World Ringette Championships
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2022 World Ringette Championships
SportRingette
Founded1990; 32 years ago (1990)
No. of teamsDiffering:
  • Senior Pool
  • Junior Pool
  • President's Pool

Senior Pool
Sam Jacks Series:
Canada Canada Senior
Finland Finland Senior

Junior Pool
Canada Canada (U19)
Finland Finland (U19)

President's Pool (Differing):

United States USA (Sr.)
Sweden Sweden (Sr.)
Sweden Sweden (U19)
Czech Republic Czech (Sr.)
Slovakia Slovakia (Sr.)
Canada Canada (U19)
Finland Finland (U19)
* Other
CountriesWorld
Most recent
champion(s)
Gold Senior:
Finland Finland

Gold Junior
Canada Canada
Most titlesGold Senior:
Finland Finland
(8 titles)

Gold Junior:
Canada Canada
(5 titles)
Official websiteIRFringette.com

The World Ringette Championships (WRC) is the premier international competition in ringette and is governed by the International Ringette Federation (IRF). Unlike most international competitions, all of the WRC's elite athletes are female rather than male, one of the sport's distinctive features. Competing nations include: Canada, Finland, United States, Sweden, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, with Team Canada and Team Finland having emerged as the sport's top two competing nations.

The "Sam Jacks Series" is the name of the elite competition between Team Canada Senior and Team Finland Senior where the Sam Jacks Trophy is awarded to the team who wins the world title.

The inaugural year for the WRC was in 1990. The World Ringette Summit Series took place in Europe in 1998. The most recent WRC was completed in 2019. The upcoming 2022 World Ringette Championships[1] will take place in Espoo, Finland,[2][3] at the Espoo Metro Areena, October 31-November 6, 2022. The previous WRC was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Competition consists of teams competing in one of three pools: the Senior Pool (Sam Jacks Series), the Junior Pool, and the President's Pool. Several WRC competitions have been recorded and have been made available for viewing online for free.

Unlike most international team sports tournaments, the World Ringette Championship competition consists entirely of elite female athletes due to the sport's dedication to providing girls and women with a sport of their own which has also allowed it to be free from the administrative responsibilities necessary to govern both a male and female category of the sport. This approach has also resulted in the ability to avoid male-to-female comparisons and has given the spotlight to elite female athletes.

The nations of Canada and Finland form the sport's biggest international rivalry; the rivalry does not exist exclusively between North American teams. Nations like the United States and Sweden have yet to produce top tier talent and the two countries form the international rivalry at a lower tier. One of the two countries are expected to eventually produce the first team to break the top two-team international barrier between Canada and Finland, though the Czech Republic and Slovakia also compete. Russia and France have not competed in the senior division at the World Ringette Championships since 1996, and neither country has sent a junior national ringette team to compete since 2012.

The upcoming 2022 World Ringette Championships in Espoo, Finland will be the 14th time the event has been held. The President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, will act as a patron of the event. The main event will take place at the Espoo Metro Areena, and a youth tournament will be played at the Espoo Tapiola Arena and Matinkylä ice rinks. An international junior tournament will be hosted by local ringette club, Kiekko-Espoo. In addition, "come try ringette" events are planned for schools in the area as well as the general public.

History

In the beginning, the World Ringette Championships were held every other year, but have been held every two or three years since the 2004 World Ringette Championships were hosted in Sweden. The competition is organized by the international governing body for the sport, the International Ringette Federation (IRF), which was initially called the World Ringette Council. The council is believed to have eventually changed its name to the IRF to avoid confusion due to the fact that the acronym for the organization (WRC) was identical to the World Ringette Championship.

The first World Ringette Championships were held in Gloucester, Ontario in 1990 where the first ever Sam Jacks Trophy was awarded to a representative Canadian team from Alberta, the sport's first World Ringette Champions. Participating teams included six regional teams from Canada, national teams from Finland, and the United States. Team Alberta, a.k.a. the "Calgary Debs" won the inaugural championship, marking Canada's reputation as the leading country in the sport.

Between 1990–1996 and 2000–2004 the Championships were arranged every other year. In 1998 no official World Championships were held but Finland and Canada played several exhibition games touring across Europe in what was called the "Summit Series".

While the first World Ringette Championship began in 1990, the competition between individual nations technically began in 1996. Initially the tournament was exclusively contested between adult national ringette teams until 2013 when the junior division (U19) was added, having merged from a separate junior tournament, the World Junior Ringette Championships. For a time, a separate world ringette club competition also existed, the Ringette World Club Championship, but it too has since been discontinued. Instead, the International Ringette Federation created a new and separate competition, naming the division the "President's Pool", which allows athletes and teams from countries with less ringette experience and a smaller presence in the sport new opportunities to compete. The Presidents' Pool involves junior teams from Canada and Finland competing with the developing ringette countries.

Today both the senior and junior competitions for the world title involve a best of three playoff series between national Canadian and Finnish ringette teams in their respective age groups, with the senior competition now having been dubbed the "Sam Jacks Series".

Competition format

The competitive structure is divided into three separate categories: the Senior Pool (called the "Sam Jacks Series"), the Junior Pool, and the President's Pool.

The Senior Pool is played in a best-of-three playoff format between Canada's Senior national team, and Finland's Senior national team. The winning Senior team is awarded with a gold medal and the championship trophy called the Sam Jacks Trophy.[4] The Senior Pool did not exist until 2013 and was created when the junior program was added to the world program that same year. Prior to that point there was only a single event for adults and young adults.

The Junior Pool competition is played in a best-of-three playoff format between Canada's Junior national team (U19), and Finland's Junior national team (U19). The winning Junior team is awarded with a gold medal and the Juuso Wahlsten Trophy, named after Juhani Wahlsten. Prior to the 2013 World Ringette Championships the junior program was held as a separate event in 2009 and 2012.

The President's Pool involves junior teams from Canada and Finland competing with the developing ringette countries. The winning team in the President's Pool is awarded with a gold medal and the President's Trophy.

Awards

The winning national senior team is awarded the Sam Jacks Trophy. The winning national junior team is awarded the Juuso Wahlsten Trophy. The winner of the President's Pool takes home the President's Trophy.

Senior Pool Trophy

The Sam Jacks Trophy was first introduced at the 1990 World Ringette Championships and is awarded to the winning national senior level ringette team. The trophy is named after Canada's Sam Jacks in his honour since Jacks is considered the main inventor of the sport. The trophy was donated by the family of Sam Jacks.[5]

The newly redesigned Sam Jacks Trophy was introduced at the 1996 World Ringette Championships and has been awarded during every World Ringette Championship year ever since.

The senior elite division competes in a best of three series between the nations of Canada and Finland called the "Sam Jacks Series".

Junior Pool Trophy

Juhani "Juuso" Wahlsten

The Juuso Wahlsten Trophy was introduced during the 2019 World Ringette Championships in Burnaby, Alberta, Canada. It was the first time the World Ringette Junior Champions were with presented with the new trophy. The trophy is named after Juhani "Juuso" Wahlsten, the "Father of Ringette" in Finland. The trophy was donated by Finland's Sini Forsblom, a former Team Finland athlete and also former President of the International Ringette Federation.

Wahlsten is the only member of the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in history to have had an international ringette trophy named in his honour.

President's Pool Trophy

The winner of the President's Pool Division is awarded the President's Trophy which was first introduced during the 2013 World Ringette Championships. The Presidents' Pool involves junior teams from Canada and Finland competing against the developing ringette countries.

World Ringette Championships results

The first time the World Ringette Championships involved Senior teams representing individual nations exclusively was during the 1996 World Ringette Championships. The first time the World Ringette Championships involved Junior teams representing individual nations exclusively was during the 2013 World Ringette Championships.

Senior

Senior champions
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1990
Details
Canada Gloucester Alberta Team Alberta
(Calgary Debs)
Ontario Team Ontario Quebec Team Quebec
1992
Details
Finland Helsinki Canada Canada West
(Team Alberta "AAA")
Canada Canada East Finland Finland
1994
Details
United States Saint Paul Finland Finland Canada Canada East Canada Canada West
1996
Details
Sweden Stockholm Canada Canada Finland Finland United States USA
1998
Details
Finland Turku
Sweden Gothenburg
Germany Osnabrück
France Colmar
1998 Summit Series between Canada Canada and Finland Finland
Finland Finland won the Ringette 1998 Summit Series 3-2
2000
Details
Finland Espoo and Lahti Finland Finland Canada Canada United States USA
2002
Details
Canada Edmonton Canada Canada Finland Finland United States USA
2004
Details
Sweden Stockholm Finland Finland Canada Canada United States USA
2007
Details
Canada Ottawa Finland Finland Canada Canada Sweden Sweden
2010
Details
Finland Tampere Finland Finland Canada Canada United States USA
"Sam Jacks Series" begins
Canada Team Canada Senior Finland Team Finland Senior
(Best of three-game series)
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
2013
Details
Canada North Bay Finland Finland Canada Canada United States USA
2016
Details
Finland Helsinki Finland Finland Canada Canada Sweden Sweden
2017
Details
Canada Mississauga Finland Finland Canada Canada
2019
Details
Canada Burnaby Finland Finland Canada Canada
2021
Details
Finland cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2022
Details
Finland Espoo

Junior

The first World Junior Ringette Championships took place in 2009 and was exclusively created for national junior ringette teams and operated as a separate tournament from the main event, the World Ringette Championships, which was exclusively for senior teams. In 2013 the junior program merged with the larger senior competition and the junior program ceased to exist as a separate tournament as a result.

Today the World competition includes both senior and junior pools. As of 2017, the junior pool was split and a third pool was added, the "President's Pool", created for developing ringette nations; Team Canada Junior and Team Finland Junior now compete in the Junior Pool, which is a best of three series.

Junior champions
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
2009
Details
Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Finland Finland White Stars Canada Canada East Finland Finland Blue Stars
2012
Details
Canada London Canada Canada East Finland Finland U19/U21 Canada Canada West
2013
Details
Canada North Bay Finland Finland U19/U21 Canada Canada U19/U21
2016
Details
Finland Helsinki Canada Canada U19/U21 Finland Finland U19/U21 Sweden Sweden Senior
2017
Details
Canada Mississauga Canada Canada U19/U21 Finland Finland U19/U21
2019
Details
Finland Burnaby Canada Canada U19/U21 Finland Finland U19/U21
2021
Details
Finland cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2022
Details
Finland Espoo

President's

President's champions
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
2013
Details
Canada North Bay Finland Finland U19
2017
Details
Canada Mississauga Sweden Sweden United States USA Czech Republic Czech Republic
2019
Details
Finland Burnaby Sweden Sweden United States USA Czech Republic Czech Republic
2021
Details
Finland cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2022
Details
Finland Espoo

Participation details

The Sam Jacks Series is the elite competition between the senior national ringette teams of Canada and Finland. The World Junior Ringette Championships and the Ringette World Club Championship were both initially organized as a separate events but the junior competition has since been merged with the World Ringette Championship while the club competition is no longer contested. The Junior division (U19) was added to the larger program in 2013. The President's Pool division was added in 2016. National teams participating have included: Canada, Finland, United States, Sweden, Russia, France, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Russia and France have not sent national teams from their respective countries to compete in the senior division in the world championships since 1996, and neither has sent a junior national ringette team to compete since 2012.

Senior

Seniors: 1990–1994
Team 1990 1992 1994
Canada Canada East 2nd 2nd
Canada Canada West 1st 3rd
Finland Finland 7th 3rd 1st
United States USA 8th 4th 4th
Sweden Sweden 6th 6th
Russia Russia 5th 5th
Canada Alberta 1st
Canada Saskatchewan 6th
Canada Manitoba 5th
Canada Ontario 2nd
Canada Quebec 3rd
Canada Gloucester, Ontario 4th

The 1996 World Ringette Championships marked the first time the event had only one representative team from each participating nation.

Seniors: 1996–2021
Team 1996 2000 2002 2004 2007 2010 2013 2016 2017 2019 2021
Canada Canada 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd Covid-19
Finland Finland 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st Covid-19
United States USA 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 4th
Sweden Sweden 4th 4th 4th 4th 3rd 4th 4th 3rd
Czech Republic Czech Republic 5th
Slovakia Slovakia 6th
Seniors: 2022–Present
Team 2022
Canada Canada
Finland Finland

Junior

Juniors (U19/U21): 2009–Present
Team 2009 2012 2013 2016 2017 2019 2021 2022
Canada Canada U19/U21 2nd 1st 1st 1st Covid-19
Finland Finland U19/U21 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd Covid-19
United States USA 5th
Sweden Sweden Senior 3rd
Sweden Sweden U19 5th
Canada Canada East 2nd 1st
Canada Canada West 4th 3rd
Finland Finland White Stars 1st
Finland Finland Blue Stars 3rd
Russia Russia 4th
France France 6th

President's

President's: 2013–Present
Team 2013 2017 2019 2021 2022
United States USA 2nd 2nd Covid-19
Sweden Sweden 1st 1st Covid-19
Slovakia Slovakia Covid-19
Czech Republic Czech Republic 3rd 3rd Covid-19
Finland Finland Junior 1st

Events by year

1990 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 1990 World Ringette Championships

The 1990 World Ringette Championship (WRC) was the first World Ringette Championship and was held in the Canadian city of Gloucester, Ontario.

Three countries participated: Canada, Finland and United States. The international competition involved a total of 8 competing teams.[6][7] Finland finished seventh and the United States eighth while Canadian teams monopolized the podium.[8] Team Alberta, which consisted of ringette players from the province's "Calgary Debs", won the first world ringette title in international competition and the WRC's new Sam Jacks Trophy after defeating Team Ontario 6 – 5 in the final.[9]

1990 Final standings
Country Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Canada Canada Alberta Team Alberta (Calgary Debs)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Canada Canada Ontario Team Ontario
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Canada Canada Quebec Team Quebec
4th Canada Canada Ontario Team Gloucester (Host)
5th Canada Canada Manitoba Team Manitoba
6th Canada Canada Saskatchewan Team Saskatchewan
7th Finland Finland Finland Team Finland
8th United States USA United States Team USA

1992 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 1992 World Ringette Championships

The 1992 World Ringette Championship was the second World Ringette Championship and took place in Helsinki, Finland, from March 4 to 8, 1992.

There were two Canadian teams, Canada East and Canada West, and representative teams from Finland, United States, France, Sweden and Russia.[10][11][12] Canada West (Team Alberta "AAA") won gold. Twelve members of Team Alberta were members of the Calgary Deb AA team.[citation needed]

1992 Final standings
Country Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Canada Canada Canada Team Canada West
Alberta (Team Alberta "AAA")
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Canada Canada Canada Team Canada East
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Finland Finland Finland Team Finland
4th United States USA United States Team USA
5th Russia Russia Russia Team Russia
6th Sweden Sweden Sweden Team Sweden

1994 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 1994 World Ringette Championships

The 1994 World Ringette Championship was the third World Ringette Championship and was played in the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota, in the United States.

As in the previous World Championship, there were two teams representing Canada, and representative teams from Finland, the United States, Sweden and Russia.[13][14] Finland won the World Cup, its very first world championship.[15] This would turn out to be the last time Russia would send a senior national team to the international competition.

1994 Final standings
Country Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Finland Finland Finland Team Finland
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Canada Canada Canada Team Canada East
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Canada Canada Canada Team Canada West
4th United States USA United States Team USA
5th Russia Russia Russia Team Russia
6th Sweden Sweden Sweden Team Sweden

1996 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 1996 World Ringette Championships

The 1996 World Ringette Championship was the fourth World Ringette Championship and took place in Stockholm, Sweden, from April 15 to 20, 1996.

Team Canada won the gold medal beating Team Finland 6–5 in extra time.[16][17][18] It was the first time all teams represented individual nations. Canada took home the Sam Jacks Trophy, the first year the updated design of the trophy was awarded.

1996 Final standings
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Canada Team Canada
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Finland Team Finland
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) United States Team USA
4th Sweden Team Sweden

1998 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 1998 World Ringette Championships

1998 Summit Series

While the 1998 World Ringette Championship was initially meant to be held in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, the event did not take place. Instead a promotional five game ringette "Summit Series" tour of Europe was organized with a series of games between a national team from Canada, and a national team from Finland from between February 27 to March 7, 1998.[19][20]

Both teams made stops in four different countries and cities: Turku (Finland), Gothenburg (Sweden), Osnabruck (Germany), and Colmar (France). The fifth and final game took place in Colmar, France, where Team Finland beat Team Canada 10–8. Finland won the Summit Series against Canada 3–2.

1998 Game results
Date Location Time 1st 2nd
February 27, 1998 Finland Turku, Finland 20H00 Finland Finland Juniors (9) Canada Canada (7)
February 28, 1998 Finland Turku, Finland 19H00 Finland Finland (19) Canada Canada (5)
March 1, 1998 Finland Turku, Finland 14H00 Canada Canada (8) Finland Finland (7)
March 2, 1998 Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden
(OT) Shootout
18H00 Canada Canada (12) Finland Finland (11)
March 5, 1998 Germany Osnabruck, Germany 09H00 Finland Finland (9) Canada Canada (4)
March 7, 1998 France Colmar, France 17H15 Finland Finland (10) Canada Canada (8)
1998 Final standings
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Finland Team Finland: 3 wins in 5 games
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Canada Team Canada: 2 wins in 5 games

2000 World Ringette Championships

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The 2000 World Ringette Championship was the fifth World Ringette Championship and took place in November in Espoo and Lahti in Finland, from November 15–18, 2000.[citation needed]

Team Finland and Team Canada first met in the two-game world championship final on November 15 in Lahti, and then again on November 18 in Espoo. Finland won the first game 5–4. The Finnish national team then secured the World Ringette Championship title in the second game by playing a 5–5 tie game. Finland became the world champion with a total of 3-1 points. In the bronze medal match, the USA defeated Sweden 9–0.[citation needed]

2000 Final standings
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Finland Team Finland (Senior)
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Canada Team Canada (Senior)
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) United States Team USA
4th Sweden Team Sweden

2002 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 2002 World Ringette Championships

The 2002 World Ringette Championship, the sixth World Ringette Championship, was contested in Edmonton, Alberta from November 25–30, 2002 at the Northlands AgriCom Arena, now called the Edmonton Expo Centre.[21]

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Phyllis Sadoway, was the assistant coach of Team Canada in 2002.[22] The victory by Team Canada[23] in 2002 was considered particularly notable.[24] After having been defeated by a score of 4–3 in extra time against Finland in 2000, Canada took its revenge by defeating their arch-rival by a score of 3–1[25] in front of a sell-out crowd of 3850 supporters. The final match was broadcast in Canada by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and followed by 144,000 Canadian televiewers. It is the last time Team Canada has won the Sam Jacks Trophy to date.

2002 Final standings
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Canada Team Canada
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Finland Team Finland
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) United States Team USA
4th Sweden Team Sweden

2004 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 2004 World Ringette Championships

The 2004 World Ringette Championship was contested in Stockholm, Sweden from November 23 to 27, 2004.

The game for the world title final between Canada and Finland took place at the Visättra SportCenter in Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden. Finland took the world championship by crushing Canada 9–3 in the final.[26] Since the 2004 World Championships, Finland has dominated the international senior level of ringette.[27] Anna Vanhatalo was elected the best goaltender of the tournament.[28]

2004 Final standings
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Finland Team Finland
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Canada Team Canada
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) United States Team USA
4th Sweden Team Sweden

2007 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 2007 World Ringette Championships

The 2007 World Ringette Championship was contested in Ottawa, Canada between November 1 to ?, 2007.[29][30][31][32] The competition took place at the Ottawa Civic Centre which has since been renamed, "TD Place Arena" and was broadcast in Canada by Rogers TV. The final game between Canada and Finland required an added period of overtime. Finnish player Marjukka Virta [fr] tied the game 4–4. Finnish player Anne Pohjola [fi] scored the winning overtime goal ending the game 5–4.[33][34] Finland won the world championship series. It was the first time that Finland beat Canada in a World Ringette Championship final hosted in Canada and was the first time Team Sweden won a World Ringette Championship medal (bronze) by beating the United States 10–9 in overtime.[35]

2007 Final standings
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Finland Team Finland
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Canada Team Canada
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Sweden Team Sweden
4th United States Team USA

2010 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 2010 World Ringette Championships

The 2010 World Ringette Championship was contested in Tampere, Finland between November 1 and November 6, 2010. Finland won its fifth world title in front of 10,000 spectators and televiewers, beating Team Canada again.[36][37][38] The United States[39] had their revenge on Sweden[40] defeating them 19–1.[41]

2010 Final standings
Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Finland Team Finland
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Canada Team Canada
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) United States Team USA
4th Sweden Team Sweden

2013 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 2013 World Ringette Championships

The 2013 World Ringette Championship marked the 50th anniversary of the sport and took place in North Bay, Ontario, Canada between December 31, 2013, and January 4, 2014. It was the first time the World Junior Ringette Championships, known as the U19 World Ringette Championship, was added to the program. Some of the games were live-streamed online and made available for public viewing. The United States won the bronze. Finland U19 won the President's Trophy and Finland won the Junior U19 World Championship title.

2016 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 2016 World Ringette Championships

The 2016 World Ringette Championship was contested in Helsinki, Finland between December 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016. This was the first time Slovakia and the Czech Republic appeared at the international tournament. 18 of the games were live-streamed online and made available for public viewing. The event marked the 11th international competition of the sport of ringette. In addition to the international competition, a tournament, known as the "Ringette Festival", was held for U14 teams.

2016 Final standings
Division Gold Silver Bronze 4th 5th 6th 7th
Senior Pool
(Sam Jacks Series)
Finland Finland Canada Canada Sweden Sweden
Junior Pool (U19) Canada Canada U19 Finland Finland U19 Sweden Sweden
President's Pool United States USA Sweden Sweden U19 Slovakia Slovakia Czech Republic Czech Republic

2017 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 2017 World Ringette Championships

The 2017 World Ringette Championship was contested in Mississauga, Ontario from November 27 to December 3, 2017, at the Hershey Centre Arena now renamed the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.[42] Eight of the games were live-streamed online and made available for public viewing.

2017 Final standings
Division Gold Silver Bronze
Senior Pool
(Sam Jacks Series)
Finland Team Finland Canada Team Canada N/A
Junior Pool (U19) Canada Team Canada U19 Finland Team Finland U19 N/A
President's Pool Sweden Sweden United States USA Czech Republic Czech Republic

2019 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 2019 World Ringette Championships

The 2019 World Ringette Championships were hosted in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Main competition took place at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre. The games were recorded and live streamed by Sports Canada TV and have since been made available for public viewing on the video sharing site, YouTube, by Ringette Canada. 15 of the games were live-streamed online and made available for public viewing.

2019 Final standings
Division Gold Silver Bronze
Senior Pool
(Sam Jacks Series)
Finland Finland Canada Team Canada N/A
Junior Pool (U19) Canada Team Canada U19 Finland Finland N/A
President's Pool Sweden Sweden United States USA Czech Republic Czech Republic

2021 World Ringette Championships

The 2021 World Ringette Championships were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was slated to be hosted by Finland in Helsinki.

2022 World Ringette Championships

Main article: 2022 World Ringette Championships

The 2022 World Ringette Championships[1] will take place in Espoo, Finland, at the Espoo Metro Areena, October 31-November 6, 2022. It will be the 14th time the event has been held (XIV). A youth tournament will be played at the Espoo Tapiola Arena and Matinkylä ice rinks.[3]

2022 Final standings
Division Gold Silver Bronze
Senior Pool
(Sam Jacks Series)
Junior Pool (U21)
President's Pool

World Junior Ringette Championships

History

The World Junior Ringette Championships (U19) was a tournament organized by the International Ringette Federation (IRF) from 2009 to 2012 for elite international Junior ringette athletes and run as a separate tournament. The World Junior Ringette Championships no longer function as an event, having since merged in 2013 with the main World Ringette Championships program where both Senior and Junior divisions now exist.

During the 2013 World Ringette Championships the U19 World Ringette Championship was added to the World Ringette Championships program and is now known as the "Junior Pool" competition where the winning team is awarded the Juuso Wahlsten Trophy, first introduced in 2019.

2009 World Junior Ringette Championships

Main article: 2009 World Junior Ringette Championships

The first World Junior Ringette Championships took place in August, 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic.[43] Two Canadian teams, Canada West Under-19[44] and Canada-East Under-19[45] faced two Finnish teams, the Finland White Stars and the Finland Blue Stars.[46] Canada East suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Finland White Stars at the gold medal final.[47][48]

2009 Junior Final Standings
Country Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Finland Finland Finland Finland White Stars[48]
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Canada Canada Canada U19 Team Canada East
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Finland Finland Finland Finland Blue Stars
4th Canada Canada Canada U19 Team Canada West

2012 World Junior Ringette Championships

Main article: 2012 World Junior Ringette Championships

The 2012 World Junior Ringette Championships was the second World Junior Ringette Championships and was held in December, 2012 in London, Ontario, Canada. This was the last year the event was held separately from the World Ringette Championships after which a new U19 division was created. It was also the first and last time France and Russia would send national teams to compete at the international level with neither country having sent a national team to compete in either the senior or junior level since.

2012 Junior Final Standings
Country Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Canada Canada Canada U19 Team Canada East
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Finland Finland Finland Team Finland
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Canada Canada Canada U19 Team Canada West
4th Russia Russia Russia Team Russia
5th United States USA United States Team USA
6th France France France Team France

Ringette World Club Championship

Main article: Ringette World Club Championship

History

The Ringette World Club Championship was an international ringette competition organized by the International Ringette Federation featuring the top teams of the Canadian National Ringette League (NRL), the Finnish Ringeten SM-Sarja and Swedish Ringette Dam-SM. Held in 2008 and 2011,[49] the club competition was discontinued in favour of a merger with the larger World Ringette Championship program.

Final standings 2008-2014

World Club Final standings (2008-2014)
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
2008
Details
Canada Sault Ste. Marie Canada Cambridge Turbos Finland LuKi Luvia Finland EKS-Espoo
Canada Calgary RATH
2011
Details
Finland Turku Finland LL-89 Finland RNK Raisio Finland LuKi Luvia
2014
Details
Sweden Stockholm cancelled[50]

Canada vs Finland world title rivalry

Since the early establishment of the international competition, Team Canada and Team Finland have battled for the world title. Both countries have since emerged as the sport's major international rivals at both the senior and junior levels. Initially only one international competition existed and was contested between national ringette teams for adults. Today both a senior and junior age group exists.

Historically, Finland's senior national ringette team has dominated the competition. Canada's junior ringette team now records the most victories in the newer junior age level which has consisted of teams with players in either U19 (under 19) or U21 (under 21).

Senior

The senior competition exhibits the highest level of elite ringette competition internationally. Canada and Finland compete in a best-of-three-game series known as the "Sam Jacks Series" with the winning nation awarded the Sam Jacks Trophy.

Team Finland (senior) has competed at every World Ringette Championship since its beginning in 1990. To date Finland is the most successful ringette playing nation worldwide having won the senior level world title a total of eight times beginning in 1996 (the first year all nations had individual representation) with seven of those wins being consecutive victories.

Team Canada (senior) has competed at every World Ringette Championship since its beginning in 1990. Canada, the home nation of ringette, has not won the senior world title in almost two decades having only won the title twice since 1996, the first year all nations had individual representation.

World Titles (Senior)

Gold Gold
Finland Senior Team Finland Canada Senior Team Canada
Year *1994 Location United States Saint Paul Year *1990 Location Canada Gloucester
Year 2000 Location Finland Espoo and Lahti Year *1992 Location Finland Helsinki
Year 2004 Location Sweden Stockholm Year 1996 Location Sweden Stockholm
Year 2007 Location Canada Ottawa Year 2002[51] Location Canada Edmonton
Year 2010 Location Finland Tampere
Year 2013 Location Canada North Bay
Year 2016 Location Finland Helsinki
Year 2017 Location Canada Mississauga
Year 2019 Location Canada Burnaby

Junior

The junior competition exhibits the elite ringette competition internationally for the junior age group. Like the senior event, the junior competition takes place in a best-of-three-game series between international ringette arch-rivals, Canada and Finland. The winning nation is awarded the Juuso Wahlsten Trophy.

In the junior competition, Team Canada (junior) has recorded the most victories having won 5 times out of 6 world competitions with junior Finland having only won once. However it wasn't until 2013 that the competition had nations with one team exclusively representing their respective countries and the best-of-three series between junior teams from Canada and Finland began.

The first official world junior ringette competition began in 2009. The junior tournament was initially held separately from its senior counterpart but the junior tournament ceased after 2012 and merged with the senior competition in 2013 becoming a part of the larger World Ringette Championship program.

World Titles (Junior)

Gold Gold
Canada Junior Team Canada Finland Junior Team Finland
Year 2012 Location Canada London, Ontario Year 2009 Location Czech Republic Czech Republic
Year 2013 Location Canada North Bay, Ontario
Year 2016 Location Finland Helsinki
Year 2017 Location Canada Mississauga, Ontario
Year 2019 Location Canada Burnaby

Online broadcasts

Due to improvements in digital technology, broadcasts from the World Ringette Championships began to be uploaded and livestreamed to the web for online viewing by various organizations and individuals.

WRC 2010 – 2020

Four World Ringette Championships took place between 2010–2020 and were broadcast via the internet. The highlight event, the "Sam Jacks Series" is the Senior Pool, a three-game series between Team Canada Senior and Team Finland Senior. The second feature event is the Junior Pool, a three-game series between Team Canada Junior and Team Finland Junior, though both teams also initially also competed in the President's Pool.

Team Finland has historically dominated the Senior Pool while Team Canada has historically dominated the Junior Pool.

JUNIORS

JUNIOR POOL and PRESIDENT'S POOL (U19, U20, U21)
Canada Canada Junior vs Finland Finland Junior
Year Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 World Title
WRC 2022
WRC 2019 Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2019 Junior Pool
Game 1
Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2019 Junior Pool
Game 2
NO GAME Canada Canada
WRC 2017 Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2017 Junior Pool
Game 1
Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2017 Junior Pool
Game 2
NO GAME Canada Canada
WRC 2016 Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2016 President's Pool
Game 1
Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2016 President's Pool
Game 2
NO GAME Canada Canada
WRC 2013 Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2013 Junior Pool
Game 1
Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2013 Junior Pool
Game 2
NO GAME Finland Finland

SENIORS

SENIOR POOL (Sam Jacks Series)
Canada Canada Senior vs Finland Finland Senior
Year Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 World Title
WRC 2022
WRC 2019 Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2019 Sam Jacks Series
Game 1
Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2019 Sam Jacks Series
Game 2
NO GAME Finland Finland
WRC 2017 Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2017 Sam Jacks Series
Game 1
Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2017 Sam Jacks Series
Game 2
NO GAME Finland Finland
WRC 2016 Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2016 Sam Jacks Series
Game 1
Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2016 Sam Jacks Series
Game 2
NO GAME Finland Finland
WRC 2013 Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2013 Sam Jacks Series
Game 1
Canada CAN vs Finland FIN

2013 Sam Jacks Series
Game 2
NO GAME Finland Finland

Hosts

The first World Ringette Championship took place in Gloucester, Ontario, Canada in 1990. The 1998 World Ringette Championship was initially meant to be held in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, but instead, a promotional 5 game ringette "Summit Series" tour of Europe was organized with competitions between teams from Canada and Finland.

The World Junior Ringette Championships and the Ringette World Club Championship were both initially organized by the International Ringette Federation separately from the World Ringette Championship. The international club competition has ceased to exist since the last event in 2011; the World Junior event is now a part of the World Ringette Championship itself in a division called "U19".

Medals table

The first World Ringette Championships to have full Senior national teams exclusively was in 1996. The first World Ringette Championships to have full Junior national teams exclusively was in 2013.

Seniors (post 1996) and Juniors (post 2013)
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Finland86115
2 Canada510015
Totals (2 nations)1316130
President's Pool
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Sweden2035
2 United States0268
3 Czech Republic0022
4 Slovakia0000
Totals (4 nations)221115

Teams in italics no longer compete at the World Championships as of 2021.

Teams no longer in competition:
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Canada Canada East
1992
1994
2009 U19
2012 U19
1304
2Canada Canada West
1992
1994
2009 U19
2012 U19
1124
3Finland Finland White Stars1001
Alberta Team Alberta1001
5Ontario Team Ontario0101
6Finland Finland Blue Stars0011
Quebec Team Quebec0011
8France France0000
Russia Russia0000
Totals (9 nations)45413

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