Ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Men's tournament

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2006 Winter Olympics
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Tournament details
Host country  Italy
Dates 15–26 February
Teams 12
Venue(s)(in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Sweden (2nd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Finland
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Czech Republic
Fourth place  Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 38
Goals scored 206 (5.42 per match)
Attendance 236,013 (6,211 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Finland Teemu Selänne
(11 points)
MVP Finland Antero Niittymäki
2002
2010

The men's tournament in ice hockey at the 2006 Winter Olympics was held in Turin, Italy, from 15 to 26 February. Twelve teams competed, with Sweden winning the gold medal, Finland winning silver, and the Czech Republic winning bronze. It was the third Olympic tournament to feature National Hockey League (NHL) players and the tenth best-on-best hockey tournament in history. United States defenseman Chris Chelios set a standard for longest time between his first Olympic ice hockey tournament and his last—he had competed twenty-two years earlier at the 1984 Olympics.[1] The old record was set by Swiss hockey player Bibi Torriani. who had played twenty years after his debut (1928 and 1948).

The tournament format was changed from the 1998 and 2002 tournaments to a format similar to the 1992 and 1994 tournaments. The number of teams was reduced from 14 to 12, which were split into two groups in the preliminary stage (which followed a round robin format). Each team played the other teams in their group once. The top four teams from each group advanced to the quarter-finals.

The tournament is also notable for the lacklustre performance of defending champion Canada, which lost two group stage games (including a shock defeat to Switzerland) before being eliminated by Russia in the quarter-finals. This is one of only two Olympic men's ice hockey tournaments in the 21st century that Canada has not won (the other being the 2018 tournament, in which NHL professionals were not involved).

In the semi-finals, Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 7–3, and Finland ousted Russia 4–0. Sweden won its second ice hockey gold, and first in a best-on-best competition, over Finland 3–2 and the Czech Republic won the bronze medal over Russia 3–0. Three months later, Sweden won the 2006 World Championships and became the first team to win the Olympic and World Championship gold in the same year.[2]

In a celebration of the gold in Stockholm on 27 February, the Swedish team was seen in front of advertisements for sponsors of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association, not the ones of the Swedish Olympic Committee. This could have led to Sweden's disqualification, but the Finnish opponents in the final game chose not to report the incident to the IOC.[3]

Qualification[edit]

Canada, Sweden, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Finland, United States, Russia and Germany qualified as the top eight teams in the IIHF World Ranking in 2004. Italy qualified as host team. The remaining three teams qualified from qualification tournaments.

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Host 19 June 1999 South Korea Seoul 1  Italy
2004 IIHF World Ranking[a] 26 March 2001 – 9 May 2004 Czech Republic Prague and Ostrava[b] 8  Canada
 Sweden
 Slovakia
 Czech Republic
 Finland
 United States
 Russia
 Germany
Final qualification tournament 10–13 February 2005 Switzerland Kloten 1   Switzerland
Final qualification tournament 10–13 February 2005 Latvia Riga 1  Latvia
Final qualification tournament 10–13 February 2005 Austria Klagenfurt 1  Kazakhstan
Total 12
Notes
  1. a 2004 IIHF World Ranking were comprising the following events: 2001 World Championship, 2002 Winter Olympic Games, 2002 World Championship, 2003 World Championship and 2004 World Championship
  2. b Prague and Ostrava were the sites for 2004 IIHF World Championship; at the conclusion of the tournament the ranking were finalized with regards to the qualification slots.

Rosters[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

All times are local (UTC+1).

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Finland 5 5 0 0 19 2 +17 10 Quarterfinals
2   Switzerland 5 2 2 1 10 12 −2 6
3  Canada 5 3 0 2 15 9 +6 6
4  Czech Republic 5 2 0 3 14 12 +2 4
5  Germany 5 0 2 3 7 16 −9 2
6  Italy (H) 5 0 2 3 9 23 −14 2
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.
15 February 2006
13:05
Italy 2–7
(0–1, 2–5, 0–1)
 CanadaPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,575

15 February 2006
15:35
Switzerland  0–5
(0–1, 0–4, 0–0)
 FinlandTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,960

15 February 2006
17:05
Germany 1–4
(1–0, 0–2, 0–2)
 Czech RepublicPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 6,463

16 February 2006
12:05
Finland 6–0
(0–0, 4–0, 2–0)
 ItalyPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 7,776

16 February 2006
13:05
Czech Republic 2–3
(0–1, 1–1, 1–1)
  SwitzerlandTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 3,400

16 February 2006
20:05
Canada 5–1
(3–0, 1–1, 1–0)
 GermanyPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,554

18 February 2006
13:05
Italy 3–3
(1–0, 0–1, 2–2)
 GermanyPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,908

18 February 2006
15:35
Canada 0–2
(0–1, 0–1, 0–0)
  SwitzerlandTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,769

18 February 2006
21:05
Czech Republic 2–4
(1–1, 1–1, 0–2)
 FinlandPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,705

19 February 2006
12:05
Germany 2–2
(0–0, 1–2, 1–0)
  SwitzerlandPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,756

19 February 2006
20:05
Czech Republic 4–1
(2–0, 1–0, 1–1)
 ItalyPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,776

19 February 2006
21:05
Finland 2–0
(2–0, 0–0, 0–0)
 CanadaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,420

21 February 2006
12:35
Switzerland  3–3
(2–1, 0–1, 1–1)
 ItalyPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,529

21 February 2006
15:35
Finland 2–0
(1–0, 1–0, 0–0)
 GermanyTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,430

21 February 2006
16:35
Canada 3–2
(3–0, 0–1, 0–1)
 Czech RepublicPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 9,126

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Slovakia 5 5 0 0 18 8 +10 10 Quarterfinals
2  Russia 5 4 0 1 23 11 +12 8
3  Sweden 5 3 0 2 15 12 +3 6
4  United States 5 1 1 3 13 13 0 3
5  Kazakhstan 5 1 0 4 9 16 −7 2
6  Latvia 5 0 1 4 11 29 −18 1
Source: IIHF
15 February 2006
11:35
Kazakhstan 2–7
(0–3, 1–4, 1–0)
 SwedenTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,200

15 February 2006
20:05
Russia 3–5
(2–1, 1–2, 0–2)
 SlovakiaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 3,800

15 February 2006
21:05
Latvia 3–3
(1–2, 2–0, 0–1)
 United StatesPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 7,851

15 February 2006
16:05
Sweden 0–5
(0–0, 0–3, 0–2)
 RussiaPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,545

16 February 2006
17:05
Slovakia 6–3
(4–1, 1–2, 1–0)
 LatviaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,960

16 February 2006
21:05
United States 4–1
(3–0, 0–0, 1–1)
 KazakhstanTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 3,400

18 February 2006
11:35
Kazakhstan 0–1
(0–0, 0–1, 0–0)
 RussiaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 3,660

18 February 2006
17:05
Sweden 6–1
(1–0, 4–0, 1–1)
 LatviaPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,795

18 February 2006
20:05
Slovakia 2–1
(0–0, 1–1, 1–0)
 United StatesTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,697

19 February 2006
13:05
Russia 9–2
(3–1, 3–0, 3–1)
 LatviaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,310

19 February 2006
16:05
Slovakia 2–1
(0–1, 1–0, 1–0)
 KazakhstanPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 9,160

19 February 2006
17:05
United States 1–2
(1–1, 0–0, 0–1)
 SwedenTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,450

21 February 2006
11:35
Latvia 2–5
(1–1, 0–1, 1–3)
 KazakhstanTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,300

21 February 2006
20:05
Sweden 0–3
(0–1, 0–0, 0–2)
 SlovakiaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,250

21 February 2006
20:35
United States 4–5
(1–2, 1–1, 2–2)
 RussiaPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 9,378

Playoff round[edit]

Bracket[edit]

 
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsGold medal game
 
          
 
22 February
 
 
 Finland4
 
24 February
 
 United States3
 
 Finland4
 
22 February
 
 Russia0
 
 Russia2
 
26 February
 
 Canada0
 
 Finland2
 
22 February
 
 Sweden3
 
 Slovakia1
 
24 February
 
 Czech Republic3
 
 Sweden7
 
22 February
 
 Czech Republic3 Bronze medal game
 
  Switzerland2
 
25 February
 
 Sweden6
 
 Russia0
 
 
 Czech Republic3
 

Quarterfinals[edit]

22 February 2006
16:35
Switzerland  2–6
(1–2, 0–3, 1–1)
 SwedenTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,970

22 February 2006
17:35
Finland 4–3
(2–1, 2–1, 0–1)
 United StatesPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 6,691

22 February 2006
20:35
Russia 2–0
(0–0, 0–0, 2–0)
 CanadaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,130

22 February 2006
21:35
Slovakia 1–3
(0–1, 0–1, 1–1)
 Czech RepublicPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 6,893

Semifinals[edit]

24 February 2006
16:35
Sweden 7–3
(2–1, 4–2, 1–0)
 Czech RepublicPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,071

24 February 2006
21:05
Finland 4–0
(1–0, 2–0, 1–0)
 RussiaPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,702

Bronze medal game[edit]

25 February 2006
20:35
Russia 0–3
(0–1, 0–1, 0–1)
 Czech Republic Bronze medal icon.svgPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,379

Gold medal game[edit]

26 February 2006
14:05
Silver medal icon.svg Finland 2–3
(1–0, 1–2, 0–1)
 Sweden Gold medal icon.svgPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,274

Final ranking[edit]

Rank Team
1st, gold medalist(s)  Sweden
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Finland
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Czech Republic
4  Russia
5  Slovakia
6   Switzerland
7  Canada
8  United States
9  Kazakhstan
10  Germany
11  Italy
12  Latvia

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Finland Teemu Selänne 8 6 5 11 +7 4 F
Finland Saku Koivu 8 3 8 11 +5 12 F
Sweden Daniel Alfredsson 8 5 5 10 +2 4 F
Slovakia Marián Hossa 6 5 5 10 +9 4 F
Finland Ville Peltonen 8 4 5 9 +4 6 F
Finland Olli Jokinen 8 6 2 8 +5 2 F
Finland Jere Lehtinen 8 3 5 8 +6 0 F
Sweden Mats Sundin 8 3 5 8 +1 4 F
Czech Republic Martin Straka 8 2 6 8 +4 6 F
Russia Pavel Datsyuk 8 1 7 8 +5 10 F

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

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
Finland Antero Niittymäki 358:51 8 1.34 164 95.12 3
Russia Evgeni Nabokov 359:27 8 1.34 134 94.03 3
Switzerland David Aebischer 200:00 7 2.10 117 94.02 0
Slovakia Peter Budaj 179:24 6 2.01 79 92.41 0
Canada Martin Brodeur 238:40 8 2.01 104 92.31 0

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

Awards[edit]

Source: IIHF

Source: IIHF

References[edit]

  1. ^ Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew (2008). IIHF Top 100 Hockey Stories of All Time. Bolton, Ontario, Canada: Fenn Publishing. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-55168-358-4.
  2. ^ Podnieks & Szemberg 2008, Story #8–Sweden's unique double, Olympics & Worlds.
  3. ^ Tanentsapf, David (3 March 2006). "Miljonkrav från SOK efter festen". Sportbladet (in Swedish).

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