Ice hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics – Men's tournament

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2018 Winter Olympics
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Tournament details
Host country  South Korea
Dates 14–25 February
Teams 12
Venue(s)(in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Olympic Athletes from Russia (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Germany
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Canada
Fourth place  Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played 30
Goals scored 154 (5.13 per match)
Attendance 138,327 (4,611 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Nikita Gusev
(12 points)
MVP Ilya Kovalchuk
2014
2022

The men's tournament in ice hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics was held in Gangneung, South Korea between 14 and 25 February 2018.[1] Twelve countries qualified for the tournament; eight of them did so automatically by virtue of their ranking by the International Ice Hockey Federation, one, South Korea, automatically qualified as hosts, while the three others took part in a qualification tournament.[2]

After five consecutive Olympic tournaments in which the National Hockey League (the world's premier professional league) allowed its players to participate in the Olympics and adjusted its schedule to accommodate the tournament, the NHL announced in 2017 that it would prohibit any player under NHL contract, including those not actually playing for an NHL team, from participating in the Olympics.[3] The NHL secured the cooperation of the International Ice Hockey Federation and the IOC ensuring that nations would not be allowed to ask NHL players to participate.[4]

Unlike the NHL, a vast majority of European leagues accommodated an Olympic break, headlined by Russia-based KHL's 33-day break,[5] Sweden-based Swedish Hockey League's 14-day break,[6] Switzerland-based National League's 25-day break,[7] German-based Eishockey Liga's 26-day break,[8] Czech Republic-based Extraliga's 18-day break and Slovakia-based Tipsport liga's 14-day break.[9] Conversely, Finland-based SM-liiga accommodated a 10-day-break. However, Liiga allowed its top players to leave their clubs and participate in the Olympics.[10]

The Russian national team, competing under the name of the Olympic athletes from Russia (OAR), won the gold medal, defeating the German national team with a score of 4-3 in overtime in the final.

Qualification[edit]

Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, United States, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Slovakia qualified as the top eight teams in the IIHF World Ranking in 2015.

South Korea qualified as host team. To field a competitive team, the South Korean government agreed to grant one American and six Canadian hockey players that were playing in Korean leagues dual citizenship to make them eligible for the national team.[11] The remaining three teams qualified from qualification tournaments.

Qualified teams[edit]

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Hosts 19 September 2014[12] Spain Tenerife 1  South Korea
2015 IIHF World Ranking[a] 2 April 2012 –
17 May 2015
Czech Republic Prague and Ostrava[b] 8[13]  Sweden
 Finland
 Canada
 Russia[c]
 United States
 Czech Republic
  Switzerland
 Slovakia
Final qualification tournament 1–4 September 2016 Belarus Minsk 1  Slovenia
Final qualification tournament 1–4 September 2016 Latvia Riga 1  Germany
Final qualification tournament 1–4 September 2016 Norway Oslo 1  Norway
Total 12
Notes
  1. a 2015 IIHF World Ranking were comprising the following events: 2012 World Championship, 2013 World Championship, 2014 Winter Olympic Games, 2014 World Championship and 2015 World Championship
  2. b Prague and Ostrava were the sites for 2015 IIHF World Championship; at the conclusion of the tournament the ranking were finalized with regards to the qualification slots.
  3. d In December 2017, the IOC suspended Russia from competing at the Winter Olympics as part of its sanctions following state-sponsored doping scandal. Russian athletes deemed clean were permitted to compete as Olympic Athletes from Russia.[14]

Rosters[edit]

Match officials[edit]

14 referees and 14 linesmen were selected for the tournament.[15]

Preliminary round[edit]

All times are local (UTC+9).

Tiebreak criteria[edit]

In each group, teams will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  1. Number of points (three points for a regulation-time win, two points for an overtime or shootout win, one point for an overtime or shootout defeat, no points for a regulation-time defeat);
  2. In case two teams are tied on points, the result of their head-to-head match will determine the ranking;
  3. In case three or four teams are tied on points, the following criteria will apply (if, after applying a criterion, only two teams remain tied, the result of their head-to-head match will determine their ranking):
    1. Points obtained in head-to-head matches between the teams concerned;
    2. Goal differential in head-to-head matches between the teams concerned;
    3. Number of goals scored in head-to-head matches between the teams concerned;
    4. If three teams remain tied, result of head-to-head matches between each of the teams concerned and the remaining team in the group (points, goal difference, goals scored);
    5. Place in 2017 IIHF World Ranking.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Czech Republic 3 2 1 0 0 9 4 +5 8 Quarterfinals
2  Canada 3 2 0 1 0 11 4 +7 7
3   Switzerland 3 1 0 0 2 10 9 +1 3 Qualification playoffs
4  South Korea (H) 3 0 0 0 3 1 14 −13 0
Source: IIHF
(H) Host.
15 February 2018
21:10
Czech Republic 2–1
(2–1, 0–0, 0–0)
 South KoreaGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,025
15 February 2018
21:10
Switzerland  1–5
(0–2, 0–2, 1–1)
 CanadaKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 2,802

17 February 2018
12:10
Canada 2–3 GWS
(2–1, 0–1, 0–0)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
 Czech RepublicGangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 6,731
17 February 2018
16:40
South Korea 0–8
(0–1, 0–2, 0–5)
  SwitzerlandGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,568

18 February 2018
16:40
Czech Republic 4–1
(1–1, 0–0, 3–0)
  SwitzerlandGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,137
18 February 2018
21:10
Canada 4–0
(1–0, 1–0, 2–0)
 South KoreaGangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 6,038

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Olympic Athletes from Russia 3 2 0 0 1 14 5 +9 6 Quarterfinals
2  Slovenia 3 0 2 0 1 8 12 −4 4[a] Qualification playoffs
3  United States 3 1 0 1 1 4 8 −4 4[a]
4  Slovakia 3 1 0 1 1 6 7 −1 4[a]
Source: IIHF
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Slovenia 4 Pts; USA 4 Pts; Slovakia 1 Pts. Slovenia defeated USA 3–2 in overtime.
14 February 2018
21:10
Slovakia 3–2
(2–2, 0–0, 1–0)
Olympic Athletes from RussiaGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 4,025
14 February 2018
21:10
United States 2–3 OT
(1–0, 1–0, 0–2)
(OT 0–1)
 SloveniaKwandong Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 3,348

16 February 2018
12:10
United States 2–1
(1–1, 0–0, 1–0)
 SlovakiaGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 5,652
16 February 2018
16:40
Olympic Athletes from Russia 8–2
(2–0, 4–1, 2–1)
 SloveniaGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,018

17 February 2018
21:10
Olympic Athletes from Russia 4–0
(1–0, 2–0, 1–0)
 United StatesGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,473
17 February 2018
21:10
Slovenia 3–2 GWS
(0–0, 2–1, 0–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
 SlovakiaKwandong Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 4,085

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 3 3 0 0 0 8 1 +7 9 Quarterfinals
2  Finland 3 2 0 0 1 11 6 +5 6 Qualification playoffs
3  Germany 3 0 1 0 2 4 7 −3 2
4  Norway 3 0 0 1 2 2 11 −9 1
Source: IIHF
15 February 2018
12:10
Finland 5–2
(2–1, 2–0, 1–1)
 GermanyGangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,695
15 February 2018
16:40
Norway 0–4
(0–2, 0–0, 0–2)
 SwedenGangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,961

16 February 2018
21:10
Finland 5–1
(1–1, 1–0, 3–0)
 NorwayGangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 4,180
16 February 2018
21:10
Sweden 1–0
(1–0, 0–0, 0–0)
 GermanyKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,077

18 February 2018
12:10
Germany 2–1 GWS
(0–0, 1–0, 0–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
 NorwayGangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 5,534
18 February 2018
21:10
Sweden 3–1
(1–0, 0–1, 2–0)
 FinlandKwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,861

Ranking after preliminary 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:[16]

  1. higher position in the group
  2. higher number of points
  3. better goal difference
  4. higher number of goals scored for
  5. better 2017 IIHF World Ranking.
Team advanced to Quarterfinals
Team play in Qualification playoffs
Rank Team Group Pos GP Pts GD GF IIHF Rank
1D  Sweden C 1 3 9 +7 8 3
2D  Czech Republic A 1 3 8 +5 9 6
3D Olympic Athletes from Russia B 1 3 6 +9 14 2
4D  Canada A 2 3 7 +7 11 1
5D  Finland C 2 3 6 +5 11 4
6D  Slovenia B 2 3 4 −4 8 15
7D  United States B 3 3 4 −4 4 5
8D   Switzerland A 3 3 3 +1 10 7
9D  Germany C 3 3 2 −3 4 8
10D  Slovakia B 4 3 4 −1 6 11
11D  Norway C 4 3 1 −9 2 9
12D  South Korea A 4 3 0 −13 1 21

Playoff round[edit]

Bracket[edit]

 
PlayoffsQuarterfinalsSemifinalsGold medal game
 
              
 
 
 
 
21 February
 
 
 Czech Republic (GWS)3
 
20 February
 
 United States2
 
 United States5
 
23 February
 
 Slovakia1
 
 Czech Republic0
 
 
Olympic Athletes from Russia3
 
 
21 February
 
 
Olympic Athletes from Russia6
 
20 February
 
 Norway1
 
 Slovenia1
 
25 February
 
 Norway (OT)2
 
Olympic Athletes from Russia (OT)4
 
 
 Germany3
 
 
21 February
 
 
 Canada1
 
20 February
 
 Finland0
 
 Finland5
 
23 February
 
 South Korea2
 
 Canada3
 
 
 Germany4 Bronze medal game
 
 
21 February24 February
 
 
 Sweden3 Czech Republic4
 
20 February
 
 Germany (OT)4  Canada6
 
  Switzerland1
 
 
 Germany (OT)2
 

Qualification playoffs[edit]

The four highest-ranked teams (1D–4D) received byes and were deemed the home team in the quarterfinals as they were seeded to advance, with the remaining eight teams (5D–12D) playing qualification playoff games as follows. The losers of the qualification playoff games received a final ranking of 9 through 12 based on their preliminary round ranking.

20 February 2018
12:10
United States 5–1
(0–0, 3–1, 2–0)
 SlovakiaGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,391
20 February 2018
16:40
Slovenia 1–2 OT
(1–0, 0–0, 0–1)
(OT: 0–1)
 NorwayGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,312
20 February 2018
21:10
Finland 5–2
(1–0, 2–2, 2–0)
 South KoreaGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 5,409
20 February 2018
21:10
Switzerland  1–2 OT
(0–1, 1–0, 0–0)
(OT: 0–1)
 GermanyKwandong Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 2,878

Quarterfinals[edit]

Following the quarterfinal games, the winning teams were 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 received a final ranking of 5 through 8 based on their preliminary round ranking.

21 February 2018
12:10
Czech Republic 3–2 GWS
(1–1, 1–1, 0–0)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
 United StatesGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 2,948
21 February 2018
16:40
Olympic Athletes from Russia 6–1
(3–0, 2–1, 1–0)
 NorwayGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 3,553
21 February 2018
21:10
Canada 1–0
(0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
 FinlandGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 2,265
21 February 2018
21:10
Sweden 3–4 OT
(0–2, 0–0, 3–1)
(OT 0–1)
 GermanyKwandong Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 2,092

Semifinals[edit]

23 February 2018
16:40
Czech Republic 0–3
(0–0, 0–2, 0–1)
Olympic Athletes from RussiaGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 4,330
23 February 2018
21:10
Canada 3–4
(0–1, 1–3, 2–0)
 GermanyGangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 4,057

Bronze medal game[edit]

24 February 2018
21:10
Czech Republic 4–6
(1–3, 0–0, 3–3)
 Canada 3rd, bronze medalist(s)Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 4,807

Gold medal game[edit]

25 February 2018
13:10
1st, gold medalist(s) Olympic Athletes from Russia 4–3 OT
(1–0, 0–1, 2–2)
(OT 1–0)
 Germany 2nd, silver medalist(s)Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 5,075

Final ranking[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1 B Olympic Athletes from Russia 6 4 1 0 1 27 9 +18 14 Champions
2 C  Germany 7 1 3 1 2 17 18 −1 10 Runners-up
3 A  Canada 6 4 0 1 1 21 12 +9 13 Third place
4 A  Czech Republic 6 2 2 0 2 16 15 +1 10 Fourth place
5 C  Sweden 4 3 0 1 0 11 5 +6 10 Eliminated in
Quarter-finals
6 C  Finland 5 3 0 0 2 16 9 +7 9
7 B  United States 5 2 0 2 1 11 12 −1 8
8 C  Norway 5 0 1 1 3 5 18 −13 3
9 B  Slovenia 4 0 2 1 1 9 14 −5 5 Eliminated in
Qualification playoffs
10 A   Switzerland 4 1 0 1 2 11 11 0 4
11 B  Slovakia 4 1 0 1 2 7 12 −5 4
12 A  South Korea (H) 4 0 0 0 4 3 19 −16 0
Source: IIHF.com
(H) Host.

Statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Nikita Gusev 6 4 8 12 +7 4 F
Kirill Kaprizov 6 5 4 9 +7 2 F
Finland Eeli Tolvanen 5 3 6 9 +1 4 F
Ilya Kovalchuk 6 5 2 7 +5 4 F
Germany Patrick Hager 7 3 4 7 –3 4 F
Canada Maxim Noreau 6 2 5 7 +3 0 D
Derek Roy 6 2 5 7 –2 8 F
Sweden Linus Omark 4 0 7 7 +6 0 F
United States Ryan Donato 5 5 1 6 –1 2 F
Slovenia Jan Muršak 4 3 3 6 –1 0 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 Jonas Hiller 211:19 4 1.14 91 95.60 1
Vasily Koshechkin 348:08 8 1.38 126 93.65 2
Finland Mikko Koskinen 296:38 8 1.62 117 93.16 0
Slovenia Gašper Krošelj 188:44 6 1.91 87 93.10 0
Canada Ben Scrivens 149:17 4 1.61 56 92.86 0

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

Awards[edit]

Source: IIHF.com

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