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1997 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships

The 1997 Ice Hockey World Championships took place in Finland from 26 April to 14 May 1997. The matches were played in Helsinki, Tampere and Turku.

1997 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country Finland
Dates26 April – 14 May 1997
Teams12
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (21st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Czech Republic
Fourth place Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played52
Goals scored302 (5.81 per match)
Attendance526,000 (10,115 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Czech Republic Martin Procházka 14 points
1996

Twelve teams took part, with the first round being split into two teams of six, and the six best teams going to a further group stage. This was the 61st World Championships, and Canada beat Sweden in the final game, best of three, where they won 2-1 in games, and became world champions for the 21st time.

Contents

World Championship Group A (Finland)Edit

First RoundEdit

Group 1Edit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1   Czech Republic 5 4 0 1 18 - 09 8
2   Finland 5 4 0 1 25 - 09 8
3   Russia 5 3 1 1 19 - 16 7
4   Slovakia 5 1 1 3 10 - 14 3
5   France 5 1 0 4 13 - 26 2
6   Germany 5 1 0 4 04 - 15 2
26 AprilCzech Republic  2-1  Germany
26 AprilFinland  6-1  France
27 AprilRussia  2-2  Slovakia
27 AprilFinland  1-2  Czech Republic
28 AprilSlovakia  5-3  France
28 AprilGermany  1-5  Russia
29 AprilFinland  6-0  Germany
30 AprilRussia  5-4  France
30 AprilCzech Republic  3-1  Slovakia
1 MayCzech Republic  2-3  Russia
2 MayFrance  2-1  Germany
2 MayFinland  5-2  Slovakia
3 MayFrance  3-9  Czech Republic
3 MaySlovakia  0-1  Germany
3 MayFinland  7-4  Russia

Group 2Edit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1   Sweden 5 4 1 0 20 - 08 9
2   Canada 5 3 1 1 23 - 11 7
3   United States 5 3 0 2 14 - 15 6
4   Latvia 5 1 2 2 18 - 17 4
5   Italy 5 1 1 3 12 - 21 3
6   Norway 5 0 1 4 07 - 22 1
26 AprilCanada  7-0  Norway
26 AprilSweden  5-3  Italy
27 AprilUnited States  5-4  Latvia
27 AprilSweden  7-2  Canada
28 AprilItaly  5-4  Latvia
28 AprilNorway  1-3  United States
29 AprilSweden  4-1  Norway
30 AprilCanada  3-3  Latvia
30 AprilUnited States  4-2  Italy
1 MayCanada  5-1  United States
2 MayItaly  2-2  Norway
2 MaySweden  1-1  Latvia
3 MayItaly  0-6  Canada
3 MayUnited States  1-3  Sweden
3 MayLatvia  6-3  Norway

Second Round 1-6 PlaceEdit

Teams that had played each other in the first round carried those results forward. First and second place played off for gold, third and fourth for bronze.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1   Sweden 5 4 0 1 17 - 09 8
2   Canada 5 3 0 2 13 - 14 6
3   Russia 5 2 1 2 13 - 13 5
4   Czech Republic 5 2 0 3 12 - 12 4
5   Finland 5 2 0 3 12 - 12 4
6   United States 5 1 1 3 07 - 14 3
5 MayCzech Republic  3-4  United States
5 MaySweden  1-4  Russia
6 MayFinland  0-1  Canada
6 MayRussia  1-1  United States
7 MayCanada  3-5  Czech Republic
7 MayFinland  2-5  Sweden
8 MayCzech Republic  0-1  Sweden
9 MayCanada  2-1  Russia
9 MayUnited States  0-2  Finland

Consolation Round 7-12 PlaceEdit

Teams that had played each other in the first round carried those results forward. Last place was not relegated to Group B, instead they had to play against three qualifiers from Group B for the last two openings in the 1998 Group A tournament. This was Germany's lowest finish since 1965.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
7   Latvia 5 4 0 1 29 - 14 8
8   Italy 5 3 1 1 23 - 13 7
9   Slovakia 5 3 0 2 15 - 13 6
10   France 5 2 0 3 12 - 23 4
11   Germany 5 2 0 3 08 - 17 4
12   Norway 5 0 1 4 11 - 18 1

Norway was sent to 1998 Group A Qualifier.

6 MaySlovakia  2-1  Norway
6 MayLatvia  8-0  Germany
7 MayNorway  3-4  France
7 MayItaly  5-2  Germany
8 MayItaly  3-4  Slovakia
8 MayLatvia  6-2  France
9 MayGermany  4-2  Norway
10 MaySlovakia  4-5  Latvia
10 MayFrance  1-8  Italy

Final RoundEdit

Match for third placeEdit

10 MayCzech Republic  4–3
(2-1, 1-0, 1-2)
  RussiaHelsinki
Attendance: 13,249

FinalEdit

11 MaySweden  3 – 2
(1-1, 1-0, 1-1)
  CanadaHelsinki
Attendance: 13,220

13 MaySweden  1 – 3
(0-0, 1-2, 0-1)
  CanadaHelsinki
Attendance: 13,316

14 MayCanada  2 – 1
(1-0, 1-0, 0-1)
  SwedenHelsinki
Attendance: 13,181

World Championship Group B (Poland)Edit

Played 12–21 April in Katowice (Spodek) and Sosnowiec (Stadion Zimowy).[2] With the announcement that Group A would be expanding from twelve to sixteen nations, Group B would also undergo significant changes. The winner and next year's host (Switzerland) were promoted. In addition, the remaining three best teams would win the opportunity to play in a qualifying tournament against the last place team from Group A, where the top two would be included in the Group A tournament.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
13   Belarus 7 7 0 0 48 - 21 14
14   Kazakhstan 7 5 1 1 31 - 21 11
15    Switzerland 7 3 2 2 26 - 22 8
16   Austria 7 2 3 2 22 - 22 7
17   Poland 7 2 2 3 19 - 24 6
18   Great Britain 7 2 1 4 28 - 22 5
19   Netherlands 7 2 1 4 21 - 38 5
20   Denmark 7 0 0 7 19 - 44 0

Belarus, as winner, was promoted to Group A. Switzerland, as host, was also promoted to Group A. Kazakhstan, Austria, and Poland were all promoted to the Qualifying tournament for Group A, along with Norway. No one was relegated.

12 AprilSwitzerland   8-3  Netherlands
12 AprilPoland  4-3  Great Britain
12 AprilKazakhstan  5-3  Austria
12 AprilBelarus  9-3  Denmark
13 AprilSwitzerland   6-4  Denmark
13 AprilKazakhstan  4-2  Great Britain
13 AprilAustria  2-2  Netherlands
13 AprilPoland  2-7  Belarus
15 AprilBelarus  4-3  Kazakhstan
15 AprilPoland  0-0   Switzerland
15 AprilAustria  3-1  Denmark
15 AprilGreat Britain  8-2  Netherlands
16 AprilKazakhstan  5-2   Switzerland
16 AprilGreat Britain  9-1  Denmark
16 AprilPoland  4-6  Austria
16 AprilBelarus  10-2  Netherlands
18 AprilSwitzerland   5-6  Belarus
18 AprilPoland  3-3  Kazakhstan
18 AprilAustria  2-2  Great Britain
18 AprilNetherlands  6-4  Denmark
20 AprilBelarus  6-4  Austria
20 AprilKazakhstan  6-4  Denmark
20 AprilSwitzerland   3-2  Great Britain
20 AprilPoland  1-3  Netherlands
21 AprilBelarus  6-2  Great Britain
21 AprilKazakhstan  5-3  Netherlands
21 AprilSwitzerland   2-2  Austria
21 AprilPoland  5-2  Denmark

World Championship Group C (Estonia)Edit

Played 22–28 March in Tallinn and Kohtla-Järve. Along with the expansion of Group A, a provision was made to allow the best "Far East" team to qualify directly. Beginning in 1999 there would be a tournament to decide who that would be. But for now, the top placing "Far East" hockey nation was able to proceed directly from Group C to Group A. For this year, as well, promotion to Group B was available to the top three European teams, and there was no relegation.[1]

First RoundEdit

Group 1Edit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1   Japan 3 2 1 0 11 - 03 5
2   Estonia 3 1 2 0 18 - 12 4
3   Hungary 3 1 1 1 11 - 11 3
4   Lithuania 3 0 0 3 05 - 19 0
22 MarchJapan  3-0  Lithuania
22 MarchHungary  5-5  Estonia
23 MarchHungary  5-0  Lithuania
23 MarchEstonia  2-2  Japan
25 MarchJapan  6-1  Hungary
25 MarchLithuania  5-11  Estonia

Group 2Edit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1   Ukraine 3 3 0 0 17 - 03 6
2   Slovenia 3 2 0 1 18 - 04 4
3   Romania 3 1 0 2 06 - 17 2
4   China 3 0 0 3 07 - 24 0
22 MarchUkraine  7-1  China
22 MarchRomania  0-5  Slovenia
23 MarchSlovenia  11-1  China
23 MarchRomania  0-7  Ukraine
25 MarchChina  5-6  Romania
25 MarchUkraine  3-2  Slovenia

Final Round 21-24 PlaceEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
21   Ukraine 3 2 1 0 07 - 05 5
22   Slovenia 3 1 1 1 09 - 07 3
23   Estonia 3 0 2 1 06 - 07 2
24   Japan 3 0 2 1 05 - 08 2

Japan was promoted to Group A as the "Far East Qualifier", Ukraine, Slovenia, and Estonia were all promoted to Group B.

27 MarchJapan  1-4  Slovenia
27 MarchEstonia  1-2  Ukraine
28 MarchJapan  2-2  Ukraine
28 MarchEstonia  3-3  Slovenia

Consolation Round 25-28 PlaceEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
25   Romania 3 3 0 0 15 - 08 6
26   Hungary 3 2 0 1 12 - 05 4
27   China 3 1 0 2 14 - 16 2
28   Lithuania 3 0 0 3 06 - 18 0
27 MarchHungary  7-3  China
27 MarchRomania  7-3  Lithuania
28 MarchChina  6-3  Lithuania
28 MarchHungary  0-2  Romania

World Championship Group D (Andorra)Edit

Played 7–14 April in Canillo. With Group A expansion, four nations were promoted to Group C.

First RoundEdit

Group 1Edit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1   Croatia 3 2 0 1 10 - 04 4
2   South Korea 3 2 0 1 12 - 08 4
3   Belgium 3 2 0 1 07 - 07 4
4   Australia 3 0 0 3 09 - 19 0

Croatia and South Korea were promoted to Group C.

7 AprilAustralia  2-7  Croatia
8 AprilBelgium  1-4  South Korea
10 AprilBelgium  4-2  Australia
10 AprilCroatia  2-0  South Korea
11 AprilAustralia  5-8  South Korea
11 AprilBelgium  2-1  Croatia

Group 2Edit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1   Spain 3 2 0 1 17 - 13 4
2   Yugoslavia 3 1 1 1 11 - 11 3
3   Bulgaria 3 1 1 1 10 - 10 3
4   Israel 3 1 0 2 10 - 14 2

Spain and Yugoslavia were promoted to Group C.

7 AprilSpain  4-5  Bulgaria
8 AprilIsrael  3-4  Yugoslavia
10 AprilBulgaria  2-2  Yugoslavia
10 AprilSpain  7-3  Israel
11 AprilBulgaria  3-4  Israel
11 AprilSpain  6-5  Yugoslavia

Final Round 29-32 PlaceEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
29   Croatia 3 2 1 0 08 - 05 5
30   South Korea 3 2 0 1 07 - 03 4
31   Spain 3 1 0 2 10 - 11 2
32   Yugoslavia 3 0 1 2 07 - 13 1
13 AprilSpain  3-4  Croatia
13 AprilYugoslavia  0-5  South Korea
14 AprilCroatia  2-2  Yugoslavia
14 AprilSpain  1-2  South Korea

Consolation Round 33-36 PlaceEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
33   Israel 3 2 0 1 12 - 14 4
34   Australia 3 1 1 1 13 - 10 3
35   Bulgaria 3 1 1 1 10 - 09 3
36   Belgium 3 1 0 2 09 - 11 2
13 AprilBulgaria  3-3  Australia
13 AprilBelgium  3-5  Israel
14 AprilIsrael  3-8  Australia
14 AprilBelgium  2-4  Bulgaria

Unofficial Group EEdit

Three men's teams that were going to be included in Group D in 1998 played a tournament in Ankara Turkey from 19 to 24 February 1997.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1   South Africa 4 3 1 0 36 - 8 7
2   New Zealand 4 2 1 1 23 - 20 5
3   Turkey 4 0 0 4 14 - 45 0
Turkey  1-14  South Africa
Turkey  7-9  New Zealand
South Africa  4-4  New Zealand
South Africa  5-1  New Zealand
Turkey  2-13  South Africa
Turkey  4-9  New Zealand

Ranking and statisticsEdit

 


 1997 IIHF World Championship Winners 
 
Canada
21st title

Tournament AwardsEdit

Final standingsEdit

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

    Canada
    Sweden
    Czech Republic
4   Russia
5   Finland
6   United States
7   Latvia
8   Italy
9   Slovakia
10   France
11   Germany
12   Norway

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
  Martin Procházka 9 7 7 14 +10 4 F
  Vladimír Vůjtek 8 7 7 14 +11 31 F
  Michael Nylander 11 6 5 11 +1 6 F
  Pavel Patera 9 3 8 11 +8 4 F
  Roger Dubé 8 7 3 10 −10 2 F
  Oleg Znaroks 8 3 7 10 −4 6 F
  Gates Orlando 8 5 4 9 −1 14 F
  Bruno Zarrillo 8 5 4 9 −1 4 F
  Harijs Vītoliņš 8 4 5 9 −3 4 F
  Travis Green 11 3 6 9 +2 12 F

Source: [1]

Leading goaltendersEdit

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 40% of their team's minutes are included in this list.

Player MIP GA GAA SVS% SO
  Jarmo Myllys 357 10 1.68 .938 1
  Artūrs Irbe 300 10 2.00 .930 1
  Roman Čechmánek 479 17 2.13 .929 0
  Maxim Mikhailovsky 359 12 2.01 .929 0
  Mike Rosati 239 12 3.01 .925 0

Source: [2]

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Summary at Passionhockey.com
  2. ^ "Historia hokeja w Polsce". Retrieved 3 January 2014.

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. 160–1.

See also: World Juniors, Women's Championships