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1985 Ice Hockey World Championships

The 1985 Ice Hockey World Championships took place in Prague, Czechoslovakia from 17 April to 3 May. Eight teams took part, with each team playing each other once. The four best teams then played each other once more with no results carrying over, and the other four teams played each other again to determine ranking and relegation. This was the 50th World Championships, and also the 61st European Championships of ice hockey. The home side, Czechoslovakia, became world champions for the 6th time, and the Soviet Union won their 23rd European title. For the European Championship, only games between European sides in the first round are included.

1985 Ice Hockey World Championships
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Tournament details
Host country Czechoslovakia
Dates17 April – 3 May
Teams8
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Czechoslovakia (6th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Soviet Union
Fourth place United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played40
Goals scored305 (7.63 per match)
Attendance411,659 (10,291 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Soviet Union Sergei Makarov 14 points
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This was a historic tournament in a few respects. The Soviets were playing without goaltender Tretiak for the first time since 1969. This was Canada's best finish since returning to the Championships in 1977, and after defeating the Soviet Union for the first time in the World Championships since 1961, they played for gold on the last day. Despite Canada's silver medal, the first round saw a professionally stocked Canada lose to the Americans for the first time. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the tournament was Sweden's poor play. After finishing second in the 1984 Canada Cup expectations were high, but they had their worst finish since 1937, playing in the relegation pool for the first time.[1][2] It would also be East Germany's final appearance at the top level.

The tournament finished on a sour note when the US and Soviet Union faced off against each other for the bronze medal. Several fights broke out, resulting in suspensions of coaches Viktor Tikhonov and David Peterson, as well as players Irek Gimayev, Vyacheslav Fetisov and Tim Thomas.[1] Additionally referee Kjell Lind was disciplined for failing to keep control of the game.

World Championship Group A (Czechoslovakia)Edit

First RoundEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Goal difference Points
1   Soviet Union 7 7 0 0 52 - 08 14
2   United States 7 4 1 2 24 - 34 9
3   Canada 7 4 1 2 33 - 23 9
4   Czechoslovakia 7 4 1 2 30 - 16 9
5   Finland 7 2 2 3 23 - 25 6
6   Sweden 7 2 0 5 24 - 30 4
7   West Germany 7 1 1 5 17 - 31 3
8   East Germany 7 0 2 5 11 - 47 2
17 AprilCanada  9-1  East Germany
17 AprilSoviet Union  11-1  United States
17 AprilSweden  3-2  West Germany
17 AprilCzechoslovakia  5-0  Finland
18 AprilCanada  5-0  West Germany
18 AprilSoviet Union  5-1  Finland
18 AprilUnited States  4-3  Sweden
18 AprilCzechoslovakia  6-1  East Germany
20 AprilUnited States  4-3  Canada
20 AprilSoviet Union  6-0  East Germany
20 AprilCzechoslovakia  6-1  West Germany
20 AprilFinland  5-0  Sweden
21 AprilCanada  5-2  Finland
21 AprilSweden  11-0  East Germany
21 AprilSoviet Union  10-2  West Germany
21 AprilUnited States  3-1  Czechoslovakia
23 AprilCanada  4-4  Czechoslovakia
23 AprilSoviet Union  6-2  Sweden
23 AprilUnited States  4-3  West Germany
23 AprilFinland  4-4  East Germany
24 AprilUnited States  5-5  East Germany
24 AprilFinland  3-3  West Germany
25 AprilCzechoslovakia  7-2  Sweden
25 AprilSoviet Union  9-1  Canada
26 AprilFinland  8-3  United States
26 AprilWest Germany  6-0  East Germany
27 AprilCanada  6-3  Sweden
27 AprilSoviet Union  5-1  Czechoslovakia

Final RoundEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1   Czechoslovakia 3 3 0 0 18 - 06 6
2   Canada 3 2 0 1 09 - 08 4
3   Soviet Union 3 1 0 2 12 - 08 2
4   United States 3 0 0 3 07 - 24 0
29 AprilCanada  3-2  United States
29 AprilCzechoslovakia  2-1  Soviet Union
1 MayCanada  3-1  Soviet Union
1 MayCzechoslovakia  11-2  United States
3 MayCzechoslovakia  5-3  Canada
3 MaySoviet Union  10-3  United States

Consolation RoundEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
5   Finland 10 4 2 4 39 - 33 10
6   Sweden 10 4 0 6 37 - 40 8
7   West Germany 10 3 1 6 28 - 41 7
8   East Germany 10 0 2 8 16 - 64 2

East Germany were relegated to Group B.

28 AprilFinland  6-2  East Germany
28 AprilSweden  5-2  West Germany
30 AprilSweden  7-2  East Germany
30 AprilWest Germany  5-4  Finland
2 MayFinland  6-1  Sweden
2 MayWest Germany  4-1  East Germany

World Championship Group B (Switzerland)Edit

Played in Fribourg March 21–31. In the final game, the Swiss had to win by more than four to win the tournament. While the margin was attainable, the unpredictable Dutch side shocked the home crowd beating them six to two.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
9   Poland 7 6 1 0 37 - 13 13
10    Switzerland 7 5 1 1 29 - 13 11
11   Italy 7 5 0 2 29 - 22 10
12   Austria 7 3 0 4 18 - 24 6
13   Japan 7 3 0 4 31 - 36 6
14   Netherlands 7 3 0 4 36 - 25 6
15   Norway 7 2 0 5 28 - 38 4
16   Hungary 7 0 0 7 17 - 54 0

Poland was promoted to Group A, and both Norway and Hungary were relegated to Group C.

21 MarchPoland  7-1  Italy
21 MarchSwitzerland   9-1  Hungary
22 MarchItaly  5-2  Netherlands
22 MarchNorway  5-8  Japan
22 MarchHungary  0-2  Austria
23 MarchNetherlands  3-4  Poland
23 MarchNorway  1-2   Switzerland
24 MarchHungary  3-5  Poland
24 MarchSwitzerland   4-1  Japan
24 MarchAustria  1-4  Italy
25 MarchJapan  4-3  Netherlands
25 MarchAustria  2-5  Norway
26 MarchHungary  1-6  Italy
26 MarchPoland  2-2   Switzerland
27 MarchAustria  8-3  Japan
27 MarchNetherlands  8-2  Norway
28 MarchItaly  6-4  Japan
28 MarchNetherlands  12-4  Hungary
28 MarchPoland  6-4  Norway
28 MarchSwitzerland   5-1  Austria
30 MarchAustria  4-2  Netherlands
30 MarchPoland  8-0  Japan
30 MarchNorway  9-6  Hungary
30 MarchSwitzerland   5-1  Italy
31 MarchHungary  2-11  Japan
31 MarchNorway  2-6  Italy
31 MarchPoland  5-0  Austria
31 MarchSwitzerland   2-6  Netherlands

World Championship Group C (France)Edit

Played in Megève, Chamonix and Saint-Gervais March 14–23.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
17   France 7 6 1 0 54 - 13 13
18   Yugoslavia 7 6 0 1 36 - 13 12
19   China 7 5 1 1 45 - 22 11
20   Romania 7 4 0 3 51 - 29 8
21   Denmark 7 3 0 4 16 - 23 6
22   Bulgaria 7 2 0 5 27 - 45 4
23   North Korea 7 1 0 6 18 - 56 2
24   Spain 7 0 0 7 09 - 55 0

France and Yugoslavia were both promoted to Group B. For France this was their first return to this level since they boycotted in protest in 1972[3]

14 MarchFrance  12-1  Spain
14 MarchRomania  11-3  Bulgaria
14 MarchChina  3-7  Yugoslavia
14 MarchNorth Korea  1-3  Denmark
15 MarchDenmark  1-0  Spain
15 MarchFrance  4-4  China
15 MarchYugoslavia  5-2  Romania
15 MarchBulgaria  8-1  North Korea
17 MarchFrance  12-0  North Korea
17 MarchYugoslavia  4-3  Denmark
17 MarchRomania  8-2  Spain
17 MarchChina  10-4  Bulgaria
18 MarchNorth Korea  5-18  Romania
18 MarchFrance  2-1  Yugoslavia
18 MarchDenmark  1-6  China
18 MarchBulgaria  9-3  Spain
20 MarchBulgaria  0-4  Yugoslavia
20 MarchFrance  6-2  Denmark
20 MarchNorth Korea  8-1  Spain
20 MarchRomania  4-6  China
22 MarchChina  6-1  North Korea
22 MarchFrance  10-2  Bulgaria
22 MarchRomania  5-0  Denmark
22 MarchYugoslavia  7-1  Spain
23 MarchFrance  8-3  Romania
23 MarchChina  10-1  Spain
23 MarchYugoslavia  8-2  North Korea
23 MarchDenmark  6-1  Bulgaria

Ranking and statisticsEdit

 


 1985 IIHF World Championship Winners 
 
Czechoslovakia
6th title

Tournament AwardsEdit

Final standingsEdit

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

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

European championships final standingsEdit

The final standings of the European championships according to IIHF:

    Soviet Union
    Czechoslovakia
    Finland
4   Sweden
5   West Germany
6   East Germany

Scoring leadersEdit

List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals.

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
  Sergei Makarov 10 9 5 14 +2 8 F
  Jiří Lála 10 8 5 13 +9 6 F
  Viacheslav Fetisov 10 6 7 13 +19 15 D
  Nikolai Drozdetsky 10 5 7 12 +17 4 F
  Hannu Järvenpää 10 9 2 11 +4 10 F
  Vladimír Růžička 10 8 3 11 +5 0 F
  Kent Nilsson 8 6 5 11 −1 6 F
  Alexei Kasatonov 9 5 6 11 +13 14 D
  Mikhail Varnakov 10 6 4 10 +17 0 F
  Dieter Hegen 10 5 5 10 0 4 F

Source: [1]

Leading goaltendersEdit

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 50% of their team's minutes are included in this list.

Player MIP GA GAA SVS% SO
  Vladimir Myshkin 580 13 1.34 .936 1
  Jiří Králík 540 17 1.89 .922 1
  Kari Takko 420 23 3.29 .891 1
  Karl Friesen 520 34 3.92 .886 0
  John Vanbiesbrouck 489 46 5.64 .866 0

Source: [2]

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b Group A summary
  2. ^ Duplacey page 507
  3. ^ Group C

ReferencesEdit

  • Complete results
  • 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. 150–1.