Germany recorded the biggest upset of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament on Friday by pulling off a 4-3 semifinal upset of defending champion Canada, setting up an unexpected gold medal match-up on Sunday against the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Germany, seeded 10th among the 12 entrants, last won an Olympic medal in 1976, a bronze. Germany didn’t qualify for the 2014 Sochi Olympic tournament. The Olympic Athletes from Russia defeated the Czech Republic 3-0 in the first semifinal on Friday at the Gangneung Hockey Center, a victory clinched on an empty-net goal by former NHL standout Ilya Kovalchuk.
The Germans are coached by former NHL forward Marco Sturm, who played 17 games for the Kings in the 2010-11 season, and one of their defenseman is Christian Ehrhoff, who played 40 games for the Kings in the 2015-16 season.