The fourth sanctioned Women's World Championships, held in Kitchener, Ontario (Can.) from March 31 to April 6, 1997. With women's hockey being accepted as a full medal sport at the 1998 Winter Olympics, the world championships served as a qualifier with the top five teams joining host Japan at the 1998 games in Nagano. Top two teams (*) in each pool after preliminary round-robin advanced to the medal round. Remaining four teams played in the qualifying round for the final Olympic berth.

Final Round Robin Standings

*United States2-0-15203

Qualifying Round

Sweden 7Switzerland 1
Russia 2Norway 1

Medal Round

Canada 2Finland 1
United States 6China 0
Seventh Place: Switzerland 1 Norway 0
Fifth Place: Sweden 3 Russia 1
Bronze Medal: Finland 3 China 0
Gold Medal: Canada 4OTUnited States 3

Leading Scorers

Riika Nieminen, Finland555100
Hayley Wickenheiser, Can.545912
Cammi Granato, USA55384
Tiia Reima, Finland544810
Cassie Campbell, Canada52684
Nancy Drolet, Canada54262
Shelley Looney, USA54262
Karyn Bye, USA54268
Laurie Baker, USA54268
Hongmzi Liu, China53362
Wei Guo, China53362
Lori Dupuis, Canada52468
Gretchen Ulion, USA52460
Sandra White, USA51562

All-Tournament Team

G— Patricia Sautter, Switzerland; D— Kelly O'Leary, USA; Cassie Campbell, Canada; F— Riika Nieminen, Finland; Hayley Wickenheiser, Canada; Cammi Granato, USA.

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