The RIHF is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and represents the interests of Russian ice hockey in international hockey organisations.
The Russian Ice Hockey Federation organises and holds:
The RIHF carries out its activity on the territory of 67 Russian Federation regions.
Ice hockey competitions on the territory of our country are held under the auspices of the RIHF. They include the Russian championship, the VHL, the Russian championship among womens teams, Russian championships in the first and second leagues and Russian championships with regional senior and youth teams.
According to the Russian Federation's Federal Law about physical culture and sport (Art. 8), all the rights for the holding of official Russian championships belong to the Russian Ice Hockey Federation.
The RIHF also deals with all Russian national ice hockey teams:
The men's national team have become world champions on a number of occasions, with the most recent triumph coming in 2014. The Soviet national team, as well as the Unified Team in 1992, have taken Olympic gold medals. Indeed all of Russia's teams are successful on the international stage, and the junior national team have won lots of medals and trophies at their World Championship. On the women's side, the main team took World Championship bronze twice, and the junior team have also earned medals at that level.
In the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, the main aims are the organisation of competitions on the Russian Federation's territory. Plenty of ice hockey lovers in the country have had the pleasure of enjoying Olympic Games, World Championships and Euro Hockey Tour matches with their own eyes, and these games don't only take place in Moscow. Competitions are spread all around the country, and they have always been held at the highest level.
The RIHF develops the training processes for sportsmen of the highest level, and provides fantastic facilities for players of all ages. Also, the federation is responsible for the selection of coaches for national teams.
With the aim of organising certain regions in the Russian Federation, the RIHF set up these inter-regional coordination centres:
The RIHF pays special attention to the formation, development and coordination of professional, amateur and youth ice hockey in the country. This includes methodological assistance to regional subdivisions, improving ice hockey centres, clubs, teams and youth schools.
During recent years, the federation has been working on the creation and conditioning of specialised sports facilities. Along with that, there has been a focus on the development of clubs, and the construction of new ice hockey arenas. Several have been opened in many different Russian cities, and more are planned.
In our country, ice hockey is immensely popular with millions of people. Russian ice hockey players and coaches try to live up to this with their efforts to achieve great things on the sporting stage.
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If anyone has information about the league structure of women's hockey in Russia, please let me know. Russia was not active in international women's hockey until just 1994. They started their national team at the beginning of January 1994 in St. Petersburg. For more information about women's hockey in Russia, be sure to see Barbara Pickering's overview of Russian Women's Hockey.
Here is a link that provides the results of all games played by the Russian Women's National team.
During the 93-94 and 94-95 seasons, their national team toured North America to gain experience. In 1995, they competed in the European B Championship for the first time, and won the gold medal! This means that they are promoted to the European A Championship for 1996. The 1996 European A Championship was held in Russia.
I have two very short information files on the Russian national team, from 1994 and 1995, respectively.
Russia placed as follows at the European Championships:
Russia placed as follows at the IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships:
And as follows at the Winter Olympics:
Here are some pictures of Team Russia players from the 1997 WWC.1997 World Championship Overview
The greeneset club in Kitchener (location of the 1997 Women's World Hockey Championship) in terms of its international experience, the Russian team was created only 3 years ago (1994) in St. Petersburg.
Following two tours of North America, the Russians embarked on their first European B Championship in 1995 -- where they promptly won the gold medal.
Team Russia continued its meteoric rise having captured silver at last yera's European A championship in Yaroslavl, Russia.
Kitchener marks the Russians' first World Championship appearance.
The Russian player who figures to make the biggest impact at the world championships is Ekaterina Pashkevich, a five-foot-10, 190-pound power forward with a hard, heavy shot and lots of skill.
Pashkevich left Russia in 1994 and lives in the Boston area now, playing for a senior A women's team in Assabet Valley, as well as skating three or four times a week with a men's club team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Like all teams in the world touranment, Russia is seeking to earn a berth in the 1998 Olympics and believe that beating arch-rival China in the tournament opener is the key to realizing that achievement.Exhibition Games
The remainder of this page contains information about women's hockey within Russia.Womens Hockey within Russia The White Nights Hockey Tournament
This hockey tournament started in 1992 in St. Petersburg as "The White Nights Hockey Tournament", and during the 1994 competition was officially declared by the Russian Ice Hockey Federation as the "Women's Open Ice Hockey Cup of Russia." It is effectively the only club/team competition in Russia. Invitations been sent to a number of European Hockey Federations/teams. In the past, teams from Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, and the USA have participated. The tournament is part of the "White Nights Hockey Festival," which also includes competition for the old-timers. The tournament opening ceremonies take place Monday, June 24, 1996. The closing is on Friday, June 28, 1996.
The 5th Annual White Nights Tournament (in June 1996) was sponsored by the "SKA" Army Hockey Club of St. Petersburg. Invitations were extended to college, high school, veteran players; men, women; teams and individuals. It took place in St. Petersburg, Russia from June 20-29, 1996.
The original version of hockey in Russia since the 1890s was called “bandy.” It was played with a small ball instead of a puck and had the rules of field hockey. Ice hockey was introduced to the Soviet Union in the 1930s and became a national sport following the Second World War. The Russian game of ice hockey was different from the Canadian. A lot of bandy rules were adopted and the philosophy of the game was different.
An early Red Army squad (late 1930s)
An early Red Army squad (early 1940s)
The legendary coach Anatoli Tarasov
Trainer Arkady Chernyshev
When Anatoli Tarasov became a coach, he changed Russian hockey forever. He masterminded creating his own version of hockey – a game of speed, endurance and winning. He was the master of the team and his players were like chess pieces. When the USSR entered its first team into the World Championship in 1954, they won. Likewise, the Soviet team finished first at the 1956 Olympics. Once Tarasov took over the national team’s reigns, the “CCCP” team won gold at the World Championships in Stockholm in 1963. That was just the beginning of nine consecutive World Championship victories, through to 1971. During that timespan, the Soviet Union also won eight European Championships and three consecutive Olympic gold medals (1964, 1968, 1972). The Soviet hockey program was recognized as the premier in the world and earned the nickname “The Big Red Machine.” Tarasov also coached the Central Sports Club of the Army (CSKA), to seventeen league championships from 1947 to 1974. Tarasov’s colleague – Arkady Chernyshev also played an influential role in the development of Soviet hockey.
1956: first Olympics, first hockey gold for the USSR
Russia's first hockey superstar - Vsevolod Bobrov
The athletic pioneers of the sport were Vsevolod Bobrov and Viktor Shuvalov. Bobrov was a rare star in multiple sports – football and hockey. He captained both the Soviet football team at the 1952 Olympics and the ice hockey national team at the 1956 Olympics. Nonetheless, Bobrov achieved greater success as a hockey player. Shortly after joining the Soviet Air Force hockey team (VVS) managed by Stalin’s son, Vasili, in 1950, Bobrov narrowly avoided death. The airplane carrying the team to Sverdlovsk crashed on approach, but Bobrov was lucky to have overslept on that day and missed the flight. Once the VVS team seized to exist following Stalin’s death, Bobrov finished his career with CSKA. In 130 league games Bobrov scored an astonishing 254 goals, as well as 89 goals in 59 games playing for the national team! Bobrov remained a key trainer until 1979.
The next torch-carrier of Soviet hockey was Anatoli Firsov. He was a forward and played from 1958 to 1974. Firsov was one of the best hockey players ever because of his brilliant skills and extremely hard slapshot. He also innovated many of the moves that today’s forwards use to beat defenders. Firsov started his career with Spartak, and in 1961 joined CSKA, with which he went on to win the Soviet championship nine times. In 474 games, Firsov scored 344 goals. Firsov also won Olympic gold three times (1964, 1968, 1972), the World Championship eight times (1964-71), and was named Best Forward at the World Championship in 1967 and 1971.
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I would like to see the Russians prepare thoroughly in its TACTICAL and PHYSICAL CONDITIONING methods like the great Soviet teams of the past so I can see the Russian Ice Hockey team at its very best during the next Winter Olympics in 2014!
Yes, the physical conditioning methods of coaches like Chernyshev, Tarasov, and Tikhonov played arguably the primary role in the Soviet national team’s successes. Players used to train together 11 months per year. This is impossible now with the nature of NHL/KHL scheduling.
I am hopeful someday that the Russians could make a schedule for themselves to have enough time to work on the PHYSICAL CONDITIONING and TACTICS of their Ice Hockey teams.I have noticed the Russians over recent years have played much better during the iihf World Championships including that 27 game winning streak that they had.Does anybody know why the Russians are playing so well right now?
You say in this article that the russian philosophy was different. What was the Russian philosophy? Love to know. A mile dedicated to the Canadian hockey history. A milimeter dedicated to the Russian. Please way more. They deserve it I think.
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The modern history of Russian hockey began in Soviet occupied Lithuania, in the city of Kaunas sports arena in 1946, December 22 at exactly 1:02 pm.
Russia is an European country, bordered by Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (Kaliningrad Oblast), Poland (Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and North Korea. It is also close to the U.S. state of Alaska, Sweden and Japan across relatively small stretches of water (the Bering Strait, the Baltic Sea, and La Pérouse Strait, respectively). There are a little over 142 million people living in Russia, which capital is Moscow.Organization Edit
Hockey is a very popular sport in Russia. It's top professional league, the Kontinental Hockey League, is among the strongest in the world. The league was created out of the Russian Superleague and made a major league with the unveiled intent of competing with the National Hockey League.The Vysshaya Liga is the 2nd level of hockey,the Pervaya Liga is the 3rd level and the Vtoraya Liga is the 4th level of ice hockey.History of hockey in Russia Edit
The first hockey games were played in the former Soviet Union in the 1930's. The first Soviet ice hockey championships league started in 1946-47. Dynamo Moscow were the first champions of the Soviet Union. During the next season, the Soviet league was made up of ten teams.
The country joined the International Ice Hockey Federation in 1952. The Soviet Union made its debut at the World Championships two years later. The team defeated Canada 7-2 in the gold medal game and would remain a power in international hockey until the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Septembre 2011. Plusieurs membres du club de 1e Division, Locomotif, meurent dans un accident d'avion russe dans la cual 43 personnes ont péri.International Edit
On the international level, Russia is very competitive, continuously ranked in the elite of the world and part of the Big Seven.They won the Gold medal in international competitions in 1993, 2008, and 2009.They won the silver medal in 2002 and 2010. They won the Bronze medal in 2005 and 2007.Russia has also had success in ice hockey at the Olympics, winning the Silver medal in 1998, and the Bronze medal in 2002.
The Russian men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team of Russia and are controlled by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. They are currently rated number one in the IIHF World Ranking. The team has been competing internationally since 1993 and follows a long tradition of Soviet teams mostly composed of Russian players. The Russian team replaced the Unified Team of the ice hockey at the 1992 Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth of Independent States team of the 1992 World Championships.
The Russian team has not been as dominant as the Soviet team, winning the gold in the World Championships three times in 18 years, but it remains one of the top teams in the world. Russia finished fourth at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Russia has a total of 84,720 players,  about 0.05% of its population. As of February 2010, their head coach is Vyacheslav Bykov.
The top three nominees for the 2009 Hart Memorial Trophy (the most valuable player award in the National Hockey League) all play for the Russian team: Alexander Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk, and Evgeni Malkin.
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THE LOSS OF TRADITIONAL HOCKEY CITIES IN RUSSIA
Ice hockey, a clubs financial firepower and feebleness, stars and fans. What do these combinations of words have in common? The answer is simple: numerous problems in the hockey industry need to be solved.
It is well-known that the problem of losing "traditional hockey cities" exists in Canada but there is hardly any person in North America who could guess that Russia has recently experienced the same thing.
Not so long ago, four famous Russian clubs - "Spartak" Moscow, "Krilya Sovietov" Moscow, "Tractor" Chelyabinsk (the club where Sergey Makarov started his brilliant career) and the "Khimik" Voskresensk (many current NHL players and four Stanley Cup owners got their preliminary and secondary hockey education in this club) - were respected participants in many international tournaments and were full members of the Soviet Championships, which was renamed the Russian Hockey Super League after the breakdown of the Soviet Union. Now, regardless of numerous former achievements, they had to fight for the right to be full members of the RSL in the minor championships similar to that of the American Hockey League or so-called farm teams. The explanation of their failure is simple - the lack of financial support and the mass departure of hockey experts and young talented players abroad or in prosperous industrial provincial hockey teams. As a result, in the near future the heart of Russia may be deprived of youth hockey schools, which are well-known all over the world. It looks like great national tragedy.
For many years the most prominent and successful teams included "Dynamo", CSKA Red Army, Krilya Sovietov and "Spartak", which historically has been the most popular team among spectators. Moscow had four good hockey teams. Today everything has changed. In the past, the state and its hockey system were considered one and indivisible. The more wins our teams had on the international arena, the more glory the state received.
With the breakdown of the Soviet Union and the disappearance of strong governmental hockey control, only two Moscow clubs managed to survive in the heart of Russia. The first one is "Dynamo", which could be characterized as wealthy and prosperous and able to compete with rich and strong industrial provincial clubs in the race for the championship title. It is the only Moscow club which maintains the dignity and reputation of hockey in the capital city. The other club is the less wealthy CSKA, which is suffering from no longer being able to get the best players through military enrollment. Using the auspices of the military, CSKA always had the first chance to "enlist" men into the Red Army only to use their hockey skills. Viktor Tikhonov was adept at using this rule to lure some of the brightest names in the game. Igor Larionov, Valery Kamensky, Valery Zelepukin, Vyacheslav Kozlov (all the natives of the former industrial hockey town, Voskresensk, located near Moscow) and Sergei Makarov (a native of Chelyabinsk) played for CSKA.
Later, "Dynamo" Moscow inherited the right to "enlist" men into the Army to use their hockey skills, but not the way as it was in the past when the young, talented players were brought to Moscow by force to play for nothing for several years.
Today, many young players prefer to escape from the army in one of three ways:
People may question how "Dynamo" has managed to save its authority when all other Moscow teams failed to fight against provincial industrial club backing?
The answer is simple. "Dynamo" has belonged and still belongs to the military unit comprised of border guards and secret police (known in the past as KGB). They know where and how to get money and the people who belong to this organization are considered very clever. In a word they are all elite. Thanks to their efforts, not only has the club kept its leading position in the Russian Championships, but it has kept its productive youth hockey school as well. In the 70s and 80s , all the boys of Moscow and Russia craved to be enlisted in the school of CSKA but now everything has changed. Their only desire now is to get in to "Dynamo". Now its school has approximately 200 young players - 25 men in eight age groups. In todays top team, there are 10 graduates of "Dynamo" hockey school. But everything is not as good for the other clubs in and around Moscow.
There is still some tension between the teams. For the last few years there have been two CSKA Red Army clubs. In 1995 the original CSKA retired Viktor Tikhonov because he was past the mandatory retirement age for an officer. Tikhonov responded by revealing that he was the leaseholder for the ice arena where CSKA played and formed his own club called HC CSKA. As a result, Russia got two weak and financially sick teams: CSKA headed by Boris Mikhailov and HC CSKA governed by Viktor Tikhonov. These two independent organizations still fight for their rights on the lease for the ice arena and players. All these changes were mainly caused by recent and sudden changes in the countrys policy.
The Soviet Union, a strong social state became the democratic and capitalist Russia. It gave people the right to own private property. So new economic relations started to spring up like mushrooms and men who managed build up a fortune by taking advantage of unstable economic policy appeared. There was talk of the Russian Mafia controlling Siberias coal mines and steel, aluminum, nickel, oil, gas industries. Can you imagine such a great change happened only in 10 years? Of course it influenced the development of Russian hockey as well.
In recent years, regional team in eastern Russia like "Torpedo" Yaroslavl, "AkBars" Kazan and "Metallurg" Magnitogorsk have become the most powerful in the sport.
To understand the different franchises is to know their names. Russian teams have some significance attached to their titles that tells you the primary industry in the town. Usually clubs are named after the industry in the town or factory that supports them. "Metallurg" Magnitogorsk, for example, is named after the steel mill in the town of Magnitogorsk; Metallurg is the Russian word for steel foundry. Others include "Lada" Togliatti- the Lada car factory is in Togliatti (formerly known as STAVROPOL city); "Torpedo" Yaroslavl, for the motor factory, and so on.
On the one hand it is pleasant to realize that nearly every Russian club belongs to some new successful businessmen who can offer big contracts to the young, gifted players and recently have managed to get back from overseas minor leagues players such as former Russian NHLers Alexei Kudashov, Oleg Mikulchik, Vitaly Prokhorov, Dimitri Filimonov, Nickolay Tsuligin, Denis Tsygurov and others.
On the other hand, a problem still exists. All clubs dont yet have their own productive youth hockey schools, and still a lot of time, about 10 years, is needed for their development. So why not support former legendary Russian clubs in their desire to promote young talented hockey players? They have great experience, traditions and there is no need to invent something new.
Fortunately there are still some people in Russian hockey who believe in its future and work with the youth not only for the sake of money but for the revival of its old traditions. There are a lot of young talented guys in our championships and its obvious that despite Russias confusing history of the game causing plenty of controversy, it produced wonderful players and continues to to do so to this day. After all do you remember which national team won the recent World Junior Championships held in Canada?
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