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 Canada were always represented by a club side instead of a national team during the early Olympics and as a result the Winnipeg Falcons were the first gold medallists

The men's Olympic event involves 14 teams.

The top six finishers from the last Games automatically qualify for the final round.

The other eight teams must play a preliminary round, a two-group round-robin format from which the top team in each group qualifies for the final round.

Two points are awarded for a win, one for a tie and none for a defeat.

The final round also follows the round-robin format.

No teams are eliminated from this stage but the final group order will decide fixtures in the quarter-finals, the first of the knockout rounds.

In the event of a tie in one of the knockout rounds, a 10-minute sudden-death overtime period is played (20 minutes in the final). If the game is still tied, penalty shots take place.

The women's competition has eight teams, with a preliminary round, semi-finals and final.

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