1998 Winter Olympics
Men's Ice Hockey
Ice hockey pictogram.png
Tournament details
Host nation Flag of Japan Japan
Dates 7–22 February
Teams 14
Venue(s) Big Hat, Aqua Wing Arena (in 1 host city)
Champions Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic (1 title)
Tournament statistics
Games played 35
Goals scored 210  (6 per game)
Scoring leader(s) Flag of Finland Teemu Selänne

The men's ice hockey tournament at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, was the 19th Olympic Championship. The Czech Republic, which emerged from the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, won its first winter gold medal, becoming only the seventh nation to win Olympic ice hockey gold. The tournament, held from February 7 to February 22, was played at the Big Hat and Aqua Wing arenas.

This was the first Olympics in which the National Hockey League (NHL) took a break (17 days, from February 8 to February 24) allowing national teams to include NHL players from each country.[1] Unlike basketball's Dream Team, where the players stayed in a five-star hotel in Barcelona, NHL players were required to stay in the Olympic Village like other athletes.[2]

The Canadian team, despite a strong start in the round robin, lost their semifinal match against the Czech Republic in a shootout, and played a lackluster bronze medal game, disappointing Canadians who wished for Wayne Gretzky to get an Olympic medal. In the final match, the Czech Republic shut-out Russia to win the gold medal.

Qualification[edit | edit source]

Preliminary round[edit | edit source]

Group A[edit | edit source]

Top team (shaded) advanced to the first round.

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 3 2 0 1 14 11 +3 5
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 3 1 1 1 9 9 0 3
Flag of Italy.png Italy 3 1 2 0 11 11 0 2
Flag of Austria.png Austria 3 0 1 2 9 12 −3 2

All times are local (UTC+9).

7 February 1998
16:00
Italy Flag of Italy.png 3–5
(3–1, 0–1, 0–3)
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 8,634
7 February 1998
16:00
Austria Flag of Austria.png 2–2
(1–0, 1–2, 0–0)
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 4,315
8 February 1998
14:00
Austria Flag of Austria.png 5–5
(2–2, 2–1, 1–2)
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,410
8 February 1998
18:00
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.png 4–3
(1–2, 3–1, 0–0)
Flag of Italy.png Italy The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 8,620
10 February 1998
14:00
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.png 3–4
(1–1, 1–0, 1–3)
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 3,659
10 February 1998
18:00
Italy Flag of Italy.png 5–2
(2–0, 2–0, 1–2)
Flag of Austria.png Austria The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 8,473

Group B[edit | edit source]

Top team (shaded) advanced to the first round.

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 3 2 0 1 14 4 +10 5
Flag of Germany.png Germany 3 2 1 0 7 9 −2 4
Flag of France.png France 3 1 2 0 5 8 −3 2
Flag of Japan.gif Japan 3 0 2 1 5 10 −5 1

All times are local (UTC+9).

7 February 1998 France Flag of France.png 0–4
(0–1, 0–1, 0–2)
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 3,419
7 February 1998 Germany Flag of Germany.png 3–1
(0–0, 1–0, 2–1)
Flag of Japan.gif Japan The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,861
9 February 1998 Germany Flag of Germany.png 2–8
(0–2, 2–3, 0–3)
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 8,063
9 February 1998 Japan Flag of Japan.gif 2–5
(2–1, 0–1, 0–3)
Flag of France.png France The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,930
10 February 1998 Japan Flag of Japan.gif 2–2
(1–1, 1–1, 0–0)
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 3,659
10 February 1998 France Flag of France.png 0–2
(0–0, 0–1, 0–1)
Flag of Germany.png Germany Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 3,916

Consolation round[edit | edit source]

13th place match[edit | edit source]

All times are local (UTC+9).

12 February 1998 Japan Flag of Japan.gif 4 – 3 (SO)
(1–2, 1–0, 1–1, 0–0, 1–0)
Flag of Austria.png Austria The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,495

11th place match[edit | edit source]

All times are local (UTC+9).

12 February 1998 France Flag of France.png 5–1
(1–0, 0–0, 4–1)
Flag of Italy.png Italy The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 8,854

9th place match[edit | edit source]

All times are local (UTC+9).

12 February 1998 Germany Flag of Germany.png 4–2
(0–1, 1–1, 3–0)
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 8,670

First round[edit | edit source]

Group C[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Russia.png Russia 3 3 0 0 15 6 +9 6
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 3 2 1 0 12 4 +8 4
Flag of Finland.png Finland 3 1 2 0 11 9 +2 2
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 3 0 3 0 6 25 −19 0

All times are local (UTC+9).

13 February 1998
14:45
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 3–0
(0–0, 1–0, 2–0)
Flag of Finland.png Finland Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 5,050
13 February 1998
18:45
Russia Flag of Russia.png 9–2
(2–1, 5–0, 2–1)
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 3,752
15 February 1998
13:45
Russia Flag of Russia.png 4–3
(1–2, 2–1, 1–0)
Flag of Finland.png Finland The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,894
15 February 1998
18:45
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 8–2
(1–0, 3–2, 4–0)
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,975
16 February 1998
15:45
Finland Flag of Finland.png 8–2
(3–1, 1–0, 4–1)
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 5,544
16 February 1998
18:45
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 1–2
(0–0, 1–0, 0–2)
Flag of Russia.png Russia The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,847

Group D[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Canada.png Canada 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 6
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 3 2 1 0 11 7 +4 4
Flag of the United States.png United States of America 3 1 2 0 8 10 −2 2
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 3 0 3 0 4 15 −11 0

All times are local (UTC+9).

13 February 1998
14:45
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 4–2
(1–2, 2–0, 1–0)
Flag of the United States.png United States of America The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,985
13 February 1998
18:45
Canada Flag of Canada.png 5–0
(2–0, 2–0, 1–0)
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,960
14 February 1998
14:45
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 5–2
(2–1, 1–0, 2–1)
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,975
14 February 1998
18:45
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 2–3
(1–0, 0–3, 1–0)
Flag of Canada.png Canada The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,945
16 February 1998
13:45
Canada Flag of Canada.png 4–1
(1–0, 2–0, 1–1)
Flag of the United States.png United States of America The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 10,076
16 February 1998
18:45
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 5–2
(2–0, 1–1, 2–1)
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 4,235

Final round[edit | edit source]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
                           
  C1  Flag of Russia.png Russia 4  
D4  Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 1  
  C1  Flag of Russia.png Russia 7  
  C3  Flag of Finland.png Finland 4  
D2  Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 1
  C3  Flag of Finland.png Finland 2  
    C1  Flag of Russia.png Russia 0
  C2  Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic  1
  D1  Flag of Canada.png Canada 4  
C4  Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 1  
  D1  Flag of Canada.png Canada 1 Bronze medal game
  C2  Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic  2  
C2  Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic  4 D1  Flag of Canada.png Canada 2
  D3  Flag of the United States.png United States of America 1   C3  Flag of Finland.png Finland 3

Quarter-finals[edit | edit source]

All times are local (UTC+9).

18 February 1998
14:45
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 4–1
(0–1, 3–0, 1–0)
Flag of the United States.png United States of America The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,822
18 February 1998
14:45
Russia Flag of Russia.png 4–1
(1–0, 1–0, 2–1)
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 4,628
18 February 1998
18:45
Canada Flag of Canada.png 4–1
(2–1, 2–0, 0–0)
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,602
18 February 1998
18:45
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 1–2
(0–0, 0–0, 1–2)
Flag of Finland.png Finland Aqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 5,044

Semi-finals[edit | edit source]

All times are local (UTC+9).

20 February 1998
14:45
Canada Flag of Canada.png 1–2 SO
(0–0, 0–0, 1–1, 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,854
20 February 1998
18:45
Russia Flag of Russia.png 7–4
(2–0, 2–3, 3–1)
Flag of Finland.png Finland The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,640

Bronze medal game[edit | edit source]

All times are local (UTC+9).

21 February 1998
15:15
Canada Flag of Canada.png 2–3
(1–2, 1–0, 0–1)
Flag of Finland.png Finland 3 The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,875

Gold medal game[edit | edit source]

All times are local (UTC+9).

22 February 1998
13:45
2 Russia Flag of Russia.png 0–1
(0–0, 0–0, 0–1)
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 1 The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 10,010

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Average age[edit | edit source]

Team Canada was the oldest team in the tournament, with an average age of 30 years. Team Kazakhstan was the youngest, averaging 26 years and 11 months. The gold medal-winning Czech Republic team averaged 27 years and 2 months. The tournament average was 28 years and 1 month.[3]

Leading scorers[edit | edit source]

Rank Player GP G A Pts PIM
1 Teemu Selänne Flag of Finland.png Finland 5 4 6 10 8
2 Saku Koivu Flag of Finland.png Finland 6 2 8 10 4
3 Pavel Bure Flag of Russia.png Russia 6 9 0 9 2
4 Aleksandr Koreshkov Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 7 3 6 9 2
5 Philippe Bozon Flag of France.png France 4 5 2 7 4
6 Konstantin Shafranov Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 7 4 3 7 6
7 Dominic Lavoie Flag of Austria.png Austria 4 5 1 6 8
8 Jere Lehtinen Flag of Finland.png Finland 6 4 2 6 2
9 Alexei Yashin Flag of Russia.png Russia 6 3 3 6 0
10 Serge Poudrier Flag of France.png France 6 2 4 6 4
11 Sergei Fedorov Flag of Russia.png Russia 6 1 5 6 8

Medal-winning rosters[edit | edit source]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
Josef Beránek
Jan Čaloun
Roman Čechmánek
Jiří Dopita
Roman Hamrlík
Dominik Hašek
Milan Hejduk
Milan Hnilička
Jaromír Jágr
František Kučera
Robert Lang
David Moravec
Pavel Patera
Libor Procházka
Martin Procházka
Robert Reichel
Martin Ručínský
Vladimír Růžička-C
Jiří Šlégr
Richard Šmehlík
Jaroslav Špaček
Martin Straka
Petr Svoboda
Flag of Russia.png Russia
Pavel Bure-C
Valeri Bure
Oleg Chevtsov
Sergei Fedorov
Sergei Gonchar
Alexei Gusarov
Valeri Kamensky
Darius Kasparaitis
Andrei Kovalenko
Igor Kravchuk
Sergei Krivokrasov
Boris Mironov
Dmitri Mironov
Alexei Morozov
Sergei Nemchinov
Mikhail Shtalenkov
German Titov
Andrei Trefilov
Alexei Yashin
Dmitri Yushkevich
Valeri Zelepukin
Alexei Zhitnik
Alexei Zhamnov
Flag of Finland.png Finland
Aki-Petteri Berg
Tuomas Grönman
Raimo Helminen
Sami Kapanen
Saku Koivu-C
Jari Kurri
Janne Laukkanen
Jere Lehtinen
Juha Lind
Jyrki Lumme
Jarmo Myllys
Mika Nieminen
Janne Niinimaa
Teppo Numminen
Ville Peltonen
Kimmo Rintanen
Teemu Selänne
Ari Sulander
Jukka Tammi
Esa Tikkanen
Kimmo Timonen
Antti Törmänen
Juha Ylönen

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Roster notes[edit | edit source]

Several of general manager Bobby Clarke's selections for Team Canada were controversial. Eric Lindros was named captain over longtime leaders such as Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, and Ray Bourque (Clarke at the time was general manager of Lindros's NHL team, the Philadelphia Flyers).[4] Rob Zamuner was a surprise pick, while Mark Messier and Scott Niedermayer were omitted.[5] Japanese fans were disappointed when their adopted hero, Paul Kariya, a Canadian of Japanese heritage and one of Canada's best stars, failed to make the Games due to a head injury sustained from a crosscheck by Gary Suter during regular season NHL play.[6][7][8]

Memorably, during the shootout in their semifinal match against the Czech Republic, Canadian coach Marc Crawford opted to have defenceman Ray Bourque shoot in the shootout instead of high-scoring forwards Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman. Hockey commentators alternatively criticized Crawford's decision (Bourque, like the other four Canadian shooters, failed to score) or praised it on the grounds that Bourque was one of hockey's most accurate shooters at the time and Gretzky had always been surprisingly mediocre on breakaways.

Controversy[edit | edit source]

Swedish player Ulf Samuelsson was discovered to have applied for American citizenship. Under Swedish law at the time, when one acquires a foreign passport, their citizenship is annulled. Samuelsson was ejected after having played the first game against Belarus, although Sweden kept their points from the win. The Czech National Olympic Committee felt that Sweden should lose the points and filed a protest with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which was rejected.[9]

The United States team, loaded with 17 NHL stars, was eliminated in the first game of the knockout round, and responded by trashing their rooms in the Olympic Village. Three apartments were vandalized, ten chairs were broken and three fire extinguishers were emptied. Six of those chairs and one fire extinguisher were thrown down five stories into a courtyard.[10][11]

Final rankings[edit | edit source]

Team
1 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
2 Flag of Russia.png Russia
3 Flag of Finland.png Finland
4th Flag of Canada.png Canada
5th Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
6th Flag of the United States.png United States of America
7th Flag of Belarus.png Belarus
8th Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan
9th Flag of Germany.png Germany
10th Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
11th Flag of France.png France
12th Flag of Italy.png Italy
13th Flag of Japan.gif Japan
14th Flag of Austria.png Austria

These standings are presented as the IIHF has them,[12] however both the NHL an IOC maintain that all quarterfinal losers are ranked equal at 5th.[13][14]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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