Olympic Ice Hockey Medal Winners

All-Time Results of Men's Olympic Ice Hockey Starting in 1920

Men's ice hockey become an Olympic sport in 1920. Yet, a list of men's Olympic hockey medal winners contains what -- at first glance -- appear to be glaring omissions. For example, the Soviet Union, which dominated much of the second half of the 20th century, won no medals during the first half of the century. Canada, which fielded consistently strong teams throughout the years of the Olympic tournament, was unrepresented on the podium during the 1970s.

Big Changes

These anomalies were due to major changes -- including a world-changing event -- that had a big impact on the tournament and greatly influenced which teams managed to win medals over the years, including:

  • The Soviet Union did not enter a team until 1956.
  • Canada did not enter a team in 1972 or 1976.
  • NHL players did not participate in Olympic hockey until 1998.
  • The USSR broke up in 1991, and some of the nations that had comprised the Soviet Union began to field their own teams starting in 1992.

Year-by-Year Medalists

The first Olympic men's ice hockey tournament was actually held during the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. The Winter Olympics, which began in 1924 in Chamonix, France, included a men's ice hockey tournament, which has been part of the Winter Games ever since.

Year

 Gold

Silver

Bronze

1920

Canada

United States

Czechoslovakia

1924

Canada

United States

Great Britain

1928

Canada

Sweden

Switzerland

1932

Canada

United States

Germany

1936

Great Britain

Canada

United States

1948

Canada

Czechoslovakia

Switzerland

1952

Canada

United States

Sweden

1956

Soviet Union

United States

Canada

1960

United States

Canada

Soviet Union

1964

Soviet Union

Sweden

Czechoslovakia

1968

Soviet Union

Czechoslovakia

Canada

1972

Soviet Union

United States

Czechoslovakia

1976

Soviet Union

Czechoslovakia

West Germany

1980

United States

Soviet Union

Sweden

1984

Soviet Union

Czechoslovakia

Sweden

1988

Soviet Union

Finland

Sweden

1992

CIS

Canada

Czechoslovakia

1994

Sweden

Canada

Finland

1998

Czech Republic

Russia

Finland

2002

Canada

United States

Russia

2006

Sweden

Finland

Czech Republic

2010

Canada

United States

Finland

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