Notable numbers from WW
by Andrew Podnieks|18 APR 2023
Czechia goalie Klara Peslarova set a record for minutes played at one Women's Worlds.
photo: Andrea Cardin / IIHF
The 2023 Women’s Worlds saw a number of records broken or notable achievements of a statistical nature, comprising the full range of possibilities. Some records take mere seconds to break; others take ten years or more.

And then there are two records which are special because the players set new records with every game and every point. That is the case with Jenni Hiirikoski of Finland, who arrived in Brampton as the holder of the record for most World Women’s games played at 82. So, with every game she played, she extended her record, and she leaves Brampton with a new, and even less-catchable record of 89. She also played in her record 15th Women’s Worlds.

Hiirikoski and Lara Stalder of Switzerland also set personal bests. Hiirikoski had 11 points (3+8), the most ever in a tournament for the 36-year-old. Stalder also finished with 11 (4+7), the most for her as well.

Same but different is Hilary Knight. The newly-appointed USA captain came in with records for points (89) and goals (53). She has added nicely to those totals and leaves with updated records of 101 points and 61 goals. But there’s more. She is also now tied for most gold medals in a WW career with nine (Danielle Goyette) and most total WW medals with 13 (Hayley Wickenheiser). And after her gold-medal hat trick Sunday night, including the game winner, she is the only woman to score three game-winning goals for gold in World Women's play (2011 and 2017).

At the other end of the records spectrum is American Abbey Murphy. In a game against Switzerland on April 7, she scored just seven seconds after the opening faceoff, breaking a record that had been set just the day before when Sweden’s 16-year-old sensation Hilda Svensson scored 10 seconds into their game against Germany. The pre-tournament record had been a generous 13 seconds set by Germany Maren Valenti way back in 1994.

Blanka Skodova, Czechia’s bronze-medal winning goalie, also set a record here in Brampton. Her 390:53 of playing time is a record for minutes played at one WW, besting Nana Fujimoto of Japan (389:21 set in 2021). 

And speaking of goalies, Sara Grahn set a record for most Women’s Worlds by a ‘tender. The 34-year-old appeared in her 11th tournament this year, a run she started back in 2007. 

And another goalie had her extraordinary record come to a heartbreaking end. Coming into the gold-medal game, Canada’s Ann-Renee Desbiens had a perfect career record in senior competition. She was 16-0 at the Women’s Worlds and 6-0 at the Olympics, but with last night’s loss her combined record “slips” to 22-1. Wow.

As for some funky numbers in-game, fans might be surprised to know that the player who reached the fastest skating speed was Czechia's Natalie Mlynkova, who hit a top speed of 35.97 km/h. The hardest shot belonged to Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin, who let one rip at 131.05 km/h. Three players blocked the most shots (14)--Japan's Shiori Koike, Swiss defender Shannon Sigrist, and Annie Silen of Sweden.