February 21, 2014
Top Women Honoured In Sochi
Let's wrap up our coverage of the 2014 Sochi women's hockey tournament with a look at the individual honours.
Swiss goalkeeper Florence Schelling was honoured three times being named Most Valuable Player, Best Goalkeeper and All-Star Goalkeeper. The bronze medallist was an amazing story and perhaps best player in Sochi.
Finland's Noora Raaty challenged Schelling as top goalie but it was two other Finns who won other individual awards. Jenni Hiirikoski was named Best Defenceman and Michelle Karvinen, the scoring leader before the medal day, was named Best Forward.
Sochi marks the first time ever the three individual awards went exclusively to Europeans. At the last three Olympics only American and Canadian players were selected.
Hiirikoski was also selected as Best Defenceman in the 2012 and 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championships while Schelling won a Best Goalkeeper award in 2012 when Switzerland won Women’s Worlds bronze.
The Media All-Star Team featured Schelling in net, Team USA’s Megan Bozek and Hiirikoski on defense, and Americans Amanda Kessel and Hilary Knight and Canadian Meghan Agosta at forward.