1987 Ice Hockey World Championships

The 1987 Ice Hockey World Championships was the 52nd such event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation. It was also the 63rd European Championships. Teams representing 28 countries participated in four levels of competition.

1987 Ice Hockey World Championships
Tournament details
Host country Austria
Dates17 April – 3 May
Teams8
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Sweden (4th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Soviet Union
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Czechoslovakia
Fourth place Canada
Tournament statistics
Matches played40
Goals scored282 (7.05 per match)
Attendance205,401 (5,135 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Soviet Union Vladimir Krutov 15 points
1986
1989

In the Division A Championship held 17 April to 3 May in Vienna, Austria, each team played each other once in the preliminary round. The four best placed teams then played each other once in a championship round and, unlike the relegation round, the first round of results were not counted. Sweden won the gold medal for the fourth time and the Soviet Union won their 25th European title. In the European Championships, only the games of the first round between European teams counted. Switzerland was demoted to Division B.

Sweden's victory was a controversial one. The Germans had beaten both Canada and Finland when it was revealed that forward Miroslav Sikora had played for the Polish junior team in 1977. He was suspended and the IIHF stripped West Germany of their two wins. The Germans took the matter to court, stating that they had been granted permission. Though Sikora remained suspended, the IIHF reinstated the two victories.[1] If the courts had not intervened, Finland would have replaced Sweden in the medal round.[2] Additionally, the Swedes earned the Gold over the Soviets by goal differential when the Soviets had gone undefeated and the Swedes had lost three preliminary round games. This led to further discussion of a change of format. The IIHF's account of the finale states that, "Sweden won thanks to an inflated score against Canada,"[3] however Sweden only needed to win by two (the same margin that the Czechoslovaks beat Canada by) for the Gold. In reality the Soviets had to come from behind to capture Silver and deprive the Czechoslovaks of the Gold, and the Swedes winning by more than two ensured that the Czechoslovaks could not play to a tie and capture Gold.

Promotion and relegation was effective for 1989 as the IIHF did not run a championship in Olympic years at this time. Nations that did not participate in the Calgary Olympics were invited to compete in the final Thayer Tutt Trophy.

World Championship Group A (Austria)Edit

First roundEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1   Soviet Union 7 7 0 0 48–12 14
2   Czechoslovakia 7 5 1 1 24–15 11
3   Sweden 7 4 0 3 30–17 8
4   Canada 7 3 1 3 25–17 7
5   West Germany 7 3 0 4 18–28 6
6   Finland 7 3 0 4 17–24 6
7   United States 7 2 0 5 19–36 4
8    Switzerland 7 0 0 7 17–49 0
17 AprilSoviet Union  13–5   Switzerland
17 AprilSweden  3–0  West Germany
17 AprilFinland  2–5  Czechoslovakia
17 AprilCanada  3–1  United States
18 AprilFinland  3–2   Switzerland
18 AprilUnited States  2–6  Sweden
18 AprilWest Germany  0–7  Soviet Union
18 AprilCzechoslovakia  1–1  Canada
20 AprilFinland  1–3  West Germany
20 AprilSoviet Union  11–2  United States
20 AprilCanada  6–1   Switzerland
20 AprilSweden  2–3  Czechoslovakia
21 AprilWest Germany  5–3  Canada
21 AprilSweden  12–1   Switzerland
21 AprilUnited States  2–5  Finland
21 AprilCzechoslovakia  1–6  Soviet Union
23 AprilSoviet Union  4–0  Finland
23 AprilUnited States  6–4  West Germany
23 AprilSwitzerland   2–5  Czechoslovakia
23 AprilSweden  4–3  Canada
24 AprilFinland  4–1  Sweden
24 AprilCanada  2–3  Soviet Union
25 AprilSwitzerland   3–6  United States
25 AprilWest Germany  2–5  Czechoslovakia
26 AprilCanada  7–2  Finland
26 AprilSoviet Union  4–2  Sweden
27 AprilSwitzerland   3–4  West Germany
27 AprilCzechoslovakia  4–2[4]  United States

Final RoundEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1   Sweden 3 1 2 0 14–05 4
2   Soviet Union 3 1 2 0 04–03 4
3   Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 08–07 3
4   Canada 3 0 1 2 02–13 1
29 AprilSoviet Union  0–0  Canada
29 AprilCzechoslovakia  3–3  Sweden
1 MayCzechoslovakia  4–2  Canada
1 MaySweden  2–2  Soviet Union
3 MayCanada  0–9  Sweden
3 MaySoviet Union  2–1  Czechoslovakia

Consolation RoundEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
5   Finland 10 5 1 4 32–34 11
6   West Germany 10 4 1 5 31–37 9
7   United States 10 4 0 6 36–49 8
8    Switzerland 10 0 0 10 26–71 0

Switzerland was relegated to Group B.

28 AprilWest Germany  8–1   Switzerland
28 AprilFinland  6–4  United States
30 AprilFinland  7–4   Switzerland
30 AprilUnited States  6–3  West Germany
2 MaySwitzerland   4–7  United States
2 MayWest Germany  2–2  Finland

World Championship Group B (Italy)Edit

Played in Canazei 26 March to 5 April. The top three teams earned Olympic berths, and the fourth place team played off against the Group C winner to join them.[2]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
9   Poland 7 6 0 1 39–11 12
10   Norway 7 5 1 1 33–25 11
11   Austria 7 5 0 2 41–27 10
12   France 7 4 1 2 37–26 9
13   East Germany 7 2 2 3 25–31 6
14   Italy 7 2 1 4 28–30 5
15   Netherlands 7 1 1 5 30–37 3
16   China 7 0 0 7 14–60 0

Poland was promoted to Group A, and both the Netherlands and China were relegated to Group C.

26 MarchFrance  5–5  Norway
26 MarchItaly  7–3  China
27 MarchAustria  6–5  France
27 MarchPoland  14–0  China
27 MarchEast Germany  6–6  Netherlands
28 MarchNorway  6–2  East Germany
28 MarchItaly  8–6  Netherlands
29 MarchPoland  5–1  Norway
29 MarchChina  3–11  Austria
29 MarchItaly  1–3  France
30 MarchAustria  6–4  Netherlands
30 MarchEast Germany  2–1  Poland
31 MarchChina  2–4  Norway
31 MarchNetherlands  3–5  France
31 MarchItaly  5–5  East Germany
1 AprilPoland  6–2  France
1 AprilAustria  3–5  Norway
2 AprilNetherlands  0–3  Poland
2 AprilEast Germany  5–1  China
2 AprilItaly  1–4  Austria
3 AprilEast Germany  2–5  France
3 AprilNorway  7–4  Netherlands
4 AprilFrance  12–3  China
4 AprilPoland  6–4  Austria
4 AprilItaly  4–5  Norway
5 AprilChina  2–7  Netherlands
5 AprilAustria  7–3  East Germany
5 AprilItaly  2–4  Poland

World Championship Group C (Denmark)Edit

Played in Copenhagen, Herlev and Hørsholm 20–29 March. In addition to being promoted, the winner played off against the fourth placed Group B team for the final Olympic berth.[2]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points Tie 1
H2H Points
Tie 2
H2H Goal Dif.
17   Japan 7 5 1 1 61–13 11 2 +4
18   Denmark 7 5 1 1 47–23 11 2 0
19   Romania 7 5 1 1 48–22 11 2 −4
20   Yugoslavia 7 3 4 0 60–23 10
21   Hungary 7 3 0 4 33–28 6
22   North Korea 7 2 0 5 13–45 4
23   Bulgaria 7 1 1 5 21–40 3
24   Belgium 7 0 0 7 08–97 0

Both Japan and Denmark were promoted to Group B. On the final day, if either Romania or Yugoslavia had won, they would have been promoted, but they tied each other. Belgium was relegated to Group D, and later Romania chose to compete in Group D as well, for financial reasons.[5]

20 MarchBulgaria  3–7  Romania
20 MarchJapan  24–0  Belgium
20 MarchYugoslavia  6–2  Hungary
20 MarchDenmark  9–1  North Korea
21 MarchJapan  11–2  Bulgaria
21 MarchRomania  19–1  Belgium
22 MarchNorth Korea  2–8  Yugoslavia
22 MarchHungary  4–6  Denmark
23 MarchRomania  5–3  Japan
23 MarchBelgium  0–6  Bulgaria
23 MarchHungary  9–3  North Korea
23 MarchDenmark  6–6  Yugoslavia
25 MarchRomania  7–1  North Korea
25 MarchBulgaria  3–3  Yugoslavia
25 MarchJapan  3–1  Hungary
25 MarchBelgium  1–8  Denmark
26 MarchYugoslavia  5–5  Japan
26 MarchHungary  9–4  Belgium
26 MarchNorth Korea  3–2  Bulgaria
26 MarchRomania  2–8  Denmark
28 MarchRomania  4–2  Hungary
28 MarchBelgium  1–28  Yugoslavia
28 MarchJapan  9–0  North Korea
28 MarchBulgaria  3–10  Denmark
29 MarchNorth Korea  3–1  Belgium
29 MarchYugoslavia  4–4  Romania
29 MarchHungary  6–2  Bulgaria
29 MarchDenmark  0–6  Japan

World Championship Group D (Australia)Edit

Played in Perth, Western Australia 13–20 March. Chinese Taipei also played four games as exhibition contests. They lost 31–3 to Australia, 24–0 to South Korea, 12–1 to New Zealand, and tied Hong Kong 2–2.[2]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
25   Australia 6 5 1 0 177–06 11
26   South Korea 6 4 1 1 130–16 9
27   New Zealand 6 2 0 4 42–143 4
28   Hong Kong 6 0 0 6 01–185 0

Australia was promoted to Group C. Later, when Romania declined to travel to Australia for the 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships Group C for financial reasons, South Korea was promoted to take their place.[5]

13 MarchAustralia  37–0  Hong Kong
13 MarchSouth Korea  35–2  New Zealand
14 MarchAustralia  58–0  New Zealand
14 MarchSouth Korea  44–0  Hong Kong
15 MarchNew Zealand  19–0  Hong Kong
15 MarchAustralia  7–2  South Korea
17 MarchAustralia  42–0  Hong Kong
17 MarchSouth Korea  21–2  New Zealand
18 MarchAustralia  29–0  New Zealand
18 MarchSouth Korea  24–1  Hong Kong
20 MarchAustralia  4–4  South Korea
20 MarchNew Zealand  19–0  Hong Kong

Ranking and statisticsEdit

 


 1987 IIHF World Championship Winners 
 
Sweden
4th title

Tournament AwardsEdit

Final standingsEdit

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

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

European championships final standingsEdit

The final standings of the European championships according to IIHF:

    Soviet Union
    Czechoslovakia
    Finland
4   Sweden
5   West Germany
6    Switzerland

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
  Vladimir Krutov 10 11 4 15 +15 8 F
  Sergei Makarov 10 4 10 14 +19 8 F
  Igor Larionov 10 4 8 12 +16 2 F
  Aaron Broten 10 5 6 11 +6 6 F
  Vyacheslav Bykov 10 5 6 11 +13 0 F
  Bengt-Åke Gustafsson 10 3 8 11 +9 4 F
  Gerd Truntschka 10 3 8 11 +6 13 F
  Helmut Steiger 10 5 5 10 +2 12 F
  Tomas Sandström 8 4 6 10 +11 6 F
  Viacheslav Fetisov 10 2 8 10 +13 2 D

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
  Yevgeni Belosheikin 600 15 1.50 .923 3
  Dominik Hašek 520 19 2.19 .923 0
  Peter Lindmark 399 14 2.11 .901 2
  Jarmo Myllys 464 27 3.49 .895 0
  Sean Burke 300 12 2.40 .895 0

Source: [2]

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ Duplacey page507
  2. ^ a b c d 1987 Summary
  3. ^ IIHF.com
  4. ^ officially 4–0 because of the positive drug test of Scott Young
  5. ^ a b 1989 Summary

ReferencesEdit

  • Detailed account of Championship "Story #44" of IIHF top 100 stories in history.
  • 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. p. 152.