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

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Men's ice hockey
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Venues Torino Palasport Olimpico
Torino Esposizioni
Dates 15–26 February 2006
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Sweden
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Finland
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Czech Republic
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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 players and the tenth best-on-best hockey tournament in history. 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 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. The 12 teams 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 the defending champion Canada, which lost two group stage games (including a shock defeat to Switzerland) before being eliminated by Russia in the quarter-finals. As of 2016, this is the only Olympic ice hockey tournament of the 21st century (men's or women's) to not be won by the Canadian team.

Final rankings[edit]

Gold[2] Silver[3] Bronze[4]
 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

The full final rankings for the tournament were:

  1.  Sweden
  2.  Finland
  3.  Czech Republic
  4.  Russia
  5.  Slovakia
  6.   Switzerland
  7.  Canada
  8.  United States
  9.  Kazakhstan
  10.  Germany
  11.  Italy
  12.  Latvia

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 Federation, 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.[5]

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.

Qualification tournaments[edit]

The winners of Groups D, E and F advanced to Groups C, B, and A respectively. The winners of Groups A, B, and C qualified for the Olympics.

Group D (Briançon, France, 11–14 November 2004)

Group E (Nowy Targ, Poland, 11–14 November 2004)

Group F (Stavanger, Norway, 11–14 November 2004)

Group A (Kloten, Switzerland, 10–13 February 2005)

Group B (Riga, Latvia, 10–13 February 2005)

Group C (Klagenfurt, Austria, 10–13 February 2005)

First 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 Final Round
     Team sent to compete in the Consolation Round

Group A[edit]

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

Group A summary[edit]

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 A match details[edit]

All times are local (UTC+1).

15 February 2006 v
13:05
Italy  2–7
(0–1, 2–5, 0–1)
 Canada Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,575
15 February 2006 v
15:35
Switzerland   0–5
(0–1, 0–4, 0–0)
 Finland Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,960
15 February 2006 v
17:05
Germany  1–4
(1–0, 0–2, 0–2)
 Czech Republic Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 6,463
16 February 2006 v
12:05
Finland  6–0
(0–0, 4–0, 2–0)
 Italy Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 7,776
16 February 2006 v
13:05
Czech Republic  2–3
(0–1, 1–1, 1–1)
  Switzerland Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 3,400
16 February 2006 v
20:05
Canada  5–1
(3–0, 1–1, 1–0)
 Germany Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,554
18 February 2006 v
13:05
Italy  3–3
(1–0, 0–1, 2–2)
 Germany Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,908
18 February 2006 v
15:35
Canada  0–2
(0–1, 0–1, 0–0)
  Switzerland Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,769
18 February 2006 v
21:05
Czech Republic  2–4
(1–1, 1–1, 0–2)
 Finland Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,705
19 February 2006 v
12:05
Germany  2–2
(0–0, 1–2, 1–0)
  Switzerland Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,756
19 February 2006 v
20:05
Czech Republic  4–1
(2–0, 1–0, 1–1)
 Italy Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,776
19 February 2006 v
21:05
Finland  2–0
(2–0, 0–0, 0–0)
 Canada Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,420
21 February 2006 v
12:35
Switzerland   3–3
(2–1, 0–1, 1–1)
 Italy Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,529
21 February 2006 v
15:35
Finland  2–0
(1–0, 1–0, 0–0)
 Germany Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,430
21 February 2006 v
16:35
Canada  3–2
(3–0, 0–1, 0–1)
 Czech Republic Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 9,126

Group B[edit]

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

Group B summary[edit]

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  

Group B match details[edit]

All times are local (UTC+1).

15 February 2006 v
11:35
Kazakhstan  2–7
(0–3, 1–4, 1–0)
 Sweden Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,200
15 February 2006 v
20:05
Russia  3–5
(2–1, 1–2, 0–2)
 Slovakia Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 3,800
15 February 2006 v
21:05
Latvia  3–3
(1–2, 2–0, 0–1)
 United States Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 7,851
16 February 2006 v
16:05
Sweden  0–5
(0–0, 0–3, 0–2)
 Russia Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,545
16 February 2006 v
17:05
Slovakia  6–3
(4–1, 1–2, 1–0)
 Latvia Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,960
16 February 2006 v
21:05
United States  4–1
(3–0, 0–0, 1–1)
 Kazakhstan Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 3,400
18 February 2006 v
11:35
Kazakhstan  0–1
(0–0, 0–1, 0–0)
 Russia Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 3,660
18 February 2006 v
17:05
Sweden  6–1
(1–0, 4–0, 1–1)
 Latvia Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,795
18 February 2006 v
20:05
Slovakia  2–1
(0–0, 1–1, 1–0)
 United States Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,697
19 February 2006 v
13:05
Russia  9–2
(3–1, 3–0, 3–1)
 Latvia Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,310
19 February 2006 v
16:05
Slovakia  2–1
(0–1, 1–0, 1–0)
 Kazakhstan Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 9,160
19 February 2006 v
17:05
United States  1–2
(1–1, 0–0, 0–1)
 Sweden Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,450
21 February 2006 v
11:35
Latvia  2–5
(1–1, 0–1, 1–3)
 Kazakhstan Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,300
21 February 2006 v
20:05
Sweden  0–3
(0–1, 0–0, 0–2)
 Slovakia Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,250
21 February 2006 v
20:35
United States  4–5
(1–2, 1–1, 2–2)
 Russia Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 9,378

Final round[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

Quarterfinals[edit]

All times are local (UTC+1).

22 February 2006 v
16:35
Switzerland   2–6
(1–2, 0–3, 1–1)
 Sweden Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,970
22 February 2006 v
17:35
Finland  4–3
(2–1, 2–1, 0–1)
 United States Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 6,691
22 February 2006 v
20:35
Russia  2–0
(0–0, 0–0, 2–0)
 Canada Torino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,130
22 February 2006 v
21:35
Slovakia  1–3
(0–1, 0–1, 1–1)
 Czech Republic Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 6,893

Semifinals[edit]

All times are local (UTC+1).

24 February 2006 v
16:35
Sweden  7–3
(2–1, 4–2, 1–0)
 Czech Republic Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,071
24 February 2006 v
21:05
Finland  4–0
(1–0, 2–0, 1–0)
 Russia Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,702

Bronze medal game[edit]

All times are local (UTC+1).

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

Gold medal game[edit]

All times are local (UTC+1).

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

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
3 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
7 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

Hat trick scorers

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

Shut-out posters

Awards[edit]

Finland's Antero Niittymäki was named the most valuable player and received the Directorate Award for best goaltender of the tournament.[6] Directorate Awards also went to Teemu Selänne (Finland) for best forward, and to Kenny Jönsson (Sweden) for best defenceman.[6]

The tournament all-star team was voted on by the international media at the conclusion of the event. The following players were named:[6]

Position Player Team
G Antero Niittymäki  Finland
D Nicklas Lidström  Sweden
D Kimmo Timonen  Finland
F Teemu Selänne  Finland
F Saku Koivu  Finland
F Alexander Ovechkin  Russia

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. ^ "2006 Men's Hockey Roster – SWE". The Sports Network. 
  3. ^ "2006 Men's Hockey Roster – FIN". The Sports Network. 
  4. ^ "2006 Men's Hockey Roster – CZE". The Sports Network. 
  5. ^ Tanentsapf, David (3 March 2006). "Miljonkrav från SOK efter festen". Sportbladet (in Swedish). 
  6. ^ a b c "Sweden ranked #1; Niittymäki MVP". Eurohockey.net. 26 February 2006. 

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