|Arena(s)||(in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Canada (1st title)|
|Goals scored||237 (11.85 per match)|
|Scoring leader(s)||Cindy Curley (23 points)|
The 1990 IIHF World Women's Championships were held March 19 to 25, 1990, at the Civic Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Canadian team won the gold medal, the United States won silver, and Finland won bronze. This was the first IIHF-sanctioned international tournament in women's ice hockey. Fran Rider helped to organize the championships with no financial support from the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.
There was strong international attention directed at the games. The gold medal game packed 9,000 people into the arena and drew over a million viewers on television. For unknown reasons, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association decided that the Canadian team should wear pink and white uniforms instead of the expected red and white. While the experiment only lasted for this tournament, Ottawa was taken over by a "pink craze" during the championships. Restaurants had pink-coloured food on special, and pink became a popular colour for flowers and bow ties.
The United States, Canadian and Asian representative Japan, qualified automatically. The 1989 European Women's Ice Hockey Championship served as the qualification tournament for this championship. The top five finishers in the top pool qualified. They were Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and West Germany.
|19 March||West Germany||4–1||Japan|
|21 March||Canada||17–0||West Germany|
|22 March||Sweden||7–0||West Germany|
|19 March||United States||16–3||Switzerland|
|21 March||United States||17–0||Norway|
|22 March||Finland||4–5||United States|
|24 March||Norway||6–3||West Germany|
|25 March||West Germany||9–2||Japan|
|24 March||United States||10–3||Sweden|
|25 March||Canada||5–2||United States|
Rankings and statistics
List shows the top ten skaters sorted by points, then goals.
|Cindy Curley, United States||11||12||23|
|Tina Cardinale, United States||5||10||15|
|Cammi Granato, United States||9||5||14|
|Kim Urech, Switzerland||8||6||14|
|Angela James, Canada||11||2||13|
|Heather Ginzel, Canada||7||5||12|
|Susana Yuen, Canada||5||7||12|
|Kelly O'Leary, United States||6||5||11|
|Shirley Cameron, Canada||5||6||11|
|Stacy Wilson, Canada||3||8||11|
Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 40% of their team's minutes are included in this list.
This is the only major international tournament in women's ice hockey to allow bodychecking. Before the tournament, bodychecking had been allowed in women's ice hockey in Europe. The European teams, knowing that they were less competitive than the North American teams, asked for bodychecking to be included.
After this tournament, the International Ice Hockey Federation disallowed bodychecking in women's ice hockey. It is currently[when?] an infraction punished with a minor or major and game misconduct penalty.
- On the Edge: Women Making Hockey History, p.81, by Elizabeth Etue and Megan K. Williams, Second Story Press, Toronto, Ontario, 1996, ISBN 0-929005-79-1
- Kelly p. 88.
- Andria Hunter Women's Hockey Net page on the IIHF World Women's Championships accessed July 16, 2006.
- Championnats du monde feminins 1990 accessed September 2, 2019.
- Kelly, p. 89.
- International Ice Hockey Federation Section 5, Rule 441 of Official Ice Hockey rules Archived 2006-10-17 at the Wayback Machine p. 84 accessed July 16, 2006.
- Malcolm G. Kelly, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Canadian Sports History and Trivia", Alpha Books, ISBN 0-13-014658-7.
- Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports. pp. 487–9. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9.
- Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. pp. 26–7, 227–8.