Biggest Winners and Losers of the 2014 Winter Olympic Hockey Tournament

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Biggest Winners and Losers of the 2014 Winter Olympic Hockey Tournament
Julio Cortez/Associated Press

No other event at the Winter Olympics catches the attention of fans across the world—and especially in North America—like men's ice hockey. Almost regardless of the result, a tournament like this one has ramifications that extend beyond the individual players and teams participating in it.

The games weren't always pretty, but the tournament had all of the drama that could have been hoped for. A tentative start for Canada set nerves on edge but ended in jubilation. A stellar start for Team USA finished in heartbreak.

Those are just two examples of many, and to one degree or other every team participating in the tournament had reason for deep emotion—either a feeling of triumph or a sense of disappointment. 

We recap both ends of the spectrum here. Read on for the winners and the losers of the 2014 Winter Olympic hockey tournament.

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