2011 IIHF 12 Nations Tournament

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2011 12 Nations Invitational Tournament Series
12 Nations Tournament
Tournament details
Host country  Finland
Dates August 24–31
Teams 12
Venue(s) 2

The IIHF 12 Nations Invitational Tournament Series was held in Vierumäki, Finland (August 24-31), Courchevel, France (August 28-30), and Füssen, Germany (November 9-13). The competing nations will be the national women's teams. This is a new tournament introduced by the International Ice Hockey Federation. The goal is to close the large gaps in skill between countries by providing more competitive opportunities. The eight competing countries in Vierumaki, Finland are Canada, United States, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, Slovakia and Japan. France, Germany, Norway and the Czech Republic also played in a mini-tournament simultaneously in Courchevel, France. Teams from Group B and C played in the tournament held in Füssen.

There were no medals awarded at the tournament, and its main purpose was to develop players from countries attempting to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2014.[1]

Mistaken Identity. The name of the tournament was mistakenly printed on several publications and websites as the "IIHF 8 Nations Tournament". The "IIHF 12 Nations Invitational Tournament Series" was the official name for the tournament.

Participating nations[edit]

Group A
Group B
Group C

Group A/B[edit]

Round robin[edit]

  • August 29: Jayna Hefford scored once in regulation time and twice in the shootout as Canada triumphed against the United States by a 4-3 mark in an exhibition game. Hilary Knight scored on the Americans' first two shots for a 2-0 lead just 1:55 in as Liz Knox was pulled from the game. Gillian Apps tallied a goal less than a minute after Knight’s second goal and Jocelyne Larocque evened at 7:41, as four goals were registered in the first eight minutes.

The teams exchanged goals late in the second period. Brianna Decker scored for the US, while Jayna Hefford replied with a power play goal. Afterwards, Genevieve Lacasse and Jessie Vetter made a combined 31 saves in the third period and overtime, forcing a shootout between the rivals. In the first five rounds of said shootout, Hefford and Kelli Stack traded goals. Afterwards, Hefford proceeded to give Canada another lead as she scored again in the shootout. Jennifer Wakefield followed to beat Vetter for the game winner.[2]

August 24[edit]

Date Teams Result Notes
August 24 USA vs. Russia USA, 12-0[3] Hat trick scored by Hilary Knight
August 24 Canada vs. Switzerland Canada, 16-0[4] Jayna Hefford scored a hat trick
August 24 Finland vs. Japan Finland, 7-0
August 24 Sweden vs. Slovakia Sweden, 4-1

August 25[edit]

Date Teams Result Notes
August 25 USA vs. Japan USA, 13-0[5] Kelli Stack and Jen Schoullis each scored a hat trick
August 25 Canada vs. Russia Canada, 14-1[6] Meghan Agosta scored a hat trick and added two assists
August 25 Finland vs. Slovakia Finland, 2-0
August 25 Sweden vs. Switzerland Sweden, 4-2

August 27[edit]

Date Teams Result Notes
August 27 USA vs. Switzerland USA, 11-1
August 27 Canada vs. Slovakia Canada, 11-0[7] Vicki Bendus registered a hat trick and added one assist
Canada outshot Slovakia 73-8
August 27 Finland vs. Russia Finland, 2-1
August 27 Sweden vs. Japan Sweden, 8-2

August 28[edit]

Date Teams Result Notes
August 28 USA vs. Canada USA, 4-0[8] Shutout by Molly Schaus
August 28 Sweden vs. Russia Sweden, 4-3
August 28 Finland vs. Switzerland Finland, 12-0
August 28 Slovakia vs. Japan Slovakia, 4-0

August 30[edit]

Date Teams Result Notes
August 30 Canada vs. Finland Canada, 3-2 Caroline Ouellette had three assists[9]
August 30 USA vs. Sweden USA, 2-0

August 31[edit]

Date Teams Result Notes
August 31 Sweden vs. Canada Sweden, 6-4 Canada lost for just the second time in 66 all-time international meetings against Sweden by a 6-4 mark.[10]
August 31 USA vs. Finland USA, 6-0 Molly Schaus and Jessie Vetter both played and shared the shutout[11]


September 2 and 3[edit]

Date Teams Result Notes
September 2 Sweden vs. Finland Sweden, 3-1
September 3 Sweden vs. Finland Sweden, 4-2

Group C[edit]

All games for Group C were contested at the Olympic Ice Rink in Courchevel, France from August 28-30. Norway players Helene Martinsen led all Group C players in scoring with 8 points, while teammate Andrea Dalen ranked second in Group C scoring with 6 points.[13]


Date Teams Result Notes
August 28 France vs. Germany Germany, 2-1
August 28 Czech Republic vs. Norway Norway, 5-3
August 29 Czech Republic vs. Germany Germany, 4-1
August 29 France vs. Norway Norway, 6-1
August 30 Germany vs. Norway Germany, 4-3 (OT)

Group B/C[edit]

The tournament was played in Füssen, Germany from November 9-13.

Round robin[edit]

All teams took part in four games.

November 9[edit]

Date Teams Result Notes
November 9 Russia vs. Czech Republic Russia, 1-0
November 9 Japan vs. Norway Norway, 4-3 SO
November 9 Switzerland vs. France Switzerland, 2-1
November 9 Slovakia vs. Germany Germany, 3-0

November 10[edit]

Date Teams Result Notes
November 10 Switzerland vs. Czech Republic Czech Republic, 6-3
November 10 France vs. Slovakia Slovakia, 1-0
November 10 Norway vs. Russia Norway, 3-2
November 10 Germany vs. Japan Japan, 3-1

November 12[edit]

Date Teams Result Notes
November 12 Switzerland vs. Norway Norway, 5-3
November 12 Slovakia vs. Czech Republic Czech Republic, 4-2
November 12 Russia vs. Germany Germany, 3-2 SO
November 12 Japan vs. France Japan, 5-1

November 13[edit]

Date Teams Result Notes
November 13 Norway vs. Slovakia Norway, 3-1
November 13 Czech Republic vs. Japan Japan, 2-1
November 13 Russia vs. France Russia, 7-1
November 13 Germany vs. Switzerland Germany, 2-1


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