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1951 Ice Hockey World Championships

The 1951 Ice Hockey World Championships was the 18th World Championship and the 29th European Championship in ice hockey for international teams. The tournament took place in France from 9th to 17 March and the games were played in the capital city, Paris. Thirteen nations took part, and were first split into two groups. The seven best teams were placed in the first group, and the six others were placed into the "Criterium Européen", which would later become the B Pool. Each group was played in a round robin format, with each team playing each other once.

1951 Ice Hockey World Championships
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates9–17 March
Teams7
Venue(s)Palais des Sports
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (14th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Switzerland
Fourth place Norway
Tournament statistics
Matches played21
Goals scored180 (8.57 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Canada Stan Obodiac (10 goals)
1950
1952

Canada, represented by the Lethbridge Maple Leafs, became world champions for the 14th time. Highest ranking European team Sweden finished second, winning their fifth European Championship, finishing ahead of the Swiss on goal differential by three.

This tournament would be the last time France hosted the elite division of the World Championships until 2017, when Paris co-hosted the championship alongside Cologne in Germany.

World Championship Group A (France)Edit

Date Games Result Periods
9 March   Norway vs.   United States 3–0 0–0, 1–0, 2–0
10 March   Canada vs.   Finland 11–1 4–0, 4–0, 3–1
10 March   Sweden vs.   Great Britain 5–1 0–1, 1–0, 4–0
10 March    Switzerland vs.   Norway 8–1 4–1, 3–0, 1–0
11 March   Sweden vs.   United States 8–0 4–0, 1–0, 3–0
11 March   Canada vs.   Norway 8–0 3–0, 1–0, 4–0
12 March   United States vs.   Finland 5–4 1–0, 1–3, 3–1
12 March    Switzerland vs.   Great Britain 7–1 2–0, 4–1, 1–0
13 March   Sweden vs.   Norway 5–2 1–0, 4–1, 0–1
13 March    Switzerland vs.   Finland 4–1 1–0, 2–1, 1–0
13 March   Canada vs.   Great Britain 17–1 0–1, 7–0, 10–0
14 March    Switzerland vs.   Sweden 3–3 1–2, 1–1, 1–0
15 March   Norway vs.   Great Britain 4–3 0–0, 1–2, 3–1
15 March   Sweden vs.   Finland 11–3 5–0, 1–1, 5–2
15 March   Canada  United States 16–2 5–0, 6–2, 5–0
16 March   Norway vs.   Finland 0–3 0–1, 0–0, 0–2
16 March   Canada vs.    Switzerland 5–1 0–1, 3–0, 2–0
16 March   United States vs.   Great Britain 6–6 1–4, 2–1, 3–1
17 March   Finland vs.   Great Britain 3–6 0–2, 3–0, 0–4
17 March    Switzerland vs.   United States 5–1 3–0, 1–1, 1–0
17 March   Canada vs.   Sweden 5–1 1–0, 2–0, 2–1

TableEdit

Place Team Pld W T L GF GA Pts
1   Canada 6 6 0 0 62 –6 12
2   Sweden 6 4 1 1 33 –14 9
3    Switzerland 6 4 1 1 28 –12 9
4   Norway 6 2 0 4 10 –27 4
5   Great Britain 6 1 1 4 18 –42 3
6   United States 6 1 1 4 14 –42 3
7   Finland 6 1 0 5 15 –37 2

World Championship Group B (France)Edit

Date Games Result Periods
10 March   France vs.   Italy 1–4 0–1, 0–2, 1–1
11 March   Netherlands vs.   Italy 1–3 1–0, 0–2, 0–1
11 March   France vs.   Austria 7–3 1–0, 1–0, 5–3
11 March   Yugoslavia vs.   Belgium 3–13 0–5, 0–3, 3–5
12 March   Austria vs.   Belgium 5–3 0–1, 3–1, 2–1
12 March   Netherlands vs.   Yugoslavia 5–2 0–0, 4–1, 1–1
13 March   Belgium vs.   Italy 3–6 1–0, 0–1, 2–5
14 March   France vs.   Yugoslavia 10–3 3–2, 3–1, 4–0
14 March   Austria vs.   Netherlands 3–4 1–1, 1–2, 1–1
15 March   Italy vs.   Yugoslavia 6–1 1–0, 4–1, 1–0
15 March   France vs.   Belgium 10–0 2–0, 3–0, 5–0
16 March   Belgium vs.   Netherlands 1–2 0–2, 1–0, 0–0
16 March   Austria vs.   Italy 2–7 1–1,0–3,1–3
17 March   Austria vs.   Yugoslavia 3–4 1–1, 1–0, 1–3
17 March   France vs.   Netherlands 7–5 1–2, 3–1, 3–2

TableEdit

Place Team Pld W T L GF GA Pts
8   Italy 5 5 0 0 26 –8 10
9   France 5 4 0 1 35 –15 8
10   Netherlands 5 3 0 2 17 –16 6
11   Austria 5 1 0 4 20 –25 2
12   Belgium 5 1 0 4 20 –30 2
13   Yugoslavia 5 1 0 4 13 –37 2

World Championship medalsEdit

1951 World Championship Country
Gold   Canada
Silver   Sweden
Bronze    Switzerland
4   Norway
5   Great Britain
6   United States
7   Finland

European Championship medalsEdit

1951 European Championship Country
Gold   Sweden
Silver    Switzerland
Bronze   Norway
4   Great Britain
5   Finland

CitationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Complete results
  • Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports. pp. 498–528. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9.
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. p. 133.