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Ice hockey
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Venues E Center
Peaks Ice Arena
Dates February 2002
«1998 2006»
Men's ice hockey
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
Women's ice hockey
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 

Ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics were held at the E Center in West Valley City and Peaks Ice Arena in Provo, Utah. Both the men's and women's tournaments were won by Canada, defeating the host United States in both games.

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Men

The men's tournament marked the second Olympic Games to feature National Hockey League players and was the ninth best-on-best hockey competition in history.

GOLD: Silver: Bronze:
Canada
Mario Lemieux-C
Paul Kariya
Ed Jovanovski
Curtis Joseph
Jarome Iginla
Simon Gagné
Chris Pronger
Mike Peca
Owen Nolan
Joe Nieuwendyk
Scott Niedermayer
Adam Foote
Theo Fleury
Martin Brodeur
Eric Brewer
Rob Blake
Ed Belfour
Steve Yzerman-A
Ryan Smyth
Brendan Shanahan
Joe Sakic-A
Al MacInnis
Eric Lindros
United States
Bill Guerin
Mike Dunham
Chris Drury
Aaron Miller
Adam Deadmarsh
Mike Richter
Tom Poti
Scott Young
Doug Weight
Keith Tkachuk
Chris Chelios-C
Tony Amonte
Phil Housley- A
Mike York
Brian Rolston
Tom Barrasso
Gary Suter
Jeremy Roenick
Brian Rafalski
Mike Modano
Brian Leetch - A
John LeClair
Brett Hull
Russia
Yegor Podomatsky
Daniil Markov
Alexei Kovalev
Vladimir Malakhov
Alexey Zhamnov
Sergei Gonchar
Darius Kasparaitis-A
Pavel Datsyuk
Igor Kravchuk
Oleg Tverdovsky
Pavel Bure-A
Igor Larionov-C
Sergei Fedorov
Alexei Yashin
Nikolai Khabibulin
Boris Mironov
Sergei Samsonov
Valeri Bure
Maxim Afinogenov
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Kovalchuk
Andrei Nikolishin
Oleg Kvasha

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Fourteen countries played in the tournament. Six hockey powers (Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States) were automatically admitted to the final eight. The other eight countries (Austria, Belarus, France, Germany, Latvia, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the Ukraine) played in a preliminary round in two pools. The winners of those pools, Belarus and Germany, advanced to the final round with the six hockey powers.

The biggest surprise of the tournament was Belarus, 0–3–0 in Group D play, knocking off 3–0–0 Sweden in quarterfinal play. After that upset, the Swedish media held their players responsible for the loss, even going as far to publish their NHL salaries. The players responded by not returning to Sweden during the NHL break, although that was unlikely since the Olympics were held in the same continent as their NHL teams and play resumed soon after the Olympics ended.

Another major surprise was the silver medal finish of Team USA, which was not considered a contender as it was steeped heavily in over-30 veterans. Although it retained most of the players from the 1998 team which had performed below expectations, this time it was coached by Herb Brooks who had been responsible for the "Miracle on Ice" over the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Despite being close to the end of their NHL careers, Mike Richter and Phil Housley put up phenomenal performances. Brett Hull, John LeClair and Mike Modano formed the "Divine Line" which led the tournament in scoring. USA and Russia played to a 2-2 tie in their group game, drawing some comparisons to the famous 1980 Miracle game. Ending up, USA finished second behind Sweden in the round robin results.[1]

USA and Russia met again in the semi-finals of the tournament. The USA's victory over Russia came coincidentally on the 22-year anniversary of the "Miracle on Ice", the upset of the Soviet Union team, at Lake Placid in 1980. The Americans stormed out to a 3–0 lead for the first two periods, before withstanding a furious two-goal rally from the Russians to advance. Russian coach Slava Fetisov, ironically one of the stars for the 1980 Soviet squad, complained about the selection of NHL referees to officiate Olympic matches (a stipulation by the NHL if most Olympic players are NHLers) and charged that officials were trying to fix a Canada-USA final for North American audiences.[2] However, Russian goalie Nikolai Khabibulin thought that the refereeing was fair, having faced 38 shots in the first two periods and 49 overall.[3][4]

Canada had a lackluster start, losing 5–2 to Sweden, only managing to defeat Germany by a score of 3–2, and drawing with the Czech Republic. These performances prompted an emotional response from Team Canada manager Wayne Gretzky, in particular the referee's failure to call a clear hit from behind on Canada's Theoren Fleury in the game against the Czech Republic. However, Canada improved in the elimination round, defeating Finland 2–1, and easily sweeping surprise semi-finalist Belarus 7–1.

The Canada-USA final was was tied at 2-2, however Canada then scored three goals to win 5-2. This was the first Olympic gold medal in 50 years for the Canadian ice hockey team. As the final seconds ticked away, veteran CBC Sports commentator Bob Cole said: "Now after 50 years, it's time for Canada to stand up and cheer. Stand up and cheer everybody! The Olympics Salt Lake City 2002, men's ice hockey, gold medal: Canada!" Canadian Joe Sakic was named tournament MVP, having scored twice and assisted on two more during the finals.

Thanks to the much-anticipated Canada-USA matchup in the final in front of a North American home crowd[5] , TV ratings for this match were the highest in Olympic history to that time. In the United States, NBC's live coverage of the gold medal hockey game drew a 10.7 rating, the highest rated hockey game, Olympic or NHL, since the 1980 Winter Olympics[6] and was the largest network hockey audience in the U.S. in 22 years. In Canada, the CBC's coverage of the mens' hockey final drew 10.6 million, breaking the record set by Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers which drew 4.957 million viewers.[6]

During the final, the legend of the lucky loonie was born when Canadian icemaker Trent Evans buried a one dollar coin (Loonie) under centre ice and both the Canadian men's and women's teams won gold.[7][8]

Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan became the second and third players to win the Olympic Gold Medal in hockey (with Team Canada) and the Stanley Cup (with the Detroit Red Wings) in the same year, the first to win an Olympic Gold and Stanley Cup was Ken Morrow in 1980.

The format of the tournament was the same one used in the 1998 tournament in Nagano. It was controversial because the National Hockey League clubs would not release their players for the preliminary round. This severely hampered the campaigns of Germany and Slovakia, although the former country managed to qualify for the final group stage. Also the final group stage was criticized as being meaningless since all of the teams qualified for the quarter-finals. The format was changed for the 2006 tournament in an effort to address these criticisms.

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Preliminaries

Group A

Top team (shaded) advanced to the final round.

Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 Germany 3 3 0 0 10 3 6
 Latvia 3 1 1 1 11 12 3
 Austria 3 1 2 0 7 9 2
 Slovakia 3 0 2 1 8 12 1
  • February 9
 Germany 3:0  Slovakia
 Latvia 4:2  Austria
  • February 10
 Austria 2:3  Germany
 Latvia 6:6  Slovakia
  • February 12
 Slovakia 2:3  Austria
 Germany 4:1  Latvia

Group B

Top team (shaded) advanced to the final round.

Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 Belarus 3 2 1 0 5 3 4
 Ukraine 3 2 1 0 9 5 4
 Switzerland 3 1 1 1 7 9 3
 France 3 0 2 1 6 10 1
  • February 9
 Belarus 1:0  Ukraine
 Switzerland 3:3  France
  • February 11
 Ukraine 5:2  Switzerland
 Belarus 3:1  France
  • February 12
 Switzerland 2:1  Belarus
 France 2:4  Ukraine

Consolation round

13th place match

  • February 14
 Slovakia 7:1  France

11th place match

  • February 14
 Switzerland 4:1  Austria

9th place match

  • February 14
 Latvia 9:2  Ukraine

Final round

Group A

Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 Sweden 3 3 0 0 14 4 6
 Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 12 7 3
 Canada 3 1 1 1 8 10 3
 Germany 3 0 3 0 5 18 0
  • February 15
 Canada 2:5  Sweden
 Czech Republic 8:2  Germany
  • February 17
 Sweden 2:1  Czech Republic
 Canada 3:2  Germany
  • February 18
 Czech Republic 3:3  Canada
 Sweden 7:1  Germany

Group B

Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 United States 3 2 0 1 16 3 5
 Finland 3 2 1 0 11 8 4
 Russia 3 1 1 1 9 9 3
 Belarus 3 0 3 0 6 22 0
  • February 15
 Russia 6:4  Belarus
 United States 6:0  Finland
  • February 16
 Finland 8:1  Belarus
 United States 2:2  Russia
  • February 18
 United States 8:1  Belarus
 Russia 1:3  Finland

Medal round

Quarter-finals

  • February 20
 Sweden 3:4  Belarus
 Czech Republic 0:1  Russia
 United States 5:0  Germany
 Finland 1:2  Canada

Semi-finals

  • February 22
 Canada 7:1  Belarus
 United States 3:2  Russia

Bronze medal game

  • February 23
 Russia 7:2  Belarus

Gold medal game

  • February 24
 Canada 5:2  United States

Leading scorers

Rk Player GP G A Pts
1 Sweden Mats Sundin 4 5 4 9
2 United States Brett Hull 6 3 5 8
3 United States John LeClair 6 6 1 7
4 Canada Joe Sakic 6 4 3 7
5 Slovakia Marian Hossa 2 4 2 6
6 Switzerland Jean-Jacques Aeschlimann 4 3 3 6
7 France Philippe Bozon 4 3 3 6
8 Germany Leonard Soccio 7 3 3 6
9 Canada Mario Lemieux 5 2 4 6
10 Canada Steve Yzerman 6 2 4 6
11 Sweden Nicklas Lidstrom 4 1 5 6
12 United States Mike Modano 6 0 6 6

Final rankings

  1.  Canada
  2.  United States
  3.  Russia
  4.  Belarus
  5.  Sweden
  6.  Finland
  7.  Czech Republic
  8.  Germany
  9.  Latvia
  10.  Ukraine
  11.  Switzerland
  12.  Austria
  13.  Slovakia
  14.  France

Women

This was the second time the Winter Olympics featured women's ice hockey.

The tournament marked the arrival of Sweden as a Tier Two team, on par with Finland. This increased the number of world class teams to four, Canada, the United States, Finland and Sweden. As with the 1998 Winter Olympics, when the US joined Canada as Tier One teams, another major change in the status of International Women's Ice Hockey occurs at the Olympics.

Medals
Gold Silver Bronze
Canada
Sami Jo Small
Becky Kellar
Colleen Sostorics
Thérèse Brisson
Cherie Piper
Cheryl Pounder
Lori Dupuis
Caroline Ouellette
Danielle Goyette
Jayna Hefford
Jennifer Botterill
Hayley Wickenheiser
Dana Antal
Kelly Bechard
Tammy Lee Shewchuk
Kim St-Pierre
Vicky Sunohara
Isabelle Chartrand
Cassie Campbell
Geraldine Heaney
United States
Sara Decosta
Tara Mounsey
Courtney Kennedy
Angela Ruggiero
Lyndsay Wall
Karyn Bye
Sue Merz
Laurie Baker
Andrea Kilbourne
Allison Mleczko
Jenny Potter
Julie Chu
Shelley Looney
Krissy Wendell
Katie King
Cammi Granato
Natalie Darwitz
Chris Bailey
Tricia Dunn
Sarah Tueting
Sweden
Emelie Berggren
Anna Andersson
Maria Rooth
Erika Holst
Anna Vikman
Evelina Samuelsson
Maria Larsson
Kristina Bergstrand
Ann-Louise Edstrand
Josefin Pettersson
Lotta Almblad
Joa Elfsberg
Gunilla Andersson
Nanna Jansson
Therese Sjölander
Ylva Lindberg
Danijela Rundqvist
Ulrica Lindström
Kim Martin
Annica Åhlén

Eight countries competed. The top two teams in each pool advanced to the semi-finals.

Canada did not allow a goal in the preliminary round, while USA allowed only one goal. Canada trailed 3–2 to Finland going into the third period, but score 5 unanswered goals to advance to the final. USA had a fairly uneventful semi-final, shutting out Sweden. In the final, Canada outplayed USA despite being called for 13 penalties by the American referee (the Americans received four penalties). As a result, the game is considered somewhat controversial to many Canadian fans. The turning point of the game probably came when Canada's Jayna Hefford scored with one second left in the second period to give the Canadians a 3–1 lead going into the third period. This turned out to be the winning goal as the USA scored late in the third period on the power play to cut the lead to 3–2, but Canada hung on to win. It was the first women's hockey gold for Canada. Coming into the game, the Americans were 35–0 on their season, and had beaten the Canadians in their eight previous meetings. Canadian Hayley Wickenheiser was named tournament MVP.

Preliminaries

Group A

Top two teams (shaded) advanced to semifinals.

Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 Canada 3 3 0 0 25 0 6
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 10 13 4
 Russia 3 1 2 0 6 11 2
 Kazakhstan 3 0 3 0 1 18 0

Round robin

 Canada 7:0  Kazakhstan
 Sweden 3:2  Russia
 Russia 0:7  Canada
 Sweden 7:0  Kazakhstan
 Kazakhstan 1:4  Russia
 Canada 11:0  Sweden

Group B

Top two teams (shaded) advanced to semifinals.

Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 United States 3 3 0 0 28 1 6
 Finland 3 2 1 0 7 6 4
 Germany 3 0 2 1 6 18 1
 China 3 0 2 1 6 21 1

Round robin

 United States 10:0  Germany
 Finland 4:0  China
 Finland 3:1  Germany
 China 1:12  United States
 United States 5:0  Finland
 Germany 5:5  China

Medal round

Semi-finals

 Canada 7:3  Finland
 United States 4:0  Sweden

Bronze medal game

 Sweden 2:1  Finland

Gold medal game

 Canada 3:2  United States

Final rankings

  1.  Canada
  2.  United States
  3.  Sweden
  4.  Finland
  5.  Russia
  6.  Germany
  7.  China
  8.  Kazakhstan

References


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