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1953 Ice Hockey World Championships

The 1953 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships were the 20th World Championships and the 31st European Championships in ice hockey. The tournament took place between March 7 and March 15, 1953, in Basel and Zurich, Switzerland. Sweden won their first World Championship title and their seventh European Championship title.

1953 Ice Hockey World Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Switzerland
Dates7–15 March
Teams4
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Sweden (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg West Germany
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Switzerland
Fourth place Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Goals scored64 (10.67 per match)
Attendance53,000 (8,833 per match)
1952
1954

This was the first world championship tournament with only European teams; on January 12, 1953, Canadian Amateur Hockey Association president W.B. George stated Canada would not be sending a team to the 1953 World Championships. He told the press: "Every year we spend $10,000 to send a Canadian hockey team to Europe to play 40 exhibition games. All these games are played to packed houses that only enrich European hockey coffers. In return we are subjected to constant, unnecessary abuse over our Canadian style of play."[1]

Also absent were the Soviet Union; it was hoped that the USSR would participate but they did not, but they sent observers, including coach Anatoli Tarasov, to scout the tournament. It is believed that injuries to their star players, including Vsevolod Bobrov, was the reason behind the decision.[1]

Czechoslovakia were withdrawn from the tournament by General František Janda, the Chairman of the State Committee for the Physical Education and Sport, who ordered the team home when it became obvious their President, Klement Gottwald, was going to die from pneumonia he contracted at Stalin's funeral. Gottwald died the next day, March 14, 1953; subsequently, the team was disqualified, with their results being deleted from the records and their remaining games cancelled.[1]

World Championships Group A (Switzerland)Edit

Date Matches A World Championships 1953 Result Period.
7 March   Czechoslovakia vs.   West Germany 11–2 (annulled) 4–1, 5–0, 2–1
7 March    Switzerland vs.   Sweden 2–9 1–2, 1–5, 0–2
8 March    Switzerland vs.   Czechoslovakia 4–9 (annulled) 0–4, 1–2, 3–3
8 March   Sweden vs.   West Germany 8–6 4–1, 3–3, 1–2
10 March   Sweden vs.   Czechoslovakia 5–3 (annulled) 5–1, 0–1, 0–1
10 March   West Germany vs.    Switzerland 2–3 0–1, 2–1, 0–1
12 March   Sweden vs.    Switzerland 9–1 5–1, 1–0, 3–0
12 March   West Germany vs.   Czechoslovakia 4–9 (annulled) 2–4, 1–2, 1–3
13 March   Czechoslovakia vs.    Switzerland Cancelled
13 March   West Germany vs.   Sweden 2–12 0–2, 1–5, 1–5
15 March   Czechoslovakia vs.   Sweden Cancelled
15 March    Switzerland vs.   West Germany 3–7 2–4, 0–1, 1–2

TableEdit

Place Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
1   Sweden 4 4 0 0 38 –11 8
2   West Germany 4 1 3 0 17 –26 2
3    Switzerland 4 1 3 0 9 –27 2
NC   Czechoslovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

World Championships Group B (Switzerland)Edit

Also participating was a Swiss 'B' team who (if their games counted) would have finished third.[2]

Date Matches B World Championships 1953 Result Period.
7 March   Italy vs.   Austria 9–5 3–1, 4–3, 2–1
7 March    Switzerland B vs.   Great Britain 1–3 1–0, 0–1, 0–2
8 March   Austria vs.   Netherlands 5–3 2–0, 2–3, 1–0
8 March    Switzerland B vs.   France 7–1 4–1, 1–0, 2–0
10 March   Great Britain vs.   Netherlands 8–4 4–2, 1–2, 3–0
10 March    Switzerland B vs.   Italy 1–2 1–0, 0–0, 0–2
11 March   Austria vs.   France 8–1 2–1, 2–0, 4–0
11 March   Italy vs.   Netherlands 7–0 4–0, 1–0, 2–0
12 March   Great Britain vs.   France 8–3 3–0, 3–1, 2–2
13 March   Great Britain vs.   Austria 3–0 1–0, 1–0, 1–0
13 March    Switzerland B vs.   Netherlands 7–5 1–1, 5–2, 1–2
14 March   Italy vs.   France 5–2 2–1, 1–0, 2–1
14 March    Switzerland B vs.   Austria 8–2 2–0, 1–1, 5–1
15 March   Netherlands vs.   France 8–3 4–1, 2–1, 2–1
15 March   Italy vs.   Great Britain 3–2 3–0, 0–0, 0–2

TableEdit

Place Team GP W D L GF GA Pts
4   Italy 5 5 0 0 26 –10 10
5   Great Britain 5 4 0 1 24 –11 8
NC    Switzerland B 5 3 0 2 24 –13 6
6   Austria 5 2 0 3 20 –24 4
7   Netherlands 5 1 0 4 20 –30 2
8   France 5 0 0 5 10 –36 0

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b c Duplacey P. 503
  2. ^ Summary

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. pp. 133–4.