Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's tournament

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Men's ice hockey
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
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Venues Canada Hockey Place
UBC Thunderbird Arena
Dates 16–28 February 2010
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
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Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics
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Tournament
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Qualification
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Rosters
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The men's tournament in ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from 16 to 28 February 2010. Games were hosted at two venues – Canada Hockey Place (renamed from "General Motors Place" for the Olympics due to IOC rules disallowing host venues to be named after non-Olympic sponsors) and UBC Thunderbird Arena. It was the fourth time since the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano that the National Hockey League allowed its players to compete. These Olympics were the first to take place in a city with an NHL team since then, which meant players on the Vancouver Canucks who were competing in the Olympics were playing in their home arena.

Teams from twelve national hockey associations competed, seeded into three groups for the preliminary round. The tournament consisted of 30 games: 18 in the preliminary round (teams played the other teams in their own group); 4 qualification playoff games; 4 quarterfinal games; 2 semifinal games; 1 bronze medal game; and 1 gold medal game.[1]

During the tournament, Teemu Selänne of Finland became the all-time leader for points scored in the Olympics.[2][3] He notched an assist in his second game of the tournament for 37 career points, surpassing Valeri Kharlamov of the Soviet Union, Vlastimil Bubník of Czechoslovakia, and Harry Watson of Canada.[2][3] Sweden's goaltender Henrik Lundqvist set a modern-day Olympic shutout streak record of 172 minutes and 34 seconds, continuous from the final of the gold medal game of the 2006 Olympics until Sweden's quarterfinal against Slovakia.[4]

Qualification[edit]

Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States qualified as the top nine teams in the IIHF World Ranking. Germany, Latvia and Norway qualified via the qualification tournament for teams ranked 10th through 30th.

Rosters[edit]

Group A Group B Group C

Preliminary round[edit]

Points to each team are awarded as follows:[1]

  • 3 points for a win at the conclusion of regulation time
  • 2 points for an overtime or shootout win
  • 1 point for an overtime or shootout loss
  • 0 points for a loss at the conclusion of regulation

If two or more teams are tied in points, the following tiebreaker criteria will be used:[1]

  • points earned in games involving only tied teams
  • goal difference in games involving only tied teams
  • goals scored in games involving only tied teams
  • goal difference in all group games
  • goals scored in all group games
  • better 2009 IIHF World Ranking position

If a criterion leaves only two teams tied, then those teams will be ranked based on their head-to-head result.

Group A[edit]

Team
GP W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 3 0 0 0 14 5 +9 9
 Canada 3 1 1 0 1 14 7 +7 5
  Switzerland 3 0 1 1 1 8 10 −2 3
 Norway 3 0 0 1 2 5 19 −14 1

All times are local (UTC-8).

16 February 2010 v
12:00
United States  3 – 1
(1–0, 2–0, 0–1)
  Switzerland Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 16,706
16 February 2010 v
16:30
Canada  8 – 0
(0–0, 3–0, 5–0)
 Norway Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 16,652
18 February 2010 v
12:00
United States  6 – 1
(2–0, 1–1, 3–0)
 Norway Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 16,710
18 February 2010 v
16:30
Switzerland   2 – 3 (SO)
(0–1, 2–1, 0–0, 0–0, 0/4–1/4)
 Canada Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,019
20 February 2010 v
12:00
Norway  4 – 5 (OT)
(1–1, 2–2, 1–1, 0–1)
  Switzerland Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 16,952
21 February 2010 v
16:45
Canada  3 – 5
(1–2, 1–1, 1–2)
 United States Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 18,561

Group B[edit]

Team
GP W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts
 Russia 3 2 0 1 0 13 6 +7 7
 Czech Republic 3 2 0 0 1 10 7 +3 6
 Slovakia 3 1 1 0 1 9 4 +5 5
 Latvia 3 0 0 0 3 4 19 −15 0

All times are local (UTC-8).

16 February 2010 v
21:00
Russia  8 – 2
(3–0, 1–0, 4–2)
 Latvia Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 16,862
17 February 2010 v
21:00
Czech Republic  3 – 1
(1–0, 2–1, 0–0)
 Slovakia Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 16,924
18 February 2010 v
21:00
Slovakia  2 – 1 (SO)
(0–0, 0–1, 1–0, 0–0, 2/7–1/7)
 Russia Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,202
19 February 2010 v
16:30
Czech Republic  5 – 2
(3–0, 1–2, 1–0)
 Latvia Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 16,984
20 February 2010 v
16:30
Latvia  0 – 6
(0–3, 0–2, 0–1)
 Slovakia Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,023
21 February 2010 v
12:00
Russia  4 – 2
(1–1, 1–0, 2–1)
 Czech Republic Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,114

Group C[edit]

Team
GP W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 3 3 0 0 0 9 2 +7 9
 Finland 3 2 0 0 1 10 4 +6 6
 Belarus 3 1 0 0 2 8 12 −4 3
 Germany 3 0 0 0 3 3 12 −9 0

All times are local (UTC-8).

17 February 2010 v
12:00
Finland  5 – 1
(2–0, 1–1, 2–0)
 Belarus Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 16,639
17 February 2010 v
16:30
Sweden  2 – 0
(0–0, 2–0, 0–0)
 Germany Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 16,966
19 February 2010 v
12:00
Belarus  2 – 4
(0–2, 1–1, 1–1)
 Sweden Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 16,878
19 February 2010 v
21:00
Finland  5 – 0
(1–0, 2–0, 2–0)
 Germany Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 16,662
20 February 2010 v
21:00
Germany  3 – 5
(1–1, 0–1, 2–3)
 Belarus Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 16,979
21 February 2010 v
21:00
Sweden  3 – 0
(1–0, 2–0, 0–0)
 Finland Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,410

Playoff round[edit]

Following the completion of the preliminary round, all teams will be ranked 1D through 12D. To determine this ranking, the following criteria will be used in the order presented:[1]

  • higher position in the group
  • higher number of points
  • better goal difference
  • higher number of goals scored for
  • better 2009 IIHF World Ranking.

Ranking after preliminary round[edit]

Team advances to Quarterfinals
Team must play in Qualification playoffs
Rank Team GP GS Pts GD GF WR
1D  United States 3 1 9 +9 14 5
2D  Sweden 3 1 9 +7 9 3
3D  Russia 3 1 7 +7 13 1
4D  Finland 3 2 6 +6 10 4
5D  Czech Republic 3 2 6 +3 10 6
6D  Canada 3 2 5 +7 14 2
7D  Slovakia 3 3 5 +5 9 9
8D   Switzerland 3 3 3 −2 8 7
9D  Belarus 3 3 3 −4 8 8
10D  Norway 3 4 1 −14 5 11
11D  Germany 3 4 0 −9 3 12
12D  Latvia 3 4 0 −15 4 10

Bracket[edit]

  Qualification playoffs Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
                                     
        
  1D   United States 2  
    E4    Switzerland 0  
8D    Switzerland 3
9D   Belarus 2  
  F1   United States 6  
  F4   Finland 1  
        
        
  4D   Finland 2
    E1   Czech Republic 0  
5D   Czech Republic 3
12D   Latvia 2  
  SF1   United States 2
  SF2   Canada 3
        
        
  3D   Russia 3 Bronze medal game
    E2   Canada 7  
6D   Canada 8 LSF1   Finland 5
11D   Germany 2   LSF2   Slovakia 3
  F3   Canada 3
  F2   Slovakia 2  
        
        
  2D   Sweden 3
    E3   Slovakia 4  
7D   Slovakia 4
10D   Norway 3  
Indicates overtime victory
Indicates shootout victory

Qualification playoffs[edit]

The top four ranked teams (1D–4D) received byes to and were deemed the home team in the quarterfinals as they are seeded to advance, with the remaining eight teams (5D–12D) playing qualification playoff games as follows:

Should the score remain even after regulation an overtime period of at most ten minutes is to be played. Should neither team score, a shoot out of three rounds of penalty shots decides the winner. The four winners of these qualification playoff games advanced to the quarterfinal round, while the losers of the qualification playoff games received a final ranking of 9 through 12 based on their preliminary round ranking.[1]

All times are local (UTC-8)


23 February 2010 v
12:00
Switzerland   3 – 2 (SO)
(1–1, 1–1, 0–0, 0–0, 2/3–1/3)
 Belarus Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,397
23 February 2010 v
16:30
Canada  8 – 2
(1–0, 3–1, 4–1)
 Germany Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,723
23 February 2010 v
19:00
Czech Republic  3 – 2 (OT)
(2–0, 0–0, 0–2, 1–0)
 Latvia UBC Winter Sports Centre, Vancouver
Attendance: 5,448
23 February 2010 v
21:00
Slovakia  4 – 3
(3–1, 0–2, 1–0)
 Norway Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,583

Quarterfinals[edit]

Teams seeded D1 to D4 are the home teams. Should the teams be tied after 60 minutes of regulation, an overtime period of at most ten minutes would decide the winner immediately upon the next goal. If the game remains tied after the overtime period, a penalty shot competition determines the winning team.

Following the quarterfinal games, the winning teams will be re-ranked F1 through F4, with the winner of 1D vs. E4 re-ranked as F1, the winner of 2D vs. E3 re-ranked as F2, the winner of 3D vs. E2 re-ranked as F3, and the winner of 4D vs. E1 re-ranked as F4. The losers of the quarterfinal round games will receive a final ranking of 5 through 8 based on their preliminary round ranking.[1]

All times are local (UTC-8).

24 February 2010 v
12:00
United States  2 – 0
(0–0, 0–0, 2–0)
  Switzerland Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,536
24 February 2010 v
16:30
Russia  3 – 7
(1–4, 2–3, 0–0)
 Canada Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,740
24 February 2010 v
19:00
Finland  2 – 0
(0–0, 0–0, 2–0)
 Czech Republic UBC Winter Sports Centre, Vancouver
Attendance: 5,461
24 February 2010 v
21:00
Sweden  3 – 4
(0–0, 2–3, 1–1)
 Slovakia Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,493


Semifinals[edit]

All times are local (UTC-8).

26 February 2010 v
12:00
United States  6 – 1
(6–0, 0–0, 0–1)
 Finland Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,602
26 February 2010 v
18:30
Canada  3 – 2
(2–0, 1–0, 0–2)
 Slovakia Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,799


Bronze medal game[edit]

All times are local (UTC-8).

27 February 2010 v
19:00
3 Finland  5 – 3
(1–0, 0–3, 4–0)
 Slovakia Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,322


Gold medal game[edit]

(The losing team was awarded the silver medal.)

All times are local (UTC-8).

28 February 2010 v
12:15
2 United States  2 – 3 (OT)
(0–1, 1–1, 1–0, 0–1)
 Canada 1 Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Attendance: 17,748
Crowds take to the streets of Vancouver to celebrate Canada's win in the gold medal game
The Canadian team celebrating after winning the gold medal

The gold medal game was a rematch of the men's tournament in ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, United States. In addition, Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, Martin Brodeur and Jarome Iginla of Team Canada were returnees from the 2002 gold-winning squad and collected their second gold medal. Due to the total turnover makeup of Team USA, Brian Rafalski and Chris Drury were the only players remaining from the 2002 silver squad.

The final score was a 3–2 win for Team Canada. Goal scorers for Canada were Jonathan Toews, Corey Perry and Sidney Crosby, with the winning goal scored in overtime. For USA, the goal scorers were Ryan Kesler and Zach Parise, the latter tying the game with 25 seconds left, forcing it to go into sudden death.

Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal off a pass from Jarome Iginla, seven minutes and forty seconds into overtime for Canada, gaining victory over the United States.[5] The puck has been sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto;[6] in Canadian media, Crosby's goal has been compared in significance to the ones scored by Paul Henderson in the 1972 Summit Series and Mario Lemieux in the 1987 Canada Cup.[7]

The referees for the final were Bill McCreary (Canada) and Dan O'Halloran (Canada), while the linesmen were Stefan Fonselius (Finland) and Jean Morin (Canada).

The gold medal game was the last competitive event at the Olympics before the closing ceremony.

Game summary[edit]

Period (time) Action Team Player Score Canada – USA
1 – 00:00 Goalkeeper in  Canada Roberto Luongo
Goalkeeper in  United States Ryan Miller
1 – 12:50 Goal  Canada Jonathan Toews 1–0
1 – 14:02 Penalty  United States Bobby Ryan
2 – 02:33 Penalty  United States Ryan Malone
2 – 04:41 Penalty  Canada Eric Staal
2 – 07:13 Goal  Canada Corey Perry 2–0
2 – 08:25 Penalty  Canada Jonathan Toews
2 – 12:44 Goal  United States Ryan Kesler 2–1
3 – 18:33 Goalkeeper out  United States Ryan Miller
3 – 19:35 Goal  United States Zach Parise 2–2
Goalkeeper in  United States Ryan Miller
OT – 07:40 Goal  Canada Sidney Crosby 3–2
Goalkeeper out  Canada Roberto Luongo
Goalkeeper out  United States Ryan Miller

Television ratings[edit]

The gold medal game drew a big hockey audience in both Canada and the United States.

In Canada, the game drew an average 16.6 million viewers while 26.5 million Canadians watched at least part of the game.[8][9] Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium claims that 22 million people – or two thirds of the Canadian population – were watching the gold medal game when Sidney Crosby scored in overtime, making the game the most-watched television broadcast in Canadian history.[10] However, a new ratings system intended to better track out-of-home viewership was only implemented in August 2009, making it difficult to accurately compare these results with ratings prior to that date – specifically, the 2002 Canada–USA gold medal game in Salt Lake City, the record holder under the previous system.[11] There was some speculation that the final game of the 1972 Summit Series had as many as 18 million viewers, although recently recovered Nielsen ratings archives indicate that only 4.255 million Canadians watched that game live.[12]

In the United States, NBC said that the game was the most-watched hockey game in the U.S. in 30 years, drawing 27.6 million, the largest since the United States–Finland game that decided the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics.[8][13]

Final rankings[edit]

The final standings of the tournament according to the IIHF:

Gold medal icon.svg  Canada
Silver medal icon.svg  United States
Bronze medal icon.svg  Finland
4  Slovakia
5  Sweden
6  Russia
7  Czech Republic
8   Switzerland
9  Belarus
10  Norway
11  Germany
12  Latvia

Statistics[edit]

Leading scorers[edit]

Rankings based upon points

Rank Player GP G A Pts PIM +/-
1  Pavol Demitra (SVK) 7 3 7 10 2 0
2  Marián Hossa (SVK) 7 3 6 9 6 0
3  Zach Parise (USA) 6 4 4 8 0 +4
 Brian Rafalski (USA) 6 4 4 8 2 +7
5  Jonathan Toews (CAN) 7 1 7 8 2 +9
6  Jarome Iginla (CAN) 7 5 2 7 0 +5
7  Sidney Crosby (CAN) 7 4 3 7 4 +2
 Dany Heatley (CAN) 7 4 3 7 4 +1
9  Ryan Getzlaf (CAN) 7 3 4 7 2 +2
10  Niklas Hagman (FIN) 6 4 2 6 2 −3

Hat trick scorers

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Goalkeepers with 40% or more of their team's total minutes.[14]

Rank Goaltender Minutes GA GAA SV% Saves SO
1  Ryan Miller (USA) 355:07 8 1.35 94.56 139 1
2  Ilya Bryzgalov (RUS) 100:53 3 1.78 94.23 49 0
3  Tomáš Vokoun (CZE) 303:35 9 1.78 93.57 131 0
4  Henrik Lundqvist (SWE) 179:05 4 1.34 92.73 51 2
5  Roberto Luongo (CAN) 307:40 9 1.76 92.68 114 1

Shutout posters

Awards[edit]

United States' Ryan Miller was named the most valuable player and received the Directorate Award for best goaltender of the tournament.[15] Directorate Awards also went to Brian Rafalski (United States) for best defenceman, and to Jonathan Toews (Canada) for best forward.[15]

The tournament all-star team was voted on by the international media at the conclusion of the event. The following players were named:[15]

Position Player Team
G Ryan Miller  United States
D Brian Rafalski  United States
D Shea Weber  Canada
F Jonathan Toews  Canada
F Zach Parise  United States
F Pavol Demitra  Slovakia

Toews, along with Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith would become the fourth, fifth and sixth players to win both Olympic gold medal and Stanley Cup (with the Chicago Blackhawks) in the same year, following Ken Morrow 1980, and Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan (2002). Patrick Kane would become the fourth player to win both Olympic silver medal and Stanley Cup in the same year, following Red Wings Sergei Fedorov in 1998, and Chris Chelios and Brett Hull in 2002.

Triple Gold Club[edit]

The Triple Gold Club, made up of individuals who have won the Stanley Cup plus gold medals at the Olympics and World Championships, gained two new members:[16]

  • Team Canada centre Eric Staal became the 23rd player to win all three competitions. He had previously won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes and the World Championships in 2007.
  • Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock became the first coach in the Triple Gold Club. He had led Team Canada to World Championships gold in 2004 and the Detroit Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in 2008.

Later the same season, Team Canada centre Jonathan Toews would go on to become the 24th and youngest player in the Triple Gold Club, following up his Olympic gold medal with the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks just four months after winning Olympic gold. He had previously won the World Championships in 2007.

Officials[edit]

The games were officiated, according to the IIHF rules, by the following:[17]

Referees
Name National affiliation League
Bulanov, VyacheslavVyacheslav Bulanov Russia Russia KHL
Devorski, PaulPaul Devorski Canada Canada NHL
Joannette, MarcMarc Joannette Canada Canada NHL
Kurmann, DannyDanny Kurmann Switzerland Switzerland National League A
LaRue, DennisDennis LaRue United States United States NHL
McCreary, BillBill McCreary Canada Canada NHL
Ohalloran, DanDan O'Halloran Canada Canada NHL
Orszag, PeterPeter Orszag Slovakia Slovakia Slovak Extraliga
Pellerin, GuyGuy Pellerin Canada Canada QMJHL
Reiber, BrentBrent Reiber Switzerland Switzerland National League A
Ronn, JyriJyri Rönn Finland Finland SM-liiga
Rooney, ChrisChris Rooney United States United States NHL
Vinnerborg, MarcusMarcus Vinnerborg Sweden Sweden Elitserien
Watson, BradBrad Watson Canada Canada NHL
Linesmen
Name National affiliation League
Blumel, PetrPetr Blumel Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Extraliga
Feola, PeterPeter Feola United States United States AHL, ECACHL
Fonselius, StefanStefan Fonselius Finland Finland SM-liiga
Heyer, ShaneShane Heyer Canada Canada NHL
Kicha, AndriyAndriy Kicha Ukraine Ukraine Ukrainian Major League
Losier, SylvainSylvain Losier Canada Canada QMJHL
Morin, JeanJean Morin Canada Canada NHL
Murphy, BrianBrian Murphy United States United States NHL
Nelson, ThorThor Nelson United States United States NHL
Novak, MilanMilan Novak Slovakia Slovakia Slovak Extraliga
Nowak, TimTim Nowak United States United States NHL
Oskirko, YuriyYuriy Oskirko Russia Russia KHL
Sharrers, JayJay Sharrers Canada Canada NHL
Winnekens, FelixFelix Winnekens Germany Germany Deutsche Eishockey Liga

References[edit]

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  10. ^ http://www.digitalhome.ca/2010/03/record-numbers-watch-canada-win-hockey-gold/
  11. ^ Bill Brioux, Olympics score big TV ratings, helped by new way of calculating size of audience, The Canadian Press, 2010-02-17.
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