1993 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships
The 1993 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships was the 57th such event sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Teams representing 32 countries participated in several levels of competition, with an additional six national teams failing to advance from mid-season preliminary qualifying tournaments. The competition also served as qualifications for group placements in the 1994 competition.
|Dates||18 April – 2 May|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Russia (1st title)|
|Third place||Czech Republic|
|Goals scored||235 (5.73 per match)|
|Attendance||226,379 (5,521 per match)|
|Scoring leader(s)||Eric Lindros 17 points|
The top Championship Group A tournament took place in Germany from 18 April to 2 May 1994, with games played in Munich and Dortmund. Twelve teams took part, with the first round being split into two groups of six, with the four best teams from each group advancing to the quarter finals. Russia beat the reigning world champions Sweden to win the World Championships for the first time since entering competition after the dissolution of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991. The bronze medal was won by the Czech Republic, defeating Canada in their first major tournament as an independent country after their split with Slovakia at the beginning of the calendar year.
While Latvia had last competed in 1939, this year marked the World Championship debut of three national teams. Kazakhstan, Slovenia, and Ukraine, played for the first time, in Group C. Belarus, Croatia, Estonia, and Lithuania all did not make it out of the autumn qualifiers and had to wait at least another year. Also waiting until the following year was Slovakia, who made their World Championship debut in Group C1 in 1994.
Eleven of the twelve openings for the Lillehammer Olympics were established in Group A. Switzerland, by being relegated, was excluded, and the final nation had to qualify in a tournament the next fall. The top two teams from Group B, the Group C champion, the top Asian nation, and Slovakia all were given the opportunity to fill the final vacancy.
World Championship Group A (Germany)Edit
|18 April||United States||1–1||Czech Republic||Dortmund|
|19 April||Germany||0–5||Czech Republic||Dortmund|
|20 April||Finland||1–1||United States||Dortmund|
|21 April||Czech Republic||2–0||Norway||Dortmund|
|22 April||United States||6–1||France||Dortmund|
|23 April||Czech Republic||6–2||France||Dortmund|
|24 April||United States||3–1||Norway||Dortmund|
|25 April||Finland||1–3||Czech Republic||Dortmund|
|25 April||Germany||6–3||United States||Dortmund|
|27 April||Sweden||5–2||United States||Munich|
|28 April||Czech Republic||8–1||Italy||Munich|
Consolation Round 9-12 PlaceEdit
|30 April||Sweden||4–3 (OT)||Czech Republic||Munich|
Consolation Round 11-12 PlaceEdit
Switzerland was relegated to the Group B.
Third Place matchEdit
|1 May||Czech Republic||5–1||Canada||Munich|
World Championship Group B (Netherlands)Edit
Played in Eindhoven 25 March to 4 April. The British team, just promoted from Group C, won all their games. Their first game was won by either keen strategy, or controversy, depending on how you view it. With the score against tournament favorite Poland tied three all, the British coach, Alex Dampier, asked the referee to measure the opposing goalie's stick. It was found to be illegal, and Great Britain scored the winning goal on the ensuing powerplay.
|25 March||Poland||3–4||Great Britain|
|27 March||Denmark||0–4||Great Britain|
|28 March||Japan||4–5||Great Britain|
|30 March||Great Britain||10–0||Bulgaria|
|31 March||Netherlands||2–3||Great Britain|
|3 April||Great Britain||10–4||Romania|
|4 April||Great Britain||14–0||China|
World Championship Group C (Slovenia)Edit
All qualifiers were played from 6 to 8 November 1992.
Group 1 (Latvia)Edit
Played in Riga. The winner would play in Group C, the other two nations had to play each other the following year for inclusion into Group C2.
Latvia qualified for the Group C.
|6 November 1992||Estonia||6–1||Lithuania|
|7 November 1992||Latvia||13–2||Lithuania|
|8 November 1992||Latvia||6–3||Estonia|
Group 2 (Belarus)Edit
|6 November 1992||Kazakhstan||5–4||Ukraine|
|7 November 1992||Belarus||1–4||Ukraine|
|8 November 1992||Belarus||3–1||Kazakhstan|
Group 3 (Croatia/Slovenia)Edit
Played as a home and home series in Zagreb and Ljubljana. The winner would go on to Group C, the loser would have to try to qualify next year for Group C2. Originally Luxembourg was to play in this group but declined.
Slovenia qualified for the Group C.
|7 November 1992||Croatia||1–15||Slovenia|
|8 November 1992||Slovenia||7–2||Croatia|
Group 4 (Turkey)Edit
Israel qualified for Group C.
|6 November 1992||Turkey||2–10||Greece|
|7 November 1992||Greece||2–8||Israel|
|8 November 1992||Turkey||4–14||Israel|
Played from 12–18 March. The first and second place from each group of six advanced to the semifinals, and then finals, with the winner gaining promotion to the Group B. The three other semi-finalists, together with the two third place teams, would remain to form Group C1 in 1994. The remaining six nations would comprise Group C2, effectively being relegated. At the time of this tournament, the expected format for 1994 was different. South Korea beat Spain seven to three to win what was expected to be a battle to remain in the Group C. Instead, Group C was divided into two parts putting them both in the bottom tier.
Played in Bled.
|12 March||North Korea||14–2||Israel|
|12 March||Ukraine||16–1||South Korea|
|13 March||South Korea||8–5||Israel|
|13 March||North Korea||0–4||Latvia|
|15 March||Belgium||5–3||South Korea|
|15 March||Ukraine||15–2||North Korea|
|16 March||South Korea||4–7||North Korea|
|18 March||South Korea||0–27||Latvia|
|18 March||North Korea||7–1||Belgium|
Played in Ljubljana.
|12 March||South Africa||2–20||Hungary|
|13 March||Australia||9–3||South Africa|
|15 March||Slovenia||29–0||South Africa|
|16 March||South Africa||0–32||Kazakhstan|
|18 March||Spain||10–3||South Africa|
|21 March||Spain||3–7||South Korea|
Third Place matchEdit
Latvia was promoted to the Group B.
Ranking and statisticsEdit
The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:
List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals.
Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 50% of their team's minutes are included in this list.
- Podnieks pg.15. Note that the IIHF encyclopedia does not group Russian and Soviet Union medals in ice hockey, however their writers often do, which would make this their 23rd title.
- Olympic qualifier
- Summary at Passionhockey.com
- If 22 World Championship titles won by the Soviet Union are included, this total comes to 23.