1979 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 1979 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1979 WJHC) was the third edition of the Ice Hockey World Junior Championship and was held from 27 December 1978 until 3 January 1979. The tournament was held in Karlstad and Karlskoga, Sweden. The Soviet Union won its third consecutive gold medal, while Czechoslovakia won the silver, and Sweden the bronze.

1979 IIHF World U20 Championship
Tournament details
Host country Sweden
Dates27 December 1978 –
3 January 1979
Teams8
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Soviet Union (3rd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Czechoslovakia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Sweden
Fourth place Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played22
Goals scored171 (7.77 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Soviet Union Vladimir Krutov
(14 points)
1978
1980

Pool AEdit

The 1979 tournament divided participants into two divisions of four teams, each playing three games. The top two teams in each division advanced to the championship round, while the bottom two were placed in the consolation round. Each division played another round robin. The top three teams in the championship round won the gold, silver and bronze medals. In the consolation round, the results between teams that faced each other in the preliminary round carried over.

Final standingsEdit

This is the aggregate standings, ordered according to final placing. The four teams in the championship round were ranked one through four, while the four teams in the consolation round were ranked five through eight regardless of overall record.

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
    Soviet Union 6 5 0 1 46 11 11
    Czechoslovakia 6 3 1 2 19 23 8
    Sweden 6 4 1 1 19 13 9
4   Finland 6 2 4 0 20 19 4
5   Canada 5 3 2 0 23 10 6
6   United States 5 2 3 0 21 23 4
7   West Germany 5 1 4 0 17 26 2
8   Norway 5 0 5 0 6 46 0

  Norway was relegated to Pool B for the 1980 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Preliminary roundEdit

Gold groupEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Sweden 3 3 0 0 8 3 6
  Finland 3 2 1 0 11 4 4
  Canada 3 1 2 0 7 6 2
  West Germany 3 0 3 0 5 18 0
27 December 1978Canada  1 – 3
(0–0, 1–2, 0–1)
  FinlandKarlstad
27 December1978Sweden  5 – 2
(3–0, 1–1, 1–1)
  West GermanyKarlstad
28 December 1978West Germany  2 – 6
(0–2, 1–2, 1–2)
  CanadaKarlstad
28 December 1978Finland  1 – 2
(0–1, 1–1, 0–0)
  SwedenKarlskoga
30 December 1978Sweden  1 – 0
(0–0, 1–0, 0–0)
  CanadaKarlskoga
30 December 1978Finland  7 – 1
(2–1, 2–0, 3–0)
  West GermanyKarlskoga

Blue groupEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Soviet Union 3 3 0 0 33 2 6
  Czechoslovakia 3 2 1 0 10 15 4
  United States 3 1 2 0 10 11 2
  Norway 3 0 3 0 5 30 0
27 December 1978Soviet Union  17 – 0
(6–0, 1–0, 10–0)
  NorwayKarlskoga
27 December 1978Czechoslovakia  3 – 2
(2–1, 0–1, 1–0)
  United StatesKarlskoga
28 December 1978United States  1 – 7
(0–3, 1–4, 0–0)
  Soviet UnionKarlskoga
28 December 1978Norway  4 – 6
(2–1, 2–4, 0–1)
  CzechoslovakiaKarlstad
30 December 1978Soviet Union  9 – 1
(3–1, 5–0, 1–0)
  CzechoslovakiaKarlstad
30 December 1978Norway  1 – 7
(1–1, 0–5, 0–1)
  United StatesKarlstad

Consolation roundEdit

Results from any games played during the preliminary round were carried forward to the consolation round.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Canada 3 3 0 0 22 6 6
  United States 3 2 1 0 18 13 4
  West Germany 3 1 2 0 14 14 2
  Norway 3 0 3 0 2 23 0
31 December 1978Canada  10 – 1
(4–0, 3–1, 3–0)
  NorwayKarlstad
31 December 1978United States  8 – 6
(2–1, 3–2, 3–3)
  West GermanyKarlskoga
2 January 1979Canada  6 – 3
(1–0, 4–3, 1–0)
  United StatesKarlskoga
2 January 1978Norway  0 – 6
(0–3, 0–2, 0–1)
  West GermanyKarlstad

Championship roundEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Soviet Union 3 2 0 1 13 9 5
  Czechoslovakia 3 1 0 2 9 8 4
  Sweden 3 1 1 1 11 10 3
  Finland 3 0 3 0 9 15 0
31 December 1978Soviet Union  4 – 2
(1–0, 1–2, 2–0)
  FinlandKarlstad
31 December 1978Sweden  1 – 1
(0–0, 0–1, 1–0)
  CzechoslovakiaKarlskoga
2 January 1979Finland  2 – 5
(2–2, 0–2, 0–1)
  SwedenKarlstad
2 January 1979Soviet Union  2 – 2
(1–1, 1–1, 0–0)
  CzechoslovakiaKarlskoga
3 January 1979Czechoslovakia  6 – 5
(1–1, 3–2, 2–2)
  FinlandKarlskoga
3 January 1979Sweden  5 – 7
(2–2, 2–2, 1–3)
  Soviet UnionKarlstad

Scoring leadersEdit

Rank Player Country G A Pts
1 Vladimir Krutov   Soviet Union 8 6 14
2 Anatoli Tarasov   Soviet Union 5 5 10
3 Vyacheslav Ryanov   Soviet Union 6 3 9
4 Georg Holzmann   West Germany 4 4 8
5 Alexander Gerasimov   Soviet Union 2 6 8
6 Andrei Andreyev   Soviet Union 6 1 7
7 Aaron Broten   United States 4 3 7
8 Jarmo Makitalo   Finland 4 3 7
9 Ján Jaško   Czechoslovakia 3 4 7
10 Alexei Kasatonov   Soviet Union 3 4 7
Anton Šťastný   Czechoslovakia 3 4 7

Tournament awardsEdit

IIHF Directorate Awards Media All-Star Team
Goaltender   Pelle Lindbergh   Pelle Lindbergh
Defencemen   Alexei Kasatonov  Alexei Kasatonov
  Ivan Černý
Forwards   Vladimir Krutov   Thomas Steen
  Anatoli Tarasov
  Vladimir Krutov

Pool BEdit

A second tier of the World Junior Championship was contested in Caen, France, from 5 to 9 March 1979. Two groups of four played round robins, followed by placement games where 1st played 1st, etc.. This is the first year a B pool was contested for the under 20s.

Preliminary roundEdit

Group AEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  France 3 3 0 0 22 8 6
  Poland 3 2 1 0 37 12 4
  Austria 3 1 2 0 11 15 2
  Belgium 3 0 3 0 7 42 0
France  3 – 1
(1–0, 1–1, 1–0)
  Austria
Poland  23 – 2
(8–0, 6–2, 9–0)
  Belgium
France  9 – 2
(2–2, 5–0, 2–0)
  Belgium
Poland  9 – 0  Austria
Austria  10 – 3
(6–1, 2–0, 2–2)
  Belgium
France  10 – 5
(1–2, 5–1, 4–2)
  Poland

Group BEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
   Switzerland 3 3 0 0 27 7 6
  Denmark 3 2 1 0 8 8 4
  Netherlands 3 1 2 0 11 17 2
  Italy 3 0 3 0 5 19 0
Switzerland   10 – 4
(3–1, 4–1, 3–2)
  Netherlands
Italy  0 – 3  Denmark
Switzerland   8 – 2
(4–1, 1–0, 3–1)
  Denmark
Netherlands  7 – 4  Italy
Denmark  3 – 0
(1–0, 1–0, 1–0)
  Netherlands
Switzerland   9 – 1
(2–0, 5–1, 2–0)
  Italy

Final roundEdit

7th place gameEdit

Italy  17 – 2  Belgium

5th place gameEdit

Austria  6 – 5  Netherlands

3rd place gameEdit

Poland  6 – 5 OT  Denmark

1st place gameEdit

France  4 – 5 OT
(0–2, 2–0, 2–2, 0–1)
   Switzerland

   Switzerland was promoted to Pool A for the 1980 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

ReferencesEdit

  • Podnieks, Andrew (1998). Red, White, and Gold: Canada at the World Junior Championships 1974–1999. ECW Press. ISBN 1-55022-382-8.
  • 1977–81 World Junior Hockey Championships at TSN
  • Results at passionhockey.com
  • Stats at eliteprospects.com