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1997 IIHF World Women's Championship
Tournament details
Host nation  Canada
Dates March 31 - April 6
Teams 8
Venue(s) Brantford, Brampton, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, North York (in 7 host cities)
Champions  Canada (4 titles)
Tournament statistics
Games played 20
Goals scored 129  (6.45 per game)
Scoring leader(s) 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.

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Qualification/Teams

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

  •  Canada - Qualified as 1st in 1996 Pacific Rim Tournament
  •  China - Qualified as 3rd in 1996 Pacific Rim Tournament
  •  Finland - Qualified as 2nd in 1996 European Championship
  •  Norway - Qualified as 4th in 1996 European Championship
  •  Russia - Qualified as 2nd in 1996 European Championship
  •  Switzerland - Qualified as 5th in 1996 European Championship
  •  Sweden - Qualified as 1st in 1996 European Championship
  •  United States - Qualified as 2nd in 1996 Pacific Rim Tournament

Format

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 Medal Round, while the remaining teams played in the placing games.

Group stage

     Teams proceed to Medal round
     Teams sent to Placing round
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Group A

Standings

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

Results

All times local

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

Group B

Standings

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

Results

All times local

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

Playoff Stage

Placing Round

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

7th/8th Place Game

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

5th/6th Place Game

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

Medal Round

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

Semi-Finals

April 5, 1997
1:00pm
Canada  2 – 1
( 0 - 1 , 1 - 0 , 1 - 0 )
 Finland Kitchener
Attendance: 4,963
April 5, 1997
5:00pm
United States  6 – 0
( 2 - 0 , 2 - 0 , 2 - 0)
 China Kitchener
Attendance: 3,832

Bronze Medal Game

April 6, 1997
4:00pm
Finland  3 – 0
( 0 - 0 , 0 - 0 , 3 - 0 )
 China Kitchener

Final

April 6, 1997 Canada  4 – 3
( 1 - 0 , 1 - 2 , 1 - 1 , 1 - 0 )
 United States Kitchener
Attendance: 6,427

Champions

 1997 IIHF World Women Championship Winners 

Canada
4th title

Tournament Awards

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

Final standings

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

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