Sochi 2014: Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team projected to finish seventh?


An international sports data group has predicted that Canada won’t come close to winning a medal in men’s hockey at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

In fact, Netherlands-based Infostrada Sports projects that Canada’s men’s hockey team will finish seventh, just ahead of Slovakia.

Of course, the projection should be taken with a grain of salt. Infostrada’s statistical model is based on results in Olympic Games and world championships. More weight is given for recent events and the Canadian teams at the world championships were made up of players whose teams were eliminated from the NHL playoffs.

In the past four world championships, Canadian teams have been seventh followed by three fifth-place finishes — performances that have downgraded this country’s points tally.

Sweden (2013 world champion) is projected to win the Olympic men’s hockey gold in Sochi.

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