Ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Ice hockey Olympics 2006.png
VenuesTorino Palasport Olimpico
Torino Esposizioni
Dates11–26 February 2006
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2010 →
Men's ice hockey
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Sweden
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Finland
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Czech Republic
Women's ice hockey
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Canada
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Sweden
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  United States

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.

Medal summary[edit]

Medal table[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Sweden (SWE)1102
2 Canada (CAN)1001
3 Finland (FIN)0101
4 Czech Republic (CZE)0011
 United States (USA)0011
Totals (5 nations)2226

Medalists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's
details
 Sweden (SWE)
Daniel Alfredsson
P. J. Axelsson
Christian Bäckman
Peter Forsberg
Mika Hannula
Niclas Hävelid
Tomas Holmström
Jörgen Jönsson
Kenny Jönsson
Niklas Kronwall
Nicklas Lidström
Stefan Liv
Henrik Lundqvist
Fredrik Modin
Mattias Öhlund
Samuel Påhlsson
Mikael Samuelsson
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
Mats Sundin
Ronnie Sundin
Mikael Tellqvist
Daniel Tjärnqvist
Henrik Zetterberg
 Finland (FIN)
Niklas Bäckström
Aki Berg
Niklas Hagman
Jukka Hentunen
Jussi Jokinen
Olli Jokinen
Niko Kapanen
Mikko Koivu
Saku Koivu
Lasse Kukkonen
Antti Laaksonen
Jere Lehtinen
Toni Lydman
Antti-Jussi Niemi
Ville Nieminen
Antero Niittymäki
Petteri Nummelin
Teppo Numminen
Fredrik Norrena
Ville Peltonen
Jarkko Ruutu
Sami Salo
Teemu Selänne
Kimmo Timonen
 Czech Republic (CZE)
Jan Bulis
Petr Čajánek
Patrik Eliáš
Martin Erat
Dominik Hašek
Milan Hejduk
Aleš Hemský
Milan Hnilička
Jaromír Jágr
František Kaberle
Tomáš Kaberle
Filip Kuba
Pavel Kubina
Aleš Kotalík
Robert Lang
Marek Malík
Rostislav Olesz
Václav Prospal
Martin Ručínský
Dušan Salfický
Jaroslav Špaček
Martin Straka
Tomáš Vokoun
David Výborný
Marek Židlický
Women's
details
 Canada (CAN)
Meghan Agosta
Gillian Apps
Jennifer Botterill
Cassie Campbell
Gillian Ferrari
Danielle Goyette
Jayna Hefford
Becky Kellar
Gina Kingsbury
Charline Labonté
Carla MacLeod
Caroline Ouellette
Cherie Piper
Cheryl Pounder
Colleen Sostorics
Kim St-Pierre
Vicky Sunohara
Sarah Vaillancourt
Katie Weatherston
Hayley Wickenheiser
 Sweden (SWE)
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 (USA)
Caitlin Cahow
Julie Chu
Natalie Darwitz
Pam Dreyer
Tricia Dunn-Luoma
Molly Engstrom
Chanda Gunn
Jamie Hagerman
Kim Insalaco
Kathleen Kauth
Courtney Kennedy
Katie King
Kristin King
Sarah Parsons
Jenny Potter
Helen Resor
Angela Ruggiero
Kelly Stephens
Lyndsay Wall
Krissy Wendell

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 (this helped mainly Slovakia, which had 30+ players in NHL but could not use them in 1998 & 2002 Olympics qualifications and therefore failed to qualify)
  • They ensured that only four teams from each group would advance to the knock-out stage. This would give the games more meaning.

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 new hockey power Slovakia, which in last years expanded "Super Six" to "Super Seven", by winning World Championship 2002, gaining medals on other tournaments and having 30+ NHL players in last years. Eighth team according to IIHF ranking was Germany. 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.

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 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."[1] 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. Sports Illustrated writer Michael Farber would say about this particular powerplay, "If the Swedes had passed the puck any more, their next opponent would have been the Washington Generals." "[They] were even afraid to shoot!", Russian coach Vladimir Krikunov said.[1]

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 the Czech Republic. 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.[2][3]

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 the US team had lost in an international competition to a team other than Canada. In 2008 Finland duplicated the feat in the qualifying round, but 2006 is the only time someone else supplanted Canada or the USA in an Olympic or world championship 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. ^ a b Farber, Michael (March 6, 2006). "Swede Success". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Report: Peter Forsberg Says Sweden Threw Game During 2006 Winter Olympics". NESN. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Forsberg shocker: admits Sweden may have tanked game in 2006 Olympics". Denver Post. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2018.