1947 Ice Hockey World Championships

The 14th Ice Hockey World Championships and 25th European Championship was the first after the Second World War. It was held from 15 to 23 February 1947 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Eight teams participated, but the competition was notably missing the reigning world champion, Canada. The world champion was decided for the first time by round robin league play. Czechoslovakia won the world championship for the first time and the European championship for the seventh time. King Gustav V had sent a telegram of congratulations to the Swedish team after beating the Czechoslovaks, but they had barely finished celebrating when they were upset by the Austrians, costing them the gold medal.[1]

1947 Ice Hockey World Championships
Tournament details
Host country Czechoslovakia
Dates15–23 February
Teams8
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Czechoslovakia (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Austria
Fourth place  Switzerland
Tournament statistics
Matches played28
Goals scored337 (12.04 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Czechoslovakia Vladimír Zábrodský 29 goals
1939
1948

HistoryEdit

The 1947 congress of the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace (LIHG) was the first meeting or the organization since World War II.[1] During the war, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) united with the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States (AHAUS) to form the International Ice Hockey Association, and invited the British Ice Hockey Association to join.[2] The new group was led by CAHA president W. G. Hardy, and was a means of shifting the control of world hockey from Europe to Canada.[3]

The CAHA severed its ties to the LIHG in 1944, and pledged allegiance to the International Ice Hockey Association instead, and a closer relationship to AHAUS.[4] The CAHA and AHAUS agreed in 1946 to propose a merger with the LIHG to oversee international ice hockey. The proposal sought forthe Ice Hockey World Championships to alternate between Europe and North America, with the Olympic hockey tournaments played under the same rules as the CAHA and the National Hockey League.[5] The CAHA attended the LIHG meeting during the 1947 championships, and pushed for the definition of amateur to be anyone not actively engaged in professional sport.[6] The LIHG agreed to a merger where the presidency would alternate between North America and Europe every three years, and recognized AHAUS as the governing body of hockey in the United States instead of the Amateur Athletic Union. The CAHA was permitted to have its own definition of amateur as long as teams at the Olympic games adhered to existing LIHG rules.[7]

Many notable changes were made to the rules for this championship. The game was standardized to be played in three 20 minute periods, aligning with the Canadian practice. The net size was standardized as well. There would be no more one- and three-minute penalties, and penalty shots were instituted.[1]

Japan and Germany were barred from participation, but the LIHG was careful to illustrate that it was the politics, not the people, who were at fault, and allies like Austria and Italy were admitted.[8]

1947 World Ice Hockey Championships (Prague, Czechoslovakia)Edit

Game resultsEdit

15. February 1947 Prague   Austria   Poland 10:2 (3:1,2:1,5:0)
15. February 1947 Prague   Czechoslovakia   Romania 23:1 (4:0,7:1,12:0)
15. February 1947 Prague   Sweden   Switzerland 4:4 (2:2,1:0,1:2)
16. February 1947 Prague   Sweden   Belgium 24:1 (8:0,7:1,9:0)
16. February 1947 Prague   Poland   Romania 6:0 (2:0,1:0,3:0)
16. February 1947 Prague   USA   Switzerland 4:3 (0:0,3:2,1:1)
17. February 1947 Prague   Austria   Belgium 14:5 (2:0,6:0,6:5)
17. February 1947 Prague   Switzerland   Romania 13:3 (7:0,0:2,6:1)
17. February 1947 Prague   Sweden   USA 4:1 (1:0,2:0,1:1)
18. February 1947 Prague   Czechoslovakia   Austria 13:5 (2:3,6:0,5:2)
18. February 1947 Prague   USA   Belgium 13:2 (5:1,5:0,3:1)
18. February 1947 Prague   Sweden   Poland 5:3 (0:1,4:1,1:1)
19. February 1947 Prague   Austria   USA 6:5 (2:1,2:3,2:1)
19. February 1947 Prague   Sweden   Romania 15:3 (6:2,6:0,3:1)
19. February 1947 Prague   Czechoslovakia   Poland 12:0 (3:0,2:0,7:0)
19. February 1947 Prague   Switzerland   Belgium 12:2 (3:1,7:0,2:1)
20. February 1947 Prague   USA   Romania 15:3 (6:0,3:1,6:2)
20. February 1947 Prague   Poland   Belgium 11:1 (1:0,6:0,4:1)
20. February 1947 Prague   Czechoslovakia   Switzerland 6:1 (2:1,2:0,2:0)
21. February 1947 Prague   Austria   Romania 12:1 (2:0,5:0,5:1)
21. February 1947 Prague   USA   Poland 3:2 (1:0,1:2,1:0)
21. February 1947 Prague   Czechoslovakia   Belgium 24:0 (9:0,5:0,10:0)
22. February 1947 Prague   Romania   Belgium 6:4 (2:1,3:0,1:3)
22. February 1947 Prague   Switzerland   Austria 5:0 (3:0,0:0,2:0)
22. February 1947 Prague   Czechoslovakia   Sweden 1:2 (0:1,0:1,1:0)
23. February 1947 Prague   Switzerland   Poland 9:3 (3:1,1:0,5:2)
23. February 1947 Prague   Austria   Sweden 2:1 (1:0,0:0,1:1)
23. February 1947 Prague   Czechoslovakia   USA 6:1 (2:0,1:1,3:0)

Final standingsEdit

Team GP W T L GF GA DIF PTS
  Czechoslovakia 7 6 0 1 85 10 +75 12
  Sweden 7 5 1 1 55 15 +40 11
  Austria 7 5 0 2 49 32 +17 10
   Switzerland 7 4 1 2 47 22 +25 9
  United States 7 4 0 3 42 26 +16 8
  Poland 7 2 0 5 27 40 –13 4
  Romania 7 1 0 6 17 88 –71 2
  Belgium 7 0 0 7 15 104 –89 0

World Champion 1947
  Czechoslovakia

Team membersEdit

Pos. Country Members
1 CSR Bohumil Modrý, Zdeněk Jarkovský, Josef Trousílek, Vilibald Šťovík, František Pácalt, Miroslav Sláma, Miloslav Pokorný, Ladislav Troják, Vladimír Zábrodský, Stanislav Konopásek, Josef Kus, Jaroslav Drobný, Karel Stibor, Václav Roziňák, Vladimír Bouzek

Final rankings -- European ChampionshipEdit

    Czechoslovakia
    Sweden
    Austria
4    Switzerland
5   Poland
6   Romania
7   Belgium

1947 European Champion
  Czechoslovakia

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b c Duplacey page 502
  2. ^ Clarke, Robert (April 16, 1940). "New Controlling Body Formed At C.A.H.A. Meet". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. p. 15. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Hardy Outlines Scheme At Annual Gathering C.A.H.A." Lethbridge Herald. Lethbridge, Alberta. January 4, 1941. p. 18. 
  4. ^ "Old Slate Of Officers Re-elected By C.A.H.A." Lethbridge Herald. Lethbridge, Alberta. April 13, 1944. p. 10. 
  5. ^ "World Hockey Merger Urged". Winnipeg Tribune. Winnipeg, Manitoba. August 13, 1946. p. 12. 
  6. ^ "C.A.H.A. Seeks Recognition Of Definition". Winnipeg Tribune. Winnipeg, Manitoba. February 5, 1947. p. 27. 
  7. ^ "C.A.H.A. Gains Few Points At Prague Hockey Confab". Winnipeg Tribune. Winnipeg, Manitoba. March 22, 1947. p. 33. 
  8. ^ Summary at Passionhockey.com

ReferencesEdit