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IIHF World Women's Championship
Tournament details
Host nation Flag of Canada Canada
Dates March 31 - April 6
Teams 8
Venue(s) Brantford, Brampton, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, North York (in 7 host cities)
Champions Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada (4 titles)
Tournament statistics
Games played 20
Goals scored 129  (6.45 per game)
Scoring leader(s) Flag of Finland Riikka Nieminen

The 1997 IIHF World Women Championships was held March 31-April 6, 1997 in seven Canadian cities all in the Province of Ontario. Team Canada won their 4th consecutive gold medal at the World Championships defeating the United States in a repeat of the previous three finals, however this time the United States took Canada in the closest final so far, losing in overtime. Finland picked up their fourth consecutive bronze medal, with a win over China who made the Semi-Final for the second consecutive year.

Qualification Tournament[edit | edit source]

The following teams participated in the championship. Qualification was the top three from the 1996 Pacific Qualification Tournament, and the top five from the 1996 European Championship.

  • Flag of Canada.png Canada - Qualified as 1st in 1996 Pacific Qualification Tournament
  • Flag of China.gif China - Qualified as 3rd in 1996 Pacific Qualification Tournament
  • Flag of Finland.png Finland - Qualified as 2nd in 1996 European Championship
  • Flag of Norway.png Norway - Qualified as 4th in 1996 European Championship
  • Flag of Russia.png Russia - Qualified as 2nd in 1996 European Championship
  • Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland - Qualified as 5th in 1996 European Championship
  • Flag of Sweden.png Sweden - Qualified as 1st in 1996 European Championship
  • Flag of the United States.png United States of America - Qualified as 2nd in 1996 Pacific Qualification Tournament

Pacific Qualification Tournament (Canada)[edit | edit source]

First Round[edit | edit source]

Rk. Team GP W T L GF GA DIF PTS
1. Flag of Canada.png Canada 3 3 0 0 16 2 +14 6
2. Flag of the United States.png United States of America 3 2 0 1 21 5 +16 4
3. Flag of China.gif China 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 2
4. Flag of Japan.gif Japan 3 0 0 3 1 31 -30 0

Results[edit | edit source]

April 1, 1996
5:00pm
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 4–2
Flag of China.gif China Richmond, British Columbia
April 1, 1996
9:00pm
Canada Flag of Canada.png 12–0
Flag of Japan.gif Japan Richmond, British Columbia
April 2, 1996
5:00pm
Canada Flag of Canada.png 1–0
Flag of China.gif China Richmond, British Columbia
April 2, 1996
9:00pm
Japan Flag of Japan.gif 0–15
Flag of the United States.png United States of America Richmond, British Columbia
April 3, 1996
5:00pm
China Flag of China.gif 4–1
Flag of Japan.gif Japan Richmond, British Columbia
April 3, 1996
9:00pm
Canada Flag of Canada.png 3–2
Flag of the United States.png United States of America Richmond, British Columbia

Final Round[edit | edit source]

Semi-Final   Final
1  Flag of Canada.png Canada 18  
4  Flag of Japan.gif Japan 0     1  Flag of Canada.png Canada 4
3  Flag of the United States.png United States of America 5   2  Flag of the United States.png United States of America 1
2  Flag of China.gif China 0  

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

April 5, 1996
5:00pm
Canada Flag of Canada.png 18–0
Flag of Japan.gif Japan Richmond, British Columbia
April 5, 1996
9:00pm
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 5–0
Flag of China.gif China Richmond, British Columbia

Match for third place[edit | edit source]

April 6, 1996
5:30pm
China Flag of China.gif 5–1
Flag of Japan.gif Japan Richmond, British Columbia

Final[edit | edit source]

April 6, 1996
8:30pm
Canada Flag of Canada.png 4–1
Flag of the United States.png United States of America Richmond, British Columbia

Final Tournament[edit | edit source]

The eight participating teams were divided up into two seeded groups as below. The teams played each other once in a single round robin format. The top two teams from the group proceeded to the Final Round, while the remaining teams played in the Consolation Round.

First Round[edit | edit source]

     Teams proceed to Final round
     Teams sent to Consolation round

Group A[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Rk. Team GP W T L GF GA DIF PTS
1. Flag of Canada.png Canada 3 3 0 0 22 2 +20 6
2. Flag of China.gif China 3 2 0 1 18 12 +6 4
3. Flag of Russia.png Russia 3 0 1 2 6 18 -12 1
4. Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 3 0 1 2 6 20 -14 1

Results[edit | edit source]

All times local

March 31, 1997
7:00pm
China Flag of China.gif 6 – 2
( 3 - 0, 2 - 2, 1 - 0)
Flag of Russia.png Russia Hamilton
Attendance: 750
March 31, 1997
7:30pm
Canada Flag of Canada.png 6 – 0
( 1 - 0 , 2 - 0 , 3 - 0 )
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Kitchener
Attendance: 3,889
April 1, 1997
7:00pm
China Flag of China.gif 11 – 3
( 5 - 2 , 3 - 0 , 3 - 1 )
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Mississauga
Attendance: 1,207
April 1, 1997
7:30pm
Canada Flag of Canada.png 9 – 1
( 3 - 0 , 3 - 0 , 3 - 1 )
Flag of Russia.png Russia Kitchener
Attendance: 5,559
April 3, 1997
7:30pm
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 3 – 3
( 1 - 0 , 2 - 3 , 0 - 0 )
Flag of Russia.png Russia North York
Attendance: 1,089
April 3, 1997
7:30pm
Canada Flag of Canada.png 7 – 1
( 5 - 0 , 1 - 0 , 1 - 1 )
Flag of China.gif China Kitchener
Attendance: 5,457

Group B[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Rk. Team GP W T L GF GA DIF PTS
1. Flag of the United States.png United States of America 3 2 1 0 20 3 +17 5
2. Flag of Finland.png Finland 3 2 1 0 18 3 +15 5
3. Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 3 0 1 2 2 17 -15 1
4. Flag of Norway.png Norway 3 0 1 2 2 19 -17 1

Results[edit | edit source]

All times local

March 31, 1997
4:00pm
Norway Flag of Norway.png 0 – 7
( 0 - 2 , 0 - 3 , 0 - 2 )
Flag of the United States.png United States of America Kitchener
Attendance: 3,100
March 31, 1997
4:00pm
Finland Flag of Finland.png 5 – 0
( 3 - 0 , 1 - 0 , 1 - 0 )
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Brampton
April 1, 1997
4:00pm
Norway Flag of Norway.png 2 – 2
( 2 - 0 , 0 - 1 , 0 - 1 )
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Kitchener
Attendance: 3,068
April 1, 1997
7:00pm
Finland Flag of Finland.png 3 – 3
( 1 - 2 , 0 - 1 , 2 - 0 )
Flag of the United States.png United States of America Brantford
April 3, 1997
7:00pm
Norway Flag of Norway.png 0 – 10
( 0 - 3 , 0 - 3 , 0 - 4 )
Flag of Finland.png Finland Kitchener
Attendance: 3,401
April 3, 1997
7:00pm
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 10 – 0
( 4 - 0 , 3 - 0 , 3 - 0 )
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden London
Attendance: 3,472

Playoff Round[edit | edit source]

Consolation Round 5-8 Place[edit | edit source]

April 4, 1997
4:00pm
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 7 – 1
( 2 - 0 , 1 - 1 , 4 - 0 )
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Kitchener
Attendance: 3,301
April 4, 1997
7:30pm
Russia Flag of Russia.png 2 – 1
( 1 - 1 , 1 - 0 , 0 - 0 )
Flag of Norway.png Norway Kitchener
Attendance: 2,849

Consolation Round 7-8 Place[edit | edit source]

April 6, 1997
2:00pm
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 1 – 0
( 0 - 0 , 0 - 0 , 1 - 0 )
Flag of Norway.png Norway Kitchener
Attendance: 565

Consolation Round 5-6 Place[edit | edit source]

April 6, 1997
1:00pm
Russia Flag of Russia.png 1 – 3
( 1 - 0 , 0 - 2 , 0 - 1 )
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Kitchener
Attendance: 2,471

Final Round[edit | edit source]

Semi finals Finals
5 April 1997 6 April 1997
                 
     
Group A 1st Flag of Canada.png Canada 2
 
Group B 2nd Flag of Finland.png Finland 1   Gold Medal Game (AOT)
  Flag of Canada.png Canada 4
     
  Flag of the United States.png United States of America 3
Group B 1st Flag of the United States.png United States of America 6
 
Group A 2nd Flag of China.gif China 0  
  Bronze Medal Game
Flag of Finland.png Finland 3
Flag of China.gif China 0

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

April 5, 1997
1:00pm
Canada Flag of Canada.png 2 – 1
( 0 - 1 , 1 - 0 , 1 - 0 )
Flag of Finland.png Finland Kitchener
Attendance: 4,963
April 5, 1997
5:00pm
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 6 – 0
( 2 - 0 , 2 - 0 , 2 - 0)
Flag of China.gif China Kitchener
Attendance: 3,832

Match for third place[edit | edit source]

April 6, 1997
4:00pm
Finland Flag of Finland.png 3 – 0
( 0 - 0 , 0 - 0 , 3 - 0 )
Flag of China.gif China Kitchener

Final[edit | edit source]

April 6, 1997 Canada Flag of Canada.png 4 – 3
( 1 - 0 , 1 - 2 , 1 - 1 , 1 - 0 )
Flag of the United States.png United States of America Kitchener
Attendance: 6,427

Champions[edit | edit source]

 1997 IIHF World Women Championship Winners 

Canada
4th title

Tournament Awards[edit | edit source]

The following was selected as the All-Star team of the tournament:

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Rk. Team Notes
Gold medal icon.svg Flag of Canada.png Canada Qualified for the 1998 Winter Olympic Games
Silver medal icon.svg Flag of the United States.png United States of America Qualified for the 1998 Winter Olympic Games
Bronze medal icon.svg Flag of Finland.png Finland Qualified for the 1998 Winter Olympic Games
4. Flag of China.gif China Qualified for the 1998 Winter Olympic Games
5. Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Qualified for the 1998 Winter Olympic Games
6. Flag of Russia.png Russia Qualified for the 1999 World Championships Qualification Tournament
7. Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Qualified for the 1999 World Championships Qualification Tournament
8. Flag of Norway.png Norway Qualified for the 1999 World Championships Qualification Tournament
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