Ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics – Men's tournament

The men's tournament marked the second Olympic Games where the National Hockey League took a break (12 days, from February 14 to February 25[1]) to allow all its players the opportunity to play.

2002 Winter Olympics
USA vs Finland faceoff 2002.jpg
Tournament details
Host country United States
Dates9–24 February
Teams14
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
 Canada (7th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg United States
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Russia
Fourth place Belarus
Tournament statistics
Scoring leader(s)Sweden Mats Sundin
MVPCanada Joe Sakic
1998
2006

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 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 ends 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.[2]

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 (also a Friday). The Americans stormed out to a 3–0 lead for the first two periods, before withstanding a two-goal rally from the Russians to advance. Russian coach Slava Fetisov, 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.[3] However, Russian goalie Nikolai Khabibulin thought that the refereeing was fair, having faced 38 shots in the first two periods and 49 overall.[4][5]

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.

Canada and the US faced off in the final. For both nations, the gold-medal game came coincidentally on the anniversary of each nation's last gold medal in men's Olympic hockey. Canada last won 50 years previously at the 1952 Winter Olympics when they tied the US 3–3 (Olympic ice hockey previously only had a round-robin portion). The US won their last gold medal when they defeated Finland two days after "The Miracle on Ice" in 1980. Both games, coincidentally, were played on a Sunday.

The Canada-USA final was tied at 2–2, however Canada then scored three goals to win 5–2. It was only the second time and first in 70 years that the US men's hockey team lost an Olympic game on home soil. The first loss came against Canada (a 2–1 OT loss) in their first game at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

TV ratings for Canada vs USA gold medal matchup were the highest in Olympic history to that time.[6] 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 and was the largest network hockey audience in the U.S. in 22 years.[7] In Canada, the CBC said that the game drew 10.6 million viewers, making the game was the most-watched CBC Sports program.[7] As the final seconds ticked away, veteran CBC Sports commentator Bob Cole called: "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!" The CBC also said that the 10.6 million viewers broke the previous record of 4.957 million viewers for Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.[7]

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.[8][9]

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. Chris Chelios and Brett Hull became the second and third players to win Olympic Silver Medal in hockey (with Team USA) and Stanley Cup in the same year (Sergei Fedorov was the first in 1998).

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.

QualifyingEdit

The final standings at the end of the 1999 IIHF World Championship were used to determine the path to the Olympic tournament. The top six places were given direct entry to the first round, places seven and eight were given direct entry to the preliminary round, and all other participants were seeded in qualifying tournaments to fill the remaining six spots. This chart shows the seeding path for all nations, in detail.

Preliminary roundEdit

Group AEdit

Top team (shaded) advanced to the first round.

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
  Germany 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7 6
  Latvia 3 1 1 1 11 12 −1 3
  Austria 3 1 2 0 7 9 −2 2
  Slovakia 3 0 2 1 8 12 −4 1

All times are local (UTC-7).

9 February 2002
16:05
Slovakia  0–3
(0–0, 0–2, 0–1)
  GermanyE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,504
9 February 2002
19:00
Austria  2–4
(1–2, 1–2, 0–0)
  LatviaPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,159
10 February 2002
16:05
Austria  2–3
(0–2, 2–0, 0–1)
  GermanyPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,444
10 February 2002
19:00
Latvia  6–6
(2–2, 2–4, 2–0)
  SlovakiaE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,377
12 February 2002
16:05
Slovakia  2–3
(1–1, 1–1, 0–1)
  AustriaE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,362
12 February 2002
19:00
Germany  4–1
(2–1, 2–0, 0–0)
  LatviaPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,574

Group BEdit

Top team (shaded) advanced to the first round.

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
  Belarus 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 4
  Ukraine 3 2 1 0 9 5 +4 4
   Switzerland 3 1 1 1 7 9 −2 3
  France 3 0 2 1 6 10 −4 1

All times are local (UTC-7).

9 February 2002
14:00
Belarus  1–0
(0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
  UkrainePeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,294
9 February 2002
21:00
Switzerland   3–3
(1–1, 0–1, 2–1)
  FranceE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,504
11 February 2002
16:05
Ukraine  5–2
(2–1, 2–1, 1–0)
   SwitzerlandE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,387
11 February 2002
19:00
Belarus  3–1
(1–1, 1–0, 1–0)
  FrancePeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,214
12 February 2002
16:05
Switzerland   2–1
(1–0, 1–1, 0–0)
  BelarusE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 7,736
12 February 2002
19:00
France  2–4
(0–2, 2–2, 0–0)
  UkrainePeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,019

Consolation roundEdit

13th place gameEdit

14 February 2002
21:00
Slovakia  7–1
(1–0, 2–0, 4–1)
  FrancePeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 5,956

11th place gameEdit

14 February 2002
15:00
Switzerland   4–1
(0–0, 2–0, 2–1)
  AustriaE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 7,986

9th place gameEdit

14 February 2002
20:00
Ukraine  2–9
(0–6, 2–3, 0–0)
  LatviaE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,449

First roundEdit

Group CEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
  Sweden 3 3 0 0 14 4 +10 6
  Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 12 7 +5 3
  Canada 3 1 1 1 8 10 −2 3
  Germany 3 0 3 0 5 18 −13 0

All times are local (UTC-7).

15 February 2002
16:10
Canada  2–5
(1–1, 0–4, 1–0)
  SwedenE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,597
15 February 2002
19:00
Czech Republic  8–2
(3–0, 3–1, 2–1)
  GermanyPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,303
17 February 2002
16:05
Sweden  2–1
(1–0, 1–1, 0–0)
  Czech RepublicE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
17 February 2002
19:00
Canada  3–2
(0–0, 3–0, 0–2)
  GermanyPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,425
18 February 2002
16:10
Czech Republic  3–3
(1–1, 1–1, 1–1)
  CanadaE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
18 February 2002
19:00
Germany  1–7
(0–3, 0–3, 1–1)
  SwedenPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,348

Group DEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
  United States 3 2 0 1 16 3 +13 5
  Finland 3 2 1 0 11 8 +3 4
  Russia 3 1 1 1 9 9 0 3
  Belarus 3 0 3 0 6 22 −16 0

All times are local (UTC-7).

15 February 2002
11:05
Russia  6–4
(3–1, 1–2, 2–1)
  BelarusE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,484
15 February 2002
20:45
Finland  0–6
(0–0, 0–3, 0–3)
  United StatesE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,597
16 February 2002
16:45
Finland  8–1
(3–0, 3–0, 2–1)
  BelarusE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
16 February 2002
21:30
United States  2–2
(0–0, 1–1, 1–1)
  RussiaE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
18 February 2002
11:05
Belarus  1–8
(1–0, 0–3, 0–5)
  United StatesE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
18 February 2002
13:30
Russia  1–3
(1–0, 0–2, 0–1)
  FinlandPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 6,360

Final roundEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
                           
  C2   Czech Republic 0  
D3   Russia 1  
  D3   Russia 2  
  D1   United States 3  
D1   United States 5
  C4   Germany 0  
    D1   United States 2
  C3   Canada 5
  D2   Finland 1  
C3   Canada 2  
  C3   Canada 7 Bronze medal game
  D4   Belarus 1  
C1   Sweden 3 D4   Belarus 2
  D4   Belarus 4   D3   Russia 7

Quarter-finalsEdit

All times are local (UTC-7).

20 February 2002
11:05
Sweden  3–4
(1–2, 1–0, 1–2)
  BelarusE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 7,240
20 February 2002
13:30
Czech Republic  0–1
(0–0, 0–1, 0–0)
  RussiaPeaks Ice Arena, Provo
Attendance: 5,219
20 February 2002
16:00
United States  5–0
(1–0, 4–0, 0–0)
  GermanyE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
20 February 2002
20:15
Finland  1–2
(0–1, 1–1, 0–0)
  CanadaE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599

Semi-finalsEdit

All times are local (UTC-7).

22 February 2002
12:00
Canada  7–1
(2–1, 2–0, 3–0)
  BelarusE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599
22 February 2002
16:20
Russia  2–3
(0–1, 0–2, 2–0)
  United StatesE Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599

Bronze medal gameEdit

All times are local (UTC-7).

23 February 2002
12:15
Belarus  2–7
(1–2, 1–2, 0–3)
  Russia  E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599

Gold medal gameEdit

All times are local (UTC-7).

24 February 2002
13:00
  United States  2–5
(1–2, 1–1, 0–2)
  Canada  E Center, West Valley City
Attendance: 8,599

Final rankingsEdit

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

These standings are presented as the IIHF has them,[10] however both the NHL an IOC maintain that all quarterfinal losers are ranked equal at 5th.[11][12]

StatisticsEdit

Average ageEdit

Team USA was the oldest team in the tournament, averaging 31 years and 10 months. Team Slovakia was the youngest team in the tournament, averaging 26 years and 10 months. Gold medalists team Canada averaged 30 years and 3 months. Tournament average was 28 years and 9 months.[13]

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
  Mats Sundin 4 5 4 9 +4 10 F
  Brett Hull 6 3 5 8 +4 6 F
  John LeClair 6 6 1 7 +2 2 F
  Joe Sakic 6 4 3 7 +6 0 F
  Marián Hossa 2 4 2 6 +5 0 F
  Jean-Jacques Aeschlimann 4 3 3 6 0 2 F
  Philippe Bozon 4 3 3 6 +1 2 F
  Len Soccio 7 3 3 6 +3 8 F
  Mario Lemieux 4 2 4 6 +4 0 F
  Steve Yzerman 6 2 4 6 +4 2 F

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

Leading goaltendersEdit

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
  Martin Gerber 157:44 4 1.52 95 95.79 0
  Mike Richter 240:00 9 2.25 132 93.18 1
  Nikolai Khabibulin 359:12 14 2.34 200 93.00 1
  Tommy Salo 179:03 7 2.35 92 92.39 0
  Dominik Hašek 239:00 8 2.01 105 92.38 0

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

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2002_games.html
  2. ^ Associated Press (February 17, 2002). "Thrilling draw". CNNSI.com.
  3. ^ "US-Canada showdown set while Russians angered again". CNN. 2002-02-22. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  4. ^ "USA holds off Russia 3–2 to advance to gold medal game". CNN. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  5. ^ "Roenick foils Russia's bid to tie game". CNN. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  6. ^ "Dream final will come down to blueline play". CNN. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  7. ^ a b c Ohler, Shawn (February 26, 2002). "Lucky Loonie Stunt Pays Off". Calgary Herald. p. A1.
  8. ^ Duhatschek, Eric (2006-02-07). "It's time to bury the myth of the lucky loonie". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  9. ^ Olson, Lisa (2002-02-25). "A great burden lifted, he turns into Loonie one". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
  10. ^ IIHF Media Guide and Record Book (2011) p. 119
  11. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book (2006) p.15
  12. ^ LA84 foundation Ice Hockey Men Official Report of the XIX Olympic Winter Games p.323
  13. ^ https://www.quanthockey.com/olympics/en/teams/team-canada-players-2002-olympics-stats.html

External linksEdit