HAMEENLINNA, Finland - On the eve of the gold medal game of the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Hameenlinna, Finland, it’s time to look back at this year’s championship and examine some of the more interesting numbers that surround the two medal games.
Gold Medal Game Numbers:
12 – Number of gold medal game meetings between Canada and the United States. The two North American nations have never missed the golden game at the World Women’s Championship.
9 – Titles that Canada has won vs. the USA’s two. The Americans are the defending champions after winning in Harbin, China last year.
6 – Number of times the gold medal game has been decided by two goals or less. Canada has a 5-2 record against the U.S. in the close gold medal games. The Americans won their first gold, 1-0, in a shootout in 2005 and last year in regulation, 4-3. The Canadians won in 2004 (2-0), 2001 (3-2), 2000 (3-2 in overtime), 1999 (3-1) and in 1997 (4-3 in overtime).
2.7 – Years older the Canadian team is than the American. The Canadians have an average age of 26.8 and have six players over the age of 30. Meanwhile the U.S. has and average of 24.1 and only one player over 30.
2 – The number of times that the team that won the playoff round game, also went on to win the gold medal in the three seasons that the nine-team format has been in place. In 2008, the U.S. won the playoff round game, 4-2, and then won the golden game, 4-3. In 2007, Canada won both games, 5-4, in the playoff round and 5-1 in the medal game. In 2004, the teams split the wins with the U.S. winning the early game, 3-1, and Canada winning the gold, 2-0.
0 – Number of goals the U.S. had given up at this year’s championship before yesterday’s meeting against Canada. The Americans have 155 shots in three games.
1 – Number of goals that Canada had given up at this year’s championship before yesterday’s meeting against the U.S.. The Canadians have 163 shots in three games.
0 – Number of players on both Canada and USA’s roster that played in the inaugural World Women’s Championship. Only one player at this year’s event was at the first championship in 1990 – Switzerland’s Monika Leunberger.
Bronze Medal Game Numbers:
1 – Number of times that a nation other than Finland or Sweden has won the World Women’s bronze medal. Russia earned the bronze medal in 2001 with a 2-1 win against the Finns.
8 – Number of World Women’s appearances it took Sweden to win its first medal. The Swedes snapped their streak in 2005 when they beat Finland, 5-2.
7 – Number of times that Finland and Sweden have previously met in the bronze medal game. Finland holds a 5-2 advantage when the two teams meet for third place. Sweden missed the bronze medal game in 1994, 1997, 2001 and 2008. Finland has skated for bronze at every World Women’s Championship.
3 – Number of times the bronze medal games between Finland and Sweden have been decided by one goal. Finland won 5-4 in overtime in 1992 and 3-2 in regulation in 2004, while Sweden edged Finland, 1-0 in 2007.
2 – Number of times that the Finns have won the bronze medal on home ice. Finland hosted the World Women’s in 1992 and 1999 and took the bronze both times.
2009 Women’s World Championship Numbers:
2 – Teams that are relegated from this year’s championship. China and Japan were unlucky this year that the tournament will return to eight teams, meaning both Asian nations must go down to Division I.
5,000 – Number of local school children that attended the games in Hameenlinna, each class was ‘assigned’ a team to cheer for and made signs that decorated the team locker rooms and arena for the week.
80 – Accredited journalists at this year’s World Women’s. More than half the games were televised in Canada, Finland, Sweden and the U.S.
8 – Shutouts at this year’s World Women’s Championship. The U.S. and Canada have a combined five shutouts so far.
34,733 – Combined kilometers that the eight teams had to travel to get to Hameenlinna for the World Women’s Championship. Japan had the longest journey, clocking in at 7,843 kilometers.