Sweden and Belgium played in the first ever Olympic ice hockey game on April 23, 1920. The game which the Swedes easily won 8 – 0, was refereed by IIHF vice president-to-be William Hewitt, father of legendary Canadian radio and TV commentator Foster Hewitt. Paul Loicq, who would become IIHF president two years later, played for his native Belgium.
All hockey games at Lake Placid in 1932 were officiated by the same pair of referees: Don Sands, USA and Lou Marsh, Canada.
Defending Olympic champion Canada has not defeated the Soviet Union/Russia in Olympic competition since 1960 in Squaw Valley. The 8-5-win on February 28 against the Soviet Union remains Canada’s lone victory against the Soviet Union/Russia.
Canada has since recorded seven consecutive losses against the historical rival for an aggregate score of 11-33. But the teams have not met in Olympic competition since the 1992 Gold Medal Game in Albertville where Russia (Commonwealth of Independent States) downed Canada, 3-1.