All across the territory of the former Soviet Union and in many other nations around the world, March 8 is a very significant occasion – a national holiday to mark International Women's Day. The athletes in the Women's Hockey League, however, must focus on the forthcoming playoffs, so for most of them the special day was no holiday, but a day of intense physical training in preparation for the all-important knockout stage.
With this in mind, the WHL ensured that the players, after their strenuous exertions, were nonetheless showered with traditional Women's Day gifts – beautiful bouquets of flowers and a hockey-themed cake.
On this, International Women's Day, all at the Kontinental Hockey League, from Bratislava to Vladivostok, from Sochi to Helsinki, would like to express their sincerest congratulations to all the women and girls, ladies and lasses, mothers and grandmothers, daughters and sisters, nieces and aunts, wives and girlfriends, partners and colleagues, friends and relatives, nearest and dearest, and of course, hockey fans and players of the Fairer Sex on this special day of the year.
Happy Women's Day from the KHL!