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Winter Olympics
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Tournament details
Host nation Flag of Korea South Korea
Dates 14–25 February
Teams 12
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Champions Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia (1 title)
Tournament statistics
Games played 30
Goals scored 154  (5.13 per game)
Attendance 138,327  (4,611 per game)
Scoring leader(s) Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia - Nikita Gusev
MVP Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia - Ilya Kovalchuk

The men's tournament in ice hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics was held in Gangneung, South Korea between 14 and 25 February 2018.[1] Twelve countries qualified for the tournament; eight of them did so automatically by virtue of their ranking by the International Ice Hockey Federation, one, South Korea, automatically qualified as hosts, while the three others took part in a qualification tournament.[2]

After five consecutive Olympic tournaments in which the National Hockey League (the world's premier professional league) allowed its players to participate in the Olympics and adjusted its schedule to accommodate the tournament, the NHL announced in 2017 that it would prohibit any player under NHL contract, including those not actually playing for an NHL team, from participating in the Olympics.[3] The NHL secured the cooperation of the International Ice Hockey Federation and the IOC ensuring that nations would not be allowed to ask NHL players to participate.[4]

Unlike the NHL, a vast majority of European leagues accommodated an Olympic break, headlined by Russia-based KHL's 33-day break,[5] Sweden-based Swedish Hockey League's 14-day break,[6] Switzerland-based National League's 25-day break,[7] German-based Eishockey Liga's 26-day break,[8] Czech Republic-based Extraliga's 18-day break and Slovakia-based Tipsport liga's 14-day break.[9] Conversely, Finland-based SM-liiga accommodated a 10-day-break. However, Liiga allowed its top players to leave their clubs and participate in the Olympics.[10]

The Russian national team, competing under the name of the Olympic athletes from Russia (OAR), won the gold medal for the first time in 26 years, defeating the German national team with a score of 4:3 in overtime in the finals.

QualificationEdit

Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, United States, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Slovakia qualified as the top eight teams in the IIHF World Ranking in 2015.

South Korea qualified as host team. To field a competitive team, the South Korean government agreed to grant one American and six Canadian hockey players that were playing in Korean leagues dual citizenship to make them eligible for the national team.[11] The remaining three teams qualified from qualification tournaments.

Qualified teamsEdit

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Hosts 19 September 2014[12] Flag of Spain Tenerife 1 Flag of Korea South Korea
2015 IIHF World Ranking 2 April 2012 –
17 May 2015
Flag of the Czech Republic Prague and Ostrava 8[13] Flag of Sweden Sweden
Flag of Finland Finland
Flag of Canada Canada
Flag of Russia Russia
Flag of the United States United States of America
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
Final qualification tournament 1–4 September 2016 Flag of Belarus Minsk 1 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia
Final qualification tournament 1–4 September 2016 Flag of Latvia Riga 1 Flag of Germany Germany
Final qualification tournament 1–4 September 2016 Flag of Norway Oslo 1 Flag of Norway Norway
Total 12
Notes

RostersEdit

Match officialsEdit

14 referees and 14 linesmen were selected for the tournament.[14]

Referees
  • Flag of Canada Oliver Gouin
  • Flag of Canada Brett Iverson
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Jan Hribik
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Antonín Jeřábek
  • Flag of Finland Aleksi Rantala
  • Flag of Finland Anssi Salonen
  • Flag of Russia Roman Gofman
  • Flag of Russia Konstantin Olenin
  • Flag of Switzerland Daniel Stricker
  • Flag of Switzerland Tobias Wehrli
  • Flag of Slovakia Jozef Kubuš
  • Flag of Sweden Linus Öhlund
  • Flag of the United States Mark Lemelin
  • Flag of the United States Timothy Mayer

Linesmen
  • Flag of Canada Nathan Vanoosten
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Vít Lederer
  • Flag of the Czech Republic Miroslav Lhotský
  • Flag of Finland Hannu Sormunen
  • Flag of Finland Sakari Suominen
  • Flag of Germany Lukas Kohlmüller
  • Flag of Russia Gleb Lazarev
  • Flag of Russia Alexander Otmakhov
  • Flag of Switzerland Nicolas Fluri
  • Flag of Switzerland Roman Kaderli
  • Flag of Sweden Jimmy Dahmen
  • Flag of Sweden Henrik Pihlblad
  • Flag of the United States Fraser McIntyre
  • Flag of the United States Judson Ritter

Preliminary roundEdit

All times are local (UTC+9).

Tiebreak criteriaEdit

In each group, teams will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  1. Number of points (three points for a regulation-time win, two points for an overtime or shootout win, one point for an overtime or shootout defeat, no points for a regulation-time defeat);
  2. In case two teams are tied on points, the result of their head-to-head match will determine the ranking;
  3. In case three or four teams are tied on points, the following criteria will apply (if, after applying a criterion, only two teams remain tied, the result of their head-to-head match will determine their ranking):
    1. Points obtained in head-to-head matches between the teams concerned;
    2. Goal differential in head-to-head matches between the teams concerned;
    3. Number of goals scored in head-to-head matches between the teams concerned;
    4. If three teams remain tied, result of head-to-head matches between each of the teams concerned and the remaining team in the group (points, goal difference, goals scored);
    5. Place in 2017 IIHF World Ranking.

Group AEdit

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02018-02-15 15 February 2018
21:10
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic 2–1
(2–1, 0–0, 0–0)
Flag of Korea South Korea Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,025


02018-02-15 15 February 2018
21:10
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 1–5
(0–2, 0–2, 1–1)
Flag of Canada Canada Kwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 2,802

02018-02-17 17 February 2018
12:10
Canada Flag of Canada 2–3 GWS
(2–1, 0–1, 0–0)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 6,731


02018-02-17 17 February 2018
16:40
South Korea Flag of Korea 0–8
(0–1, 0–2, 0–5)
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,568

02018-02-18 18 February 2018
16:40
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic 4–1
(1–1, 0–0, 3–0)
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,137


02018-02-18 18 February 2018
21:10
Canada Flag of Canada 4–0
(1–0, 1–0, 2–0)
Flag of Korea South Korea Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 6,038

Group BEdit

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02018-02-14 14 February 2018
21:10
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia 3–2
(2–2, 0–0, 1–0)
Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 4,025


02018-02-14 14 February 2018
21:10
United States of America Flag of the United States 2–3 OT
(1–0, 1–0, 0–2)
(OT 0–1)
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Kwandong Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 3,348

02018-02-16 16 February 2018
12:10
United States of America Flag of the United States 2–1
(1–1, 0–0, 1–0)
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 5,652


02018-02-16 16 February 2018
16:40
Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia 8–2
(2–0, 4–1, 2–1)
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,018

02018-02-17 17 February 2018
21:10
Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia 4–0
(1–0, 2–0, 1–0)
Flag of the United States United States of America Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,473


02018-02-17 17 February 2018
21:10
Slovenia Flag of Slovenia 3–2 GWS
(0–0, 2–1, 0–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Kwandong Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 4,085

Group CEdit

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02018-02-15 15 February 2018
12:10
Finland Flag of Finland 5–2
(2–1, 2–0, 1–1)
Flag of Germany Germany Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,695


02018-02-15 15 February 2018
16:40
Norway Flag of Norway 0–4
(0–2, 0–0, 0–2)
Flag of Sweden Sweden Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,961

02018-02-16 16 February 2018
21:10
Finland Flag of Finland 5–1
(1–1, 1–0, 3–0)
Flag of Norway Norway Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 4,180


02018-02-16 16 February 2018
21:10
Sweden Flag of Sweden 1–0
(1–0, 0–0, 0–0)
Flag of Germany Germany Kwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,077

02018-02-18 18 February 2018
12:10
Germany Flag of Germany 2–1 GWS
(0–0, 1–0, 0–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
Flag of Norway Norway Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 5,534


02018-02-18 18 February 2018
21:10
Sweden Flag of Sweden 3–1
(1–0, 0–1, 2–0)
Flag of Finland Finland Kwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 3,861

Ranking after preliminary roundEdit

Following the completion of the preliminary round, all teams will be ranked 1D through 12D. To determine this ranking, the following criteria will be used in the order presented:[15]

  1. higher position in the group
  2. higher number of points
  3. better goal difference
  4. higher number of goals scored for
  5. better 2017 IIHF World Ranking.
Team advanced to Quarterfinals
Team play in Qualification playoffs
Rank Team Group Pos GP Pts GD GF IIHF Rank
1D Flag of Sweden Sweden C 1 3 9 +7 8 3
2D Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic A 1 3 8 +5 9 6
3D Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia Olympic Athletes from Russia B 1 3 6 +9 14 2
4D Flag of Canada Canada A 2 3 7 +7 11 1
5D Flag of Finland Finland C 2 3 6 +5 11 4
6D Flag of Slovenia Slovenia B 2 3 4 −4 8 15
7D Flag of the United States United States of America B 3 3 4 −4 4 5
8D Flag of Switzerland Switzerland A 3 3 3 +1 10 7
9D Flag of Germany Germany C 3 3 2 −3 4 8
10D Flag of Slovakia Slovakia B 4 3 4 −1 6 11
11D Flag of Norway Norway C 4 3 1 −9 2 9
12D Flag of Korea South Korea A 4 3 0 −13 1 21

Playoff roundEdit

BracketEdit

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Qualification playoffsEdit

The four highest-ranked teams (1D–4D) received byes and were deemed the home team in the quarterfinals as they were seeded to advance, with the remaining eight teams (5D–12D) playing qualification playoff games as follows. The losers of the qualification playoff games received a final ranking of 9 through 12 based on their preliminary round ranking.


02018-02-20 20 February 2018
12:10
United States of America Flag of the United States 5–1
(0–0, 3–1, 2–0)
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,391


02018-02-20 20 February 2018
16:40
Slovenia Flag of Slovenia 1–2 OT
(1–0, 0–0, 0–1)
(OT: 0–1)
Flag of Norway Norway Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 6,312


02018-02-20 20 February 2018
21:10
Finland Flag of Finland 5–2
(1–0, 2–2, 2–0)
Flag of Korea South Korea Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 5,409


02018-02-20 20 February 2018
21:10
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 1–2 OT
(0–1, 1–0, 0–0)
(OT: 0–1)
Flag of Germany Germany Kwandong Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 2,878

QuarterfinalsEdit

Following the quarterfinal games, the winning teams were re-ranked F1 through F4, with the winner of 1D vs. E4 re-ranked as F1, the winner of 2D vs. E3 re-ranked as F2, the winner of 3D vs. E2 re-ranked as F3, and the winner of 4D vs. E1 re-ranked as F4. The losers of the quarterfinal round games received a final ranking of 5 through 8 based on their preliminary round ranking.


02018-02-21 21 February 2018
12:10
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic 3–2 GWS
(1–1, 1–1, 0–0)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
Flag of the United States United States of America Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 2,948


02018-02-21 21 February 2018
16:40
Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia 6–1
(3–0, 2–1, 1–0)
Flag of Norway Norway Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 3,553


02018-02-21 21 February 2018
21:10
Canada Flag of Canada 1–0
(0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
Flag of Finland Finland Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 2,265


02018-02-21 21 February 2018
21:10
Sweden Flag of Sweden 3–4 OT
(0–2, 0–0, 3–1)
(OT 0–1)
Flag of Germany Germany Kwandong Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 2,092

SemifinalsEdit

02018-02-23 23 February 2018
16:40
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic 0–3
(0–0, 0–2, 0–1)
Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 4,330


02018-02-23 23 February 2018
21:10
Canada Flag of Canada 3–4
(0–1, 1–3, 2–0)
Flag of Germany Germany Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 4,057

Bronze medal gameEdit

02018-02-24 24 February 2018
21:10
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic 4–6
(1–3, 0–0, 3–3)
Flag of Canada Canada Bronze medal icon Gangneung Hockey Centre, Pyeongchang
Attendance: 4,807

Gold medal gameEdit

02018-02-25 25 February 2018
13:10
Gold medal icon Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia 4–3 OT
(1–0, 0–1, 2–2)
(OT 1–0)
Flag of Germany Germany Silver medal icon Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung
Attendance: 5,075

Final rankingEdit

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StatisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia Nikita Gusev 6 4 8 12 +7 4 F
Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia Kirill Kaprizov 6 5 4 9 +7 2 F
Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia Eeli Tolvanen 5 3 6 9 +1 4 F
Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia Ilya Kovalchuk 6 5 2 7 +5 4 F
Flag of Germany Patrick Hager 7 3 4 7 –3 4 F
Flag of Canada Maxim Noreau 6 2 5 7 +3 0 D
Flag of Canada Derek Roy 6 2 5 7 –2 8 F
Flag of Sweden Linus Omark 4 0 7 7 +6 0 F
Flag of the United States Ryan Donato 5 5 1 6 –1 2 F
Flag of Slovenia Jan Muršak 4 3 3 6 –1 0 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
Flag of Switzerland Jonas Hiller 211:19 4 1.14 91 95.60 1
Olympic flag Olympic Athletes from Russia Vasily Koshechkin 348:08 8 1.38 126 93.65 2
Flag of Finland Mikko Koskinen 296:38 8 1.62 117 93.16 0
Flag of Slovenia Gašper Krošelj 188:44 6 1.91 87 93.10 0
Flag of Canada Ben Scrivens 149:17 4 1.61 56 92.86 0
TOI = Time on Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts
Source: IIHF.com

AwardsEdit

Source: IIHF.com

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