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The 1990 IIHF World Women 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.

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. 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.[1] 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.[1]

Qualification TournamentEdit

The United States and Canadian teams qualified automatically.[2] A tournament in Asia took place between Korea, Japan, China, India and Hong Kong. Japan won the tournament.[2]

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.[2]

Asian Qualification Tournament (Japan)Edit

17 December 1989
Japan Flag of Japan 5-0 Flag of China China
18 December 1989
Japan Flag of Japan 5-0 Flag of China China

Final tournamentEdit

First RoundEdit

Group AEdit

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

Group BEdit

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

Consolation Round 5-8 PlaceEdit

24 March
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 5-4 Flag of Japan Japan
24 March
Norway Flag of Norway 6-3 Flag of Germany Federal Republic of Germany

SemifinalsEdit

24 March
United States of America Flag of the United States 10-3 Flag of Sweden Sweden
24 March
Canada Flag of Canada 6-5 Flag of Finland Finland

Consolation Round 7-8 PlaceEdit

25 March
Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany 9-2 Flag of Japan Japan

Consolation Round 5-6 PlaceEdit

25 March
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 7-6 Flag of Norway Norway

Match for third placeEdit

25 March
Finland Flag of Finland 6-3 Flag of Sweden Sweden

FinalEdit

25 March
Canada Flag of Canada 5-2 Flag of the United States United States of America

Final rankingsEdit

Yuen 1990

Susana Yuen is hosted up by her teammates after Canada defeated Team USA to win the 1990 World Women's Championship in Ottawa.

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

Scoring leadersEdit

  G A Pts
Cindy Curley, Flag of the United States United States of America 11 12 23
Tina Cardinale, Flag of the United States United States of America 5 10 15
Cammi Granato, Flag of the United States United States of America 9 5 14
Kim Urech, Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 8 6 14
Angela James, Flag of Canada Canada 11 2 13

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

BodycheckingEdit

This is the only major international tournament in Women's ice hockey to allow bodychecking.[3] 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.[3] 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.

After this tournament, the International Ice Hockey Federation disallowed bodychecking in women's ice hockey.[3] It is currently an infraction punished with a minor or major and game misconduct penalty.[4]

In addition, the intermission between periods were twenty minutes instead of fifteen.[2] This has since been abolished and changed to the usual fifteen minutes.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kelly p. 88.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Andria Hunter Women's Hockey Net page on the IIHF World Women Championships accessed July 16, 2006.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Kelly, p. 89.
  4. International Ice Hockey Federation Section 5, Rule 441 of Official Ice Hockey rules p. 84 accessed July 16, 2006.

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