1988 – CANADA 1, POLAND 0
In Canada’s first Olympic game ever on home soil, the team narrowly
defeated Poland 1-0.
Marc Habscheid scored the only goal of the game four minutes into the first
period. Gord Sherven and Trent Yawney picked up the assists.
Canada outshot Poland 29-17, and Andy Moog earned the win in his Olympic
Those watching the Games expected Canada would dominate Poland – it had won
the previous six Olympic meetings by a combined score of 58-2 – but recent
history told the players otherwise. The teams had played a pair of
exhibition games in Poland two years earlier, with Canada winning one and
the other ending in a tie.
“We understood that it wasn’t going to be a walkover, but unfortunately
that’s not what the press and the expectations were from the general
public,” says Sherven. “We knew that it would be a relatively tight game.”
Poland’s game plan was all about defense. “They played five men back,”
remembers Sherven. “They would block the line with men across and the D
moving into the zone. A lot of time we were forced to dump and chase.”
This led to the first – and only – goal of the game.
Polish goalie, Gabriel Samolei – the team’s backup tender – misplayed the
puck behind the net. Sherven beat the defenseman to the play, picked up the
puck before Samolei could retreat to his crease and fed Habscheid out
“I heard [Habscheid] yell and I knew the goalie was out of position,” says
Sherven. “I just backhanded it in front and he had a wide open net.”
Sherven says the players knew how special it was to be a part of Canada’s
first Olympic hockey game on home soil. He can still see his friend’s dad –
a normally reserved man – crawling up the glass of the Saddledome to wish
him luck. “That’s what I remember, how people reacted.”
1936 – Canada recorded its third of four shutouts in
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, defeating the United States 1-0 and improving its
record to 6-1.
1980 – Canada got goals from five different players – Stelio Zupanich, Tim
Watters, Ken Berry, John Devaney and Kevin Primeau – and defeated Poland
5-1. Neither team took a penalty in the game.
1992 – Canada scored three of its team-record nine power play goals of the
tournament as it defeated Czechoslovakia 5-1. Joe Juneau and Dave Archibald
led the way with an even strength and power play goal each.
1998 – Rob Blake capped off a three-goal second period for Canada, scoring
with only seven seconds left in the middle frame as the team defeated
Sweden 3-2. Joe Nieuwendyk had a goal and two assists in the victory.
1998 – Lori Dupuis, Jayna Hefford and Thérèse Brisson scored in the opening
six minutes of the third period to give Canada a 4-1 lead over the United
States. However, the Americans responded with six unanswered goals to win
the preliminary round finale, 7-4.
2006 – Canada outshot Sweden 47-8 and wrapped up first place in its group
with an 8-1 win. Gillian Apps netted a hat trick, Danielle Goyette scored
twice and Hayley Wickenheiser added a goal and two assists to lead the
2014 – Jeff Carter became the first Canadian since 1956 to score a hat
trick in one period and Patrick Marleau set up all three to lead Canada in
a 6-0 win over Austria. Roberto Luongo made 23 saves in his lone Sochi
start to earn his seventh career Olympic win and pull even with Murray
Dowey and Martin Brodeur for the most wins ever by a Canadian goaltender.