Russia will have its work cut out as it attempts to win the country’s first hockey medal since 2002. Russia shares Group A with 2010 silver medalist United States, as well as Slovakia (fourth in Vancouver) and Slovenia. And the track record for host countries in hockey is extremely poor, with just seven medals in the previous 21 chances.
1928 Games: Switzerland wins bronze
Just the second Olympics with hockey; the Swiss lost their last game, 13-0, to Canada.
1932 Games: US wins silver
US and winner Canada played twice: Canada won, 2-1, in OT, then a double-OT 2-2 draw.
1948 Games: Switzerland wins bronze
The Swiss lost to Canada in the final, and missed out on silver because of goal differential.
1960 Games: US wins gold
The Americans, with Bill and Bob Cleary (Harvard), surprised with unbeaten run at Squaw Valley.
1980 Games: US wins gold
The “Miracle on Ice” at Lake Placid remains the bar for inspirational victories, not just in hockey.
2002 Games: US wins silver
Canada won its first gold in 50 years at the Americans’ expense, pulling away for 5-2 win in final.
2010 Games: Canada wins gold
Sidney Crosby’s goal 7:40 into OT picked up the hosts after the US scored late in regulation of title game.