Ice Hockey At the 1998 Winter Olympics - Men's Tournament
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Ice Hockey At the 1998 Winter Olympics - Men's Tournament
1998 Winter Olympics
Men's Ice Hockey
Nagano 1998-Russia vs Czech Republic.jpg
Tournament details
Host country Japan
Dates7-22 February
Teams14
Venue(s)Big Hat, Aqua Wing Arena (in 1 host city)
Final positions
 Czech Republic
 Russia
 Finland
Fourth place Canada
Tournament statistics
Matches played35
Goals scored210 (6 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Finland Teemu Selänne
(10 points)
1994
2002

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][2] Unlike basketball's Dream Team in 1992, where the players stayed in a hotel in Barcelona due to security concerns,[3] NHL players stayed in the Olympic Village due to improved security measures.[4]

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, in large part due to a sterling performance by Dominik Ha?ek.[5]

Qualification

Preliminary round

Group A

Top team (shaded) advanced to the first round.

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
 Kazakhstan 3 2 0 1 14 11 +3 5
 Slovakia 3 1 1 1 9 9 0 3
 Italy 3 1 2 0 11 11 0 2
 Austria 3 0 1 2 9 12 -3 2

All times are local (UTC+9).

7 February 1998
16:00
Italy 3-5
(3-1, 0-1, 0-3)
 KazakhstanThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 8,634
7 February 1998
16:00
Austria 2-2
(1-0, 1-2, 0-0)
 SlovakiaAqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 4,315
8 February 1998
14:00
Austria 5-5
(2-2, 2-1, 1-2)
 KazakhstanThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,410
8 February 1998
18:00
Slovakia 4-3
(1-2, 3-1, 0-0)
 ItalyThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 8,620
10 February 1998
14:00
Slovakia 3-4
(1-1, 1-0, 1-3)
 KazakhstanAqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 3,659
10 February 1998
18:00
Italy 5-2
(2-0, 2-0, 1-2)
 AustriaThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 8,473

Group B

Top team (shaded) advanced to the first round.

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
 Belarus 3 2 0 1 14 4 +10 5
 Germany 3 2 1 0 7 9 -2 4
 France 3 1 2 0 5 8 -3 2
 Japan 3 0 2 1 5 10 -5 1

All times are local (UTC+9).

7 February 1998France 0-4
(0-1, 0-1, 0-2)
 BelarusAqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 3,419
7 February 1998Germany 3-1
(0-0, 1-0, 2-1)
 JapanThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,861
9 February 1998Germany 2-8
(0-2, 2-3, 0-3)
 BelarusThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 8,063
9 February 1998Japan 2-5
(2-1, 0-1, 0-3)
 FranceThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,930
10 February 1998Japan 2-2
(1-1, 1-1, 0-0)
 BelarusThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 3,659
10 February 1998France 0-2
(0-0, 0-1, 0-1)
 GermanyAqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 3,916

Consolation round

13th place match

All times are local (UTC+9).

12 February 1998Japan 4 - 3 (SO)
(1-2, 1-0, 1-1, 0-0, 1-0)
 AustriaThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,495

11th place match

All times are local (UTC+9).

12 February 1998France 5-1
(1-0, 0-0, 4-1)
 ItalyThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 8,854

9th place match

All times are local (UTC+9).

12 February 1998Germany 4-2
(0-1, 1-1, 3-0)
 SlovakiaThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 8,670

First round

Group C

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

All times are local (UTC+9).

13 February 1998
14:45
Czech Republic 3-0
(0-0, 1-0, 2-0)
 FinlandAqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 5,050
13 February 1998
18:45
Russia 9-2
(2-1, 5-0, 2-1)
 KazakhstanAqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 3,752
15 February 1998
13:45
Russia 4-3
(1-2, 2-1, 1-0)
 FinlandThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,894
15 February 1998
18:45
Czech Republic 8-2
(1-0, 3-2, 4-0)
 KazakhstanThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,975
16 February 1998
15:45
Finland 8-2
(3-1, 1-0, 4-1)
 KazakhstanAqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 5,544
16 February 1998
18:45
Czech Republic 1-2
(0-0, 1-0, 0-2)
 RussiaThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,847

Group D

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
 Canada 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 6
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 11 7 +4 4
 United States 3 1 2 0 8 10 -2 2
 Belarus 3 0 3 0 4 15 -11 0

All times are local (UTC+9).

13 February 1998
14:45
Sweden 4-2
(1-2, 2-0, 1-0)
 United StatesThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,985
13 February 1998
18:45
Canada 5-0
(2-0, 2-0, 1-0)
 BelarusThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,960
14 February 1998
14:45
United States 5-2
(2-1, 1-0, 2-1)
 BelarusThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,975
14 February 1998
18:45
Sweden 2-3
(1-0, 0-3, 1-0)
 CanadaThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,945
16 February 1998
13:45
Canada 4-1
(1-0, 2-0, 1-1)
 United StatesThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 10,076
16 February 1998
18:45
Sweden 5-2
(2-0, 1-1, 2-1)
 BelarusAqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 4,235

Final round

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Gold medal game
                           
  C1  Russia 4  
D4  Belarus 1  
  C1  Russia 7  
  C3  Finland 4  
D2  Sweden 1
  C3  Finland 2  
    C1  Russia 0
  C2 1
  D1  Canada 4  
C4  Kazakhstan 1  
  D1  Canada 1 Bronze medal game
  C2 2  
C2 4 D1  Canada 2
  D3  United States 1   C3  Finland 3

Quarter-finals

All times are local (UTC+9).

18 February 1998
14:45
Czech Republic 4-1
(0-1, 3-0, 1-0)
 United StatesThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,822
18 February 1998
14:45
Russia 4-1
(1-0, 1-0, 2-1)
 BelarusAqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 4,628
18 February 1998
18:45
Canada 4-1
(2-1, 2-0, 0-0)
 KazakhstanThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,602
18 February 1998
18:45
Sweden 1-2
(0-0, 0-0, 1-2)
 FinlandAqua Wing Arena, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 5,044

Semi-finals

All times are local (UTC+9).

20 February 1998
14:45
Canada 1-2 SO
(0-0, 0-0, 1-1, 0-0)
(SO: 0-1)
 Czech RepublicThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,854
20 February 1998
18:45
Russia 7-4
(2-0, 2-3, 3-1)
 FinlandThe Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,640

Bronze medal game

All times are local (UTC+9).

21 February 1998
15:15
Canada 2-3
(1-2, 1-0, 0-1)
 Finland 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 9,875

Gold medal game

All times are local (UTC+9).

22 February 1998
13:45
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Russia 0-1
(0-0, 0-0, 0-1)
 Czech Republic 1st place, gold medalist(s)The Big Hat, Nagano, Japan
Attendance: 10,010

Statistics

Average age

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.[6]

Leading scorers

Rank Player GP G A Pts PIM
1  Teemu Selänne (FIN) 5 4 6 10 8
2  Saku Koivu (FIN) 6 2 8 10 4
3  Pavel Bure (RUS) 6 9 0 9 2
4  Aleksandr Koreshkov (KAZ) 7 3 6 9 2
5  Philippe Bozon (FRA) 4 5 2 7 4
6  Konstantin Shafranov (KAZ) 7 4 3 7 6
7  Dominic Lavoie (AUT) 4 5 1 6 8
8  Jere Lehtinen (FIN) 6 4 2 6 2
9  Alexei Yashin (RUS) 6 3 3 6 0
10  Serge Poudrier (FRA) 6 2 4 6 4
11  Sergei Fedorov (RUS) 6 1 5 6 8

Medal-winning rosters

Source:

  • Gold - "Team members CZECH REPUBLIC". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved .
  • Silver - "Team members Russia". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved .
  • Bronze - "Team members Finland". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved .

Roster notes

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).[7] Rob Zamuner was a surprise pick, while Mark Messier, Adam Oates, Ron Francis, Doug Gilmour and Scott Niedermayer were omitted.[8] 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.[9][10][11]

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.[12][13]

Controversy

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.[14][15]

Final rankings

Team
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Czech Republic
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Russia
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Finland
4th  Canada
5th  Sweden
6th  United States
7th  Belarus
8th  Kazakhstan
9th  Germany
10th  Slovakia
11th  France
12th  Italy
13th  Japan
14th  Austria

These standings are presented as the IIHF has them,[16] however both the NHL and IOC maintain that all quarterfinal losers are ranked equal at 5th.[17][18]

References

  1. ^ "Olympedia - Ice Hockey, Men".
  2. ^ "1997-98 NHL Schedule and Results".
  3. ^ Richardson, Steve (26 July 1992). "Dream Team Besieged by Everyone, Defends Staying Outside Village". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ Wilbon, Michael (13 February 1998). "There Are Many Teams in This Dream". Washington Post. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Jason Pirodsky (February 28, 2018). "New Doc Recounts Czech Republic's 1998 Olympic Hockey Gold in Nagano". The Prague Reporter.
  6. ^ "Team Canada - Olympics - Nagano 1998 - Player Stats".
  7. ^ MacGregor, Roy (1998-02-04). "All eyes on Eric: Is 24-year-old Eric Lindros ready to carry Canada's hockey hopes?".
  8. ^ Willes, Ed (1997-11-30). "HOCKEY; Gretzky In, Messier Out As Canada Picks Team". The New York Times. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Gary Suter hangs up skates". CBC News. September 10, 2002.
  10. ^ "Czechs Win Hockey Gold".
  11. ^ "Winter Sports / Road To Nagano - Street Crashes, Expected To Be OK For Olympics - Binding Problem At 75 Mph Leaves Her With Concussion". The Seattle Times. 1 February 1998.
  12. ^ Robinson, Alan (20 February 1998). "Angry US Hockey Players Trash Rooms". Associated Press. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ Mike Brophy (February 3, 2017). "'98 problems: How it all went wrong for Canada's Olympic hockey team in Nagano". CBC Sports.
  14. ^ Podnieks & Szemberg 2008, Story #72-Reporter's scoop reveals that Samuelsson is not a Swede in Nagano-98.
  15. ^ Boyd, William (2006). All Roads Lead to Hockey. U of Nebraska Press. p. 82. ISBN 0803262523. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ IIHF Media Guide and Record Book (2011) p. 118
  17. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book (2002) p.13
  18. ^ LA84 foundation Official Report of the XVIII Olympic Winter Games p.168

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