1990 IIHF Women's World Championship

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1990 IIHF Women's World Championship
Tournament details
Host country  Canada
Dates 19–25 March
Teams 8
Arena(s)  (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  United States
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Finland
Fourth place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 20
Goals scored 237 (11.85 per match)
Scoring leader(s) United States Cindy Curley (23 points)
1992

The 1990 IIHF World Women's Championships were held March 19 to 25, 1990, at the Civic Centre in Ottawa, Canada. The Canadian team won the gold medal, the United States won silver, and Finland won bronze. This was the first IIHF-sanctioned international tournament in women's ice hockey. Fran Rider helped to organize the championships with no financial support from the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. [1]

There was strong international attention directed at the games. The gold medal game packed 9000 people into the arena and drew over a million viewers on television.[citation needed] For unknown reasons, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association decided that the Canadian team should wear pink and white uniforms instead of the expected red and white.[2] While the experiment only lasted for this tournament, Ottawa was taken over by a "pink craze" during the championships. Restaurants had pink-coloured food on special, and pink became a popular colour for flowers and bow ties.[2]

Qualification Tournament[edit]

The United States and Canadian teams qualified automatically.[3] A tournament in Hong Kong took place between South Korea, Japan, China, India and Hong Kong. China won the tournament but declined their invitation, Japan went in their place.[4] The 1989 European Women's Ice Hockey Championship served as the qualification tournament for this championship. The top five finishers in the top pool qualified. They were Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and West Germany.[3]

Final tournament[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Canada 3 3 0 0 50 - 01 6
2  Sweden 3 2 0 1 19 - 19 4
3  West Germany 3 1 0 2 04 - 25 2
4  Japan 3 0 0 3 05 - 33 0
19 March Canada  15-1
 Sweden
19 March West Germany  4-1
 Japan
21 March Canada  17-0
 West Germany
21 March Japan  4-11
 Sweden
22 March Canada  18-0
 Japan
22 March Sweden  7-0
 West Germany

Group B[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  United States 3 3 0 0 38 - 07 6
2  Finland 3 2 0 1 24 - 06 4
3  Switzerland 3 1 0 2 11 - 29 2
4  Norway 3 0 0 3 04 - 35 0
19 March Norway  1-10
 Finland
19 March United States  16-3
 Switzerland
21 March United States  17-0
 Norway
21 March Finland  10-0
 Switzerland
22 March Switzerland  8-3
 Norway
22 March Finland  4-5
 United States

Consolation round[edit]

5-8 place[edit]

24 March Switzerland  5-4
 Japan
24 March Norway  6-3
 West Germany

7-8 place[edit]

25 March West Germany  9-2
 Japan

5-6 place[edit]

25 March Switzerland  7-6
 Norway

Final round[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

24 March United States  10-3
 Sweden
24 March Canada  6-5
 Finland

3-4 place[edit]

25 March Finland  6-3
 Sweden

Final[edit]

25 March Canada  5-2
 United States

Rankings and statisctics[edit]

Final rankings[edit]

  1.  Canada
  2.  United States
  3.  Finland
  4.  Sweden
  5.  Switzerland
  6.  Norway
  7.  West Germany
  8.  Japan

Scoring leaders[edit]

List shows the top ten skaters sorted by points, then goals.

  G A Pts
Cindy Curley,  United States 11 12 23
Tina Cardinale,  United States 5 10 15
Cammi Granato,  United States 9 5 14
Kim Urech,  Switzerland 8 6 14
Angela James,  Canada 11 2 13
Heather Ginzel,  Canada 7 5 12
Susana Yuen,  Canada 5 7 12
Kelly O'Leary,  United States 6 5 11
Shirley Cameron,  Canada 5 6 11
Stacey Wilson,  Canada 3 8 11

Canada's Dawn McGuire was named MVP of the gold medal game.

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 40% of their team's minutes are included in this list.

Player TOI SA GA GAA Sv% SO
Canada Cathy Phillips 156 32 3 1.15 90.63 1
Japan Tamae Satsu 151 143 17 6.75 88.11 0
United States Kelly Dyer 200 83 12 3.60 85.54 1
West Germany Aurelia Vonderstrass 180 65 10 3.33 84.62 0
Switzerland Tanja Muller 147 97 15 6.12 84.54 0

TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

Source: whockey.com

Bodychecking[edit]

This is the only major international tournament in Women's ice hockey to allow bodychecking.[5] Before the tournament, bodychecking had been allowed in women's ice hockey in Europe. The European teams, knowing that they were less competitive than the North American teams, asked for bodychecking to be included.[5] For some reason, the Europeans failed to realize the fact that while European women learned to play with other women, most North American players learned to play with men. Consequently, North American players were bigger than European players and used to playing a rougher game. This added to the already significant mismatch between the squads.[citation needed]

After this tournament, the International Ice Hockey Federation disallowed bodychecking in women's ice hockey.[5] It is currently an infraction punished with a minor or major and game misconduct penalty.[6]

In addition, the intermission between periods were twenty minutes instead of fifteen.[3] This has since been abolished and changed to the usual fifteen minutes.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ On the Edge: Women Making Hockey History, p.81, by Elizabeth Etue and Megan K. Williams, Second Story Press, Toronto, Ontario, 1996, ISBN 0-929005-79-1
  2. ^ a b Kelly p. 88.
  3. ^ a b c Andria Hunter Women's Hockey Net page on the IIHF World Women's Championships accessed July 16, 2006.
  4. ^ Championnats du monde feminins 1990 accessed January 7, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c Kelly, p. 89.
  6. ^ International Ice Hockey Federation Section 5, Rule 441 of Official Ice Hockey rules p. 84 accessed July 16, 2006.

References[edit]

  • Malcolm G. Kelly, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Canadian Sports History and Trivia", Alpha Books, ISBN 0-13-014658-7.
  • Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports. pp. 487–9. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. pp. 26–7,227–8. 

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