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Three honours for Schelling

Three honours for Schelling

Hiirikoski best D-man, Karvinen best forward

Published 21.02.2014 00:13 GMT+4 | Author Martin Merk
Three honours for Schelling
Swiss goalkeeper Florence Schelling was honoured as Best Goalkeeper, All-Star Team Goalkeeper and Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Olympic women's ice hockey tournament. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
While North American teams dominate women’s hockey, some Europeans shone with individual skills as reflected by the awards and All-Star Team.

Swiss goalkeeper Florence Schelling was honoured three times being named Most Valuable Player, Best Goalkeeper and All-Star Goalkeeper. It was also thanks to her fine performance in the key games that the Swiss reached the semi-finals where they had a historically tight game with Canada (3-1 loss) before claiming a historic Olympic bronze in a 4-3 win over Sweden.

Two Finns won the other individual awards as Jenni Hiirikoski was named Best Defenceman and Michelle Karvinen, the scoring leader before the medal day, Best Forward. It’s 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.

In the Media All-Star Team, Schelling was selected in the net, Team USA’s Megan Bozek and Hiirikoski as defenceman, and Americans Amanda Kessel and Hilary Knight as well as Canada’s Meghan Agosta as forwards.

It’s the first time in Olympic women’s ice hockey players from Finland and Switzerland made the All-Star Team. In 2002 and 2010 only North American players were selected. In 2006 when Sweden surprisingly reached the gold medal game, Kim Martin Hasson and Maria Rooth made the All-Star Team as well.

All-Star Team as selected by the media
Goalkeeper: Florence Schelling, Switzerland
Defenceman: Megan Bozek, USA
Defenceman: Jenni Hiirikoski, Finland
Forward: Amanda Kessel, USA
Forward: Meghan Agosta, Canada
Forward: Hilary Knight, USA

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Most Valuable Player
Florence Schelling, Switzerland

Individual Awards as selected by the Tournament Directorate
Best Goalkeeper: Florence Schelling, Switzerland
Best Defenceman: Jenni Hiirikoski, Finland
Best Forward: Michelle Karvinen, Finland


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