Olympic Hockey 2018 format

Olympic hockey

The men’s Olympic Hockey tournament in PyeongChang, South Korea 2018 follows a format of three groups with four teams in each group. The group winners and the best placed runner-up will advance to the quarter finals, while the other two runner-ups will play a qualification game for the last spot in the play-offs. In this post you will find the groups, dates for playoffs and Team Sweden’s schedule. In Sochi 2014, Sweden lost the final game against Team Canada. Finland won the bronze medal against Team USA.

Groups, Olympic Hockey 2018

Group A:

Canada (current champions)
Czech Republic
Switzerland
South Korea

Prediction: Although NHL-players aren’t participating in the 2018 Olympic Hockey Tournament, Canada will still have a strong team with players from the European leagues. We believe they will have a good chance of winning group A, but we would also like to issue a warning for Switzerland that is usually a strong team in the Olympics.

Group B:

Russia
United States
Slovakia
Slovenia

Prediction: Russia has a strong core of players from the KHL and they are predicted by many to go all the way in this tournament. We agree. No miracle on ice for Team USA this year.

Group C:

Sweden
Finland
Norway
Germany

Prediction: Three Nordic teams and Germany are fighting for the win in this group. Although Sweden and Finland might be favourites, nothing is certain in this context. Norway will do anything to beat their Nordic rivals, and Germany has a strong team with players from their domestic league. We think Sweden will come out on top from this group though.

Sweden’s games

February 15: Norway – Sweden
February 16: Sweden – Germany
February 18: Sweden – Finland

Playoffs

February 20: Qualification for quarterfinals
February 21: Quarterfinals
February 23: Semifinals
February 24: Bronze game
February 25: Final game

The 2018 Olympic games are hosted in PyeongChang, South Korea between February 9-25. As always, we look forward to exciting competitions in our favourite winter sports!

Triple Gold Club of Hockey

The triple gold club of hockey consists of those players who have won 1. Stanley Cup 2. Olympics and 3. World Championships. The latest addition to the club is Pavel Datsyuk, who became a member when Russia won the 2018 Olympics. When Canada won the gold in WC 2015, Sidney Crosby became the 26th member of the club. He is the only player that has been captain for his team in all three tournaments. When Sweden won their second Olympic hockey gold in the 2006 Winter Olympics, Peter Forsberg became the only player that has won the tournaments two times. Below are all the members, sorted by country. As we can see, Canada and Sweden is in a shared top position in a club that so far only has members from four countries. Finland, USA and Slovakia are trailing behind. Finland and Slovakia lack Olympic gold medals while USA haven’t won the World Championships since 1960 and the Olympics since Miracle on Ice 1980.

Sweden (9)

Tomas Jonsson
Mats Näslund
Håkan Loob
Peter Forsberg
Nicklas Lidström
Fredrik Modin
Niklas Kronwall
Henrik Zetterberg
Mikael Samuelsson

Canada (9)

Rob Blake
Joe Sakic
Brendan Shanahan
Scott Niedermayer
Chris Pronger
Erik Staal
Jonathan Toews
Patrice Bergeron
Sidney Crosby
Corey Perry

Russia (7)

Valerij Kamenski
Alexej Gusarov
Vjateslav Fetisov
Igor Larionov
Alexander Mogilny
Vladmir Malakhov
Pavel Datsyuk

Czech Republic(2)

Jaromir Jagr
Jiri Slegr

The only coach that is a member of the club is Canada’s Mike Babcock.