1972 Ice Hockey World Championships

The 1972 Ice Hockey World Championships was the 39th edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Prague, Czechoslovakia from 7 to 22 April 1972, and the Czechoslovakia national team won the tournament, the third time they had done so and first since 1949, ending the Soviet Union's streak of nine consecutive titles.[1] In addition it was the Czechoslovaks' 12th European title.

1972 Ice Hockey World Championships
Tournament details
Host country Czechoslovakia
Dates7–22 April
Teams6
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Czechoslovakia (3rd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Soviet Union
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Sweden
Fourth place Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored288 (9.6 per match)
Attendance285,564 (9,519 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Soviet Union Alexander Maltsev 22 points
1971
1973

For the first time, a separate tournament is held for both the World Championships and the Winter Olympics. Previously, the Winter Olympics tournament was held in lieu of a world championships, with the winner being declared world champion for that year.[1] It also marked the first time in international ice hockey that all goaltenders were required to wear face masks.[1]

The American team, who had won the Silver medal earlier in the year at the Olympics, could not even win the 'B' pool, losing to Poland in their final game.

World Championship Group A (Czechoslovakia)Edit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
1   Czechoslovakia 10 9 0 1 72 16 19
2   Soviet Union 10 7 1 2 78 17 16
3   Sweden 10 5 4 1 49 33 11
4   Finland 10 4 6 0 47 48 8
5   West Germany 10 2 8 0 21 76 4
6    Switzerland 10 1 9 0 19 96 2
7 AprilCzechoslovakia  19-1   Switzerland
7 AprilSoviet Union  11-0  West Germany
8 AprilSwitzerland   1-12  Sweden
8 AprilWest Germany  5-8  Finland
9 AprilCzechoslovakia  4-1  Sweden
9 AprilFinland  2-10  Soviet Union
10 AprilCzechoslovakia  8-1  West Germany
10 AprilSoviet Union  10-2   Switzerland
11 AprilWest Germany  0-10  Sweden
11 AprilSwitzerland   3-2  Finland
12 AprilFinland  1-2  Sweden
12 AprilCzechoslovakia  3-3  Soviet Union
13 AprilSwitzerland   3-6  West Germany
14 AprilSweden  2-11  Soviet Union
14 AprilCzechoslovakia  5-3  Finland
15 AprilCzechoslovakia  12-2   Switzerland
15 AprilWest Germany  0-7  Soviet Union
16 AprilSweden  8-5   Switzerland
16 AprilFinland  13-3  West Germany
17 AprilSoviet Union  7-2  Finland
17 AprilCzechoslovakia  2-0  Sweden
18 AprilCzechoslovakia  8-1  West Germany
18 AprilSwitzerland   0-14  Soviet Union
19 AprilSweden  7-1  West Germany
19 AprilFinland  9-1   Switzerland
20 AprilSweden  4-5  Finland
20 AprilCzechoslovakia  3-2  Soviet Union
21 AprilWest Germany  4-1   Switzerland
22 AprilCzechoslovakia  8-2  Finland
22 AprilSoviet Union  3-3  Sweden

World Championship Group B (Romania)Edit

Played in Bucharest from 24 March to 2 April.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
7   Poland 6 6 0 0 41 12 12
8   United States 6 5 1 0 39 22 10
9   East Germany 6 4 2 0 31 18 8
10   Romania 6 3 3 0 25 26 6
11   Japan 6 1 4 1 20 49 3
12   Yugoslavia 6 1 5 0 25 28 2
13   Norway 6 0 5 1 15 41 1

Poland was promoted to Group A, both Norway and France were relegated to Group C. The French team boycotted the tournament in a protest over their federation's failure to finance the team's participation in the Sapporo Olympics[2][3]

24 MarchUnited States  5-3  Yugoslavia
24 MarchPoland  9-1  Norway
24 MarchEast Germany  7-1  Japan
25 MarchRomania  3-2  Yugoslavia
26 MarchEast Germany  5-2  Norway
26 MarchUnited States  14-5  Japan
27 MarchRomania  7-2  Norway
27 MarchPoland  11-1  Japan
27 MarchEast Germany  4-3  Yugoslavia
29 MarchUnited States  6-5  East Germany
29 MarchJapan  4-4  Norway
29 MarchRomania  0-7  Poland
30 MarchRomania  3-8  East Germany
30 MarchUnited States  5-1  Norway
30 MarchPoland  5-3  Yugoslavia
1 AprilRomania  10-3  Japan
1 AprilYugoslavia  11-5  Norway
1 AprilPoland  6-5  United States
2 AprilJapan  6-3  Yugoslavia
2 AprilRomania  2-4  United States
2 AprilPoland  3-2  East Germany

World Championship Group C (Romania)Edit

Played in Miercurea-Ciuc from 3 March to the 12th. The Chinese won their first game ever played in a World Championship.[4]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
14   Austria 6 5 0 1 21 12 11
15   Italy 6 4 1 1 31 13 9
16   China 6 2 2 2 19 20 6
17   Bulgaria 6 3 3 0 20 19 6
18   Hungary 6 2 2 2 31 24 6
19   Denmark 6 1 5 0 13 25 2
20   Netherlands 6 1 5 0 11 33 2

Both Austria and Italy were promoted to Group B.

3 MarchChina  4-3  Bulgaria
3 MarchHungary  11-4  Denmark
4 MarchItaly  3-1  Netherlands
4 MarchAustria  4-2  Denmark
5 MarchItaly  6-2  Bulgaria
5 MarchNetherlands  4-3  China
6 MarchBulgaria  6-2  Hungary
6 MarchChina  6-1  Denmark
6 MarchAustria  4-2  Netherlands
8 MarchItaly  7-1  China
8 MarchAustria  4-3  Hungary
8 MarchBulgaria  5-3  Netherlands
9 MarchItaly  8-0  Denmark
9 MarchAustria  4-2  Bulgaria
9 MarchHungary  6-1  Netherlands
11 MarchChina  2-2  Austria
11 MarchDenmark  4-2  Netherlands
11 MarchHungary  6-6  Italy
12 MarchBulgaria  2-0  Denmark
12 MarchHungary  3-3  China
12 MarchAustria  3-1  Italy

Ranking and statisticsEdit

 


 1972 IIHF World Championship Winners 
 
Czechoslovakia
3rd title

Tournament AwardsEdit

Final standingsEdit

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

    Czechoslovakia
    Soviet Union
    Sweden
4   Finland
5   West Germany
6    Switzerland

European championships final standingsEdit

The final standings of the European championships according to IIHF:

    Czechoslovakia
    Soviet Union
    Sweden
4   Finland
5   West Germany
6    Switzerland

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • 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. 142–3.
  • Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew, eds. (2007), World of Hockey: Celebrating a Century of the IIHF, Bolton, Ontario: Fenn Publishing, ISBN 1-55168-307-5
  • Complete results at Passionhockey.com