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1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1996 WJHC) was the 20th edition of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, hosted in Massachusetts. The tournament was won by Canada—defeating Sweden 4-1 in the gold-medal game—earning Canada their fourth straight gold medal and ninth overall, tying the Soviet team's record in both regards.

1996 IIHF World U20 Championship
1996 WJHC logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country United States
DatesDecember 26, 1995 – January 4, 1996
Teams10
Venue(s)7 (in 6[1] host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (9th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored218 (7.03 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Canada Jarome Iginla
(12 points)
1995
1997

Attendance was less than spectacular for the championships in the United States. It would be the last time the US would host the tournament until 2005 in Grand Forks.

Among this edition of the tournament's future NHL stars were Milan Hejduk, Miikka Kiprusoff, Chris Drury, Marco Sturm, José Théodore, Mattias Öhlund, Daymond Langkow, Sergei Samsonov and tournament scoring leader Jarome Iginla.

This was the first World Juniors tournament to implement the two groups, round-robin/preliminaries and playoff format. It was also Slovakia's first appearance at the top level in the junior tournament.

Round robinEdit

Group AEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Canada 4 4 0 0 19 4 8
  United States 4 2 2 0 13 17 4
  Finland 4 2 2 0 14 10 4
   Switzerland 4 1 3 0 10 14 2
  Ukraine 4 1 3 0 9 20 2
December 26, 1995Canada  6 – 1  United StatesWorcester
December 26, 1995Finland  5 – 1   SwitzerlandMarlborough
December 27, 1995Canada  2 – 1   SwitzerlandAmherst
December 27, 1995Ukraine  4 – 3  United StatesBoston
December 28, 1995Finland  4 – 1  UkraineBoston
December 29, 1995Canada  3 – 1  FinlandBoston
December 29, 1995United States  4 – 3   SwitzerlandSpringfield
December 30, 1995Switzerland   5 – 3  UkraineMarlborough
December 31, 1995Canada  8 – 1  UkraineBoston
December 31, 1995United States  5 – 4  FinlandAmherst

Group BEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Czech Republic 4 2 0 2 15 10 6
  Russia 4 2 1 1 19 12 5
  Sweden 4 2 1 1 14 7 5
  Slovakia 4 0 1 3 11 17 3
  Germany 4 0 3 1 11 24 1
December 26, 1995Czech Republic  5 – 3  RussiaAmherst
December 26, 1995Sweden  6 – 0  SlovakiaWorcester
December 27, 1995Slovakia  3 – 3  RussiaBoston
December 27, 1995Czech Republic  6 – 3  GermanyAmherst
December 28, 1995Sweden  6 – 2  GermanyBoston
December 29, 1995Czech Republic  4 – 4  SlovakiaBoston
December 29, 1995Russia  5 – 2  SwedenSpringfield
December 30, 1995Germany  4 – 4  SlovakiaMarlborough
December 31, 1995Czech Republic  0 – 0  SwedenBoston
December 31, 1995Russia  8 – 2  GermanyAmherst

Relegation roundEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Slovakia 3 2 0 1 17 10 5
  Germany 3 1 0 2 12 7 4
   Switzerland 3 1 1 1 11 13 3
  Ukraine 3 0 3 0 6 16 0
December 30, 1995Switzerland   5 – 3  UkraineMarlborough
December 30, 1995Germany  4 – 4  SlovakiaMarlborough
January 2, 1996Switzerland   3 – 3  GermanyMarlborough
January 2, 1996Ukraine  3 – 6  SlovakiaMarlborough
January 3, 1996Switzerland   3 – 7  SlovakiaMarlborough
January 3, 1996Ukraine  0 – 5  GermanyMarlborough

  Ukraine was relegated for the 1997 World Junior Championships.

PlayoffsEdit

  Quarter finals     Semi finals     Final
                           
      QF1   Sweden 8  
  A2   United States 0     B1   Czech Republic 2    
  B3   Sweden 3         SF1   Sweden 1
      SF2   Canada 4
      QF2   Russia 3    
  B2   Russia 6     A1   Canada 4   Third place
  A3   Finland 2   QF1   Czech Republic 1
  QF2   Russia 4

QuarterfinalsEdit

January 1, 1996United States  0 – 3
(0–1, 0–1, 0–1)
  SwedenAmherst
January 1, 1996Russia  6 – 2
(0–1, 5–1, 1–0)
  FinlandAmherst

SemifinalsEdit

January 3, 1996Canada  4 – 3
(1–1, 2–1, 1–1)
  RussiaBoston
January 3, 1996Sweden  8 – 2
(0–0, 6–1, 2–1)
  Czech RepublicBoston

5th place gameEdit

January 4, 1996Finland  7 – 8
(3–1, 3–4, 1–2, 0-1)
  United StatesMarlborough

Bronze medal gameEdit

January 4, 1996Czech Republic  1 – 4
(1–0, 0–2, 0–2)
  Russia  Chestnut Hill

Gold medal gameEdit

January 4, 1996  Sweden  1 – 4
(1–1, 0–2, 0–1)
  Canada  Chestnut Hill

Scoring leadersEdit

Player Country GP G A Pts
Jarome Iginla   Canada 6 5 7 12
Florian Keller   Germany 6 4 8 12
Marco Sturm   Germany 6 4 6 10
Miika Elomo   Finland 6 4 5 9
Johan Davidsson   Sweden 7 3 6 9
Ruslan Shafikov   Russia 7 1 8 9
Alexei Morozov   Russia 7 5 3 8
Juho Jokinen   Finland 6 3 5 8
Dmitri Nabokov   Russia 7 3 5 8
Marcus Nilson   Sweden 7 3 5 8

Goaltending leadersEdit

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Player Country MINS GA GAA SO W L T
José Théodore   Canada 240 6 1.50 0 4 0 0
Per-Ragnar Bergkvist   Sweden 240 6 1.50 1 2 1 1
Magnus Wennström   Sweden 180 7 2.33 0 2 1 1
Alexei Yegorov   Russia 358.9 17 2.84 0 3 2 1
Miikka Kiprusoff   Finland 159.3 9 3.39 0 1 2 0

Tournament awardsEdit

All-star team[2]
IIHF best player awards

Final standingsEdit

Team
    Canada
    Sweden
    Russia
4th   Czech Republic
5th   United States
6th   Finland
7th   Slovakia
8th   Germany
9th    Switzerland
10th   Ukraine

Pool BEdit

The second tier was held in Sosnowiec and Tychy Poland, from December 28 to January 4. Two groups of four played round robins, and then the top three played each of the top three teams from the other group. All scores carried forward except the results against the lone eliminated team from each group.

Preliminary RoundEdit

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Poland 3 3 0 0 32 2 6 7 - 2 9 - 0 16 - 0
  Hungary 3 2 1 0 14 12 4 2 - 7 7 - 1 5 - 4
  Japan 3 1 2 0 4 17 2 0 - 9 1 - 7 3 - 1
  Austria 3 0 3 0 5 24 0 0 - 16 4 - 5 1 - 3
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Latvia 3 3 0 0 15 9 6 5 - 1 5 - 4 5 - 4
  Italy 3 1 2 0 8 11 2 1 - 5 3 - 4 4 - 2
  Norway 3 1 2 0 8 9 2 4 - 5 4 - 3 0 - 1
  France 3 1 2 0 7 9 2 4 - 5 2 - 4 1 - 0

Final RoundEdit

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA PTS            
1   Poland 5 5 0 0 31 7 10 5 - 3 3 - 2 7 - 2 7 - 0 9 - 0
2   Latvia 5 4 1 0 22 16 8 3 - 5 5 - 4 5 - 4 5 - 1 4 - 2
3   Norway 5 3 2 0 18 15 6 2 - 3 4 - 5 3 - 1 4 - 3 5 - 3
4   Hungary 5 2 3 0 19 16 4 2 - 7 4 - 5 1 - 3 5 - 0 7 - 1
5   Italy 5 1 4 0 9 25 2 0 - 7 1 - 5 3 - 4 0 - 5 5 - 4
6   Japan 5 0 5 0 10 30 0 0 - 9 2 - 4 3 - 5 1 - 7 4 - 5

  Poland was promoted to Pool A for 1997.

Relegation RoundEdit

France  4 – 2  Austria
France  7 – 3  Austria

  Austria was relegated to Pool C for 1997.

Pool CEdit

Played in Jesenice, Bled, and Kranj Slovenia from December 30 to January 3.

Preliminary RoundEdit

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Slovenia 3 3 0 0 22 5 6 2 - 1 10 - 4 10 - 0
  Denmark 3 2 1 0 18 5 4 1 - 2 13 - 0 4 - 3
  Romania 3 1 2 0 10 26 2 4 - 10 0 - 13 6 - 3
  Netherlands 3 0 3 0 6 20 0 0 - 10 3 - 4 3 - 6
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Kazakhstan 3 3 0 0 25 11 6 7 - 6 7 - 2 11 - 3
  Belarus 3 2 1 0 23 11 4 6 - 7 6 - 4 11 - 0
  Great Britain 3 1 2 0 14 14 2 2 - 7 4 - 6 8 - 1
  Spain 3 0 3 0 4 30 0 3 - 11 0 - 11 1 - 8

Placement GamesEdit

  Kazakhstan was promoted to Pool B, and   Spain was relegated to Pool D for 1997.

Pool DEdit

Played in Tallinn Estonia from December 31 to January 4.

Preliminary RoundEdit

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS      
  Estonia 2 2 0 0 24 3 4 4 - 2 20 - 1
  Yugoslavia 2 1 1 0 10 5 2 2 - 4 8 - 1
  South Africa 2 0 2 0 2 28 0 1 - 20 1 - 8
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS      
  Croatia 2 2 0 0 20 4 4 5 - 2 15 - 2
  Lithuania 2 1 1 0 21 7 2 2 - 5 19 - 2
  Bulgaria 2 0 2 0 4 34 0 2 - 15 2 - 19

Placement GamesEdit

  Croatia was promoted to Pool C for 1997.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. pp. 198–99.
  2. ^ http://www.passionhockey.com/hockeyarchives/U-20_1996.htm