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.
|Champions||Soviet Union (6th title)|
|Goals scored||205 (7.32 per match)|
|Attendance||147,492 (5,268 per match)|
|Scoring leader(s)||Veniamin Aleksandrov (17 points)|
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.
|10 December 1965||Romania||11–3||France|
|11 December 1965||Italy||10–2||France|
|12 December 1965||Romania||6–2||Italy|
Romania qualified in Group B
Italy and France qualified in Group C
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.
Poland was relegated to Group B for 1967.
|3 March||Soviet Union||8–1||Poland|
|3 March||Czechoslovakia||6–0||East Germany|
|3 March||United States||2–7||Canada|
|5 March||Sweden||1–4||East Germany|
|5 March||Soviet Union||11–0||United States|
|6 March||Sweden||6–1||United States|
|6 March||Soviet Union||10–0||East Germany|
|8 March||Soviet Union||13–2||Finland|
|8 March||Czechoslovakia||7–4||United States|
|8 March||Canada||6–0||East Germany|
|9 March||Poland||0–4||East Germany|
|9 March||United States||1–4||Finland|
|10 March||Soviet Union||3–3||Sweden|
|11 March||East Germany||0–4||United States|
|11 March||Soviet Union||3–0||Canada|
|12 March||Poland||4–6||United States|
|12 March||East Germany||4–3||Finland|
|13 March||Soviet Union||7–1||Czechoslovakia|
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 March||Norway||12–2||Great Britain|
|3 March||West Germany||6–3||Austria|
|4 March||West Germany||4–1||Romania|
|4 March||Switzerland||6–3||Great Britain|
|6 March||Hungary||8–1||Great Britain|
|6 March||Yugoslavia||2–6||West Germany|
|7 March||West Germany||10–4||Great Britain|
|9 March||Switzerland||0–4||West Germany|
|9 March||Yugoslavia||3–3||Great Britain|
|10 March||Hungary||0–1||West Germany|
|11 March||Austria||2–1||Great Britain|
|12 March||West Germany||3–2||Norway|
|12 March||Great Britain||1–4||Romania|
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.
Italy was promoted to Group B, France decided not to participate, Yugoslavia B team participated instead of France
|3 March||Denmark||9–0||South Africa|
|4 March||Italy||17–0||South Africa|
|5 March||Yugoslavia B||5–5||Denmark|
|6 March||South Africa||2–18||Italy|
|10 March||Yugoslavia B||4–1||South Africa|
|11 March||South Africa||2–6||Denmark|
|12 March||Yugoslavia B||2–7||Italy|
Ranking and statisticsEdit
The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:
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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 1966 IIHF World Championship.|
- Müller, Stephan (2005). International Ice Hockey Encyclopaedia: 1904–2005. Books on Demand. ISBN 978-3-8334-4189-9.
- Summary (in french)
- 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. 139–40.
- Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew, eds. (2007), World of Hockey: Celebrating a Century of the IIHF, Bolton, Ontario: Fenn Publishing, ISBN 978-1-55168-307-2