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2021 Worlds: U25 Honorable Mentions

The best of the rest of the top performances by U25 players in Calgary

Finland v Switzerland: Bronze Medal Game - 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

We have already revealed our U25 First Team and Second Team from the 2021 IIHF Worlds in Calgary. Today, we’re going to look at some players who nearly made the cut because highlighting just a dozen of the top performances by U25 players felt like we were just scratching the surface.

Here are our honorable mentions for U25 performances at the 2021 Worlds.

2021 Worlds U25 Skaters

Tm PLAYER Pos Age GP TOI Shft/GP .+/- Sh% SOG PIM G A A1 P P1 P1/60 GS GS/60 EV P PP P SH P
Tm PLAYER Pos Age GP TOI Shft/GP .+/- Sh% SOG PIM G A A1 P P1 P1/60 GS GS/60 EV P PP P SH P
FIN Petra NIEMINEN F 22 7 20:09 30.14 3 31.58 19 6 1 1 7 7 2.98 8.79 3.74 4 2 1
USA Grace ZUMWINKLE F 22 7 11:48 14.86 5 25.00 16 2 4 2 2 6 6 4.36 7 5.08 6 0 0
CAN Sarah FILLIER F 21 7 15:16 23.00 6 18.75 16 6 3 3 1 6 4 2.25 5.47 3.07 5 1 0
CZE Noemi NEUBAUEROVA F 21 6 18:43 26.50 4 6.67 15 2 1 4 3 5 4 2.14 5.35 2.86 5 0 0
JPN Akane SHIGA F 20 7 18:49 23.71 0 14.29 28 4 4 0 0 4 4 1.82 6.04 2.75 3 1 0
CZE Dominika LASKOVA D 24 6 21:30 29.50 4 17.39 23 4 4 0 0 4 4 1.86 5.54 2.58 4 0 0
JPN Haruka TOKO F 24 7 19:55 25.14 1 0.00 22 2 0 4 4 4 4 1.72 5.38 2.32 2 2 0
HUN Kinga JOKAI-SZILAGYI F 24 4 17:08 21.50 3 11.11 9 1 3 3 4 4 3.50 4.57 4.00 2 2 0
CAN Claire THOMPSON D 23 7 18:54 28.29 7 0.00 13 0 4 2 4 2 0.91 4.2 1.90 3 1 0
USA Caroline HARVEY D 18 6 17:35 19.50 8 7.14 14 1 2 1 3 2 1.14 3.85 2.19 3 0 0
CZE Daniela PEJSOVA D 19 6 19:27 27.17 2 11.76 17 4 2 1 0 3 2 1.03 3.5 1.80 3 0 0
ROC Viktoria KULISHOVA F 22 7 8:37 12.14 1 33.33 6 2 1 1 3 3 2.98 3.49 3.47 3 0 0
ROC Fanuza KADIROVA F 23 7 14:07 18.57 0 0.00 11 0 3 2 3 2 1.21 3.44 2.09 3 0 0
CAN Ella SHELTON D 23 7 14:32 22.71 6 9.09 11 4 1 2 2 3 3 1.77 3.12 1.84 3 0 0
USA Jesse COMPHER F 22 6 11:52 14.67 4 10.00 10 4 1 2 2 3 3 2.53 3.02 2.54 3 0 0
ROC Yelizaveta RODNOVA F 22 7 13:22 19.14 0 9.09 11 2 1 2 0 3 1 0.64 2.84 1.82 3 0 0
USA Cayla BARNES D 22 7 17:32 20.86 4 0.00 10 0 3 0 3 0 0.00 2.68 1.31 3 0 0
CAN Ashton BELL D 21 7 11:53 18.71 4 25.00 4 1 2 0 3 1 0.72 2.52 1.82 3 0 0
FIN Elisa HOLOPAINEN F 19 7 13:59 23.57 0 5.88 17 2 1 1 1 2 2 1.23 3.21 1.97 2 0 0
GER Nina CHRISTOF F 18 4 16:27 22.25 0 22.22 9 2 0 0 2 2 1.82 2.9 2.64 1 1 0
USA Jincy DUNNE D 24 6 9:49 11.33 1 0.00 5 0 2 2 2 2 2.04 2.28 2.32 2 0 0
JPN Hikaru YAMASHITA F 20 7 12:35 16.14 -4 22.22 9 4 2 0 0 2 2 1.36 2.14 1.46 2 0 0
USA Abbey MURPHY F 19 6 12:45 15.67 4 16.67 12 6 2 0 0 2 2 1.57 2.06 1.62 1 1 0
ROC Liana GANEYEVA D 23 7 13:33 19.00 2 0.00 6 0 2 1 2 1 0.63 2.05 1.30 2 0 0
FIN Julia LIIKALA F 20 7 8:27 13.71 1 0.00 4 0 2 1 2 1 1.01 1.85 1.88 2 0 0
ROC Oxana BRATISHEVA F 21 7 14:55 19.71 -1 9.09 11 6 1 1 1 2 2 1.15 1.85 1.06 2 0 0
JPN Aoi SHIGA D 22 7 24:15 31.57 0 0.00 4 0 2 1 2 1 0.35 1.85 0.65 0 2 0
USA Lacey EDEN F 19 5 10:51 12.40 3 0.00 3 0 2 1 2 1 1.11 1.75 1.94 2 0 0
ROC Veronika KORZHAKOVA F 18 7 15:53 20.29 1 16.67 6 4 1 1 1 2 2 1.08 1.73 0.93 2 0 0
JPN Suzuka TAKA F 24 7 15:42 19.71 -2 0.00 6 4 0 2 2 2 2 1.09 1.62 0.88 2 0 0
SUI Alina MULLER F 23 2 13:03 19.00 0 50.00 2 2 1 1 0 2 1 2.30 1.38 3.17 2 0 0
HUN Emma KREISZ F 18 4 16:10 22.75 -2 0.00 4 6 0 2 0 2 0 0.00 0.38 0.35 1 1 0
ROC Ilona MARKOVA F 19 7 15:52 21.14 -3 10.00 10 1 0 0 1 1 0.54 2 1.08 1 0 0
DEN Michelle WEIS F 24 4 18:06 28.25 0 0.00 9 0 1 1 1 1 0.83 1.79 1.48 1 0 0
GER Katarina JOBST-SMITH D 20 6 23:31 25.67 1 0.00 8 0 1 1 1 1 0.43 1.69 0.72 0 1 0
FIN Viivi VAINIKKA F 19 7 15:13 23.43 -1 20.00 5 1 0 0 1 1 0.56 1.5 0.84 1 0 0
USA Abby ROQUE F 23 6 8:28 10.33 2 0.00 6 0 1 1 1 1 1.18 1.49 1.76 1 0 0
CAN Jaime BOURBONNAIS D 23 7 8:25 12.14 1 12.50 8 2 1 0 0 1 1 1.02 1.42 1.45 1 0 0
CZE Natalie MLYNKOVA F 20 6 19:04 26.00 2 0.00 9 2 0 1 1 1 1 0.52 1.41 0.74 1 0 0
GER Jule SCHIEFER F 19 5 10:11 12.40 0 25.00 4 1 0 0 1 1 1.18 1.4 1.65 1 0 0
HUN Reka DABASI F 24 4 20:04 24.00 -1 25.00 4 1 0 0 1 1 0.75 1.4 1.05 1 0 0
CZE Klara HYMLAROVA F 22 6 16:02 23.83 3 0.00 8 2 0 1 1 1 1 0.62 1.31 0.82 0 1 0
FIN Jenniina NYLUND F 22 7 9:17 13.29 0 33.33 3 1 0 0 1 1 0.92 1.3 1.20 1 0 0
ROC Yekaterina DOBRODEYEVA F 21 6 15:21 21.83 -5 0.00 4 0 1 1 1 1 0.65 1.29 0.84 1 0 0
CZE Tereza RADOVA D 19 3 8:45 14.00 1 50.00 2 1 0 0 1 1 2.29 1.2 2.74 1 0 0
FIN Sofianna SUNDELIN F 18 7 9:56 16.00 -2 0.00 2 0 1 1 1 1 0.86 1.09 0.94 1 0 0
SUI Lara CHRISTEN D 18 7 22:45 32.00 -3 0.00 2 0 1 1 1 1 0.38 1.09 0.41 0 1 0
FIN Ronja SAVOLAINEN D 23 7 20:46 29.71 1 0.00 9 2 0 1 0 1 0 0.00 1.08 0.45 1 0 0
SUI Laura ZIMMERMANN F 18 7 12:26 19.43 -2 14.29 7 4 1 0 0 1 1 0.69 0.94 0.65 1 0 0
CZE Tereza MAZANCOVA F 18 1 6:40 9.00 1 #DIV/0! 0 1 1 1 1 9.00 0.89 8.01 1 0 0
JPN Mei MIURA F 22 7 14:49 18.86 -2 0.00 3 0 1 0 1 0 0.00 0.86 0.50 1 0 0
USA Britta CURL F 21 3 8:54 11.67 1 50.00 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 2.25 0.82 1.84 1 0 0
FIN Sanni VANHANEN F 16 7 10:16 16.57 -2 50.00 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 0.83 0.82 0.68 1 0 0
ROC Kristi SHASHKINA F 18 6 7:17 9.83 0 #DIV/0! 0 1 0 1 0 0.00 0.56 0.77 1 0 0
CZE Kristyna PATKOVA F 23 6 5:41 8.67 2 33.33 3 4 1 0 0 1 1 1.76 0.54 0.95 1 0 0
FIN Nelli LAITINEN D 19 7 16:15 26.43 0 33.33 3 4 1 0 0 1 1 0.53 0.54 0.28 1 0 0
HUN Lotti ODNOGA D 22 4 21:22 27.25 -1 0.00 7 4 0 1 0 1 0 0.00 0.5 0.35 0 1 0
SUI Sinja LEEMANN D 19 7 19:21 29.57 -4 0.00 14 10 0 1 1 1 1 0.44 0.39 0.17 1 0 0
ROC Anna SAVONINA D 19 7 15:29 24.00 -4 25.00 4 6 1 0 0 1 1 0.55 0.26 0.14 1 0 0
ROC Nina PIROGOVA D 22 7 22:27 28.29 -4 0.00 12 8 0 1 0 1 0 0.00 0.24 0.09 1 0 0
ROC Landysh FALYAKHOVA F 23 7 11:32 16.86 0 0.00 4 6 0 1 0 1 0 0.00 -0.18 -0.13 1 0 0
CZE Michaela PEJZLOVA F 24 6 15:45 22.00 0 0.00 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1 0.63 0 0 0
CZE Sara CAJANOVA D 18 6 21:49 29.00 2 0.00 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.52 0.24 0 0 0
CAN Emma MALTAIS F 21 5 9:31 14.20 -2 0.00 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.4 0.50 0 0 0
SUI Noemi RYHNER F 21 7 19:33 27.57 -8 0.00 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.4 0.18 0 0 0
HUN Regina METZLER F 15 4 9:57 12.25 0 0.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.3 0.45 0 0 0
JPN Shiori YAMASHITA D 19 6 7:01 8.50 -1 0.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.3 0.43 0 0 0
JPN Remi KOYAMA F 21 7 7:09 10.29 -2 0.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.3 0.36 0 0 0
DEN Linn PLOUG D 22 3 20:42 26.33 -3 0.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.3 0.29 0 0 0
SUI Rahel ENZLER F 21 7 9:31 14.00 -4 0.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.3 0.27 0 0 0
CAN Kristin O'Neill F 23 3 8:37 13.33 -1 0.00 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.22 0.51 0 0 0
JPN Makoto ITO F 17 1 6:52 9.00 -2 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.1 0.87 0 0 0
FIN Aino KARPPINEN D 23 2 9:57 14.50 -1 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.1 0.30 0 0 0
HUN Hanna PINTER F 23 4 5:00 8.00 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.1 0.30 0 0 0
FIN Sanni HAKALA F 23 7 7:16 12.14 -1 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.1 0.12 0 0 0
CZE Katerina BUKOLSKA F 24 5 4:10 5.80 0 0.00 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.02 0.06 0 0 0
USA Natalie BUCHBINDER D 22 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 0
CZE Magdalena ERBENOVA D 21 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 0
CZE Klara SEROISZKOVA D 20 1 0.00 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 0
SUI Mara FREY F 18 1 0 0.00 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 0
JPN Yukiko KAWASHIMA D 24 7 8:22 11.14 -4 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0
FIN Matilda NILSSON F 24 2 4:41 9.00 -1 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0
JPN Fumika SASANO D 24 2 0:59 1.50 1 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0
HUN Jelena GRKOVIC D 24 2 0:38 1.00 -1 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0
ROC Yekaterina LIKHACHYOVA F 23 3 2:28 4.33 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0
DEN Amanda REFSGAARD D 21 3 7:36 10.00 -1 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0
DEN Sofie SKOTT D 19 2 5:20 7.50 -1 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0
DEN Mille SORENSEN F 19 2 3:16 5.00 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0
SUI Emma INGOLD F 19 5 2:37 4.40 -2 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0
GER Katharina HACKELSMILLER F 17 3 6:33 10.00 -3 #DIV/0! 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0 0
GER Laura KLUGE F 24 4 15:09 20.25 1 0.00 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.06 -0.06 0 0 0
SUI Lisa RUEDI F 20 7 15:32 24.29 -3 0.00 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.08 -0.04 0 0 0
GER Tabea BOTTHOF D 21 6 15:11 23.00 -2 0.00 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.08 -0.05 0 0 0
SUI Lena Marie LUTZ F 20 7 11:13 16.86 -4 0.00 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.08 -0.06 0 0 0
GER Svenja VOIGT F 17 6 11:27 14.33 -4 0.00 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.18 -0.16 0 0 0
HUN Lili PINTER F 24 4 10:42 17.50 -2 0.00 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.18 -0.25 0 0 0
HUN Imola HORVATH F 19 4 9:17 13.75 -1 0.00 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.18 -0.29 0 0 0
DEN Maria PETERS F 21 4 6:54 12.25 -2 0.00 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.18 -0.39 0 0 0
ROC Sofia LIFATOVA F 18 5 5:24 8.20 -4 0.00 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.18 -0.40 0 0 0
HUN Mira SEREGELY F 18 4 15:24 20.00 -4 0.00 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.26 -0.25 0 0 0
DEN Lilli FRIIS-HANSEN F 21 4 12:34 19.50 -3 0.00 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.26 -0.31 0 0 0
HUN Andrea KISS F 24 4 10:44 16.75 -1 0.00 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.26 -0.36 0 0 0
SUI Stefanie WETLI D 21 7 17:01 28.00 -5 0.00 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.28 -0.14 0 0 0
SUI Alina MARTI F 17 7 12:27 20.71 0 0.00 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.28 -0.19 0 0 0
DEN Amalie ANDERSEN D 21 4 20:04 26.25 -2 0.00 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.28 -0.21 0 0 0
FIN Emilia VESA F 20 6 8:47 15.83 0 0.00 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.28 -0.32 0 0 0
GER Carina STROBEL D 24 3 15:33 20.67 1 0.00 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.28 -0.36 0 0 0
CZE Lenka SERDAR F 24 5 4:35 5.60 1 0.00 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.28 -0.73 0 0 0
DEN Sofia SKRIVER F 18 3 5:37 11.00 0 0.00 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.28 -1.00 0 0 0
SUI Nicole VALLARIO D 20 7 18:19 28.14 -11 0.00 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.36 -0.17 0 0 0
SUI Shannon SIGRIST D 22 7 13:46 21.29 -3 #DIV/0! 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.38 -0.24 0 0 0
SUI Janine HAUSER D 20 7 10:34 15.86 -3 #DIV/0! 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.38 -0.31 0 0 0
DEN Julie OKSBJERG F 20 4 8:47 13.25 -2 #DIV/0! 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.38 -0.65 0 0 0
HUN Fruzsina MAYER D 21 4 16:34 21.50 -2 0.00 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.66 -0.60 0 0 0
JPN Chika OTAKI F 22 7 6:19 8.00 -3 0.00 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.66 -0.90 0 0 0
DEN Kristine MELBERG D 20 4 15:03 22.25 -3 #DIV/0! 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.76 -0.76 0 0 0
SUI Kaleigh QUENNEC F 23 7 5:54 9.86 -3 #DIV/0! 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.76 -1.10 0 0 0
FIN Sini KARJALAINEN D 22 5 4:17 7.80 0 #DIV/0! 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.76 -2.13 0 0 0
HUN Petra SZAMOSFALVI F 19 4 10:51 15.50 -1 0.00 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -0.84 -1.16 0 0 0
ROC Yelena PROVOROVA D 19 7 16:06 23.86 -5 0.00 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 -1.22 -0.65 0 0 0

Elisa Holopainen, Forward | Finland

Holopainen had two goals and an assist at the 2019 Worlds in Espoo, so her one goal and one assist production in Calgary almost felt like a letdown. Almost.

The future of Finland averaged 1.23 P1/60 and had a 1.97 GS/60 in Calgary, which was good enough to put her inside the top-20 among U25 skaters in both categories. So, with an average ice time of 13:59 TOI/GP and a shooting percentage of just 5.9%, her two points in seven games — both primary and at evens, by the way — looks a lot more impressive.

My favorite stat of Holopainen’s from Calgary has to be her 17 iSOG (individual shots on goal). In a limited role, Holopainen put a lot of frozen rubber on net and looked every bit like the emerging young star she is. The Finns averaged just over 20 SF/GP, so her 2.43 SOG/GP is an impressive rate in a seven-game sample. Also, I think her goal means a little bit more because it was scored against Canada. As a squad, the Canadians allowed just seven goals in Calgary.

Haruka Toko, Forward | Japan

Toko played a huge role for Japan in Calgary and had tremendous chemistry with Akane Shiga. Together, they were responsible for what felt like the majority of their team’s even-strength scoring chances. Toko, 24, averaged 19:55 TOI/GP, had primary assists on four of Japan’s 12 goals, and put 22 shots on net. Really, she did it all which is partially reflected in her 2.32 GS/60 — good for 10th among U25 forwards in Calgary.

The real shame here is that much of what Toko brought to the picture doesn’t appear in box scores or, therefore, in Game Score. She made numerous crafty, clever plays to move the puck through the neutral zone and displayed an excellent understanding of the game. In that respect, she really stood out from the conservative, structured play that underlined the play of so many of her teammates on Smile Japan.

One can only hope that Toko’s hockey sense is infectious and enhances the potential of her teammates on the Japanese national team.

Fanuza Kadirova, Forward | ROC

Kadirova has been one of my favorite young Russian players to watch for a few years. She shows flashes of top-shelf talent and has been better than a point-per-game player in the ZhHL for SK Gorny and Dynamo-Neva St. Petersburg since 2015-16.

In Calgary, she averaged 2.09 GS/60 and 1.21 P1/60 and had three assists — two of which were primary — at evens for the Russian squad in seven games. That’s helpers on one out of every three even-strength goals for ROC in Calgary. That’s quite a stat for someone averaging just 14:07 TOI/GP.

Kadirova, 23, will likely be a staple on Russia for several years but she still has the potential to be more than a middle-six forward. Her development continues to be something to keep an eye on.

Ella Shelton, Defense | Canada

Shelton may not have shined as brightly as Claire Thompson in the box score, but she had an excellent tournament in her own right. She finished with the fifth-best GS/60 (1.84) among U25 defenders who played at least four games in Calgary and that number was dragged down by her two minor penalties.

Seeing limited ice in her role, averaging 14:32 TOI/GP and picking up two assists and a goal at evens to go along with her first gold medal at Worlds. Shelton, 23, displayed much of the consistency that made her a star and eventually a captain at Clarkson.

This is hardly a hot take, but I would not be surprised to see Shelton’s role increase significantly in coming tournaments. Truth be told, much of the same can be said of 21-year-old Ashton Bell, who managed to stand out with several big plays in her even more limited role of 11:53 TOI/GP and finished with just as many points and a nearly identical GS/60 (1.82) as Shelton.

Saskia Maurer, Goalie | Switzerland

It feels unfair that Maurer ends up as only an honorable mention here but she was simply overshadowed by Anni Keisala of Finland and Klára Peslarová of the Czech Republic.

Maurer was a sensation for the Swiss in her four appearances. She finished with a .942 Sv% against an average workload of 33.64 SA60. Two of the seven goals Maurer allowed were scored while she was shorthanded and she posted an impressive 0.985 GSAA/60 in all situations. Her numbers, generally speaking, were a clear cut above Andrea Brändli’s and Brändli was hardly a disappointment with her .905 Sv% playing exclusively against Group A teams.

All things considered, Maurer was fantastic. She may only have finished with one win but she held her own against the best offenses in the tournament. Somewhere, Florence Schelling is still smiling about Maurer’s performance.

All data courtesy of IIHF.com, EliteProspects.com, and the author’s own tracking.