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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
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«20022010»
Ice hockey at the
2006 Winter Olympics
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Tournament
men  women
Qualification
men  women
Rosters
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Statistics
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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[]

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

Qualification[]

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.png Canada
  2. Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
  3. Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
  4. Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
  5. Flag of Finland.png Finland
  6. Flag of the United States.png United States of America
  7. Flag of Russia.png Russia
  8. Flag of Germany.png 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 tournaments[]

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 round[]

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 A[]

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[]

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

Group A match details[]

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 B[]

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[]

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

Group B match details[]

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 round[]

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

Quarter-finals[]

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-finals[]

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 game[]

25 February 2006

20:35

Russia 0 – 3

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

Czech Republic Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8379

Gold medal game[]

26 February 2006

14:05

Finland 2 – 3

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

Sweden Palasport Olimpico

Attendance: 8274

Leading scorers[]

Rank Player Games played Goals Assists Pts PIM +/- Shots
1 Flag of Finland Teemu Selänne 8 6 5 11 4 +7 28
2 Flag of Finland Saku Koivu 8 3 8 11 12 +5 16
3 Flag of Sweden Daniel Alfredsson 8 5 5 10 4 +2 15
3 Flag of Slovakia Marián Hossa 6 5 5 10 4 +9 19
5 Flag of Finland Ville Peltonen 8 4 5 9 6 +4 22
6 Flag of Finland Olli Jokinen 8 6 2 8 2 +5 28
7 Flag of Finland Jere Lehtinen 8 3 5 8 0 +6 22
7 Flag of Sweden Mats Sundin 8 3 5 8 4 +1 27
9 Flag of the Czech Republic Martin Straka 8 2 6 8 6 +4 17
10 Flag of Russia Pavel Datsyuk 8 1 7 8 10 +5 13

Hat trick scorers

Leading goaltenders[]

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

Rank Goaltender Minutes GA GAA SV% Saves
1 Flag of Finland Antero Niittymäki 358:51 8 1.34 .951 156
2 Flag of Russia Evgeni Nabokov 359:27 8 1.34 .940 126
3 Flag of Switzerland David Aebischer 200 7 2.10 .940 110
4 Flag of Slovakia Peter Budaj 179:24 6 2.01 .924 73
5 Flag of Canada Martin Brodeur 238:40 8 2.01 .923 96

Shut-out posters

Awards[]

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

References[]

  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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