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2002 Winter Olympic Games Ice hockey games were held at the E Centermarker and Peaks Ice Arenamarker in Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah. Both the men's and women's tournaments were won by Canadamarker, defeating the host United Statesmarker in both games.


Gold: Silver: Bronze:

Mario Lemieux-C
Paul Kariya
Ed Jovanovski
Curtis Joseph
Jarome Iginla
Simon Gagné
Chris Pronger
Mike Peca
Owen Nolan
Joe Nieuwendyk
Scott Niedermayer
Adam Foote
Theo Fleury
Martin Brodeur
Eric Brewer
Rob Blake
Ed Belfour
Steve Yzerman-A
Ryan Smyth
Brendan Shanahan
Joe Sakic-A
Al MacInnis
Eric Lindros

Bill Guerin
Mike Dunham
Chris Drury
Aaron Miller
Adam Deadmarsh
Mike Richter
Tom Poti
Scott Young
Doug Weight
Keith Tkachuk
Chris Chelios-C
Tony Amonte
Phil Housley- A
Mike York
Brian Rolston
Tom Barrasso
Gary Suter
Jeremy Roenick
Brian Rafalski
Mike Modano
Brian Leetch - A
John LeClair
Brett Hull

Yegor Podomatsky
Daniil Markov
Alexei Kovalev
Vladimir Malakhov
Alexey Zhamnov
Sergei Gonchar
Darius Kasparaitis-A
Pavel Datsyuk
Igor Kravchuk
Oleg Tverdovsky
Pavel Bure-A
Igor Larionov-C
Sergei Fedorov
Alexei Yashin
Nikolai Khabibulin
Boris Mironov
Sergei Samsonov
Valeri Bure
Maxim Afinogenov
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Kovalchuk
Andrei Nikolishin
Oleg Kvasha

  • Gold -
  • Silver -
  • Bronze -

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 the 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 end of their 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. Ending up, USA finished second in the round robin.

The USA's semi-final victory over Russia came coincidentally on the 22-year anniversary of the upset of the Soviet team at Lake Placid in 1980. The Americans stormed out to a 3–0 lead for the first two periods, before withstanding a furious two-goal rally from the Russians to advance. Russian coach Slava Fetisov, ironically one of the stars for the 1980 Soviet squad, complained about the selection of NHL referees to officiate Olympic matches and charged that officials were trying to fix a Canada-USA final for North American audiences.

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 then won the gold medal, defeating the USA by three goals, 5-2. Canada clearly dominated the game and achieved the result speculated. This was the first Olympic gold medal in 50 years for the Canadian ice hockey team. Canadian Joe Sakic was named tournament MVP, having scored twice and assisted on two more during the finals.

Thanks to the much-anticipated Canada-USA matchup in the final in front of a North American home crowd, TV ratings for this match were the highest in Olympic history. In the United States, NBC's live coverage of the Canadian gold medal win drew a 10.7 rating, while in Canada, the CBC said that 10.6 million watched the game, making it the network's highest-rated sports show.

In the United States, the Canadian gold medal win was 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, while in Canada, the CBC said that the highest-rated sports show prior to the gold medal win came during the New York Rangers 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, which drew 4.957 million viewers.

During the final, the legend of the lucky loonie was born when Canadian icemaker Trent Evans buried a one dollar coin under centre ice and both the Canadian men's and women's teams won gold.

The format of the tournament was the same one used in 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 Germanymarker and Slovakiamarker, 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.


Group A

Top team (shaded) advanced to the final round.
Pld W L T GF GA Pts
3 3 0 0 10 3 6
3 1 1 1 11 12 3
3 1 2 0 7 9 2
3 0 2 1 8 12 1

  • February 9
  • February 10
  • February 12

Group B

Top team (shaded) advanced to the final round.
Pld W L T GF GA Pts
3 2 1 0 5 3 4
3 2 1 0 9 5 4
3 1 1 1 7 9 3
3 0 2 1 6 10 1

  • February 9
  • February 11
  • February 12

Consolation round

13th place match

  • February 14

11th place match

  • February 14

9th place match

  • February 14

Final round

Group A

Pld W L T GF GA Pts
3 3 0 0 14 4 6
3 1 1 1 12 7 3
3 1 1 1 8 10 3
3 0 3 0 5 18 0

  • February 15
  • February 17
  • February 18

Group B

Pld W L T GF GA Pts
3 2 0 1 16 3 5
3 2 1 0 11 8 4
3 1 1 1 9 9 3
3 0 3 0 6 22 0

  • February 15
  • February 16
  • February 18

Medal round


  • February 20


  • February 22

Bronze medal game

  • February 23

Gold medal game

  • February 24

Leading scorers

Rk GP G A Pts
1 Mats Sundin 4 5 4 9
2 Brett Hull 6 3 5 8
3 John LeClair 6 6 1 7
4 Joe Sakic 6 4 3 7
5 Marian Hossa 2 4 2 6
6 Jean-Jacques Aeschlimann 4 3 3 6
7 Phillipe Bozon 4 3 3 6
8 Leonard Soccio 7 3 3 6
9 Mario Lemieux 5 2 4 6
10 Steve Yzerman 6 2 4 6
11 Nicklas Lidstrom 4 1 5 6
12 Mike Modano 6 0 6 6

Final rankings


This was the second time the Winter Olympics featured women's ice hockey.

The tournament marked the arrival of Swedenmarker as a Tier Two team, on par with Finlandmarker. This increased the number of world class teams to four, Canadamarker, the United Statesmarker, Finlandmarker and Swedenmarker. As with the 1998 Winter Olympics, when the US joined Canada as Tier One teams, another major change in the status of International Women's Ice Hockey occurs at the Olympics.

Gold Silver Bronze

Sami Jo Small
Becky Kellar
Colleen Sostorics
Thérèse Brisson
Cherie Piper
Cheryl Pounder
Lori Dupuis
Caroline Ouellette
Danielle Goyette
Jayna Hefford
Jennifer Botterill
Hayley Wickenheiser
Dana Antal
Kelly Bechard
Tammy Lee Shewchuk
Kim St-Pierre
Vicky Sunohara
Isabelle Chartrand
Cassie Campbell
Geraldine Heaney

Sara Decosta
Tara Mounsey
Courtney Kennedy
Angela Ruggiero
Lyndsay Wall
Karyn Bye
Sue Merz
Laurie Baker
Andrea Kilbourne
Allison Mleczko
Jenny Potter
Julie Chu
Shelley Looney
Krissy Wendell
Katie King
Cammi Granato
Natalie Darwitz
Chris Bailey
Tricia Dunn
Sarah Tueting

Emelie Berggren
Anna Andersson
Maria Rooth
Erika Holst
Anna Vikman
Evelina Samuelsson
Maria Larsson
Kristina Bergstrand
Ann-Louise Edstrand
Josefin Pettersson
Lotta Almblad
Joa Elfsberg
Gunilla Andersson
Nanna Jansson
Therese Sjölander
Ylva Lindberg
Danijela Rundqvist
Ulrica Lindström
Kim Martin
Annica Åhlén

Eight countries competed. The top two teams in each pool advanced to the semi-finals.

Canada did not allow a goal in the preliminary round, while USA allowed only one goal. Canada trailed 3–2 to Finland going into the third period, but score 5 unanswered goals to advance to the final. USA had a fairly uneventful semi-final, shutting out Sweden. In the final, Canada outplayed USA despite being called for 13 penalties by the American referee (the Americans received four penalties). As a result, the game is considered somewhat controversial to many Canadian fans. The turning point of the game probably came when Canada's Jayna Hefford scored with one second left in the second period to give the Canadians a 3–1 lead going into the third period. This turned out to be the winning goal as the USA scored late in the third period on the power play to cut the lead to 3–2, but Canada hung on to win. It was the first women's hockey gold for Canada. Coming into the game, the Americans were 35–0 on their season, and had beaten the Canadians in their eight previous meetings. Canadian Hayley Wickenheiser was named tournament MVP.


Group A

Top two teams (shaded) advanced to semifinals.
Pld W L T GF GA Pts
3 3 0 0 25 0 6
3 2 1 0 10 13 4
3 1 2 0 6 11 2
3 0 3 0 1 18 0

Round robin







Group B

Top two teams (shaded) advanced to semifinals.
Pld W L T GF GA Pts
3 3 0 0 28 1 6
3 2 1 0 7 6 4
3 0 2 1 6 18 1
3 0 2 1 6 21 1

Round robin







Medal round



Bronze medal game


Gold medal game


Final rankings


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