2006 in ice hockey

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The following is a chronicle of events during the year 2006 in ice hockey.

National Hockey League[edit]

  • In the Western Conference, it was a year of upsets, as the top four seeds in the playoffs all fell in the first round, the first time this has happened since the NHL moved to a conference playoff format in 1994. In the Eastern Conference, however, the top four seeds all advanced. It was a disappointing playoffs for last seasons finalists, as both the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning and their finals opponents the Calgary Flames were defeated in the first round.
  • On June 6, Chris Pronger scores on Cam Ward, marking the first successful penalty shot in the Stanley Cup Finals history.
  • Malkin would set a modern NHL record by scoring a goal in each of his first six games with the Penguins.

Canadian Hockey League[edit]

XX Olympic Games[edit]

  • Canada defeated Sweden to capture the women's gold medal. The United States won the bronze. Sweden's defeat of the Americans in the semi-finals in a shoot out was perhaps the greatest upset in women's hockey history, as it marked the first time in major tournament history that a team other than Canada or the United States played for the championship.

International Hockey[edit]

European Hockey[edit]

Women's Hockey[edit]

  • On July 13, 2006, the two leagues announced a merger that would see the former WWHL teams compete in the new Western Division of the NWHL.

Minor League hockey[edit]

Junior A hockey[edit]

Season articles[edit]

2005–06 NHL season 2006–07 NHL season
2005–06 AHL season 2006–07 AHL season
2005–06 ECHL season 2006–07 ECHL season
2005–06 OHL season 2006–07 OHL season
2005–06 QMJHL season 2006–07 QMJHL season
2005–06 WHL season 2006–07 WHL season