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

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 (NHL) players and the tenth best-on-best hockey tournament in history. United States defenseman 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).

2006 Winter Olympics
Patinoire Turin.jpg
Tournament details
Host country Italy
Dates15–26 February
Teams12
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Sweden (2nd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Finland
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Czech Republic
Fourth place Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played38
Goals scored206 (5.42 per match)
Attendance236,013 (6,211 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Finland Teemu Selänne
(11 points)
MVPFinland Antero Niittymäki
2002
2010

The tournament 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, which 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 defending champion Canada, which lost two group stage games (including a shock defeat to Switzerland) before being eliminated by Russia in the quarter-finals. There were allegations that Sweden intentionally lost their final group game against Slovakia to set up a quarterfinal against Switzerland.

In the semi-finals, Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 7–3, and Finland ousted Russia 4–0. Sweden won its second ice hockey gold, and first in a best-on-best competition, over Finland 3–2 and the Czech Republic won the bronze medal over Russia 3–0. Three months later, Sweden won the 2006 World Championships and became the first team to win the Olympic and World Championship gold in the same year.[2]

QualificationEdit

Canada, Sweden, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Finland, United States, Russia and Germany qualified as the top eight teams in the IIHF World Ranking in 2004. Italy qualified as host team. The remaining three teams qualified from qualification tournaments.

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Host 19 June 1999   Seoul 1   Italy
2004 IIHF World Ranking[a] 26 March 2001 – 9 May 2004   Prague and Ostrava[b] 8   Canada
  Sweden
  Slovakia
  Czech Republic
  Finland
  United States
  Russia
  Germany
Final qualification tournament 10–13 February 2005   Kloten 1    Switzerland
Final qualification tournament 10–13 February 2005   Riga 1   Latvia
Final qualification tournament 10–13 February 2005   Klagenfurt 1   Kazakhstan
Total 12
Notes
  1. b Prague and Ostrava were the sites for 2004 IIHF World Championship; at the conclusion of the tournament the ranking were finalized with regards to the qualification slots.

RostersEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

All times are local (UTC+1).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Finland 5 5 0 0 19 2 +17 10 Quarterfinals
2    Switzerland 5 2 2 1 10 12 −2 6
3   Canada 5 3 0 2 15 9 +6 6
4   Czech Republic 5 2 0 3 14 12 +2 4
5   Germany 5 0 2 3 7 16 −9 2
6   Italy (H) 5 0 2 3 9 23 −14 2
Source: IIHF
(H) Host
15 February 2006
13:05
Italy  2–7
(0–1, 2–5, 0–1)
  CanadaPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,575

15 February 2006
15:35
Switzerland   0–5
(0–1, 0–4, 0–0)
  FinlandTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,960

15 February 2006
17:05
Germany  1–4
(1–0, 0–2, 0–2)
  Czech RepublicPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 6,463

16 February 2006
12:05
Finland  6–0
(0–0, 4–0, 2–0)
  ItalyPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 7,776

16 February 2006
13:05
Czech Republic  2–3
(0–1, 1–1, 1–1)
   SwitzerlandTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 3,400

16 February 2006
20:05
Canada  5–1
(3–0, 1–1, 1–0)
  GermanyPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,554

18 February 2006
13:05
Italy  3–3
(1–0, 0–1, 2–2)
  GermanyPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,908

18 February 2006
15:35
Canada  0–2
(0–1, 0–1, 0–0)
   SwitzerlandTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,769

18 February 2006
21:05
Czech Republic  2–4
(1–1, 1–1, 0–2)
  FinlandPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,705

19 February 2006
12:05
Germany  2–2
(0–0, 1–2, 1–0)
   SwitzerlandPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,756

19 February 2006
20:05
Czech Republic  4–1
(2–0, 1–0, 1–1)
  ItalyPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,776

19 February 2006
21:05
Finland  2–0
(2–0, 0–0, 0–0)
  CanadaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,420

21 February 2006
12:35
Switzerland   3–3
(2–1, 0–1, 1–1)
  ItalyPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,529

21 February 2006
15:35
Finland  2–0
(1–0, 1–0, 0–0)
  GermanyTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,430

21 February 2006
16:35
Canada  3–2
(3–0, 0–1, 0–1)
  Czech RepublicPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 9,126

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Slovakia 5 5 0 0 18 8 +10 10 Quarterfinals
2   Russia 5 4 0 1 23 11 +12 8
3   Sweden 5 3 0 2 15 12 +3 6
4   United States 5 1 1 3 13 13 0 3
5   Kazakhstan 5 1 0 4 9 16 −7 2
6   Latvia 5 0 1 4 11 29 −18 1
Source: IIHF
15 February 2006
11:35
Kazakhstan  2–7
(0–3, 1–4, 1–0)
  SwedenTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,200

15 February 2006
20:05
Russia  3–5
(2–1, 1–2, 0–2)
  SlovakiaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 3,800

15 February 2006
21:05
Latvia  3–3
(1–2, 2–0, 0–1)
  United StatesPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 7,851

15 February 2006
16:05
Sweden  0–5
(0–0, 0–3, 0–2)
  RussiaPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,545

16 February 2006
17:05
Slovakia  6–3
(4–1, 1–2, 1–0)
  LatviaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,960

16 February 2006
21:05
United States  4–1
(3–0, 0–0, 1–1)
  KazakhstanTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 3,400

18 February 2006
11:35
Kazakhstan  0–1
(0–0, 0–1, 0–0)
  RussiaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 3,660

18 February 2006
17:05
Sweden  6–1
(1–0, 4–0, 1–1)
  LatviaPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,795

18 February 2006
20:05
Slovakia  2–1
(0–0, 1–1, 1–0)
  United StatesTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,697

19 February 2006
13:05
Russia  9–2
(3–1, 3–0, 3–1)
  LatviaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,310

19 February 2006
16:05
Slovakia  2–1
(0–1, 1–0, 1–0)
  KazakhstanPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 9,160

19 February 2006
17:05
United States  1–2
(1–1, 0–0, 0–1)
  SwedenTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,450

21 February 2006
11:35
Latvia  2–5
(1–1, 0–1, 1–3)
  KazakhstanTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,300

21 February 2006
20:05
Sweden  0–3
(0–1, 0–0, 0–2)
  SlovakiaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,250

Allegations have surfaced of Sweden throwing the game against Slovakia so the Swedes would face Switzerland in the quarterfinals instead of Canada or the Czech Republic. Shortly before the game, Sweden coach Bengt-Åke Gustafsson was reported to have publicly contemplated tanking in order to avoid those teams, saying about Canada and the Czechs, "One is cholera, the other the plague."[3] During the game itself, one reportedly suspect sequence came when Sweden had an extended five-on-three powerplay with five NHL stars on the ice—Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin, Daniel Alfredsson, Nicklas Lidström and Fredrik Modin—and failed to put a shot on net. Sports Illustrated writer Michael Farber would say about this particular powerplay, "If the Swedes had passed the puck any more, their next opponent would have been the Washington Generals." "[They] were even afraid to shoot!", Russian coach Vladimir Krikunov said.[3]

As part of a subsequent interview about the championship over five years later, Forsberg was interpreted to insinuate that Sweden lost their preliminary round game against Slovakia on purpose, so as to draw Switzerland as their quarterfinal opponent, rather than Canada or the Czech Republic. Swedish forward Henrik Sedin, who played alongside Forsberg on the 2006 team denied the notion while adding that Forsberg's comments in the interview were misconstrued.[4][5]


21 February 2006
20:35
United States  4–5
(1–2, 1–1, 2–2)
  RussiaPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 9,378

Playoff roundEdit

BracketEdit

 
QuarterfinalsSemifinalsGold medal game
 
          
 
22 February
 
 
  Finland4
 
24 February
 
  United States3
 
  Finland4
 
22 February
 
  Russia0
 
  Russia2
 
26 February
 
  Canada0
 
  Finland2
 
22 February
 
  Sweden3
 
   Switzerland2
 
24 February
 
  Sweden6
 
  Sweden7
 
22 February
 
  Czech Republic3 Bronze medal game
 
  Slovakia1
 
25 February
 
  Czech Republic3
 
  Russia0
 
 
  Czech Republic3
 

QuarterfinalsEdit

22 February 2006
16:35
Switzerland   2–6
(1–2, 0–3, 1–1)
  SwedenTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 2,970

22 February 2006
17:35
Finland  4–3
(2–1, 2–1, 0–1)
  United StatesPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 6,691

22 February 2006
20:35
Russia  2–0
(0–0, 0–0, 2–0)
  CanadaTorino Esposizioni, Turin
Attendance: 4,130

22 February 2006
21:35
Slovakia  1–3
(0–1, 0–1, 1–1)
  Czech RepublicPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 6,893

SemifinalsEdit

24 February 2006
16:35
Sweden  7–3
(2–1, 4–2, 1–0)
  Czech RepublicPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,071

24 February 2006
21:05
Finland  4–0
(1–0, 2–0, 1–0)
  RussiaPalasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,702

Bronze medal gameEdit

25 February 2006
20:35
Russia  0–3
(0–1, 0–1, 0–1)
  Czech Republic  Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,379

Gold medal gameEdit

26 February 2006
14:05
  Finland  2–3
(1–0, 1–2, 0–1)
  Sweden  Palasport Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 8,274

Final rankingEdit

Rank Team
    Sweden
    Finland
    Czech Republic
4   Russia
5   Slovakia
6    Switzerland
7   Canada
8   United States
9   Kazakhstan
10   Germany
11   Italy
12   Latvia

StatisticsEdit

Average ageEdit

Team USA was the oldest team in the tournament, averaging 31 years and 8 months. Team Germany was the youngest team in the tournament, averaging 26 years and 7 months. Gold medalists team Sweden averaged 29 years and 7 months. Tournament average was 29 years and 2 months.[6]

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
  Teemu Selänne 8 6 5 11 +7 4 F
  Saku Koivu 8 3 8 11 +5 12 F
  Daniel Alfredsson 8 5 5 10 +2 4 F
  Marián Hossa 6 5 5 10 +9 4 F
  Ville Peltonen 8 4 5 9 +4 6 F
  Olli Jokinen 8 6 2 8 +5 2 F
  Jere Lehtinen 8 3 5 8 +6 0 F
  Mats Sundin 8 3 5 8 +1 4 F
  Martin Straka 8 2 6 8 +4 6 F
  Pavel Datsyuk 8 1 7 8 +5 10 F

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

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
  Antero Niittymäki 358:51 8 1.34 164 95.12 3
  Evgeni Nabokov 359:27 8 1.34 134 94.03 3
  David Aebischer 200:00 7 2.10 117 94.02 0
  Peter Budaj 179:24 6 2.01 79 92.41 0
  Martin Brodeur 238:40 8 2.01 104 92.31 0

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

AwardsEdit

Source: IIHF

Source: IIHF

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Podnieks & Szemberg 2008, Story #8–Sweden's unique double, Olympics & Worlds.
  3. ^ a b Farber, Michael (March 6, 2006). "Swede Success". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  4. ^ "Report: Peter Forsberg Says Sweden Threw Game During 2006 Winter Olympics". NESN. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Forsberg shocker: admits Sweden may have tanked game in 2006 Olympics". Denver Post. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Team Canada - Olympics - Turin 2006 - Player Stats".

External linksEdit