Winter Olympics 2014: Your guide to Ice hockey

8-23 Feb at Bolshoi Ice Dome and Shayba Arena

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What is it? The one the Russians want. In the men's event 12 teams are split into three pools to produce a quarter-final line-up. The women's has eight teams, with the US and the Canadians expected to dominate.

What do I need to know? The men's final is the last event – the script is written for a grand Russian finale…

Tell me something I don't know Russia has not won gold since 1992 when the "Unified" team triumphed in a last hurrah for the disintegrating Soviet Union.

GB chances Failed to qualify.

One to watch Alexander Ovechkin, the Russian captain who plays for Washington Capitals.