1990 were held March 19 to 25, 1990, at the IIHF World Women's Championships Civic Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, 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.
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.
Canadian Amateur Hockey Association decided that the Canadian team should wear pink and white uniforms instead of the expected red and white. 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. 
For unknown reasons, the
Qualification Tournament [ edit ]
United States and Canadian teams qualified automatically. 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.
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.
Final tournament [ edit ]
Group stage [ edit ]
Group A [ edit ]
West Germany 3
Group B [ edit ]
Consolation round [ edit ]
5–8 place [ edit ]
7–8 place [ edit ]
5–6 place [ edit ]
Final round [ edit ]
Semifinals [ edit ]
3–4 place [ edit ]
Rankings and statistics [ edit ]
Final rankings [ edit ]
West Germany Japan
Scoring leaders [ edit ]
List shows the top ten skaters sorted by points, then goals.
Cindy Curley, United States
Tina Cardinale, United States
Cammi Granato, United States
Kim Urech, Switzerland
Angela James, Canada
Heather Ginzel, Canada
Susana Yuen, Canada
Kelly O'Leary, United States
Shirley Cameron, Canada
Stacey Wilson, Canada
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.
TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO =
Bodychecking [ edit ]
This is the only major international tournament in women's ice hockey to allow
bodychecking. 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. 
After this tournament, the
International Ice Hockey Federation disallowed bodychecking in women's ice hockey. It is currently an infraction punished with a minor or major and game misconduct  penalty.
In addition, the intermissions between periods were twenty minutes instead of fifteen.
This has since been changed to the usual fifteen minutes.
See also [ edit ]
^ On the Edge: Women Making Hockey History, p.81, by Elizabeth Etue and Megan K. Williams, Second Story Press, Toronto, Ontario, 1996,
^ a b Kelly p. 88.
^ a b c Andria Hunter
Women's Hockey Net page on the IIHF World Women's Championships accessed July 16, 2006.
Championnats du monde feminins 1990 accessed January 7, 2011.
^ a b c Kelly, p. 89.
International Ice Hockey Federation Section 5, Rule 441 of Official Ice Hockey rules Archived 2006-10-17 at the Wayback Machine. p. 84 accessed July 16, 2006.
References [ edit ]
Malcolm G. Kelly, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Canadian Sports History and Trivia", Alpha Books,
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.
External links [ edit ]