CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation is predicted so as to add a girls’s world hockey championship subsequent summer season, which is able to put it in the identical calendar 12 months because the Beijing Winter Olympics.
The lads play a world championship in an Olympic 12 months however the girls at the moment don’t.
“It was the one championship program inside the IIHF, the one class the place we had no high event in an Olympic 12 months,” IIHF council member Zsuzsanna Kolbenheyer instructed The Canadian Press.
A world championship in August 2022 would imply three main girls’s tournaments within the span of a 12 months after two years of meager worldwide girls’s hockey due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 championship now underway in Calgary comes lower than six months earlier than the Winter Olympics in February.
The IIHF council proposes returning the ladies’s championship to spring in non-Olympic years.
“The extra programming we will add to the schedule the higher,” American ahead Hilary Knight mentioned. “Quite a lot of emphasis is positioned on the Olympics, however to have a world championship occasion throughout an Olympic 12 months is necessary.”
Gina Kingsbury, Hockey Canada’s director of nationwide girls’s applications who received Olympic gold for her nation in 2006 and 2010, is getting ready for the schedule shift.
“Having a world championship yearly is essential,” Kingsbury mentioned. “It must be strategic within the quantity of relaxation we offer our athletes. We have to consider the athletes first and ensure it matches of their yearly coaching plan.”
The world championship underway in Calgary is the primary in additional than two years. The event was rescheduled and relocated to the Alberta capital this month as a result of Nova Scotia refused to carry it in Could.
“Each alternative we have now to play hockey, and play video games, we’ll take it,” Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin mentioned. “It’s been a pair lengthy years for ladies’s hockey to have video games, and to play towards the most effective and to play with the most effective, we’ve been lacking that loads.”