1957 Ice Hockey World Championships

The 1957 Ice Hockey World Championships were held between 24 February and 5 March 1957 at the Palace of Sports of the Central Lenin Stadium in Moscow, USSR.

1957 Ice Hockey World Championships
Tournament details
Host country Soviet Union
Dates24 February–5 March
Venue(s)Luzhniki Palace of Sports
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Sweden (2nd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Soviet Union
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Czechoslovakia
Fourth place Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played28
Goals scored300 (10.71 per match)
Attendance223,700 (7,989 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Soviet Union Konstantin Loktev (18 points)
Trophy awarded for the 1957 World Championships

This was the last World Championships played on natural ice; and were the first World Championships held in the Soviet Union and they are remembered for the political circumstances surrounding the games. Hungary had been recently occupied by the Soviet Army (to suppress a revolution in October and November 1956), and as a result, the United States and Canada boycotted the World Championships in protest. Joining them were Norway, West Germany, Italy and Switzerland. East Germany participated at the top level for the first time.


Sven Johansson of Sweden scores a goal against East Germany. Sweden won the match 11–1.

With the boycott, the home team USSR was heavily favoured to win the tournament, but Sweden surprised the world by pulling off an upset. The first step was taken in their third game, when they beat Czechoslovakia 2-0. This important victory was saved by the head of Leksands IF defenseman Vilgot Larsson. He literally headed the puck away from the Swedish net to save a goal, and in the days before mandatory helmets, received several stitches for his heroics. In the final game, Sweden opened with two goals, but the dynamic Soviets responded with 4 goals of their own. Down by two in the third period, goals by Eilert Määttä and Erling Lindström tied the game, and the goaltending of Thord Flodqvist and play of Sven "Tumba" Johansson guaranteed the final draw. The USSR had previously only tied Czechoslovakia, so all Sweden needed was one point, or a tie, for gold.

Karel Straka of Czechoslovakia was named best goaltender. Nikolaï Sologubov of the USSR was best defenceman, and Sven "Tumba" Johansson of Sweden was best forward. Konstantin Loktev of the USSR led all scorers with 18 points (on 11 goals and 7 assists), followed by Nils Nilsson and Ronald Pettersson of Sweden, both with 16 points. Vsevolod Bobrov of the USSR led all scorers with 13 goals. Japan competed for the first time since 1930, and finished last with one point in the standings.

The Soviets did not have the Swedish national anthem ready for the gold medal ceremony. To compensate for this, the Swedish players decided to sing the anthem over the stadium's PA system. However, few players knew the anthem by heart so they decided to play a little prank on the Soviets and instead sang the Swedish drinking song "Helan Går".[1] Swedish captain Lasse Björn later recalled the story of Marshal Zhukov, the Minister of Defence of the Soviet Union, standing to attention for a simple Swedish drinking song.[2]


Place Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
Gold   Sweden 7 6 0 1 62 –11 13
Silver   Soviet Union 7 5 0 2 77 –9 12
Bronze   Czechoslovakia 7 5 1 1 66 –9 11
4th   Finland 7 4 3 0 28 –33 8
5th   East Germany 7 3 4 0 23 –48 6
6th   Poland 7 2 5 0 25 –45 4
7th   Austria 7 0 6 1 8 –61 1
8th   Japan 7 0 6 1 11 –84 1

Final roundEdit

24 FebruaryFinland  5–3  Poland
24 FebruarySoviet Union  16–0  Japan
24 FebruarySweden  11–1  East Germany
24 FebruaryCzechoslovakia  9–0  Austria
25 FebruarySoviet Union  11–1  Finland
25 FebruaryCzechoslovakia  15–1  East Germany
25 FebruarySweden  8–3  Poland
26 FebruaryAustria  3–3  Japan
27 FebruarySweden  2–0  Czechoslovakia
27 FebruaryPoland  8–3  Japan
27 FebruarySoviet Union  22–1  Austria
27 FebruaryFinland  5–3  East Germany
28 FebruaryCzechoslovakia  3–0  Finland
28 FebruarySoviet Union  10–1  Poland
1 MarchSweden  10–0  Austria
1 MarchEast Germany  9–2  Japan
2 MarchFinland  9–2  Austria
2 MarchSoviet Union  2–2  Czechoslovakia
2 MarchEast Germany  6–2  Poland
2 MarchSweden  18–0  Japan
3 MarchPoland  5–1  Austria
4 MarchCzechoslovakia  25–1  Japan
4 MarchSweden  9–3  Finland
4 MarchEast Germany  0–12  Soviet Union
5 MarchEast Germany  3–1  Austria
5 MarchFinland  5–2  Japan
5 MarchCzechoslovakia  12–3  Poland
5 MarchSoviet Union  4–4  Sweden

Attendance recordEdit

The final game (USSR versus Sweden for the championship) was played on the football field of the Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Stadium. It is reputed that over 50,000 fans (or 55,000, depending on sources) saw the game, the most ever for an international hockey game. This stood as the world record until 6 October 2001, when 74,544 fans saw Michigan State University and the University of Michigan play an American NCAA Hockey game outdoors at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.

European Championship medal tableEdit

Games played against Japan did not count for the purposes of determining the European champion. Since six of the seven European participants defeated Japan, and since the only opponent that did not defeat Japan (Austria) also lost to each of their European opponents, finishing order for the European championship table was the same as it was for the main championship table.

    Soviet Union
4   Finland
5   East Germany
6   Poland
7   Austria

Tournament awardsEdit



  • 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. 135.

Preceded by
Ice hockey game attendance record
Succeeded by
Michigan at Michigan State (NCAA)
6 October 2001