Inspired by Don Cherry’s bit during the Canada – Finland game I decided to look at the scoring by Olympic year. With the Vancouver Olympics played on NHL size ice it made it a good test case to study the scoring impact vs. Olympic size ice. For years, people told me Olympic Ice opens up space and would result in more scoring. That seemed logical and I generally accepted it….until now.
As you can see, the bigger the ice the less scoring with Torino and Sochi being played on Olympic Size venues. Torino averaged 5.4 goals per game and Sochi averaged 4.9 goals a game in the opening round. The Vancouver Olympics averaged 5.9 goals per game. I through in some other data for the heck of it.