2022 Guide to Men’s Olympic Tournament

The International Ice Hockey Federation has had a tough few months. Several tournaments were postponed, including the U20 World Junior Championship. It was only four days after it started. Worldwide hockey fans were eagerly awaiting the 2022 Winter Olympics, where the best players in the game would face each other. On December 22, the NHL withdrew from the Olympic Games, bringing bad news to the IIHF.

“The National Hockey League respects and admires the desire of NHL players to represent their countries and participate in a ‘best on best’ tournament,” NHL Gary Bettman, Commissioner, stated in a statement. “Accordingly, we have waited as long as possible to make this decision while exploring every available option to enable our players to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

“We certainly acknowledge and appreciate the efforts made by the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation, and the Beijing Organizing Committee to host NHL players, but current circumstances have made it impossible for us to proceed despite everyone’s best efforts. We look forward to Olympic participation in 2026.”

Another Olympics without NHL. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

While losing the NHL’s star power for the second straight Olympic games, it doesn’t mean this year’s tournament will lack storylines. It will feature a mix of future and familiar faces heading to Beijing, China. Ex-players from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are examples. head coach Claude JulienCanada’s team leader will be Czechia. Czechia’s roster includes two former Stanley Cup winnersDavid Krejci & Michael Frolik.

This year’s tournament features 12 countries split into three groups of four, with group play set to begin on Feb. 9.

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China is pleased to host the Winter Games

Thanks to the NHL, the game of ice hockey in China has grown over the years. In 2017, the Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings, and Vancouver Canucks played in Shanghai and Beijing. The Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and the Calgary Flames were also on the trip to Shenzhen and Beijing the next year.

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China’s men’s team will play in its first Olympics. (The Hockey Writers).

China has been a member since 1963 of the IIHF. For decades, the sport is very popular in the north. Participation in the 2022 Olympics has seen more rinks open across the country. Although it is devastating to lose the NHL players, the interest in the sport remains high.

China’s women’s team has qualified twice for the Olympics in 1998 and 2010. Both the men’s and women’s teams will compete in this year’s tournament. This will be the first appearance for the men’s team.

Participating Teams

China will be joined by 11 other teams, who will compete for the gold medal. The host country will compete in Group A alongside Canada, Germany and the United States. Group B will feature Russia (ROC), Czechia. Denmark, and Switzerland. Finland, Latvia, Slovakia and Sweden will battle it out in Group C. The top four teams will earn a bye into round 4.

Russia, the reigning gold-medal winners, enters the tournament beating the German upstart 4-3 in overtime. Four years ago, Canada defeated Czechia in a bronze medal match. Russia’s Nikita Gusev led all players with eight assists and 12 rebounds at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Ilya Kuvalchuk of Russia and Kirill Kaprizov from Minnesota, who are both Minnesota Wild stars, tied him with Ryan Donato (USA) for the most goals scored in the tournament, with five. Jonas Hiller, an Anaheim Ducks former netminder, was the winner with a 1.14 goals versus average (GAA), as well as a.956 save percentage for Switzerland.

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Russia won gold in 2018 thanks to Kovalchuk (s.yume via Wikimedia Commons).

Kovalchuk was awarded the Most Valuable Player 2018 award for his seven goals and five points. Danny aus den Birken, GER, was named Best Goaltender. Vyacheslav Voynov won Best Defenseman honors. Gusev was awarded Best Forward.

2022 Men’s Olympic Hockey Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Russia vs Switzerland – 3:40 AM EST
Czechia vs Denmark – 8:10 AM EST
Sweden vs Latvia – 11:10 PM EST

Thursday, Feb. 10

Finland vs Slovakia – 3:40 AM EST
United States vs China – 7:10 AM EST
Canada vs Germany – 7:10 AM EST
Denmark vs Russia – 11:10 PM EST

Friday, Feb. 11

Czechia vs Switzerland – 3:40 AM EST
Sweden vs Slovakia – 3:40 AM EST
Latvia vs Finland – 8:10 AM EST
Canada vs United States – 11:10 PM EST

Saturday, Feb. 12

Germany vs China – 3:40 AM EST
Russia vs Czechia – 8:10 AM EST
Switzerland vs Denmark – 8:10 AM EST
Slovakia vs Latvia – 11:10 PM EST

Sunday, Feb. 13

Finland vs Sweden – 3:40 AM EST
China vs Canada – 8:10 AM EST
United States vs Germany – 8:10 AM EST

Monday, Feb. 14

Qualifying Playoff Game 1 – 11:10 PM EST
Qualifying Playoff Game 2 – 11:10 PM EST

Tuesday, Feb. 15

Qualifying Playoff Game 3 – 3:40 AM EST
Qualifying Playoff Game 4 – 8:10 AM EST
Quarterfinals Game 1 – 11:10 PM EST

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Quarterfinals Game 2 – 1:00 AM EST
Quarterfinals Game 3 – 3:40 AM EST
Quarterfinals Game 4 – 7:30 AM EST

Thursday, Feb. 17

Semifinals Game 1 – 11:10 PM EST

Friday, Feb. 18

Semifinals Game 2 – 8:10 AM EST

Saturday, Feb. 19

Bronze Medal Game – 8:10 AM EST
Gold Medal Game – 11:10 PM EST