10 Best Olympic Hockey Moments
The 10 best Olympic hockey moments include standout performances by individual players as well as Cinderella teams doing what seemed impossible, taking home the gold medal. While many Olympic hockey games throughout the years are memorable, these 10 stand out from the rest as the best of all time.
- 1932 U.S. vs Canada Triple Overtime. Playing the gold medal game outdoors in Lake Placid, New York, the American and Canadian men battled through six periods of play, deadlocked at 2-2 after regulation. As darkness fell, the game was called off, giving Canada the title based on their overall tournament record.
- 1936 British Men Stun the World. Great Britain's Cinderella trip to the top, defeating Sweden, Canada and Czechoslovakia along the way, set up their first and only major hockey title. They sealed the deal with a decisive 5-0 win over the Czech team in the final game, shocking the field and bringing home the gold medal.
- 1960 U.S. Men's Forgotten Miracle. 20 years prior to the "Miracle," another group of American players won a gold medal of their own, the first for the United States in Olympic hockey. Winning the title on home ice, with the games staged in California, the U.S. won seven-straight games to take home the top prize.
- 1980 U.S. Men's Miracle on Ice. Doing the unimaginable, head coach Herb Brooks led a team against all odds to defeat the heavily favored Soviet team en route to the gold medal. Team captain Mike Eruzione retired after the games, stating he'd never top the moment of winning the gold.
- 1998 U.S. Women Strike First. In the first appearance of women's hockey at the Olympics, the American ladies went undefeated in the tournament, including a 10-0 win over the home team of Japan. They came home victorious, defeating Canada in the gold medal game.
- 1998 Canada's Hasek Dominates. Allowing just six goals in six games, goaltender Dominik Hasek led the Canadian team to the gold medal. His performance was arguably the best of the tournament, including a shutout against Russia in the gold medal game.
- 2002 Canadian Women Fight Back. Learning from their second-place finish in 1998, the Canadian women held each team scoreless during the Olympic hockey tournament. They finally gave up goals in the medal round, but topped the United States 3-2 to win gold in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- 2002 Canadian Men Repeat. Stacked with talent including Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic, the Canadian men won yet another gold medal, defeating the U.S. team on their home ice.
- 2010 Canadian Women Celebrate Big. After winning the gold medal on home ice in Vancouver, the Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team took their celebration to the next level, enjoying beer and champaign on the ice after the game. This moment however came under fire after it was revealed players were drinking underage, seen as setting a bad example for the country.
- 2010 U.S.A. vs. Canada. A fierce battle in Vancouver between the United States and Canada ended in overtime as Sidney Crosby scored the gold medal-winning goal. 27.6 million Americans watched the match, the largest audience for an Olympic hockey game since 1980.