Which Countries Have Won The Most Medals For Ice Hockey at the Winter Olympics

Which Countries Have Won The Most Medals For Ice Hockey at the Winter Olympics

At the Olympic Games since 1920, ice hockey tournaments have taken place. During the 1920 Summer Olympics, the men’s tournament was introduced; it was permanently added to the Winter Olympic Games program in 1924, in France. During the 1998 Winter Olympics, the women’s tournament debuted. Our objective in this article is to find out which countries won the most ice hockey medals at the winter Olympics, not only discuss ice hockey at the Olympics, so let’s go straight to the main point without wasting any time. 

1• Canada

A few Olympic records have been set in the birthplace of ice hockey, which shouldn’t be a surprise. In 2010, the Canadian men’s ice hockey team tied Russia’s record of eight Winter Olympic gold medals with the Soviet Union, who won medals in 1956, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1984, 1988, and 1992 – when the games were hosted in Vancouver. In the same year, the Canadian women’s ice hockey team won the most gold medals by a female team at the Winter Olympics, with three of them. 

The women’s team was introduced at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, which made their victory a remarkable accomplishment in such a short period of time. There were two exceptional players on their ice team, Hayley Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford, who are the only people to have won the most ice hockey medals at the Winter Olympics with five each. They won a silver medal in Nagano 1998 and then four consecutive golds from 2002-2014, leaving a mark and legacy on the ice.

2• USA

Every Winter Olympics, especially in ice hockey, the U.S. is among Canada’s fiercest competitors. In both skill and territory, the USA’s star players are always a tough team to beat each year for the gold. While the USA only has two gold medals and one bronze medal, they have played 140 Winter Olympic ice hockey games. The NHL will officially pull back from this year’s Olympic Games so that they can focus on the season this year, so it will be interesting to see how they do against Canada this year. 

Many Americans will be looking forward to seeing whether anyone can surpass the record of Chris Chelios, who is the oldest US athlete to play ice hockey in an Olympic Games. In February 2006, 44-year-old Chelios captained the US hockey team for the third time in a row at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. The only two Americans to have appeared on four Olympics ice hockey teams (1984, 1998, 2002, 2006) are him and Keith Tkachuk (USA).

3• Switzerland

It should come as no surprise that some of the nations that hold Olympic ice hockey records are from cold climates. In Switzerland, where snow, clocks, and chocolate abound, there is a player known as the Longest Career as an Olympic Ice Hockey Player (male); Richard Torriani played for the country from 1928-1948, winning two bronze medals in his first and final games. 

Richard’s title is comparable to Finland’s Teemu Selanne, famous as the “Finnish Flash” because of his lightning-fast performance on the ice. Following his unforgettable match against the USA in Sochi, Russia in 2014, Teemu is the Oldest goal scorer in Olympic ice hockey (male) and the Oldest medalist at a Winter Olympics.

4• Russia

A nation with a reputation for winning the most Winter Olympics ice hockey gold medals (individually), Russia has not one, but six players who have each won three gold medals for their outstanding abilities on the ice. The huge nation was known for having the record for the most Winter Olympics ice hockey gold medals. Russian players Vitaly Semyenovich Davydov, Anatoliy Vasilyevich Firsov, Viktor Grigoryevich Kuzkin, and Alexei Pavlovich Ragulin tied in 1964, 1968, and 1972 – and Vladislav Aleksandrovich Tretyak in 1972, 1976, and 1984, and Andrey Khomutov in 1984 and 1992. 

It is still planned to bring ice hockey teams from Russia under the banner of Olympic Athlete from Russia to PyeongChang despite the recent drug conviction by the International Olympic Committee.  It is possible that other nations may be able to equal Russia’s record, however, with the National Hockey League not sending players to the Olympics this year, they may have an advantage in this regard. It will be interesting to see how things pan out from 10-25 February. 

Final thoughts

It is hard to list all of the countries that have won Olympic medals in ice hockey, but these four are some of the most successful hockey nations at the winter Olympics.There are many more countries in the world that have won Olympic medals in ice hockey, but in this short article, it is difficult to include them all, but the four countries listed above are some of the most successful hockey nations at the winter Olympics. We would appreciate feedback if we missed including teams that won most medals in hockey at the winter Olympics.

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