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Eye on the record book

Eye on the record book

Rantamaki, Schelling set new marks

Published 01.04.2015 14:14 GMT+2 | Author Lucas Aykroyd
Eye on the record book
Karolina Rantamaki presents the bronze medal plate following a 3-2 overtime win over Russia at the 2011 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
Here in Malmo, Finland’s Karoliina Rantamaki has set a new record for participating in the most IIHF World Women’s Championships (13).

The 37-year-old Espoo-born forward was previously tied with Canada’s Jayna Hefford and Hayley Wickenheiser (12).

Rantamaki was already the career leader in games for skaters at this tournament, and her appearance in the quarter-finals against Switzerland on Wednesday brings that total to 67.

In Switzerland’s 3-0 win over Japan, Florence Schelling played her 32nd career game at the Women’s Worlds, surpassing the old record of 31 set by Chinese goalie Hong Guo (1992-2004). She is also now tied with Canada’s Kim St. Pierre for the most tournaments by a goalie (8).

The 2014 Olympic MVP’s 3-2 loss to Sweden on March 29 gave her the new career record for most Women’s Worlds losses by a goalie (17). In fairness, it should be pointed out that for career wins at this tournament, Schelling now trails only St. Pierre (19). She is neck-and-neck with the USA’s Jessie Vetter (14).

If Canada appears in the final this year, Caroline Ouellette will equal the record for most World Women’s Championship medals (12) jointly held by Hefford and Wickenheiser (7 gold, 5 silver) – although of course it remains to be seen whether she’d win gold or silver. The captain of Canada’s golden Olympic team in Sochi, Ouellette currently has 6 gold and 5 silver medals from the Worlds.

Will more IIHF records fall by the time this tournament ends on April 4? Stay tuned.


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