Ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
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Venues E Center
Peaks Ice Arena
Dates February 2002
«1998 2006»
Men's ice hockey
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
Women's ice hockey
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
Ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics
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Tournament
men  women
Qualification
men  women
Rosters
men  women

Ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics was held at the E Center in West Valley City and Peaks Ice Arena in Provo, Utah. Both the men's and women's tournaments were won by Canada, defeating the host USA in both games.

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Canada (CAN) 2 0 0 2
2  United States (USA) 0 2 0 2
3  Russia (RUS) 0 0 1 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 0 1 1

Medalists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's
details
Canada
Mario Lemieux-C
Paul Kariya
Ed Jovanovski
Curtis Joseph
Jarome Iginla
Simon Gagné
Chris Pronger-A
Mike Peca
Owen Nolan
Joe Nieuwendyk
Scott Niedermayer
Adam Foote
Theo Fleury
Martin Brodeur
Eric Brewer
Rob Blake
Ed Belfour
Steve Yzerman-A
Ryan Smyth
Brendan Shanahan
Joe Sakic-A
Al MacInnis
Eric Lindros
United States
Bill Guerin
Mike Dunham
Chris Drury
Aaron Miller
Adam Deadmarsh
Mike Richter
Tom Poti
Scott Young
Doug Weight
Keith Tkachuk
Chris Chelios-C
Tony Amonte
Phil Housley-A
Mike York
Brian Rolston
Tom Barrasso
Gary Suter
Jeremy Roenick
Brian Rafalski
Mike Modano
Brian Leetch - A
John LeClair
Brett Hull
Russia
Yegor Podomatsky
Daniil Markov
Alexei Kovalev
Vladimir Malakhov
Alexey Zhamnov
Sergei Gonchar
Darius Kasparaitis-A
Pavel Datsyuk
Igor Kravchuk
Oleg Tverdovsky
Pavel Bure-A
Igor Larionov-C
Sergei Fedorov
Alexei Yashin
Nikolai Khabibulin
Boris Mironov
Sergei Samsonov
Valeri Bure
Maxim Afinogenov
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Kovalchuk
Andrei Nikolishin
Oleg Kvasha
Women's
details
Canada
Sami Jo Small
Becky Kellar
Colleen Sostorics
Thérèse Brisson
Cherie Piper
Cheryl Pounder
Lori Dupuis
Caroline Ouellette
Danielle Goyette
Jayna Hefford
Jennifer Botterill
Hayley Wickenheiser-A
Dana Antal
Kelly Bechard
Tammy Lee Shewchuk
Kim St-Pierre
Vicky Sunohara-A
Isabelle Chartrand
Cassie Campbell-C
Geraldine Heaney
United States
Sara Decosta
Tara Mounsey
Courtney Kennedy
Angela Ruggiero
Lyndsay Wall
Karyn Bye
Sue Merz
Laurie Baker
Andrea Kilbourne
Allison Mleczko
Jenny Potter
Julie Chu
Shelley Looney
Krissy Wendell
Katie King
Cammi Granato
Natalie Darwitz
Chris Bailey
Tricia Dunn
Sarah Tueting
Sweden
Emelie Berggren
Anna Andersson
Maria Rooth
Erika Holst
Anna Vikman
Evelina Samuelsson
Maria Larsson
Kristina Bergstrand
Ann-Louise Edstrand
Josefin Pettersson
Lotta Almblad
Joa Elfsberg
Gunilla Andersson
Nanna Jansson
Therese Sjölander
Ylva Lindberg
Danijela Rundqvist
Ulrica Lindström
Kim Martin
Annica Åhlén

Men[edit]

The men's tournament marked the second Olympic Games where the National Hockey League took a break to allow all its players the opportunity to play.

Fourteen countries played in the tournament. Six hockey powers (Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States) were automatically admitted to the final eight. The other eight countries (Austria, Belarus, France, Germany, Latvia, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Ukraine) played in a preliminary round in two pools. The winners of those pools, Belarus and Germany, advanced to the final round with the six hockey powers.

The biggest surprise of the tournament was Belarus, 0–3–0 in Group D play, knocking off 3–0–0 Sweden in quarterfinal play. After that upset, the Swedish media held their players responsible for the loss, even going as far to publish their NHL salaries. The players responded by not returning to Sweden during the NHL break, although that was unlikely since the Olympics were held in the same continent as their NHL teams and play resumed soon after the Olympics ended.

Another major surprise was the silver-medal finish of Team USA, which was not considered a contender as it was steeped heavily in over-30 veterans. Although it retained most of the players from the 1998 team which had performed below expectations, this time it was coached by Herb Brooks, who had been responsible for the "Miracle on Ice" over the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Despite being close to the ends of their NHL careers, Mike Richter and Phil Housley put up phenomenal performances. Brett Hull, John LeClair and Mike Modano formed the "Divine Line" which led the tournament in scoring. USA and Russia played to a 2–2 tie in their group game, drawing some comparisons to the famous 1980 Miracle game. Ending up, USA finished second behind Sweden in the round robin results.[1]

USA and Russia met again in the semi-finals of the tournament. The USA's victory over Russia came coincidentally on the 22-year anniversary of the "Miracle on Ice", the upset of the Soviet Union team, at Lake Placid in 1980 (also a Friday). The Americans stormed out to a 3–0 lead for the first two periods, before withstanding a furious two-goal rally from the Russians to advance. Russian coach Slava Fetisov, one of the stars for the 1980 Soviet squad, complained about the selection of NHL referees to officiate Olympic matches (a stipulation by the NHL if most Olympic players are NHLers) and charged that officials were trying to fix a Canada–USA final for North American audiences.[2] However, Russian goalie Nikolai Khabibulin thought that the refereeing was fair, having faced 38 shots in the first two periods and 49 overall.[3][4]

Canada had a lackluster start, losing 5–2 to Sweden, only managing to defeat Germany by a score of 3–2, and drawing with the Czech Republic. These performances prompted an emotional response from Team Canada manager Wayne Gretzky, in particular the referee's failure to call a clear hit from behind on Canada's Theoren Fleury in the game against the Czech Republic. However, Canada improved in the elimination round, defeating Finland 2–1, and easily sweeping surprise semi-finalist Belarus 7–1.

Canada and the US faced off in the final. For both nations, the gold-medal game came coincidentally on the anniversary of each nation's last gold medal in men's Olympic hockey. Canada last won 50 years previously at the 1952 Winter Olympics when they tied the US 3-3 (Olympic ice hockey previously only had a round-robin portion). The US won their last gold medal when they defeated Finland two days after "The Miracle on Ice" in 1980. Both games, coincidentally, were played on a Sunday.

The Canada-USA final was tied at 2–2, however Canada then scored three goals to win 5–2. It was only the second time and first in 70 years that the US men's hockey team lost an Olympic game on home soil. The first loss came against Canada (a 2-1 OT loss) in their first game at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

Thanks to the much-anticipated Canada–USA matchup in the final in front of a North American home crowd,[5] TV ratings for this match were the highest in Olympic history to that time. In the United States, NBC's live coverage of the gold medal hockey game drew a 10.7 rating, the highest-rated hockey game, Olympic or NHL, since the 1980 Winter Olympics and was the largest network hockey audience in the U.S. in 22 years.[6] In Canada, the CBC said that the game drew 10.6 million viewers, making the game was the most-watched CBC Sports program.[6] As the final seconds ticked away, veteran CBC Sports commentator Bob Cole called: "Now after 50 years, it's time for Canada to stand up and cheer. Stand up and cheer everybody! The Olympics Salt Lake City, 2002, men's ice hockey, gold medal: Canada!" The CBC also said that the 10.6 million viewers broke the previous record of 4.957 million viewers for Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.[6]

During the final, the legend of the lucky loonie was born when Canadian icemaker Trent Evans buried a one dollar coin (Loonie) under centre ice and both the Canadian men's and women's teams won gold.[7][8]

Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan became the second and third players to win the Olympic Gold Medal in hockey (with Team Canada) and the Stanley Cup (with the Detroit Red Wings) in the same year, the first to win an Olympic Gold and Stanley Cup was Ken Morrow in 1980. Chris Chelios and Brett Hull became the second and third players to win Olympic Silver Medal in hockey (with Team USA) and Stanley Cup in the same year (Sergei Fedorov was the first in 1998).

The format of the tournament was the same one used in the 1998 tournament in Nagano. It was controversial because the National Hockey League clubs would not release their players for the preliminary round. This severely hampered the campaigns of Germany and Slovakia, although the former country managed to qualify for the final group stage. Also the final group stage was criticized as being meaningless since all of the teams qualified for the quarter-finals. The format was changed for the 2006 tournament in an effort to address these criticisms.

Qualifying[edit]

The final standings at the end of the 1999 IIHF World Championship were used to determine the path to the Olympic tournament. The top six places were given direct entry to the first round, places seven and eight were given direct entry to the preliminary round, and all other participants were seeded in qualifying tournaments to fill the remaining six spots. This chart shows the seeding path for all nations, in detail.

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Top team (shaded) advanced to the first round.

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7 6
 Latvia 3 1 1 1 11 12 −1 3
 Austria 3 1 2 0 7 9 −2 2
 Slovakia 3 0 2 1 8 12 −4 1

All times are local (UTC-7).

9 February 2002
16:00
Germany  3 – 0
(0–0, 2–0, 1–0)
 Slovakia E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,504
9 February 2002
19:00
Latvia  4 – 2
(2–1, 2–1, 0–0)
 Austria Peaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,159
10 February 2002
16:00
Austria  2 – 3
(0–2, 2–0, 0–1)
 Germany Peaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,444
10 February 2002
19:00
Latvia  6 – 6
(2–2, 2–4, 2–0)
 Slovakia E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,377
12 February 2002
16:00
Slovakia  2 – 3
(1–1, 1–1, 0–1)
 Austria E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,362
12 February 2002
19:00
Germany  4 – 1
(2–1, 2–0, 0–0)
 Latvia Peaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,574

Group B[edit]

Top team (shaded) advanced to the first round.

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
 Belarus 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 4
 Ukraine 3 2 1 0 9 5 +4 4
  Switzerland 3 1 1 1 7 9 −2 3
 France 3 0 2 1 6 10 −4 1

All times are local (UTC-7).

9 February 2002
14:00
Belarus  1 – 0
(0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
 Ukraine Peaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,294
9 February 2002
21:00
Switzerland   3 – 3
(1–1, 0–1, 2–1)
 France E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,504
11 February 2002
16:00
Ukraine  5 – 2
(2–1, 2–1, 1–0)
  Switzerland E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,387
11 February 2002
19:00
Belarus  3 – 1
(1–1, 1–0, 1–0)
 France Peaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,214
12 February 2002
16:00
Switzerland   2 – 1
(1–0, 1–1, 0–0)
 Belarus E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 7,736
12 February 2002
19:00
France  2 – 4
(0–2, 2–2, 0–0)
 Ukraine Peaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,019

Consolation round[edit]

13th place match[edit]

All times are local (UTC-7).

14 February 2002
21:00
Slovakia  7 – 1
(1–0, 2–0, 4–1)
 France Peaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 5,956

11th place match[edit]

All times are local (UTC-7).

14 February 2002
15:00
Switzerland   4 – 1
(0–0, 2–0, 2–1)
 Austria E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 7,986

9th place match[edit]

All times are local (UTC-7).

14 February 2002
20:00
Ukraine  2 – 9
(0–6, 2–3, 0–0)
 Latvia E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,449

First round[edit]

Group C[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 3 3 0 0 14 4 +10 6
 Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 12 7 +5 3
 Canada 3 1 1 1 8 10 −2 3
 Germany 3 0 3 0 5 18 −13 0

All times are local (UTC-7).

15 February 2002
16:10
Canada  2 – 5
(1–1, 0–4, 1–0)
 Sweden E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,597
15 February 2002
19:00
Czech Republic  8 – 2
(3–0, 3–1, 2–1)
 Germany Peaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,303
17 February 2002
16:05
Sweden  2 – 1
(1–0, 1–1, 0–0)
 Czech Republic E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
17 February 2002
19:00
Canada  3 – 2
(0–0, 3–0, 0–2)
 Germany Peaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,425
18 February 2002
16:10
Czech Republic  3 – 3
(1–1, 1–1, 1–1)
 Canada E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
18 February 2002
19:00
Germany  1 – 7
(0–3, 0–3, 1–1)
 Sweden Peaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,348

Group D[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 2 0 1 16 3 +13 5
 Finland 3 2 1 0 11 8 +3 4
 Russia 3 1 1 1 9 9 0 3
 Belarus 3 0 3 0 6 22 −16 0

All times are local (UTC-7).

15 February 2002
11:05
Russia  6 – 4
(3–1, 1–2, 2–1)
 Belarus E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,484
15 February 2002
20:45
Finland  0 – 6
(0–0, 0–3, 0–3)
 United States E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,597
16 February 2002
16:45
Finland  8 – 1
(3–0, 3–0, 2–1)
 Belarus E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
16 February 2002
21:30
United States  2 – 2
(0–0, 1–1, 1–1)
 Russia E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
18 February 2002
11:05
Belarus  1 – 8
(1–0, 0–3, 0–5)
 United States E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
18 February 2002
13:30
Russia  1 – 3
(1–0, 0–2, 0–1)
 Finland Peaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,360

Final round[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
                           
  C2   Czech Republic 0  
D3   Russia 1  
  D3   Russia 2  
  D1   United States 3  
D1   United States 5
  C4   Germany 0  
    D1   United States 2
  C3   Canada 5
  D2   Finland 1  
C3   Canada 2  
  C3   Canada 7 Bronze medal game
  D4   Belarus 1  
C1   Sweden 3 D4   Belarus 2
  D4   Belarus 4   D3   Russia 7

Quarter-finals[edit]

All times are local (UTC-7).

20 February 2002
11:05
Sweden  3 – 4
(1–2, 1–0, 1–2)
 Belarus E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 7,240
20 February 2002
13:30
Czech Republic  0 – 1
(0–0, 0–1, 0–0)
 Russia Peaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 5,219
20 February 2002
16:00
United States  5 – 0
(1–0, 4–0, 0–0)
 Germany E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
20 February 2002
20:15
Finland  1 – 2
(0–1, 1–1, 0–0)
 Canada E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599

Semi-finals[edit]

All times are local (UTC-7).

22 February 2002
12:00
Canada  7 – 1
(2–1, 2–0, 3–0)
 Belarus E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
22 February 2002
16:20
Russia  2 – 3
(0–1, 0–2, 2–0)
 United States E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599

Bronze medal game[edit]

All times are local (UTC-7).

23 February 2002
12:15
Belarus  2 – 7
(1–2, 1–2, 0–3)
 Russia 3 E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599

Gold medal game[edit]

All times are local (UTC-7).

24 February 2002
13:00
2 United States  2 – 5
(1–2, 1–1, 0–2)
 Canada 1 E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599

Final rankings[edit]

Team
1  Canada
2  United States
3  Russia
4th  Belarus
5th  Sweden
6th  Finland
7th  Czech Republic
8th  Germany
9th  Latvia
10th  Ukraine
11th   Switzerland
12th  Austria
13th  Slovakia
14th  France

Women's tournament[edit]

Qualification[edit]

The women's tournament used a qualification format similar to the system used for the men's tournament. The top six teams in the IIHF Women's World Ranking after the 2001 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships received automatic berths into the Ice Hockey event. Lower ranked teams had an opportunity to qualify for the event. Teams ranked 13th and below were divided into two groups where they played in a first qualification round in September 2008. The two group winners from the round advanced to the second qualification round, where the teams ranked seventh through twelfth joined them.

Format[edit]

The eight teams will be split into two divisions of four teams and each team will play three preliminary games. Following the completion of the preliminary round, the top two teams from each division will advance to the medal round and compete in a playoff to determine the gold medalist. The other four will play classification games.[9] Each team is allowed to have between 15 to 18 skaters (forwards and defensemen).

Participating nations[edit]

A total of eight national teams competed in the women's ice hockey tournament.

Group A Group B

Officiating Controversy[edit]

The gold medal game played on February 1, 2002 was marred with controversy as referee Stacey Livingston awarded the American team with eight successive power plays.[10]

See Also[edit]

Ice sledge hockey at the 2002 Winter Paralympics

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (February 17, 2002). "Thrilling draw". CNNSI.com. 
  2. ^ "US-Canada showdown set while Russians angered again". CNN. 2002-02-22. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  3. ^ "USA holds off Russia 3-2 to advance to gold medal game". CNN. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Roenick foils Russia's bid to tie game". CNN. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Dream final will come down to blueline play". CNN. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Ohler, Shawn (February 26, 2002). "Lucky Loonie Stunt Pays Off". Calgary Herald. p. A1. 
  7. ^ Duhatschek, Eric (2006-02-07). "It's time to bury the myth of the lucky loonie". The Globe and Mail. 
  8. ^ Olson, Lisa (2002-02-25). "A great burden lifted, he turns into Loonie one". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  9. ^ "Women's Tournament Schedule Proposal". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  10. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2002/feb/22/sports/sp-olyhockeycolumn22

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