Ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
E center interior 2002 olympic venue.jpg
Ice Hockey at the E Center in West Valley City
VenuesE Center
Peaks Ice Arena
DatesFebruary 2002
← 1998
2006 →
Men's ice hockey
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Canada
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Russia
Women's ice hockey
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Canada
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Sweden
The United States and Finland men's teams play. The United States won, 6–0.
Sweden and the United States women's teams during the semifinals. The United States won, 4–0.

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 United States in both games.

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Canada (CAN)2002
2 United States (USA)0202
3 Russia (RUS)0011
 Sweden (SWE)0011
Totals (4 nations)2226

Medalists[edit]

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

Men's tournament[edit]

Men's ice hockey
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
Dates9 – 24 February 2002
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Canada (7th title)
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Russia
← 1998
2006 →

The men's tournament marked the second Olympic Games where the National Hockey League took a break (12 days, from February 14 to February 25[1]) 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.[2]

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.[3] However, Russian goalie Nikolai Khabibulin thought that the refereeing was fair, having faced 38 shots in the first two periods and 49 overall.[4][5]

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,[6] 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.[7] In Canada, the CBC said that the game drew 10.6 million viewers, making the game was the most-watched CBC Sports program.[7] 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.[7]

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.[8][9]

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
16:05
Slovakia 0–3
(0–0, 0–2, 0–1)
 GermanyE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,504
9 February 2002
19:00
Austria 2–4
(1–2, 1–2, 0–0)
 LatviaPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,159
10 February 2002
16:05
Austria 2–3
(0–2, 2–0, 0–1)
 GermanyPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,444
10 February 2002
19:00
Latvia 6–6
(2–2, 2–4, 2–0)
 SlovakiaE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,377
12 February 2002
16:05
Slovakia 2–3
(1–1, 1–1, 0–1)
 AustriaE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,362
12 February 2002
19:00
Germany 4–1
(2–1, 2–0, 0–0)
 LatviaPeaks 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)
 UkrainePeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,294
9 February 2002
21:00
Switzerland  3–3
(1–1, 0–1, 2–1)
 FranceE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,504
11 February 2002
16:05
Ukraine 5–2
(2–1, 2–1, 1–0)
  SwitzerlandE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,387
11 February 2002
19:00
Belarus 3–1
(1–1, 1–0, 1–0)
 FrancePeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,214
12 February 2002
16:05
Switzerland  2–1
(1–0, 1–1, 0–0)
 BelarusE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 7,736
12 February 2002
19:00
France 2–4
(0–2, 2–2, 0–0)
 UkrainePeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,019

Consolation round[edit]

13th place game[edit]

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

11th place game[edit]

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

9th place game[edit]

14 February 2002
20:00
Ukraine 2–9
(0–6, 2–3, 0–0)
 LatviaE 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)
 SwedenE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,597
15 February 2002
19:00
Czech Republic 8–2
(3–0, 3–1, 2–1)
 GermanyPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,303
17 February 2002
16:05
Sweden 2–1
(1–0, 1–1, 0–0)
 Czech RepublicE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
17 February 2002
19:00
Canada 3–2
(0–0, 3–0, 0–2)
 GermanyPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,425
18 February 2002
16:10
Czech Republic 3–3
(1–1, 1–1, 1–1)
 CanadaE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
18 February 2002
19:00
Germany 1–7
(0–3, 0–3, 1–1)
 SwedenPeaks 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)
 BelarusE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,484
15 February 2002
20:45
Finland 0–6
(0–0, 0–3, 0–3)
 United StatesE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,597
16 February 2002
16:45
Finland 8–1
(3–0, 3–0, 2–1)
 BelarusE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
16 February 2002
21:30
United States 2–2
(0–0, 1–1, 1–1)
 RussiaE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
18 February 2002
11:05
Belarus 1–8
(1–0, 0–3, 0–5)
 United StatesE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
18 February 2002
13:30
Russia 1–3
(1–0, 0–2, 0–1)
 FinlandPeaks 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)
 BelarusE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 7,240
20 February 2002
13:30
Czech Republic 0–1
(0–0, 0–1, 0–0)
 RussiaPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 5,219
20 February 2002
16:00
United States 5–0
(1–0, 4–0, 0–0)
 GermanyE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
20 February 2002
20:15
Finland 1–2
(0–1, 1–1, 0–0)
 CanadaE 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)
 BelarusE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
22 February 2002
16:20
Russia 2–3
(0–1, 0–2, 2–0)
 United StatesE 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 3rd, bronze medalist(s)E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599

Gold medal game[edit]

All times are local (UTC-7).

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

Final rankings[edit]

Team
1st, gold medalist(s)  Canada
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Russia
4th  Belarus
5th  Sweden
6th  Finland
7th  Czech Republic
8th  Germany
9th  Latvia
10th  Ukraine
11th   Switzerland
12th  Austria
13th  Slovakia
14th  France

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

List shows the top ten skaters sorted by points, then goals.

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Sweden Mats Sundin 4 5 4 9 +4 10 F
United States Brett Hull 6 3 5 8 +4 6 F
United States John LeClair 6 6 1 7 +2 2 F
Canada Joe Sakic 6 4 3 7 +6 0 F
Slovakia Marián Hossa 2 4 2 6 +5 0 F
Switzerland Jean-Jacques Aeschlimann 4 3 3 6 0 2 F
France Philippe Bozon 4 3 3 6 +1 2 F
Germany Len Soccio 7 3 3 6 +3 8 F
Canada Mario Lemieux 4 2 4 6 +4 0 F
Canada Steve Yzerman 6 2 4 6 +4 2 F

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties in Minutes; POS = Position
Source: IIHF.com

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played at least 40% of their team's minutes, are included in this list.

Player TOI GA GAA SA Sv% SO
Switzerland Martin Gerber 157:44 4 1.52 95 95.79 0
United States Mike Richter 240:00 9 2.25 132 93.18 1
Russia Nikolai Khabibulin 359:12 14 2.34 200 93.00 1
Sweden Tommy Salo 179:03 7 2.35 92 92.39 0
Czech Republic Dominik Hašek 239:00 8 2.01 105 92.38 0

TOI = Time on Ice (minutes:seconds); GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SA = Shots Against; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts
Source: IIHF.com

Awards[edit]

Women's tournament[edit]

Qualification[edit]

The qualification process, and seedings for the Olympic tournament, came from the final standings of the 2000 IIHF Women's World Championship. The top six nations were given direct entry to the Olympics, the final two spots were contested in a qualification tournament.[10] The nations ranked seven through ten played a round robin in Engelberg Switzerland February 8–11, 2001.

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.[11] Each team is allowed to have between 15 and 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 women's gold medal game played on February 21, 2002 was marred with controversy as referee Stacey Livingston awarded the American team with eight successive power plays.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2002_games.html
  2. ^ Associated Press (February 17, 2002). "Thrilling draw". CNNSI.com.
  3. ^ "US-Canada showdown set while Russians angered again". CNN. 2002-02-22. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  4. ^ "USA holds off Russia 3–2 to advance to gold medal game". CNN. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  5. ^ "Roenick foils Russia's bid to tie game". CNN. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  6. ^ "Dream final will come down to blueline play". CNN. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  7. ^ a b c Ohler, Shawn (February 26, 2002). "Lucky Loonie Stunt Pays Off". Calgary Herald. p. A1.
  8. ^ Duhatschek, Eric (2006-02-07). "It's time to bury the myth of the lucky loonie". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  9. ^ Olson, Lisa (2002-02-25). "A great burden lifted, he turns into Loonie one". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
  10. ^ Women's seeding and qualification
  11. ^ "Women's Tournament Schedule Proposal". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
  12. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2002/feb/22/sports/sp-olyhockeycolumn22

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