Very First Penalty Shot Shootout At Olympic Games


PAULIN BORDELEAU in the shirt of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks 


The penalty shot shootout initially appeared on stage at the Winter Olympic Games in 1988. Although the ‘medal round’ format was still in use where tie games were possible at Calgary, the consolation round provided a different set of circumstances. Once-and-done final placement matches had begun at Lake Placid in 1980 but had gone begging for a draw.

And so, eight years later, FRANCE and NORWAY obliged in the official game for 11th place with a wild 6-6 deadlock through three periods. The French had been up 5-1 with five minutes to go in the second period and let a 6-3 final frame advantage escape, as well. Ten minutes of overtime, in spite of a goal every five minutes on average through regulation play, produced nothing but the very first shootout in Olympic history.

In the shootout at the Father David Bauer Arena, France scored first through PAULIN BORDELEAU, a 35-year-old who had contested 183 games (33 go 56 as, 89 pts) in the National Hockey League for the Vancouver Canucks during the mid-1970s. The native of Rouyn-Noranda also played three seasons in the World Hockey Association for the Quebec Nordiques (235 ga, 101 go 76 as, 177 pts) before crossing the Atlantic to skate in Europe. Bordeleau spent eight years in France with HC Tours, HC Megeve and HC Mont-Blanc before retiring after the Olympics (6 ga, 2 go 2 as, 4 pts) to become a coach.

France added another goal from DEREK HAAS, a 32-year-old native Canadian who had competed in 30 World Hockey Association games (5 go 9 as, 14 pts) for the old Calgary Cowboys during the 1975-76 season. Haas, who played four seasons in the American Hockey League with the Springfield Indians (244 ga, 66 go 126 as, 192 pts), also had a season with West German Bundesliga club EC Koeln before embarking on a long career in France’s elite league.

Norway, meanwhile, failed on all four of their attempts, allowing the French to finish as notable 2-0 shootout winners as well as avoid a last place at the Calgary Games in 1988.

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