Ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Venues Torino Palasport Olimpico
Torino Esposizioni
Dates 11–26 February 2006
«2002 2010»
Men's ice hockey
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
Gold medal    Sweden
Silver medal    Finland
Bronze medal    Czech Republic
Women's ice hockey
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
Gold medal    Canada
Silver medal    Sweden
Bronze medal    United States
Ice hockey at the
2006 Winter Olympics
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Tournament
men  women
Qualification
men  women
Rosters
men  women
Statistics
men  women

Ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics was held at the Torino Palasport Olimpico and the Torino Esposizioni in Turin, Italy. The men's competition, held from 15 to 26 February, was won by Sweden, and the women's competition, held from 11 to 20 February, was won by Canada.

Men's competition[edit]

The format was changed from the version used in the 1998 and 2002 tournaments. This format was used in 1992 and 1994, the number of teams was reduced from 14 to 12 and the preliminary and final group stages were combined to form two six-team groups with the top four from each group advancing to the quarterfinals.

These changes had the following effects:

  • They increased the number of group games played by the "Super Six", who previously automatically qualified for the final group stage, from three to five.
  • They ensured that all teams in the tournament were treated more or less equally, and ensured that NHL players could play the entire tournament whether or not they were part of the "Super Six" group of teams.
  • They ensured that only four teams from each group would advance to the knock-out stage. This would give the games more meaning.

Men's tournament[edit]

Gold[1] Silver[2] Bronze[3]
Sweden
Defencemen:
Christian Bäckman
Niclas Hävelid
Kenny Jönsson
Niklas Kronwall
Nicklas Lidström–A
Mattias Öhlund
Ronnie Sundin
Daniel Tjärnqvist
Forwards:
Daniel Alfredsson–A
Per Johan Axelsson
Peter Forsberg
Mika Hannula
Tomas Holmström
Jörgen Jönsson
Fredrik Modin
Samuel Påhlsson
Mikael Samuelsson
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Mats SundinC
Henrik Zetterberg
Goaltenders:
Stefan Liv
Henrik Lundqvist
Mikael Tellqvist
Finland
Defencemen:
Aki-Petteri Berg
Lasse Kukkonen
Toni Lydman
Antti-Jussi Niemi
Petteri Nummelin
Teppo Numminen–A
Sami Salo
Kimmo Timonen
Forwards:
Niklas Hagman
Jukka Hentunen
Olli Jokinen
Jussi Jokinen
Niko Kapanen
Saku KoivuC
Mikko Koivu
Antti Laaksonen
Jere Lehtinen
Ville Nieminen
Ville Peltonen
Jarkko Ruutu
Teemu Selänne–A
Goaltenders:
Niklas Bäckström
Antero Niittymäki
Fredrik Norrena
Czech Republic
Defencemen:
František Kaberle
Tomáš Kaberle
Filip Kuba
Pavel KubinaA
Marek Malík
Jaroslav Špaček
Marek Židlický
Forwards:
Jan Bulis
Petr Čajánek
Patrik Eliáš
Martin Erat
Milan Hejduk
Aleš Hemský
Jaromír Jágr
Aleš Kotalík
Robert LangC
Rostislav Olesz
Václav Prospal
Martin Ručínský
Martin Straka
David VýbornýA
Goaltenders:
Dominik Hašek
Milan Hnilička
Dušan Salfický
Tomáš Vokoun

Qualification[edit]

Twelve places were allotted for the men's ice hockey tournament. The first eight were awarded to the top eight teams in the International Ice Hockey Federation ranking following the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Those teams were:

  1.  Canada
  2.  Sweden
  3.  Slovakia
  4.  Czech Republic
  5.  Finland
  6.  United States
  7.  Russia
  8.  Germany

The teams that automatically qualified include the same "Super Six" teams that were automatically qualified for the final group stage in the two previous tournaments, plus Slovakia and Germany which (IIHF rankings notwithstanding) are often regarded as the seventh and eighth best teams. The ninth place was given to the host nation, Italy. The final three places were allotted through qualification tournaments in which Kazakhstan, Latvia, and Switzerland won places.

Preliminary round[edit]

Twelve participating teams were placed in two groups. After playing a round-robin, the top four teams in each group advanced to the Medal Round while the last two teams competed in the Consolation Round for the 9th to 12th places.

     Team advanced to the Medal Round
     Team sent to compete in the Consolation Round

Group A[edit]

Preliminary round rankings for Group A:

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Finland 5 5 0 0 19 2 10
  Switzerland 5 2 1 2 10 12 6
 Canada 5 3 2 0 15 9 6
 Czech Republic 5 2 3 0 14 12 4
 Germany 5 0 3 2 7 16 2
 Italy 5 0 3 2 9 23 2

A summary of the games played in Group A:

Team  FIN   SUI  CAN  CZE  GER  ITA
 FIN   5–0 2–0 4–2 2–0 6–0
  SUI 0–5   2–0 3–2 2–2 3–3
 CAN 0–2 0–2   3–2 5–1 7–2
 CZE 2–4 2–3 2–3   4–1 4–1
 GER 0–2 2–2 1–5 1–4   3–3
 ITA 0–6 3–3 2–7 1–4 3–3  

Group B[edit]

Preliminary round rankings for Group B:

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Slovakia 5 5 0 0 18 8 10
 Russia 5 4 1 0 23 11 8
 Sweden 5 3 2 0 15 12 6
 United States 5 1 3 1 13 13 3
 Kazakhstan 5 1 4 0 9 16 2
 Latvia 5 0 4 1 11 29 1

A summary of the games played in Group B:

Team  SVK  RUS  SWE  USA  KAZ  LAT
 SVK   5–3 3–0 2–1 2–1 6–3
 RUS 3–5   5–0 5–4 1–0 9–2
 SWE 0–3 0–5   2–1 7–2 6–1
 USA 1–2 4–5 1–2   4–1 3–3
 KAZ 1–2 0–1 2–7 1–4   5–2
 LAT 3–6 2–9 1–6 3–3 2–5  
Allegations of Sweden throwing a game[edit]

Allegations have surfaced of Sweden throwing a game against Slovakia so the Swedes would face Switzerland instead of Russia, Canada or the Czech Republic. Shortly before the game, Sweden coach Bengt-Åke Gustafsson was reported to have publicly contemplated tanking in order to avoid those teams, saying about Canada and the Czechs, "One is cholera, the other the plague."[4] During the game itself, one reportedly suspect sequence came when Sweden had an extended five-on-three powerplay with five NHL stars on the ice—Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin, Daniel Alfredsson, Nicklas Lidström and Fredrik Modin—and failed to put a shot on net.[4] As part of a subsequent interview about the championship over five years later, Forsberg was interpreted to insinuate that Sweden lost their preliminary round game against Slovakia on purpose, so as to draw Switzerland as their quarterfinal opponent, rather than Canada or Russia. Swedish forward Henrik Sedin, who played alongside Forsberg on the 2006 team denied the notion while adding that Forsberg's comments in the interview were misconstrued.[5][6]

Final rounds[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
22 February 2006 24 February 2006 26 February 2006
                           
           
A Canada Czech Republic Finland Germany Italy Switzerland 4th  Czech Republic 3
 
B Kazakhstan Latvia Russia Slovakia Sweden United States 1st  Slovakia 1  
   Czech Republic 3
   
   Sweden 7  
B Kazakhstan Latvia Russia Slovakia Sweden United States 3rd  Sweden 6
   
A Canada Czech Republic Finland Germany Italy Switzerland 2nd   Switzerland 2  
   Sweden 3
   
   Finland 2
A Canada Czech Republic Finland Germany Italy Switzerland 3rd  Canada 0
 
B Kazakhstan Latvia Russia Slovakia Sweden United States 2nd  Russia 2  
   Russia 0
   
   Finland 4  
B Kazakhstan Latvia Russia Slovakia Sweden United States 4th  United States 3 Bronze medal match
     Czech Republic 3
A Canada Czech Republic Finland Germany Italy Switzerland 1st  Finland 4  
   Russia 0

Leading scorers[edit]

Rank Player Games played Goals Assists Pts PIM +/- Shots
1 Finland Teemu Selänne 8 6 5 11 4 +7 28
2 Finland Saku Koivu 8 3 8 11 12 +5 16
3 Sweden Daniel Alfredsson 8 5 5 10 4 +2 15
Slovakia Marián Hossa 6 5 5 10 4 +9 19
5 Finland Ville Peltonen 8 4 5 9 6 +4 22
6 Finland Olli Jokinen 8 6 2 8 2 +5 28
7 Finland Jere Lehtinen 8 3 5 8 0 +6 22
Sweden Mats Sundin 8 3 5 8 4 +1 27
9 Czech Republic Martin Straka 8 2 6 8 6 +4 17
10 Russia Pavel Datsyuk 8 1 7 8 10 +5 13

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Goalkeepers with 40% or more of their team's total minutes.

Rank Goaltender Minutes GA GAA SV% Saves
1 Finland Antero Niittymäki 358:51 8 1.34 .951 156
2 Russia Evgeni Nabokov 359:27 8 1.34 .940 126
3 Switzerland David Aebischer 200 7 2.10 .940 110
4 Slovakia Peter Budaj 179:24 6 2.01 .924 73
5 Canada Martin Brodeur 238:40 8 2.01 .923 96

Awards[edit]

Antero Niittymäki was named the most valuable player and received the Directorate Award for best goaltender of the tournament.[7] Directorate Awards also went to Teemu Selänne for best forward, and to Kenny Jönsson for best defenceman.[7] The Media All Star Team consisted of Niittymäki, Nicklas Lidström, Kimmo Timonen, Teemu Selänne, Saku Koivu and Alexander Ovechkin.

Women's competition[edit]

The loss of the United States to Sweden in Semifinal 1 was one of the most important events in the history of international women's ice hockey. It was the first time, and until the 2013 4 Nations Cup, the only time that the US team had lost in an international competition to a team other than Canada.

Final rankings[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Canada
Becky Kellar
Colleen Sostorics
Charline Labonté
Cherie Piper
Cheryl Pounder
Caroline Ouellette
Danielle Goyette
Jayna Hefford
Jennifer Botterill
Hayley Wickenheiser
Kim St-Pierre
Vicky Sunohara
Cassie Campbell
Gillian Ferrari
Carla MacLeod
Meghan Agosta
Gillian Apps
Gina Kingsbury
Sarah Vaillancourt
Katie Weatherston
Sweden
Cecilia Andersson
Gunilla Andersson
Jenni Asserholt
Ann-Louise Edstrand
Joa Elfsberg
Emma Eliasson
Erika Holst
Nanna Jansson
Ylva Lindberg
Jenny Lindqvist
Kristina Lundberg
Kim Martin
Frida Nevalainen
Emilie O'Konor
Maria Rooth
Danijela Rundqvist
Therese Sjölander
Katarina Timglas
Anna Vikman
Pernilla Winberg
United States
Pam Dreyer
Chanda Gunn
Courtney Kennedy
Angela Ruggiero
Lyndsay Wall
Helen Resor
Caitlin Cahow
Molly Engstrom
Jamie Hagerman
Krissy Wendell
Kim Insalaco
Jenny Potter
Julie Chu
Kelly Stephens
Kathleen Kauth
Kristin King
Katie King
Natalie Darwitz
Tricia Dunn-Luoma
Sarah Parsons
  1.  Canada
  2.  Sweden
  3.  United States
  4.  Finland
  5.  Germany
  6.  Russia
  7.   Switzerland
  8.  Italy

First round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Canada 3 3 0 0 36 1 6
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 15 9 4
 Russia 3 1 2 0 6 16 2
 Italy 3 0 3 0 1 32 0
Group A details[edit]
11 February 2006 v
15:35
Sweden  3 – 1
(0–0, 2–1, 1–0)
 Russia Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 6,500
11 February 2006 v
20:35
Canada  16 – 0
(5–0, 4–0, 7–0)
 Italy Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 8,399
12 February 2006 v
16:35
Russia  0 – 12
(0–7, 0–2, 0–3)
 Canada Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 2,414
13 February 2006 v
15:05
Sweden  11 – 0
(3–0, 5–0, 3–0)
 Italy Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 2,156
14 February 2006 v
13:05
Italy  1 – 5
(1–1, 0–1, 0–3)
 Russia Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 2,046
14 February 2006 v
15:35
Canada  8 – 1
(2–0, 5–1, 1–0)
 Sweden Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 6,850

Group B[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 United States 3 3 0 0 18 3 6
 Finland 3 2 1 0 10 7 4
 Germany 3 1 2 0 2 9 2
  Switzerland 3 0 3 0 1 12 0
Group B details[edit]
11 February 2006 v
13:05
Finland  3 – 0
(2–0, 0–0, 1–0)
 Germany Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 3,200
11 February 2006 v
18:05
United States  6 – 0
(1–0, 1–0, 4–0)
  Switzerland Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 2,900
12 February 2006 v
19:05
Germany  0 – 5
(0–2, 0–2, 0–1)
 United States Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 7,794
13 February 2006 v
17:35
Finland  4 – 0
(1–0, 0–0, 3–0)
  Switzerland Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 4,259
14 February 2006 v
18:05
Switzerland   1 – 2
(0–0, 1–2, 0–0)
 Germany Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 2,000
14 February 2006 v
20:35
United States  7 – 3
(1–2, 1–1, 5–0)
 Finland Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 7,697

Consolation round 5–8 place[edit]

17 February 2006 v
13:05
Russia  6 – 2
(1–1, 4–1, 1–0)
  Switzerland Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 2,800
17 February 2006 v
18:35
Germany  5 – 2
(3–2, 0–0, 2–0)
 Italy Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 2,750

Consolation round 7-8 place[edit]

20 February 2006 v
13:05
Switzerland   11 – 0
(4–0, 6–0, 1–0)
 Italy Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 2,500

Consolation round 5-6 place[edit]

20 February 2006 v
13:05
Germany  1 – 0
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
 Russia Torino Esposizioni
Attendance: 2,570

Final round[edit]

Semi finals Final
17 February 2006 20 February 2006
                   
     
A Canada Italy Russia Sweden 2nd  Sweden 3
 
B Finland Germany Switzerland United States 1st  United States 2  
   Sweden 1
     
   Canada 4
B Finland Germany Switzerland United States 2nd  Finland 0
 
A Canada Italy Russia Sweden 1st  Canada 6  
  Bronze medal match
 United States 4
 Finland 0

Semifinals[edit]

17 February 2006 v
17:05
United States  2 – 3
(1–0, 1–2, 0–0, 0–0, 0–1)
 Sweden Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 5,654
17 February 2006 v
21:05
Canada  6 – 0
(2–0, 2–0, 2–0)
 Finland Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 5,654

Bronze medal game[edit]

20 February 2006 v
16:35
Finland  0 – 4
(0–3, 0–1, 0–0)
 United States Bronze medal icon.svg Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 5,150

Gold medal game[edit]

20 February 2006 v
20:35
Silver medal icon.svg Sweden  1 – 4
(0–2, 0–2, 1–0)
 Canada Gold medal icon.svg Palasport Olimpico
Attendance: 6,664

Leading scorers[edit]

Rank Player Games played Goals Assists Pts PIM +/- Shots
1 Canada Hayley Wickenheiser 5 5 12 17 6 +15 21
2 Canada Cherie Piper 5 7 8 15 0 +15 14
3 Canada Gillian Apps 5 7 7 14 14 +13 20
4 Canada Caroline Ouellette 5 5 4 9 4 +12 17
Sweden Maria Rooth 5 5 4 9 2 +1 22
6 United States Jenny Potter 5 2 7 9 4 +10 19
7 United States Katie King 5 6 2 8 2 +6 20
8 United States Sarah Parsons 5 4 3 7 0 +9 23
9 Canada Jayna Hefford 5 3 4 7 0 +8 15
10 Canada Jennifer Botterill 5 1 6 7 4 +6 10

Hat trick scorers

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Goalies with 40% or more of their team's total minutes

Rank Goalie Minutes GA GAA SV% Saves
1 Canada Charline Labonté 180 1 0.33 .976 41
2 Germany Jennifer Harss 190 6 1.89 .942 97
3 Switzerland Florence Schelling 150 6 2.40 .933 84
4 Sweden Kim Martin 190 7 2.21 .927 89
5 Canada Kim St-Pierre 120 1 0.50 .923 12
6 United States Chanda Gunn 249:58 6 1.44 .893 50
7 Switzerland Patricia Elsmore-Sautter 149:40 12 4.81 .883 91
8 Russia Irina Gashennikova 266:25 12 2.70 .876 85
9 Finland Maija Hassinen 195:17 11 3.38 .875 77
10 Italy Debora Montanari 220 31 8.45 .821 142

Goalies with less than 40% of their team's total minutes

Rank Goaltender Minutes GA GAA SV% Saves
1 United States Pam Dreyer 60 0 0.00 1.000 10
2 Germany Stephanie Wartosch-Kurten 120 5 2.50 .875 35
3 Finland Noora Räty 104:43 6 3.44 .867 39
4 Sweden Cecilia Andersson 120 8 4.00 .843 43
5 Italy Luana Fraselli 80 17 12.75 .750 51
6 Russia Nadezhda Aleksandrova 43:35 7 9.64 .741 20

Shut-out posters

Awards[edit]

Tournament

Qualification[edit]

The top four teams from the International Ice Hockey Federation world rankings following the 2004 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships qualified automatically. These teams were Canada, the United States, Finland and Sweden. Italy also gained a place as it was the host nation. Russia, Germany, and Switzerland qualified for the last three places through qualification tournaments.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2006 Men's Hockey Roster – SWE". The Sports Network. 
  2. ^ "2006 Men's Hockey Roster – FIN". The Sports Network. 
  3. ^ "2006 Men's Hockey Roster – CZE". The Sports Network. 
  4. ^ a b Farber, Michael (March 6, 2006). "Swede Success". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.nesn.com/2011/12/report-peter-forsberg-says-sweden-threw-game-during-2006-winter-olympics.html
  6. ^ Denver Post http://blogs.denverpost.com/avs/2011/12/18/forsberg-shocker-admits-sweden-may-have-tanked-game-in-2006-olympics/9189/ |url= missing title (help). 
  7. ^ a b "Sweden ranked #1; Niittymäki MVP". Eurohockey.net. 26 February 2006.