1981 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 1981 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1981 WJHC) was the fifth edition of the Ice Hockey World Junior Championship and was held from December 27, 1980, until January 2, 1981. The tournament was held in Füssen, West Germany. Sweden won the gold medal, while Finland won the silver, and the Soviet Union bronze.

1981 IIHF World U20 Championship
Tournament details
Host country West Germany
DatesDecember 27, 1980 –
January 2, 1981
Teams8
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Sweden (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Finland
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Soviet Union
Fourth place Czechoslovakia
Tournament statistics
Matches played20
Goals scored207 (10.35 per match)
Scoring leader(s)West Germany Dieter Hegen
(11 points)
1980
1982

Pool AEdit

The 1981 tournament divided participants into two divisions of four teams, each playing three games. The top two teams in each division advanced to the A division in the medal round, while the bottom two were placed in a B division. Each division played another round robin. The top three teams in the A division won the gold, silver and bronze medals. Teams that faced each other in the first round had their results carried over to the medal rounds.

Final standingsEdit

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

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
    Sweden 5 4 0 1 25 11 9
    Finland 5 3 1 1 29 18 7
    Soviet Union 5 3 2 0 36 14 6
4   Czechoslovakia 5 1 1 3 34 21 5
5   West Germany 5 3 2 0 29 24 6
6   United States 5 2 3 0 19 27 4
7   Canada 5 1 3 1 26 25 3
8   Austria 5 0 5 0 9 67 0

  Austria was relegated to Pool B for the 1982 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Preliminary roundEdit

Gold groupEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Soviet Union 3 3 0 0 31 5 6
  Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 25 12 3
  Canada 3 1 1 1 17 11 3
  Austria 3 0 3 0 6 51 0
December 27, 1980Czechoslovakia  3 – 3
(1–0, 0–2, 2–1)
  CanadaKaufbeuren
December 27, 1980Soviet Union  19 – 1
(7–0, 8–0, 4–1)
  AustriaAugsburg
December 28, 1980Soviet Union  7 – 3
(3–1, 3–0, 1–2)
  CanadaLandsberg
December 28, 1980Czechoslovakia  21 – 4
(6–1, 6–3, 9–0)
  AustriaFüssen
December 30, 1980Canada  11 – 1  AustriaLandsberg
December 30, 1980Soviet Union  5 – 1
(2–1, 0–0, 3–0)
  CzechoslovakiaFüssen

Blue groupEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Sweden 3 3 0 0 19 6 6
  Finland 3 2 1 0 17 9 4
  West Germany 3 1 2 0 13 17 2
  United States 3 0 3 0 5 22 0
December 27, 1980West Germany  3 – 7
(2–3, 0–2, 1–2)
  SwedenFüssen
December 27, 1980Finland  8 – 1
(0–0, 5–1, 3–0)
  United StatesLandsberg
December 28, 1980West Germany  6 – 8
(1–3, 3–4, 2–1)
  FinlandOberstdorf
December 28, 1980Sweden  10 – 2
(0–1, 6–1, 4–0)
  United StatesAugsburg
December 30, 1980Sweden  2 – 1
(0–1, 2–0, 0–0)
  FinlandKempten
December 30, 1980West Germany  4 – 2  United StatesKaufbeuren

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
  West Germany 3 3 0 0 20 9 6
  United States 3 2 1 0 16 9 4
  Canada 3 1 2 0 20 15 2
  Austria 3 0 3 0 4 27 0
December 31, 1980United States  7 – 3
(2–1, 2–2, 3–0)
  CanadaLandsberg
December 31, 1980West Germany  9 – 1
(1–0, 5–0, 3–1)
  AustriaFüssen
January 2, 1981West Germany  7 – 6
(5–2, 2–3, 0–1)
  CanadaKaufbeuren
January 2, 1981United States  7 – 2
(2–0, 2–1, 3–1)
  AustriaFüssen

Championship roundEdit

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

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Sweden 3 2 0 1 8 6 5
  Finland 3 1 1 1 13 11 3
  Soviet Union 3 1 2 0 10 10 2
  Czechoslovakia 3 0 1 2 10 14 2
December 31, 1980Finland  6 – 3
(2–0, 3–1, 1–2)
  Soviet UnionKaufbeuren
December 31, 1980Sweden  3 – 3
(0–1, 2–1, 1–1)
  CzechoslovakiaOberstdorf
January 2, 1981Sweden  3 – 2
(2–1, 1–1, 0–0)
  Soviet UnionAugsburg
Attendance: 2700
January 2, 1981Czechoslovakia  6 – 6
(2–2, 1–2, 3–2)
  FinlandLandsberg

Scoring leadersEdit

Rank Player Country G A Pts
1 Dieter Hegen   West Germany 8 1 9
2 Dale Hawerchuk   Canada 5 4 9
Vladimir Svitek   Czechoslovakia 5 4 9
Ari Lähteenmäki   Finland 5 4 9
Bobby Carpenter   United States 5 4 9
6 Håkan Nordin   Sweden 2 7 9
7 Jan Vodila   Czechoslovakia 5 3 8
8 Patrik Sundström   Sweden 7 0 7
9 Pekka Järvelä   Finland 5 2 7
10 Klaus Götsch   West Germany 4 3 7

Tournament awardsEdit

IIHF Directorate Awards Media All-Star Team
Goaltender   Lars Eriksson   Lars Eriksson
Defencemen   Miloslav Hořava   Håkan Nordin
  Miloslav Hořava
Forwards   Patrik Sundström   Jan Erixon
  Patrik Sundström
  Ari Lähteenmäki

Pool BEdit

The second tier was contested from March 23–29, in Strasbourg, France. Eight teams were divided into two round robin groups where the top two, and bottom two, graduated to meet their respective opponents in a final round robin. Results between competitors who migrated together were carried forward. Yugoslavia made their debut, replacing Hungary.

Preliminary roundEdit

Group AEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
   Switzerland 3 3 0 0 25 4 6
  Netherlands 3 2 1 0 9 13 4
  Denmark 3 1 2 0 10 15 2
  Yugoslavia 3 0 3 0 8 20 0
Netherlands  3 – 2
(1–1, 2–0, 0–1)
  DenmarkStrasbourg
Switzerland   7 – 3
(2–0, 1–2, 4–1)
  YugoslaviaStrasbourg
Switzerland   8 – 1
(1–1, 3–0, 4–0)
  DenmarkStrasbourg
Netherlands  6 – 1
(2–1, 1–0, 3–0)
  YugoslaviaStrasbourg
Switzerland   10 – 0
(5–0, 3–0, 2–0)
  NetherlandsStrasbourg
Denmark  7 – 4
(1–1, 1–1, 5–2)
  YugoslaviaStrasbourg

Group BEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Norway 3 2 0 1 20 13 5
  Poland 3 2 1 0 25 11 4
  Italy 3 1 1 1 13 20 3
  France 3 0 3 0 10 24 0
Norway  5 – 5
(0–1, 3–1, 2–3)
  ItalyStrasbourg
France  4 – 8
(2–3, 2–2, 0–3)
  PolandStrasbourg
Poland  12 – 1
(4–0, 4–0, 4–1)
  ItalyStrasbourg
France  3 – 9
(0–4, 2–2, 1–3)
  NorwayStrasbourg
Norway  6 – 5
(0–3, 2–1, 4–1)
  PolandStrasbourg
France  3 – 7
(2–2, 3–0, 2–1)
  ItalyStrasbourg

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
  Denmark 3 3 0 0 19 11 6
  Yugoslavia 3 1 1 1 16 14 3
  Italy 3 1 2 0 11 16 2
  France 3 0 2 1 13 18 1
France  6 – 7
(0–2, 5–1, 1–4)
  DenmarkStrasbourg
Italy  3 – 8
(0–2, 2–2, 1–4)
  YugoslaviaStrasbourg
France  4 – 4
(1–2, 0–2, 3–0)
  YugoslaviaStrasbourg
Denmark  5 – 1
(0–0, 2–1, 3–0)
  ItalyStrasbourg

Promotion roundEdit

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

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
   Switzerland 3 2 0 1 19 6 5
  Norway 3 2 0 1 18 10 5
  Poland 3 1 2 0 14 11 2
  Netherlands 3 0 3 0 1 25 0

   Switzerland was promoted to Pool A for the 1982 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Norway  8 – 1
(2–1, 5–0, 1–0)
  NetherlandsStrasbourg
Switzerland   5 – 2
(2–0, 2–1, 1–1)
  PolandStrasbourg
Netherlands  0 – 7
(0–2, 0–2, 0–3)
  PolandStrasbourg
Switzerland   4 – 4
(0–0, 3–1, 1–3)
  NorwayStrasbourg

Scoring leadersEdit

Rank Player Country G A Pts
1 Murajica Pajič   Yugoslavia 10 1 11
2 Alfred Lüthl    Switzerland 7 4 11
3 Martin Pavlu   Italy 5 6 11
4 Stanislaw Szpreglewski   Poland 9 0 9
5 Beat Eggimann    Switzerland 5 4 9
6 Guy Ireland   France 5 3 8

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