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Ice Hockey, Women

Date8 – 20 February 2014
LocationLedovyi Dvorets Bolshoy, Coastal Cluster, Adler / Ledovaya Arena Shayba, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Participants158 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin pool, followed by classification matches.

As had been the case since women’s hockey made its Olympic debut in 1998, Canada and the United States were the heavy favorites and the best-ranked teams in the world by a significant margin. The Canadians had the last three Olympic gold medals under their belt and were the 2012 world champions. The United States, meanwhile, were the 2011 and 2013 world champions. Below them in the rankings were Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, and Russia (who qualified as hosts), while Japan and Germany earned their tickets to the Games at the 2013 Olympic Qualification Tournament.

Responding to criticism that women’s hockey was not competitive enough, a format change was introduced wherein the top four teams were placed in Group A, while the remaining nations were sent to Group B. The top two teams from Group B would face the bottom two from Group A in the quarterfinals, while the bottom two of Group B were eliminated. This had several important ramifications. Firstly, the system succeeded in its intended effect and the double-digit shutouts or near-shutouts that characterized round robin play in 2010 were avoided; only one match was won by a margin greater than five goals. Secondly, Switzerland, who failed to win a single game in Group A, advanced to the final round and managed to progress to the semifinals by defeating Russia , the Group B winner. Perhaps most importantly, however, this new format meant that Canada and the United States met in the group stage at the Olympics for the first time since 1998, when there was only one main pool.

To no one’s surprise, Canada and the United States came out on top in their round robin pool, with Canada besting the Americans 3-2 in their match. Group B was won by Russia and Sweden, the latter of whom defeated Finland in the quarterfinals to meet the United States, against whom they lost 6-1. Switzerland, meanwhile, challenged Canada and held them to a 3-1 win, the smallest margin of victory for Canada against a non-American team at the Olympics. Determined to prove that this was no fluke, Switzerland defeated Sweden in the bronze medal match 4-3 (coming back from a 2-0 deficit), a considerable result for a nation that had failed to win a single match in the round robin and earned its first and only world championship medal, bronze, in 2012. It also became only the fifth nation (after the United States, Canada, Finland, and Sweden) to win an Olympic medal in women’s hockey.

The main matchup, however, was for the gold medal, and it went down as one of the best hockey matches – male or female – of all time. Unlike the 2010 Winter Olympics, which was decided in the first period, the 2014 edition was scoreless until over halfway into the second period, when Meghan Duggan of the United States drew first blood. The third period began poorly for the Canadians, who succumbed to Alex Carpenter (daughter of NHL standout Bobby Carpenter) after two minutes and, with less than five minutes to go, it seemed that the American victory was assured. In a surprising twist, however, Brianne Jenner and Marie-Philip Poulin undertook back-to-back drives (the latter with an empty Canadian net) and tied the game, drawing the two rival nations into sudden death overtime. After eight tense minutes, Poulin, who had secured Canada’s victory in Vancouver, repeated this feat in Sochi and scored during a brief interval of double power play. In less than 15 minutes, the Canadians had come back from certain defeat to dazzling victory and earned their 19th straight win in Olympic matches. Having also taken the curling tournament earlier in the day, Canada’s women celebrated their status as Olympic champions in both of their national winter sports. Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford had additional cause to celebrate: not only were they participating in their fifth Olympics (having appeared in every women’s tournament since they began in 1998), but they also won their fifth Olympic medal, a record for either men’s or women’s hockey. Caroline Ouellette, meanwhile, joined them in receiving a record fourth ice hockey gold medal (again, for men and women), having participated in every tournament since 2002.

In May 2016 WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) commissioned a report, the McLaren Report, to look into allegations of systematic Russian doping and a cover-up to avoid positives at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The report was released in two parts, in July and December 2016, and confirmed the allegations. In 2017 the IOC formed a commission to investigate this, headed by IOC Member Denis Oswald, and usually referred to as the Oswald Commission. In late October 2017 the Oswald Commission began to release its findings.

Although they finished only sixth originally, the Russian team was disqualified in December 2017 after eight separate members of the team – Inna Dyubanok, Yekaterina Lebedeva, Yekaterina Pashkevich, Anna Shibanova, Yekaterina Smolentseva, Galina Skiba, Tatyana Burina, and Anna Shchukina – were implicated in the Oswald Commission findings. However, after appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the sanctions against Lebedeva, Pashkevich, Burina, Shchukina, and Smolentseva were annulled, but the team remained disqualified because of the sanctions that were upheld.

2United StatesUSA30111022–8Silver
DQRussian FederationRUS[0][0][0][6][0][15]–[12]1

Preliminary Round (8 – 13 February 2014)

Group A (8 – 12 February 2014)

Round-robin pool. First two qualified for semi-finals.


Match #1 08 Feb 12:00USA 3 – 1FIN
Match #2 08 Feb 17:00CAN 5 – 0SUI
Match #3 10 Feb 14:00USA 9 – 0SUI
Match #4 10 Feb 19:00CAN 3 – 0FIN
Match #5 12 Feb 12:00FIN 4 – 3
Match #6 12 Feb 16:30CAN 3 – 2USA

Group B (9 – 13 February 2014)

Round-robin pool. First two qualified for semi-finals.


Match #1 09 Feb 12:00SWE 1 – 0JPN
Match #2 11 09 Feb 17:00GER 1 – [4]RUS 12
Match #3 11 Feb 14:00SWE 4 – 0GER
Match #4 13 11 Feb 19:00JPN 1 – [2]RUS 14
Match #5 13 Feb 12:00GER 4 – 0JPN
Match #6 15 13 Feb 21:00SWE 1 – [3]RUS 16

Classification 5-8 (16 February 2014)

Classification matches.

Match #1 16 Feb 12:00FIN 2 – 1GER
Match #2 17 16 Feb 21:00JPN 3 – [6]RUS 18

Quarter-Finals (15 February 2014 — 12:00)

Single elimination matches.

Match #1 15 Feb 12:00SWE 4 – 2FIN
Match #2 19 15 Feb 16:30SUI 2 – [0]RUS 20

Semi-Finals (17 February 2014)

Single elimination matches.

Match #1 17 Feb 16:30USA 6 – 1SWE
Match #2 17 Feb 21:00CAN 3 – 1SUI

Final Round (18 – 20 February 2014)

Classification matches.

Match 1/2 20 Feb 21:00CAN 3 – 2
Match 3/4 20 Feb 16:00SUI 4 – 3SWE
Match 5/6 21 18 Feb 12:00FIN 4 – [0]RUS 22
Match 7/8 18 Feb 16:30GER 3 – 2JPN


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Penalties in Minutes (PIM)