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Men's ice hockey
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
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VenuesTorino Palasport Olimpico
Torino Esposizioni
Dates15–26 February 2006
Medalists
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Silver medal icon 
Bronze medal icon 
«20022010»
Ice hockey at the
2006 Winter Olympics
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Tournament
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Qualification
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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.

Final rankings Edit

Gold[2] Silver[3] Bronze[4]
Flag of Sweden 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
Flag of Finland 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
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
Defencemen:
František Kaberle
Tomáš Kaberle
Filip Kuba
Pavel Kubina
Marek Malík
Jaroslav Špaček
Marek Židlický
Forwards:
Jan Bulis
Petr Čajánek
Patrik Eliáš
Martin Erat
Milan Hejduk
Aleš Hemský
Jaromír JágrC
Aleš Kotalík
Robert Lang
Rostislav Olesz
Václav Prospal
Martin Ručínský
Martin Straka
David Výborný
Goaltenders:
Dominik Hašek
Milan Hnilička
Dušan Salfický
Tomáš Vokoun

The full final rankings for the tournament were:

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

QualificationEdit

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. Flag of Canada.svg Canada
  2. Flag of Sweden Sweden
  3. Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
  4. Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
  5. Flag of Finland Finland
  6. Flag of the United States United States of America
  7. Flag of Russia Russia
  8. Flag of Germany 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 tournamentsEdit

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 roundEdit

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 AEdit

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 Flag of Finland FIN Flag of Switzerland SUI Flag of Canada CAN Flag of the Czech Republic CZE Flag of Germany GER Flag of Italy ITA
Flag of Finland FIN   5–0 2–0 4–2 2–0 6–0
Flag of Switzerland SUI 0–5   2–0 3–2 2–2 3–3
Flag of Canada CAN 0–2 0–2   3–2 5–1 7–2
Flag of the Czech Republic CZE 2–4 2–3 2–3   4–1 4–1
Flag of Germany GER 0–2 2–2 1–5 1–4   3–3
Flag of Italy ITA 0–6 3–3 2–7 1–4 3–3  

Group A match detailsEdit

15 February 2006 v

13:05

Italy 2 – 7

(0–1, 2–5, 0–1)

Canada Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8,575

15 February 2006 v

15:35

Switzerland 0 – 5

(0–1, 0–4, 0–0)

Finland Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 2,960

15 February 2006 v

17:05

Germany 1 – 4

(1–0, 0–2, 0–2)

Czech Republic Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 6,463

16 February 2006 v

12:05

Finland 6 – 0

(0–0, 4–0, 2–0)

Italy Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 7,776

16 February 2006 v

13:05

Czech Republic 2 – 3

(0–1, 1–1, 1–1)

Switzerland Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 3,400

16 February 2006 v

20:05

Canada 5 – 1

(3–0, 1–1, 1–0)

Germany Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8,554

18 February 2006 v

13:05

Italy 3 – 3

(1–0, 0–1, 2–2)

Germany Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8,908

18 February 2006 v

15:35

Canada 0 – 2

(0–1, 0–1, 0–0)

Switzerland Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 4,769

18 February 2006 v

21:05

Czech Republic 2 – 4

(1–1, 1–1, 0–2)

Finland Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8,705

19 February 2006 v

12:05

Germany 2 – 2

(0–0, 1–2, 1–0)

Switzerland Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8,756

19 February 2006 v

20:05

Czech Republic 4 – 1

(2–0, 1–0, 1–1)

Italy Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8,776

19 February 2006 v

21:05

Finland 2 – 0

(2–0, 0–0, 0–0)

Canada Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 4,420

21 February 2006 v

12:35

Switzerland 3 – 3

(2–1, 0–1, 1–1)

Italy Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8,529

21 February 2006 v

15:35

Finland 2 – 0

(1–0, 1–0, 0–0)

Germany Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 2,430

21 February 2006 v

12:35

Canada 3 – 2

(3–0, 0–1, 0–1)

Czech Republic Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 9,126

Group BEdit

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 Flag of Slovakia SVK Flag of Russia RUS Flag of Sweden SWE Flag of the United States USA Flag of Kazakhstan KAZ Flag of Latvia LAT
Flag of Slovakia SVK   5–3 3–0 2–1 2–1 6–3
Flag of Russia RUS 3–5   5–0 5–4 1–0 9–2
Flag of Sweden SWE 0–3 0–5   2–1 7–2 6–1
Flag of the United States USA 1–2 4–5 1–2   4–1 3–3
Flag of Kazakhstan KAZ 1–2 0–1 2–7 1–4   5–2
Flag of Latvia LAT 3–6 2–9 1–6 3–3 2–5  

Group B match detailsEdit

15 February 2006 v

11:35

Kazakhstan 2 – 7

(0–3, 1–4, 1–0)

Sweden Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 2,200

15 February 2006 v

20:05

Russia 3 – 5

(2–1, 1–2, 0–2)

Slovakia Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 3,800

15 February 2006 v

21:05

Latvia 3 – 3

(1–2, 2–0, 0–1)

United States Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 7,851

16 February 2006 v

16:05

Sweden 0 – 5

(0–0, 0–3, 0–2)

Russia Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8,545

16 February 2006 v

17:05

Slovakia 6 – 3

(4–1, 1–2, 0–1)

Latvia Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 2,960

16 February 2006 v

21:05

United States 4 – 1

(3–0, 0–0, 1–1)

Kazakhstan Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 3,400

18 February 2006 v

11:35

Kazakhstan 0 – 1

(0–0, 0–1, 0–0)

Russia Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 3,660

18 February 2006 v

17:05

Sweden 6 – 1

(1–0, 4–0, 1–1)

Latvia Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8,795

18 February 2006 v

20:05

Slovakia 2 – 1

(0–0, 1–1, 1–0)

United States Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 4,697

19 February 2006 v

13:05

Russia 9 – 2

(3–1, 3–0, 3–1)

Latvia Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 4,310

19 February 2006 v

16:05

Slovakia 2 – 1

(0–1, 1–0, 1–0)

Kazakhstan Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 9,160

19 February 2006 v

17:05

United States 1 – 2

(1–1, 0–0, 0–1)

Sweden Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 4,450

21 February 2006 v

11:35

Latvia 2 – 5

(1–1, 0–1, 1–3)

Kazakhstan Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 2,300

21 February 2006 v

20:05

Sweden 0 – 3

(0–1, 0–0, 0–2)

Slovakia Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 4,250

21 February 2006 v

20:35

United States 4 – 5

(1–2, 1–1, 2–2)

Russia Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 9,378

Final roundEdit

Quarter finals Semi finals Final
22 February 2006 24 February 2006 26 February 2006
                           
           
A Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the Czech Republic Flag of Finland Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Switzerland 4th Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 3
 
B Flag of Kazakhstan Flag of Latvia Flag of Russia Flag of Slovakia Flag of Sweden Flag of the United States 1st Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 1  
  Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 3
   
  Flag of Sweden Sweden 7  
B Flag of Kazakhstan Flag of Latvia Flag of Russia Flag of Slovakia Flag of Sweden Flag of the United States 3rd Flag of Sweden Sweden 6
   
A Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the Czech Republic Flag of Finland Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Switzerland 2nd Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 2  
  Flag of Sweden Sweden 3
   
  Flag of Finland Finland 2
A Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the Czech Republic Flag of Finland Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Switzerland 3rd Flag of Canada Canada 0
 
B Flag of Kazakhstan Flag of Latvia Flag of Russia Flag of Slovakia Flag of Sweden Flag of the United States 2nd Flag of Russia Russia 2  
  Flag of Russia Russia 0
   
  Flag of Finland Finland 4  
B Flag of Kazakhstan Flag of Latvia Flag of Russia Flag of Slovakia Flag of Sweden Flag of the United States 4th Flag of the United States United States of America 3 Bronze medal match
    Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 3
A Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the Czech Republic Flag of Finland Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Switzerland 1st Flag of Finland Finland 4  
  Flag of Russia Russia 0

Quarter-finalsEdit

22 February 2006

16:35

Switzerland 2 – 6

(1-2, 0-3, 1-1)

Sweden Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 2970

22 February 2006

17:35

Finland 4 – 3

(2-1, 2-1, 0-1)

United States Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 6691

22 February 2006

20:35

Russia 2 – 0

(0-0, 0-0, 2-0)

Canada Torino Esposizioni

Attendance: 4130

22 February 2006

21:35

Slovakia 1 – 3

(0-1, 0-1, 1-1)

Czech Republic Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 6893

Semi-finalsEdit

24 February 2006

16:35

Sweden 7 – 3

(2-1, 4-2, 1-0)

Czech Republic Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8071

24 February 2006

21:05

Finland 4 – 0

(1-0, 2-0, 1-0)

Russia Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8702

Bronze medal gameEdit

25 February 2006

20:35

Russia 0 – 3

(0-1, 0-1, 0-1)

Czech Republic Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8379

Gold medal gameEdit

26 February 2006

14:05

Finland 2 – 3

(1-0, 1-2, 0-1)

Sweden Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8274

Leading scorersEdit

Rank Player Games played Goals Assists Pts PIM +/- Shots
1 Flag of Finland Teemu Selänne 865114+7 28
2 Flag of Finland Saku Koivu 8381112 +5 16
3 Flag of Sweden Daniel Alfredsson 855104 +2 15
3 Flag of Slovakia Marián Hossa 655104+9 19
5 Flag of Finland Ville Peltonen 84596 +4 22
6 Flag of Finland Olli Jokinen 86282 +5 28
7 Flag of Finland Jere Lehtinen 83580 +6 22
7 Flag of Sweden Mats Sundin 83584 +1 27
9 Flag of the Czech Republic Martin Straka 82686+4 17
10 Flag of Russia Pavel Datsyuk 817810 +5 13

Hat trick scorers

Leading goaltendersEdit

Goalkeepers with 40% or more of their team's total minutes.

Rank Goaltender Minutes GA GAA SV% Saves
1 Flag of Finland Antero Niittymäki 358:5181.34.951156
2 Flag of Russia Evgeni Nabokov 359:2781.34.940126
3 Flag of Switzerland David Aebischer 20072.10.940110
4 Flag of Slovakia Peter Budaj 179:2462.01.92473
5 Flag of Canada Martin Brodeur 238:4082.01.92396

Shut-out posters

AwardsEdit

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 Flag of Finland Finland
D Nicklas Lidström Flag of Sweden Sweden
D Kimmo Timonen Flag of Finland Finland
F Teemu Selänne Flag of Finland Finland
F Saku Koivu Flag of Finland Finland
F Alexander Ovechkin Flag of Russia Russia

ReferencesEdit

  1. (2008) IIHF Top 100 Hockey Stories of All Time. Bolton, Ontario, Canada: Fenn Publishing, 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 (Swedish). Sportbladet.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Sweden ranked #1; Niittymäki MVP. Eurohockey.net (26 February 2006).
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