The men’s ice hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was entertaining from start to finish, especially for fans of the Canadian national team. Canada’s performance throughout the tournament was truly dominant from a defensive standpoint as the team only surrendered three goals in six games, two of which were against Norway and Latvia. USA and Sweden, Canada’s semifinal and gold medal game opponents, weren’t able to score on Carey Price, exhibiting the power of Canada’s team defense both on the blue-line and up front.
Hoceky Canada prepared a nifty infographic illustrating how powerful Canada’s Olympic hockey team was in retrospect by presenting stats and pertinent information relating to their on-ice accomplishments both internationally and in league play (NHL). The brief breakdown is as follows:
- 11 total Olympic Gold medals
- 10 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships
- 16 IIHF World Junior Championships (who could forget that dominant 2005 team?)
- 15 Stanley Cups
- 3 Hart and Art Ross Trophies respectively
- 2 Norris and Selke Trophies respectively
- Almost 9,500 points in the NHL
- 7 NHL captains
From a historical perspective, Canada’s men’s Olympic team has been rather dominant, compiling an impressive 99-27-6 record. One has to wonder how much better that overall record would be had professionals been allowed to play in the Olympics prior to 1998, but that is for another discussion entirely. This infographic does show that the relentless Finnish national team has been a thorn in Canada’s side, as the two have an even record against each other in Olympic play, winning five games each.
There’s no question that this was the best team Canada ever iced at the Olympics, but how does it compare to other historic Canadian teams from past World Cups and tournaments from the 70’s and 80’s?
Source of Infographic: Hockey Canada