World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend

2017 IIHF Global Girls' Game

From New Zealand to Asia, Europe and North America - the IIHF Global Girls' Game will be played again this season, this time on weekend of 18th and 19th February 2017. The weekend-long game between the Team Blue and Team White players starts on early Saturday in Dunedin, New Zealand, and from there the puck goes to Australia, Asia, Siberia and further west to Europe to battle for the global winner and the aggregate score until the last puck drop on Sunday in Toronto, Canada.

Follow this festival of girls' hockey here, in our photo gallery (link follows on Saturday) and in social media using the hashtag #GlobalGirlsGame. You can follow the action through our channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.

Click here for the #GlobalGirlsGame Photo Album
 

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128

 

 

Goals

Game

 

Country

City

Day

Local Time

 

CET

Blue

 

White

 

1

 

New Zealand

Dunedin

Sat, 18 Feb.

16:30

 

4:30

1

-

4

Comments: 24 players including goaltenders participated in the first match-up of the Global Girls’ Game in Dunedin in the south of New Zealand. There were a couple of new faces as girls and women from different divisions, grades and age groups were selected for the teams and came together for the love of the game. It didn’t take long for the nerves to shake off some of the rookies and the more experienced players helped them to find their place on the ice and it was 1-1 after the first period. During the second period Team White pulled ahead by one goal, only after peppering team Blue’s young goalie with more than 20 shots in just two periods. The final score was 4-1 to Team White. Both teams were full of big smiles and a great time was had by all. Best of luck from New Zealand to all the ladies in the #GirlsGlobalGame!
 

2

 

Japan

Kurashiki

Sat, 18 Feb.

13:00

 

5:00

8

-

0

Comments: 35 players aged 13 to 40 years old participated in this fun game. These players were selected from the various teams in the western part of Japan, the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, and divided into two teams for the Global Girls’ Game. Usually, these girls play for the college teams or women's club teams in the regions. Team Blue earned an overwhelming victory and all the girls very much enjoyed playing the game and were pleased to participate in such a global fun event for girls. The goals in the 8-0 win came from seven different players with Haruka Akayama scoring twice. A ceremony was held prior to the game with photo sessions and ceremonial puck-drop by Mr Ichiro Aisawa, House of Representatives member and President of the Okayama Ice Hockey Federation. Four other exhibition games were also played among old-timer teams, junior teams and girls’ Blue and White teams in addition to the Global Girls’ Game for this special day.
 

3

 

Chinese Taipei

Taipei City

Sat, 18 Feb.

13:00

 

6:00

0

-

1

Comments: It was a tight game between Team Blue and Team White in Taipei City on the island of Taiwan. 17 players participated on each team and only one goal was scored to give Team White the win in this game and bounce back to cut the deficit in the aggregate score to 9-5. Team White goalie Yun-Tzu Wang was in the spotlight a lot and helped lead her team to the victory with a shutout.
 

4

 

Australia

Melbourne

Sat, 18 Feb.

17:00

 

7:00

4

-

1

Comments: During the Global Girls’ Game Ice Hockey Australia organized several games including the one in Melbourne for the global series. 21 players participated in the game at the O’Brien Group Arena with Team Blue winning 4-1 including a hat trick. Everyone is already looking forward to next year’s event.
 

5

 

Kazakhstan

Astana

Sat, 18 Feb.

12:00

 

7:00

4

-

2

Comments:
 

6

 

Russia

Krasnoyarsk

Sat, 18 Feb.

14:00

 

8:00

2

-

3

Comments: As part of the Russian women’s league, the game between home team Biryusa Krasnoyarsk in blue and Tornado Moscow Region (“Team White”) in Siberia was dedicated as Russia’s Global Girls’ Game and streamed live. You can re-watch the game here. Alevtina Shtaryova gave Team White the lead but Yekaterina Lobova tied it up three minutes later. Lyudmila Belyakova made it 2-1 for the visitors in the second period but at 5:21 of the third Anna Klimkina tied it up. Belyakova scored the game-winning goal for Tornado in the shootout giving Team White a 3-2 win in the Russian game. Among the spectators was the oldest resident of the city, Klaudia Trofimovna Cherkasova, who is also the great-grandmother of Tornado player Alyona Starovoitova, and members of the football team Yenisei Krasnoyarsk fresh from celebrating promotion in the Russian championship.
 

7

 

Bulgaria

Sofia

Sat, 18 Feb.

10:00

 

9:00

3

-

5

Comments:
 

8

 

Finland

Hameenlinna

Sat, 18 Feb.

11:00

 

10:00

6

-

2

Comments: 32 players participated in Hameenlinna each team having two goalies and three lines. The demand was high so that the first 32 girls born 2005-2007 from different clubs who registered made it to the teams. The slogan “Kunnioita Peliä” (respect the game) was well present on the jerseys but also in the way the game was played. Anne Haanpaa was the referee and the coaches were FIHA girls’ skill coach and Olympian Saara Niemi (nee Tuominen), former player and coach Enni Pohjola, who is working for the Finnish Ice Hockey Association as a volunteer regional coach, former player and coach Sari Suoniemi, who is also working for the FIHA as a volunteer regional coach, and Marko Peltoniemi, a coach from HPK Hameenlinna girls’ team. Two players from each team won the “respect the game award”, on Team White Rea Perkovuo (HPK Hameenlinna) and Milla Granlund (Kiekkohait Salo), on Team Blue Neea Pelkonen (PaRa Panelia), Nelli Nieminen (KJT Kerava). You can watch the full game and find the game sheet here.
 

9

 

Poland

Katowice

Sat, 18 Feb.

10:15

 

10:15

3

-

3

Comments: For the first time Poland took part in the Global Girls' Game and it was held with a huge success in Katowice where the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships Division I Group B will be hosted. Team White tied Team Blue 3-3. 34 players from 7 to 26 years of age played together supported by 300 spectators and were helped by national team veterans like Karolina Pozniewska, Magdalena Czaplik, Klaudia Chrapek, Patrycja Sfora and with junior national team players, players from defending champion Polonia Bytom players and young players from Kojotki Naprzod Janow who had fun trying to promote women’s hockey at the Jantor Arena in Katowice. The game was officiated by IIHF Council Member and Co-Chair of the IIHF Women’s Committee, Marta Zawadzka, and her father, former international referee Krzysztof Zawadzki.
 

10

 

Lithuania

Kaunas

Sat, 18 Feb.

12:00

 

11:00

12

-

4

Comments: One year ago Lithuania for the first time formed a women’s team. Since there were not enough players, it played against a club team from neighbouring country Latvia. This time the Lithuanians had 34 female players on their own for an all-Lithuanian Blue vs. White game. Everybody was happy as one can see in this video after the game even though it was a whopping 12-4 win for Team Blue. But the real message is that the interest of girls and women in playing hockey is growing in Lithuania hoping that one day there will be a national women’s hockey championship.
 

11

 

Romania

Brasov

Sat, 18 Feb.

13:00

 

12:00

2

-

6

Comments: One of the Global Girls’ Game events took place in Transylvania, not far from Dracula’s Castle in Brasov where 22 female players of all ages came to the Olympic Ice Rink. Team White coached by Romanian women’s national team coach George Pogacean. Agota Barta, Ana Voicu and Alina Oprea were the outstanding players in the 6-2 win.
 

12

 

Serbia

Novi Sad

Sat, 18 Feb.

13:00

 

13:00

4

-

6

Comments: After the World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend in the capital of Belgrade a few months ago, the Global Girls’ Game in Serbia went to the north of the country and was played with 24 girls between 8 and 16 years of age in Novi Sad. The goal was to split them in two equally strong teams with the mix of age and it worked out well with a tight 6-4 win for Team White. Emilija Zikic shone with four goals for the winning team, her teammate Katarina Vasiljevic had two. Lila Rac Szabo and Valentina Vrhoci each netted a pair of goals for Team Blue.
 

13

 

United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi

Sat, 18 Feb.

17:30

 

14:30

9

-

3

Comments: The 2017 Global Girls Game moved to the Persian Gulf, as 30 female took to the ice at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports Ice Rink in the United Arab Emirates, a 9-3 win for Team Blue. The Zayed Sports Ice Rink hosts the city's only Olympic-size skating surface.
 

14

 

Turkey

Ankara

Sat, 18 Feb.

17:00

 

16:00

3

-

1

Comments: The Middle East portion of the 2017 Global Girls’ Game tour moved from The Persian Gulf north to Turkey. Team Blue extended its lead in a 3-1 game that included members of the Turkish women’s national team, which is currently training in the capital city of Ankara.
 

15

 

South Africa

Pretoria

Sat, 18 Feb.

17:30

 

16:30

1

-

8

Comments: In what was South Africa’s second straight participation in the Global Girls Game, 39 ladies with ages ranging from 7 to 44 years of age took part in an entire day of fun off-ice activities and ending with a well-played game of girls hockey, a first full ice game for some. Team White played a strong game and was able to cut into the worldwide Blues lead with an 8-1 victory.
 

16

 

Slovakia

Bratislava

Sat, 18 Feb.

17:00

 

17:00

4

-

2

Comments: Vladimir Dzurilla ice rink in the Slovak capital of Bratislava hosted 22 players for the Global Girls’ Game. The match was divided into two periods with a five minute break in between. The blue team jumped to an early 1:0 lead. Team White tied the game one minute to the end of first half, but in the second half team blue scored three times.
 

17

 

Netherlands

Geleen

Sat, 18 Feb.

17:30

 

17:30

1

-

1

Comments: Ice Angels Geleen hosted Saturday night’s game against Luttikhuis Lions Enschede. Both teams exhibited an offensive game but were unable to score in the first period. In the second period the home team found the net first but could not capitalize on several Enschede penalties. The visitors struck in the final period and determined the final score with 14 minutes to play: 1-1. At the end of the game both teams honoured Myrthe Martens, Ice Angel & Team Netherlands captain, for being the first female to play 100 games for the national team.
 

18

 

Latvia

Riga

Sat, 18 Feb.

19:00

 

18:00

6

-

2

Comments: Held in Jelgava Ice Rink, the Global Girls' Game stage in Latvia hosted 27 girls between 15 and 40 years old from the L&L/JLSS (Team Blue) and Laima Juniors (Team White) Latvia women’s league teams. In the overall Blue-White worldwide tally, the Blues came out ahead in a 6-2 victory, stretching the global overall lead to 26 goals.
 

19

 

Belgium

Brussels

Sat, 18 Feb.

20:45

 

20:45

4

-

7

Comments: The game was played in the new Ice Sports Centre Mechelen and 22 girls participated in the event of which five girls played their first game ever. Players and spectators enjoyed the event and all agreed that we should repeat this kind of activities.
 

20

 

Great Britain

Sheffield

Sat, 18 Feb.

21:15

 

22:15

0

-

5

Comments: Thirteen-year-old Charlotte Harris scored all five goals for Team White as they beat Team Blue 5-0 in Ice Sheffield. Some of the brightest young talent in the GB programme took part in the game as 39 girls, aged between 11 and 18, took to the ice. GB Women’s head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “It was fantastic for the girls to be part of a worldwide event. “The girls will have taken so much from it and it was great to see so many people at Ice Sheffield supporting the game.”
 

21

 

Ireland

Belfast, N. Ireland

Sat, 18 Feb.

22:15

 

23:15

5

-

4

Comments: The puck dropped at 10:15pm Saturday night at the Dundonald Ice Bowl, Belfast on Saturday night for Ireland's participation in the Global Girls Game. 35 players from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, with ages ranging from 10-53, took to the ice in what was an exciting end to end game. Team White held the lead for the most part with goals from Alison Leonard and a hat trick from Dorinda Sinton. However Team Blue stepped it up in the third and came out victorious with a score of 5-4, Jo Micklam scored the second hat trick of the night with Jindara Scott bagging the other two. After the celebrations the girls took part in some on-ice bowling and a lucky raffle for some great prizes! The event was a true celebration of female hockey on the island of Ireland and the girls cannot wait until the next one!
 

22

 

Ukraine

Brovary

Sun, 19 Feb.

9:00

 

8:00

0

-

1

Comments: In a scoreless game that was streamed live - you can watch the full game here - Yulia Dobrovolska scored the game-winning goal for Team White in a shootout. This year Ukraine plays its first women’s hockey championship and 34 players from the teams Ukrainochka Kyiv, Kharkiv Panthers, Dnipro Squirrels, Dnepr Queens and Lavina Kremenchuk came together in the Kyiv suburb of Brovary to play this game in the national team jerseys, Team Blue in blue, Team White in yellow.
 

23

 

Switzerland

Biel

Sun, 19 Feb.

9:00

 

9:00

1

-

3

Comments: Switzerland’s Global Girls’ Game took place in Biel on Sunday morning before the final of a school tournament at Tissot Arena, the venue of the local National League A team. 33 players born 2005-2009 from different clubs participated in this game where Daniela Diaz, head coach of the national women’s team, was the special guest. Click here for a two-minute clip to see what it looked like.
 

24

 

Croatia

Zagreb

Sun, 19 Feb.

9:15

 

9:15

8

-

3

Comments: 27 players put on the Croatian national team jerseys for this game in Zagreb and Team Blue won 8-3 to increase the overall lead.
 

25

 

Slovenia

Ljubljana

Sun, 19 Feb.

10:00

 

10:00

2

-

4

Comments: 23 players between the age of 11 and 35 from all three women’s national teams came together under the supervision of women’s national team coach Franc Ferjanic. The two captains Pia Pren and Sara Confidenti selected the players ranging from national team veterans to players who just started to play this season and it was a good learning experience for all. Team White started with a two-goal lead and didn’t allow its opponent to come back but despite the results the players had a good time and smiles on their faces.
 

26

 

Austria

Vienna

Sun, 19 Feb.

11:00

 

11:00

6

-

7

Comments: 16 players between the age of 14 and 36 from five different countries wore the jerseys of the Sabres Vienna in Austria’s part of the Global Girls’ Game. They made equally strong teams. So equally that the game was tied at six and overtime had to decide – in Team White’s favour.
 

27

 

Czech Republic

Novy Jicin

Sun, 19 Feb.

12:00

 

12:00

3

-

3

Comments: 32 girls participated in a tight game that took place in Novy Jicin, in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Most of the girls play for the Czech under-15 national team but there were also some fresh faces from a parallel recruiting event for young girls who might become stars in the future. Although the girls knew their opponents as friends, they did not give up any puck and the game that was played at a fast pace ended with a 3-3 tie.
 

28

 

Sweden

Sodertalje

Sun, 19 Feb.

13:00

 

13:00

0

-

5

Comments: 30 players born 2001-2006 from the clubs Sodertalje SK and Jarna SK in the Stockholm region came to take the blue and yellow Swedish national team jerseys for a Team Blue vs. Team White (or yellow) game. The game was close in the beginning at the BST rink in Sodertalje but then the team dressed in yellow went up 2-0 after the first period and it ended with a 5-0 win.
 

29

 

Iceland

Reykjavik

Sun, 19 Feb.

12:00

 

13:00

1

-

2

Comments: In Reykjavik at the rink of Bjorninn 14 girls and women between the age of 6 and 31 came together. 7-year-old Ester and 14-year-old Unnur scored the goals in Team White’s 2-1 win while national team player Flosrun Vaka scored for Team Blue. Beside her another national team player was on the ice as a player with Karen while two more participated in other capacities – Vedis as a coach and Gulla as a referee.
 

30

 

Norway

Hamar

Sun, 19 Feb.

14:00

 

14:00

2

-

0

Comments: For the game in Hamar the organizers did a nice Global Girls’ Game theme on the video cube and an intro show before the 35 girls hit the ice. Players from two club teams played each other in a tight game. Team Blue (Storhamar) beat Team White (Kongsvinger) 2-0 with both goals coming from Julie Ostby-Deglum.
 

31

 

Argentina

Buenos Aires

Sun, 19 Feb.

10:00

 

14:00

5

-

6

Comments: In the heat of the summer of Buenos Aires, the IIHF Global Girl's Game was held for the first time in South America, with the participation of the National team, which is training for the next Pan American in Mexico. Team Blue team went up by two goals with a Hat Trick and two assists of Leana Villagra but the white team managed to tie the game over the end thanks to two goals and two assists from Iara Haiek and a Hat Trick from Guillermina Rosito. The overtime ended without goals and in the penalties Iara Haiek scored the game winning goal, giving Team White the 7-6 win.
 

32

 

Denmark

Copenhagen

Sun, 19 Feb.

15:00

 

15:00

6

-

7

Comments: 34 players from the ages of 10 and up joined Denmark’s women’s national team players for the Danish stage of the Global Girls’ Game. Team White won in a narrow and tight match with one goal 7-6, the winning goal scored in the dying minutes of the game.
 

33

 

Germany

Bad Kissingen

Sun, 19 Feb.

16:00

 

16:00

7

-

6

Comments: Female ice hockey players, most of them aged between 6 and 13, came from all over Germany to celebrate this girls’ hockey event. The patron of game was Franziska Busch, former German national team player and women’s hockey officer for the Germany Ice Hockey Federation. Ten skaters per team played in two lines against each other matched accordingly to their playing levels. In a very exciting game both teams fought hard and kept it tied until two minutes before the end when Team Blue scored the winning goal for the 7-6 victory.
 

34

 

Hungary

Budapest

Sun, 19 Feb.

17:00

 

17:00

1

-

5

Comments: In the Hungarian capital city of Budapest, Team White cut the Blues’ lead down to just three goals, setting up a tight finish in the 2017 Global Girls’ Game. 22 players participated in the game.
 

35

 

France

Cergy

Sun, 19 Feb.

18:00

 

18:00

4

-

2

Comments: Three clubs decided to join their efforts to put on an exciting game in the all new rink near to Paris. They were really glad and proud to participate to this Global Girls’ Game Edition. 28 players in total competed in the game, a 4-2 win for Team Blue.
 

36

 

Mexico

Mexico City

Sun, 19 Feb.

15:00

 

22:00

3

-

1

Comments: 30 players between the ages of five to 32 years old took to the ice in Mexcio City. After 36 countries had played one game each as part of the Global Girls’ Game, Team Blue held a slim three-goal lead but were able to get some insurance heading into the finale event in Canada with a 3-1 win over Team White.
 

37

 

United States

Pittsburgh

Sun, 19 Feb.

16:00

 

22:00

1

-

2

Comments: Team White, represented by the local girl’s Steel City Selects 16-Under team, edged Team Blue, comprised of the Carolina Lady Eagles 16-Under girls’ team, 2-1 at the American Global Girls’ Game event held in Pittsburgh. 15-year-old Grace Johnson scored the game winning goal with assists by Sara Coleman and Bethany Koman. Sara Coleman commented after the game, "It's inspiring to play a game I love with my teammates." Lauren Smith and Carolyn Whitney of the Carolina Lady Eagles said they were proud to play in the Global Girls Game because it shows that the girls game continues to grow in the U.S. and across the world and it's inspiring to see more and more younger females play the game and be provided with more opportunities to play hockey at the collegiate, international, and professional level.
 

38

 

Canada

Toronto

Sun, 19 Feb.

18:00

 

0:00

3

-

1

Comments: Canada’s Global Girls’ Game, and the 2017 #GlobalGirlsGame finale, was held in Toronto and included players from all corners of the country. Two teams were made from girls of Bantam age that made 40 new friends this weekend. The opening ceremonies for the event saw each player bring a flag from each country that participated to the ice and shared the score of the Global Game throughout. Team Blue finished with a 3-1 victory over Team White, closing out a total global score of 135-128, a fantastic effort from both the Blues and Whites, who helped to spread the girl’s game to new horizons. As we close out the 38th period of this game around the world it has been a pleasure watch all of the other games come together and our teammates succeed all around the globe. It’s amazing to unite these females with this great initiative to celebrate our game and its growth.
 

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