More than 200 players from countries around the world have the opportunity to write history as men’s hockey in the winter hall in 2018 on Wednesday. The tournament has no NHL players for the first time since 1994, where the door was opened to a game where apparently everything could happen.
How To Watch Olympic hockey Live 2018: Schedule, scores, and results for the men’s tournament
NHL’s decision not to take a break during the season to participate in the Olympic Games sent shock waves through the hockey world last year. The disagreement between the league and the International Olympic Committee forces national teams to settle elsewhere to fill their rosters for Pyeongchang, giving this event a completely different feeling from the last two decades.
Gone is the star power that NHL could bring to the festivities, and instead there is a chance for players who probably never dreamed of being here.
It’s disappointing considering what a stacked team that the United States could have brought to South Korea, but it’s also the place for what could be a very special tournament. These players have never played under such high bets. The intensity, passion and pride that has always defined Olympic hockey will still be there, even though the talent level is not exactly the same.
The Russian team, officially named Olympic athletes from Russia as part of the IOC punishment for doping violations, is considered a favorite. The team will be led by former NHL stars Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk, so it will be interesting to see if a group of ragtag can stop.
Team USA is led by former Saber captain Brian Gionta and three young attackers in Troy Terry (University of Denver), Jordan Greenway (University of Boston) and Ryan Donato (Harvard). We will see if they can bring a medal from Pyeongchang.
The gold medal game is set for Monday, February 25, local time in Pyeongchang, but it will actually be Sunday, February 24th in the United States. The table below is adjusted for Eastern Time and reflects this time difference.
How the tournament works
The tournament starts with the 12 teams divided into three groups of four to the preparation phase. Canada, Switzerland, South Korea and the Czech Republic are in Group A. Team USA, Olympic athletes from Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia are in Group B. Sweden, Finland, Norway and Germany are in Group C.
All times ET
Wednesday, Feb. 14
Group B: Slovenia 3, United States 2 (OT)
Group B: Slovakia 3, Olympic Athletes from Russia 2
Group C: Finland 5, Germany 2
Thursday, Feb. 15
Group C: Norway vs. Sweden, 2:40 a.m. (NBCSN)
Group A: Czech Republic vs. South Korea, 7:10 a.m. (USA Network)
Group A: Switzerland vs. Canada, 7:10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Group B: United States vs. Slovakia, 10:10 p.m. (CNBC)
Friday, Feb. 16
Group B: Olympic Athletes from Russia vs. Slovenia, 2:40 a.m. (NBCSN)
Group C: Finland vs. Norway, 7:10 a.m. (USA Network)
Group C: Sweden vs. Germany, 7:10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Group A: Canada vs. Czech Republic, 10:10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Saturday, Feb. 17
Group A: South Korea vs. Switzerland, 2:40 a.m. (NBCSN)
Group B: Olympic Athletes from Russia vs. United States, 7:10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Group B: Slovenia vs. Slovakia, 7:10 a.m. (USA Network)
Group C: Germany vs. Norway, 10:10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Sunday, Feb. 18
Group A: Czech Republic vs. Switzerland, 2:40 a.m. (NBCSN)
Group A: Canada vs. South Korea, 7:10 a.m. (USA Network)
Group C: Sweden vs. Finland, 7:10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Monday, Feb. 19
Playoffs, 10:10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tuesday, Feb. 20
Playoffs, 2:40 a.m. (NBCSN)
Playoffs, 7:10 a.m. (USA Network)
Playoffs, 7:10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Quarterfinals, 10:10 p.m. (CNBC)
Wednesday, Feb. 21
Quarterfinals, 2:40 a.m. (NBCSN)
Quarterfinals, 7:10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Quarterfinals, 7:10 a.m. (USA Network)
Friday, Feb. 23
Semifinals, 2:40 a.m. (NBCSN)
Semifinals, 7:10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Saturday, Feb. 24
Bronze medal game, 7:10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Gold medal game, 11:10 p.m. (NBCSN)