1999 IIHF Women's World Championship

The 1999 IIHF World Women's Championships was held between March 8–14, 1999, in the city of Espoo in Finland. Team Canada won their fifth consecutive gold medal at the World Championships defeating the United States. Canada skated to a solid 3–1 victory in the final to take the gold with a solid performance that saw them winning all five games.[1]

1999 IIHF World Women's Championship
Tournament details
Host country Finland
DatesMarch 8–14
Teams8
Venue(s)Espoo, Vantaa (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (5th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg United States
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Finland
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played20
Goals scored138 (6.9 per match)
Attendance25,234 (1,262 per match)
Scoring leader(s)United States Jenny Schmidgall 12 points
1997
2000

Finland picked up their fifth consecutive bronze medal, with a win over Sweden who had their strongest performance since 1992.

QualificationEdit

The 1999 tournament created the format that has remained to the present, as the World Championships was greatly expanded to incorporate the European Championships and the Pacific Qualification Tournaments. There were a series of Qualification Tournaments Held to assign teams places in this first year, with the standard Promotion and Relegation model following after that. The top five nations from the Nagano Olympics were joined by three qualifiers.[2]

World Championship Group AEdit

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 roundEdit

     Teams proceed to Final round
     Teams sent to Consolation round

Group AEdit

StandingsEdit

Rk. Team GP W T L GF GA DIF PTS
1.   United States 3 3 0 0 27 2 +20 6
2.   Sweden 3 2 0 1 10 12 -2 4
3.   China 3 1 0 2 4 11 -7 2
4.   Russia 3 0 0 3 4 20 -16 0

ResultsEdit

All times local

March 8, 1999
4:30 pm
United States  10 – 2
( 2 - 2, 4 - 0, 4 - 0)
  RussiaEspoo
March 8, 1999
4:30 pm
China  1 – 3  SwedenVantaa
March 9, 1999
8:00 pm
Sweden  0 – 11
( 0 - 3, 0 - 4, 0 - 4)
  United StatesVantaa
March 9, 1999
4:30 pm
China  3 – 2  RussiaVantaa
March 11, 1999
4:30 pm
Russia  0 – 7  SwedenEspoo
March 11, 1999
8:00 pm
United States  6 – 0
( 1 - 0, 2 - 0, 3 - 0)
  ChinaVantaa

Group BEdit

StandingsEdit

Rk. Team GP W T L GF GA DIF PTS
1.   Canada 3 3 0 0 24 0 +24 6
2.   Finland 3 2 0 1 16 1 +15 4
3.   Germany 3 1 0 2 5 26 -21 2
4.    Switzerland 3 0 0 3 4 22 -18 0

ResultsEdit

All times local

March 8, 1999
8:00 pm
Canada  10 – 0
( 2 - 0 , 6 - 0 , 2 - 0 )
   SwitzerlandVantaa
March 8, 1999
8:00 pm
Finland  9 – 0  GermanyEspoo
March 9, 1999
4:30 pm
Germany  0 – 13
( 0 - 4 , 0 - 6 , 0 - 3 )
  CanadaEspoo
March 9, 1999
8:00 pm
Finland  7 – 0   SwitzerlandEspoo
March 11, 1999
8:00 pm
Switzerland   4 – 5
( 0 - 0 , 1 - 0 , 0 - 0 )
  GermanyVantaa
March 11, 1999
8:00 pm
Canada  1 – 0  FinlandEspoo

Playoff RoundEdit

Consolation Round 5-8 PlaceEdit

March 12, 1999
4:30 pm
Germany  2 – 6  RussiaVantaa
March 12, 1999
7:30 pm
China  3 – 2   SwitzerlandVantaa

Consolation Round 7-8 PlaceEdit

March 14, 1999
4:00 pm
Germany  3 – 0   SwitzerlandVantaa

Consolation Round 5-6 PlaceEdit

March 14, 1999
2:00 pm
Russia  1 – 4  ChinaVantaa

Final roundEdit

  Semi finals
13 March 1999
    Finals
14 March 1999
                 
  A1   United States 3   Gold Medal Game
  B2   Finland 1    
        Canada 3
        United States 1
  B1   Canada 4    
  A2   Sweden 1   Bronze Medal Game
 
  Finland 8
    Sweden 2

SemifinalsEdit

March 13, 1999
2:00 pm
Canada  4 – 1
( 1 - 0 , 1 - 1 , 2 - 0 )
  SwedenEspoo
March 13, 1999
7:30 pm
United States  3 – 1
( 0 - 1 , 2 - 0 , 1 - 0)
  FinlandEspoo

Match for third placeEdit

March 14, 1999
2:00 pm
Finland  8 – 2  SwedenEspoo

FinalEdit

March 14, 1999
6:00 pm
Canada  3 – 1  United StatesEspoo

ChampionsEdit

 1999 IIHF World Women Championship Winners 
 
Canada
5th title

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM +/-
  Jenny Schmidgall 5 5 7 12 0 9
  Jayna Hefford 5 5 6 11 0 8
  Kirsi Hanninen 5 5 5 10 2 6
  Petra Vaarakallio 5 3 7 10 4 4
  Sari Fisk 5 4 5 9 0 3
  Karyn Bye 5 5 3 8 2 6
  Nancy Drolet 5 4 4 8 0 6
  Cammi Granato 5 3 5 8 0 9
  Hayley Wickenheiser 5 3 5 8 8 5
  Katie King 5 4 3 7 2 6

Goaltending leadersEdit

Player Mins GA SOG GAA SV%
  Sami Jo Small 180:00 1 56 0.33 98.21
  Kim St-Pierre 120:00 1 34 0.50 97.06
  Erin Whitten 179:03 4 72 1.34 94.44
  Tuula Puputti 237:27 6 89 1.52 93.26
  Laurie Beliveau 120:00 2 23 1.00 91.30

[3]

Final standingsEdit

Rk. Team Notes
    Canada
    United States
    Finland
4.   Sweden
5.   China
6.   Russia
7.   Germany
8.    Switzerland Relegated to the 2000 World Championships Group B

World Championship Group BEdit

In addition to the main World Championships, this year saw the first running of World Championship Group B, which replaced the European Championships. Eight further teams played in this competition, hosted by France in the town of Colmar.   Japan won the tournament defeating   Norway in the final 7-1 to win the competition and to ensure their Promotion to the main World Championship in 2000.

Directorate AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://teamusa.usahockey.com/page/show/4286763-1999-iihf-women-s-world-championship
  2. ^ detailed qualification summary
  3. ^ Group A goaltending leaders
  4. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.542, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

External linksEdit