It caught me by surprise."

Four minutes later the Finns had a sensational chance to tie the game. Michelle Karvinen skated in over the Russian blue line, and right in front of her defenceman Pashkevich lost her footing and fell, giving the Finn a clear path to the goal. Karvinen out-deked herself, though, and ran out of room to get a good shot off.

Alexandra Vafina closed out the scoring with an empty netter with 15.8 seconds remaining.

"We've been in training since March 10, and we've worked so hard. We just said to ourselves in the second intermission that we have to leave everything out there," Pashkevich said. "We could not come off the ice after the game knowing we hadn't done everything we could to win."

"Games like these often come down to the power play," Raty noted, "and our power play was absolutely awful. It was frustrating to watch."

ANDREW PODNIEKS     (Our  thanks to IIHF.com)