I though I would share a little 101 class on how the 2014 men’s Olympic hockey tournament will work in Sochi, Russia. The men will began play on February 12th and will play the gold medal game February 23. All games will be played in Sochi and should be a very exciting tournament.

The United States will play Slovakia on February 13th, Russia on February 15th and Slovenia on February 16th.

Mark the game on the 15th between Russia and the United States it will play a role in the playoff seeding.

There are 12 countries that will play in three groups for the Olympics, each team will play the other teams in their group during what is called “group play”. Here's how that works:

Group Play 101

  • Win in Regulation -- 3 Points
  • Win in Overtime or Shootour -- 2 Points
  • Loss in Overtime or Shootout -- 1 Point
  • Loss in Regulation -- 0 Points

Group Breakdown

Group A
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • United States
  • Slovenia
Group B
  • Finland
  • Canada
  • Norway
  • Austria
Group C
  • Czech Republic
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Latvia
After “group play” all 12 teams will be ranked from 1-12 based on their performance during "group play."
The top four teams will receive a bye for the first round of the playoffs. The remaining eight teams will be ranked from 1-8 and play as follows:
  • Team 1 vs Team 8
  • Team 2 vs Team 7
  • Team 3 vs Team 6
  • Team 4 vs Team 5

The four winners from this round will play the four teams that had a first round bye which lead to the quarterfinals.

The quarterfinal games will take place on February 19 with the four winners advancing to the semifinals and a chance at the medal rounds.

The semifinals will take place February 21 with the two losing teams playing for the Bronze Medal on February 22. The two winning teams will play for the Gold Medal on February 23 the loser of that game will be awarded the Silver Medal.

The medal presentation will take place right after the Gold Medal game on the 23rd. This should be a great tournament and I think the Americans could have a good Olympics.

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