Host City: Lillehammer, Norway
Venue(s): Håkon Hall, Lillehammer; Olympic Cavern Hall, Gjøvik
Date Started: February 12, 1994
Date Finished: February 27, 1994
Format: Round-robin pools, followed by classification rounds, and single-elimination matches.
The changing face of international ice hockey was evident in an early match when Finland defeated Russia, 5-0, the worst international defeat suffered by a Soviet or Russian ice hockey team. The semi-finals saw Canada defeat Finland 5-3, and Sweden defeat Russia, 4-3. The final was a re-match of a pre-Olympic match in which Canada had defeated Sweden, 6-5, less than 10 days before the Olympics began. The final was every bit as close. Sweden led 1-0 at the end of the first period and the second period was scoreless. In the final period, the two teams skated to a 2-2 tie, calling for a shoot-out. After 6 of 7 shots in the shoot-out, the score was tied 2-2. Sweden’s [Peter Forsberg] shot next and beat Canadian goalie [Corey Hirsch]. When [Paul Kariya] could not match that on the final shot, Sweden had its first Olympic ice hockey gold medal. Three of the Swedish players – [Tomas Jonsson], [Håkan Loob], and [Mats Näslund] – became the first players to have won World, Olympic, and Stanley Cup championships.