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Ice Hockey In a Nutshell

Ice Hockey has enormous global appeal and is one of the founding sports of the Olympic Winter Games. Olympiad after Olympiad it delivers explosive, skilful contests.

At the Vancouver 2010 Games everything went to script for the Canadian hosts who defeated their American rivals in the men’s and women’s finals. The Russian teams are hoping for the same host form in 2014. Russian women have never medalled and the last time the Russian men made the podium was in 2002. The men have drawn the USA in their pool so expect fireworks early in the tournament. Sadly Australia failed to qualify.

The first Olympic Games to include Ice Hockey for men were the Antwerp Summer Games in 1920. Four years later it was part of the first Winter Olympic Games in Chamonix and has remained on the program ever since.

Women’s Ice Hockey made its debut at the Winter Olympics at Nagano 1998. At these Games in another first for the sport, professional players from the National Hockey League of North America, played at the Olympics and have done so ever since. It is hoped that the world’s best players from all leagues will represent their country in February 2014.

Two venues have been built 300 metres apart at the Sochi Olympic Park in the Coastal Cluster to host Ice Hockey.

Ice Hockey

Australian Ice Hockey History

Australia has qualified for Ice Hockey at the Olympic Winter Games once, competing at Squaw Valley in 1960. The team scored nine goals and finished ninth, conceding 83 goals in six games. The valiant Australian team did their best for Australia and starred Ben Acton (Capt), Ron Amess, David Cunningham, Noel Derrick, Alfred Dewhurst, Vic Ekberg, Basil Hansen, Clive Hitch, Russell Jones, Noel McLoughlin, John Nicholas, Peter Parrott, Ken Pawsey, Robert Reid, John Thomas, Steve Tikal, Ivo Vesely, Ken Wellman and William McEachern as coach.

Australia was also represented at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria by Sam Hodic and Sharnita Crompton in the Individual Ice Hockey Skills Challenge event. Crompton blitzed the final to take home Australia's second bronze medal of the Games.

The national league is developing well in Australia so Pyeongchang 2018 qualification could be the breakthrough for the sport in Australia.

Fast Facts

Ice Hockey Action
Days 1 - 16
Australians Competing
0
Total Athletes
444 (276 Men, 186 Women)
Medal Events
2
Venues
Bolshoy Ice Dome
Shayba Arena
Crowd Capacity
12,000 and 7,000

Schedule & Results

Start lists for Australian athletes will be available as soon as they are allocated. Please note this can be as late as within 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the event. Medal events, regardless of Australian participation, will also be displayed here.

Day 1, Feb 08 2014

(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Prelim. Round - Group A
(Local) / 5:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Prelim. Round - Group A

Day 2, Feb 09 2014

(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Prelim. Round - Group B
(Local) / 5:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Prelim. Round - Group B

Day 3, Feb 10 2014

(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Prelim. Round - Group A
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Prelim. Round - Group A

Day 4, Feb 11 2014

(Local) / 2:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Prelim. Round - Group B
(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Prelim. Round - Group B

Day 5, Feb 12 2014

(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Prelim. Round - Group A
(Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)
Women's Prelim. Round - Group A
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group C
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group C

Day 6, Feb 13 2014

(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group B
(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Prelim. Round - Group B
(Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group A
(Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group A
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group B
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Prelim. Round - Group B

Day 7, Feb 14 2014

(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group C
(Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group C
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group B
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group B

Day 8, Feb 15 2014

(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group A
(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Play-offs Quarterfinals
(Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group A
(Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)
Women's Play-offs Quarterfinals
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group C
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group C

Day 9, Feb 16 2014

(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group B
(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Classifications (5-8)
(Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group A
(Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group A
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Prelim. Round - Group B
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Classifications (5-8)

Day 10, Feb 17 2014

(Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)
Women's Play-offs Semifinals
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Play-offs Semifinals

Day 11, Feb 18 2014

(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Play-offs Qualifications
(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Classifications (7-8)
(Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)
Men's Play-offs Qualifications
(Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)
Women's Classifications (5-6)
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Play-offs Qualifications
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Play-offs Qualifications

Day 12, Feb 19 2014

(Local) / 12:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals
(Local) / 4:30 PM (Sochi)
Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Play-offs Quarterfinals

Day 13, Feb 20 2014

(Local) / 4:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Bronze Medal Game Medal Event
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Women's Gold Medal Game Medal Event
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Day 14, Feb 21 2014

(Local) / 4:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Play-offs Semifinals
(Local) / 9:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Play-offs Semifinals

Day 15, Feb 22 2014

(Local) / 7:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Bronze Medal Game Medal Event

Day 16, Feb 23 2014

(Local) / 4:00 PM (Sochi)
Men's Gold Medal Game Medal Event
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Selection Info

Australia did not qualify at the Olympic Qualification Tournaments and therefore will not be competing in Ice Hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

Events and Competition Format

The men’s event is a 12-team tournament and the women’s is an eight-team tournament.  Games will be held on all 16 days of competition at Sochi 2014.

The men’s event comprises of three pools of four teams and uses the same format as Vancouver 2010. The four teams with the best records (the group winners and the second-placed team with the best record) advance to the quarter-finals, the remaining eight teams will play in qualification playoff games with the top four progressing for knockout quarter-finals. The winners of these matches progress to two semi-finals with the winners playing for gold and the losers for the bronze.

The women’s event features two pools of four and is different from Vancouver 2010 as only six teams will reach the finals stage. The preliminary round will take place in two tiers, as Group A will consist of teams ranked 1-4 while Group B will be comprised of teams ranked 5-8. All four teams from Group A progress, but only the top two teams from Group B. The third and fourth placegetters in Group A then play the second and first teams from Group B respectively (3A vs. 2B; 4A vs. 1B). The semi-finals sees the top team in Group A play the winner of 4A vs. 1B; and  the second placed team in Group A play the winner of 3A vs. 2B. The winners progress to the gold medal game and the semi-finals losers will play for bronze.

Qualification, Nomination and Selection

For the men’s tournament nine Teams qualified directly from the 2012 IIHF Ranking, determined straight after the 2012 World Championships. The final three spots were achieved by winning one of the three qualification tournaments.

Qualified Nations – Men (with rankings)
Group A – Russia (1), Slovakia (6), USA (7), Slovenia (Q3)
Group B – Finland (2), Canada (5), Norway (8), Austria (Q2)
Group C – Czech Republic (3), Sweden (4), Switzerland (9), Latvia (Q1)

For the women’s tournament five Teams qualified directly from the 2012 IIHF Ranking, determined straight after the 2012 World Championships. Host nation Russia was granted the sixth spot and the final two spots were achieved by winning one of the two qualification tournaments.

Qualified Nations – Women (with rankings)
Group A - Canada (1), Finland (2), Switzerland (3), United States (4)
Group B -  Sweden (5), Russia (6), Germany (Q1), Japan (Q2)
Australia did not qualify at the Olympic Qualification Tournaments and therefore will not be competing in Ice Hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

Read the qualification criteria in full here:

Sochi 2014 - IIHF Ice Hockey Qualification System >>

Equipment

SKATES

Ice hockey skates are optimised for physical acceleration (maneuverability) including rapid starts, stops, turns, and changes in direction. They must be rigid to protect the feet from contact with other skaters, sticks, pucks, the boards, and the ice itself. Blade length, width, and curvature and radius of hollow (across the blade width) are quite different from speed or figure skates. Players must wear ice hockey skates with safety heel guards.

STICK

Sticks are made of wood or other material, such as aluminium or plastic. The stick must not have any projections and all edges must be bevelled. Adhesive non-fluorescent tape of any colour may be wrapped around the stick at any place. Sticks are prohibited from being curved more than 1.5cm. A deep curve allows for lifting the puck easier while a shallow curve allows for easier backhands.

HELMET and VISOR

A helmet with the chinstrap properly fastened must be worn by players so that the lower edge of the helmet is not more than one finger-width above the eyebrows; there should only be enough room between the strap and the chin to insert one finger. A clear plastic shield attached to the helmet that comes down to the lower edge of the player's nose. Male players must wear a visor that meets approved international standards. All women players must wear full face masks.

PUCK

The puck is made of vulcanised rubber or other material approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation and is primarily black in colour. The puck is 2.54cm thick and 7.62cm in diameter and must weigh between 156 and 170g. It can move at speeds of more than 150km/h.

GUARDS, PADS and GLOVES

Shin guards are contoured and moulded to protect the shin, knee and calf. Shoulder padding provides extra protection for critical points of the shoulder, biceps, sternum, shoulder blade and spine. The player's gloves must cover their hand and wrist, and their palm must not be removed to permit the use of bare hands.

GOALKEEPER'S EQUIPMENT

Goalkeepers' equipment includes a goalkeeper stick, goalkeeper skates, blocking glove, catching glove, helmet with full face mask and leg guards.

Useful Links

International Ice Hockey Federation

Ice Hockey Australia

Trivia

At Vancouver 2010, as the city had a local NHL Ice Hockey team (The Canucks), the ice rink was left at 26m wide instead of 30m wide for a standard Olympic rink to save money and save seats at the main competition venue.

Bolshoy Ice Dome

Bolshoy Ice Dome

The Bolshoy Ice Dome is located in the Sochi Coastal Cluster, adjacent to the Shayba Arena and a training rink.

Shayba Arena

Shayba Arena

The Shayba Arena is located in the Sochi Coastal Cluster, adjacent to the Bolshoy Ice Dome and a training rink.

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