Olympic Hockey Winners. Men’s ice hockey become an Olympic sport in 1920. The Soviet Union dominated much of the second half of the 20th century, though it did not send its first ice hockey team to the Winter Olympics until 1956. By contrast, Canada won nearly all of the early Olympic ice hockey tournaments, but fell to second place – or lower -when the mighty Soviet “Big Red Machine” teams started taking part in the Games.
Starting in 1998, boosted by the inclusion of NHL players, teams from other countries began to take their turns atop the medal podium with Sweden with 2 Olympic Gold medals the last 6 games is second best behind team Canada in Olympic hockey the last 24 years.
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