1966 Ice Hockey World Championships

The 1966 Ice Hockey World Championships was the 33rd edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Hala Tivoli, Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia from 3 to 14 March 1966. For the fourth straight year, the Soviet Union won the tournament. For the Soviets, it was their sixth World and tenth European title. The Czechs beat both Canada and Sweden two to one, to take the Silver, while the Swedes' historic loss to East Germany helped put them fourth behind Canada for the Bronze.

1966 Ice Hockey World Championships
1966 World Ice Hockey Championships stamp of Yugoslavia.jpg
Stamp of Yugoslavia dedicated to the 1966 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country Yugoslavia
Dates3–14 March
Teams8
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Soviet Union (6th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Czechoslovakia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Canada
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played28
Goals scored205 (7.32 per match)
Attendance147,492 (5,268 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Soviet Union Veniamin Aleksandrov (17 points)
1965
1967

The lower two tiers (Groups B and C) were formalized, so there would be no more qualifying tournaments with promotion and relegation taking places between these two tournaments as well. West Germany won all their games to return to the top level of competition while Great Britain went winless and was replaced by Group C winner Italy.

Qualifying Round Group B/C (Bucharest Romania)Edit

Place Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1   Romania 2 2 0 0 17 −5 4
2   Italy 2 1 0 1 12 −8 2
3   France 2 0 0 2 5 −21 0
10 December 1965Romania  11–3  France
11 December 1965Italy  10–2  France
12 December 1965Romania  6–2  Italy

Romania qualified in Group B

Italy and France qualified in Group C

World Championship Group A (Ljubljana)Edit

The Canadian national team players wanted to withdraw from the World Championships in protest of the officiating in a loss to the Czechoslovakian national team in which Canada was the more-penalized team and had two goals disallowed. The team's manager Father David Bauer stayed up all night with the team and talked them into continuing to avoid a national embarrassment and sanctions against the team.[1][2]

Final RoundEdit

Place Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1   Soviet Union 7 6 1 0 55 −7 13
2   Czechoslovakia 7 6 0 1 32 −15 12
3   Canada 7 5 0 2 33 −10 10
4   Sweden 7 3 1 3 26 −17 7
5   East Germany 7 3 0 4 12 −30 6
6   United States 7 2 0 5 18 −39 4
7   Finland 7 2 0 5 18 −43 4
8   Poland 7 0 0 7 11 −44 0

Poland was relegated to Group B for 1967.

3 MarchSoviet Union  8–1  Poland
3 MarchCzechoslovakia  6–0  East Germany
3 MarchSweden  5–1  Finland
3 MarchUnited States  2–7  Canada
5 MarchCanada  6–0  Poland
5 MarchCzechoslovakia  8–1  Finland
5 MarchSweden  1–4  East Germany
5 MarchSoviet Union  11–0  United States
6 MarchCzechoslovakia  6–1  Poland
6 MarchCanada  9–1  Finland
6 MarchSweden  6–1  United States
6 MarchSoviet Union  10–0  East Germany
8 MarchSweden  8–2  Poland
8 MarchSoviet Union  13–2  Finland
8 MarchCzechoslovakia  7–4  United States
8 MarchCanada  6–0  East Germany
9 MarchPoland  0–4  East Germany
9 MarchUnited States  1–4  Finland
10 MarchCanada  1–2  Czechoslovakia
10 MarchSoviet Union  3–3  Sweden
11 MarchFinland  6–3  Poland
11 MarchEast Germany  0–4  United States
11 MarchCzechoslovakia  2–1  Sweden
11 MarchSoviet Union  3–0  Canada
12 MarchPoland  4–6  United States
12 MarchEast Germany  4–3  Finland
13 MarchCanada  4–2  Sweden
13 MarchSoviet Union  7–1  Czechoslovakia

World Championship Group B (Zagreb)Edit

Final RoundEdit

Place Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
9   West Germany 7 7 0 0 34 −12 14
10   Romania 7 5 1 1 29 −16 11
11   Yugoslavia 7 4 2 1 25 −23 10
12   Norway 7 4 0 3 28 −17 8
13   Austria 7 3 0 4 25 −30 6
14    Switzerland 7 2 0 5 24 −26 4
15   Hungary 7 1 0 6 19 −30 2
16   Great Britain 7 0 1 6 15 −45 1

West Germany was promoted to the top level while Great Britain was relegated to Group C for 1967 (but did not participate again until 1971).

3 MarchNorway  12–2  Great Britain
3 MarchSwitzerland   3–4  Romania
3 MarchWest Germany  6–3  Austria
3 MarchYugoslavia  6–4  Hungary
4 MarchWest Germany  4–1  Romania
4 MarchSwitzerland   6–3  Great Britain
4 MarchHungary  2–7  Austria
4 MarchYugoslavia  2–1  Norway
6 MarchNorway  0–4  Romania
6 MarchHungary  8–1  Great Britain
6 MarchAustria  7–6   Switzerland
6 MarchYugoslavia  2–6  West Germany
7 MarchAustria  3–4  Norway
7 MarchHungary  2–4  Romania
7 MarchWest Germany  10–4  Great Britain
7 MarchYugoslavia  3–2   Switzerland
9 MarchAustria  1–7  Romania
9 MarchSwitzerland   0–4  West Germany
9 MarchHungary  2–5  Norway
9 MarchYugoslavia  3–3  Great Britain
10 MarchNorway  4–1   Switzerland
10 MarchHungary  0–1  West Germany
11 MarchAustria  2–1  Great Britain
11 MarchYugoslavia  5–5  Romania
12 MarchWest Germany  3–2  Norway
12 MarchHungary  1–6   Switzerland
12 MarchGreat Britain  1–4  Romania
12 MarchYugoslavia  4–2  Austria

World Championship Group C (Jesenice)Edit

A Yugoslav 'B' team participated unofficially in the tournament, playing games against each of the three other participating nations. This was South Africa's last appearance in the World Championships until 1992.

Final RoundEdit

Place Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
17   Italy 5 5 0 0 54 −8 10
18   Denmark 5 2 1 2 21 −21 5
19   Yugoslavia B 3 1 1 1 11 −13 3
20   South Africa 5 0 0 5 4 −50 0

Italy was promoted to Group B, France decided not to participate, Yugoslavia B team participated instead of France

3 MarchDenmark  9–0  South Africa
4 MarchItaly  17–0  South Africa
5 MarchYugoslavia   B5–5  Denmark
6 MarchSouth Africa  2–18  Italy
7 MarchItaly  7–1  Denmark
8 MarchDenmark  5–12  Italy
10 MarchYugoslavia   B4–1  South Africa
11 MarchSouth Africa  2–6  Denmark
12 MarchYugoslavia   B2–7  Italy

Ranking and statisticsEdit

 


 1966 IIHF World Championship Winners 
 
Soviet Union
6th title

Tournament AwardsEdit

Final standingsEdit

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

    Soviet Union
    Czechoslovakia
    Canada
4   Sweden
5   East Germany
6   United States
7   Finland
8   Poland

European championships final standingsEdit

Please note: At the time of the championship Sweden was awarded the bronze, however, East Germany should have won because of their better record amongst only European clubs. In 1999 this mistake was corrected and living players were presented with the medals they were supposed to have won.[3]

The final standings of the European championships according to IIHF:

    Soviet Union
    Czechoslovakia
    East Germany
4   Sweden
5   Finland
6   Poland

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ Cole, Rick (11 March 2016). "Players Relent – Canada Back In Tourney". The Hockey Writers. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  2. ^ Oliver, Greg (2017). Father Bauer and the Great Experiment: The Genesis of Canadian Olympic Hockey. Toronto, Ontario: ECW Press. pp. 149–150. ISBN 978-1-77041-249-1.
  3. ^ Müller

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