Ice Hockey at the Olympics

Olympics

The hockey tournament at the Olympics is the worlds most prestigious Ice hockey tournament. It is commonly placed above even the Stanley cup title although some would disagree with this statement and it differs from player to player which they desire more. It is of course hard to make a good comparison between the Stanley cup and the Olympics since the Stanley cup is a team achievement while the Olympics is a competition for national teams only. Whatever your thoughts on the Stanley cup VS the Olympics might be you are likely to agree that the Olympics at the very least is the most prestigious tournament in the world for national teams. The reason for this is partly because it is held only every four years but also due to the fact that the Olympics attract the very best players each nation has to offer. Even players that normally turn down invitations to be a part of the national team for the world championship usually says yes to the Olympics. The NHL takes a break to allow the players to join their national teams.

The mens Olympic tournament was introduced at the 1920 Summer Olympics and than moved to the winter Olympics before the 1924 winter Olympics. The womens tournament was introduced at the 1998 winter Olympics.

The Olympic tournament only allowed amateur players until 1988 and it would be another ten years until the NHL 1998 allowed their players to take part in the Olympic games. Today the Olympics is a play Off tournament but until 1988 it was a round robin tournament with medals award based on points earned.

The most successful team in Olympic history is Canada with the Soviet Union/Russia in second place. Just like is the case with the world championship you can see that Canada dominated the competition during early years. The Canadian dominance was followed by a period of dominance by the Soviet Union. Today there are more true contenders for the medals and the winner in each Olympics is harder to predict.

Below you can find tables of the medal winners in each Olympics as well as an overview of medals won:

Games

Gold

Silver

Bronze

1920 Antwerp

Canada

United States

Czechoslovakia

1924 Chamonix

Canada

United States

Great Britain

1928 St. Moritz

Canada

Sweden

Switzerland

1932 Lake Placid

Canada

United States

Germany

1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Great Britain

Canada

United States

1948 St. Moritz

Canada

Czechoslovakia

Switzerland

1952 Oslo

Canada

United States

Sweden

1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo

Soviet Union

United States

Canada

1960 Squaw Valley

United States

Canada

Soviet Union

1964 Innsbruck

Soviet Union

Sweden

Czechoslovakia

1968 Grenoble

Soviet Union

Czechoslovakia

Canada

1972 Sapporo

Soviet Union

United States

Czechoslovakia

1976 Innsbruck

Soviet Union

Czechoslovakia

West Germany

1980 Lake Placid

United States

Soviet Union

Sweden

1984 Sarajevo

Soviet Union

Czechoslovakia

Sweden

1988 Calgary

Soviet Union

Finland

Sweden

1992 Albertville

Unified Team (states of Soviet Union)

Canada

Czechoslovakia

1994 Lillehammer

Sweden

Canada

Finland

1998 Nagano

Czech Republic

Russia

Finland

2002 Salt Lake City

Canada

United States

Russia

2006 Turin

Sweden

Finland

Czech Republic

2010 Vancouver

Canada

United States

Finland

Medals won

 

Nation

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

 

Canada (CAN)

11

5

2

18

 

Soviet Union (URS)

7

1

1

9

 

United States (USA)

3

10

2

15

 

Sweden (SWE)

2

3

5

10

 

Czech Republic (CZE)

1

0

1

2

 

Great Britain (GBR)

1

0

1

2

 

Unified Team (EUN)

1

0

0

1

 

Czechoslovakia (TCH)

0

4

4

8

 

Finland (FIN)

0

2

5

7

 

Russia (RUS)

0

1

1

2

 

Switzerland (SUI)

0

0

2

2

 

Germany (GER)

0

0

1

1

 

West Germany (FRG)

0

0

1

1