So continues Canada’s astonishing string of hockey dominance. How dominant have we been? This Olympics was the 11th major world hockey tournament since the 1972 Summit Series launched the modern era of international competition (major, as in all the best hockey nations are represented, and they all bring their best players). That’s five Canada Cups (1976, 1981, 1984, 1987, and 1991), two World Cups (1996 and 2004), and four Olympics (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010).
Of those 11 competitions, Canada has now won 7 and come second in 2. Our cumulative record, including round-robin, quarter-, semi- and final games is 56-15-7, a 76% winning percentage. Not only have we dominated overall: we’ve dominated every one of our major competitors. We’re 8-4-2 against the Soviets/Russians, 12-4-1 against the USA, 9-2 against Sweden, 5-2-1 against Finland, 5-1-2 against Czechoslovakia, 2-1-1 against the Czech Republic and 4-0 against Slovakia.
May I politely say: We rule.