1997 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 1997 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships were held in Geneva and Morges, Switzerland. The tournament was won by Canada, who won their record fifth-straight gold medal with a 2–0 victory over the United States in the gold medal match. Mike York of the United States was the top scorer in the tournament, with five goals and five assists for ten points.

1997 IIHF World U20 Championship
1997 WJHC logo.png
Tournament details
Host country  Switzerland
DatesDecember 26 – January 4
Teams10
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (10th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg United States
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Russia
Fourth place Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored204 (6.58 per match)
Attendance31,336 (1,011 per match)
Scoring leader(s)United States Mike York
(10 points)
1996
1998

The tournament all-star team selected upon the conclusion of the tournament included forwards Mike York (United States), Sergei Samsonov (Russia) and Christian Dube (Canada); defencemen Mark Streit (Switzerland) and Chris Phillips (Canada); and goaltender Brian Boucher (United States).

Notable future National Hockey League (NHL) stars that played in this year's tournament included Joe Thornton (Canada), Daniel Brière (Canada) and Marián Hossa (Slovakia).

Round robinEdit

Group AEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  United States 4 3 0 1 18 5 7
  Canada 4 2 0 2 15 9 6
  Czech Republic 4 1 1 2 13 8 4
   Switzerland 4 1 2 1 8 11 3
  Germany 4 0 4 0 5 26 0
December 26, 1996United States  4 – 0   SwitzerlandGeneva
December 26, 1996Czech Republic  8 – 2  GermanyMorges
December 27, 1996Canada  4 – 1  GermanyGeneva
December 27, 1996Czech Republic  1 – 1   SwitzerlandMorges
December 28, 1996Canada  4 – 4  United StatesGeneva
December 29, 1996Switzerland   6 – 2  GermanyGeneva
December 29, 1996United States  2 – 1  Czech RepublicGeneva
December 30, 1996Canada  4 – 1   SwitzerlandGeneva
December 31, 1996Canada  3 – 3  Czech RepublicGeneva
December 31, 1996United States  8 – 0  GermanyGeneva

Group BEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  Russia 4 3 0 1 20 5 7
  Finland 4 3 1 0 17 9 6
  Slovakia 4 2 2 0 17 13 4
  Sweden 4 1 2 1 10 10 3
  Poland 4 0 4 0 6 33 0
December 26, 1996Russia  4 – 3  SlovakiaGeneva
December 26, 1996Finland  7 – 0  PolandMorges
December 27, 1996Slovakia  4 – 1  SwedenGeneva
December 27, 1996Russia  12 – 0  PolandMorges
December 28, 1996Finland  4 – 2  SwedenMorges
December 29, 1996Slovakia  7 – 4  PolandMorges
December 29, 1996Russia  4 – 2  FinlandMorges
December 30, 1996Sweden  7 – 2  PolandMorges
December 31, 1996Finland  4 – 3  SlovakiaMorges
December 31, 1996Russia  0 – 0  SwedenMorges

Relegation roundEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
   Switzerland 3 3 0 0 18 5 6
  Sweden 3 2 1 0 17 10 4
  Germany 3 1 2 0 11 14 2
  Poland 3 0 3 0 3 20 0
December 29, 1996Switzerland   6 – 2  GermanyGeneva
December 30, 1996Sweden  7 – 2  PolandMorges
January 2, 1997Switzerland   6 – 1  PolandMorges
January 2, 1997Sweden  8 – 2  GermanyMorges
January 3, 1997Switzerland   6 – 2  SwedenMorges
January 3, 1997Germany  7 – 0  PolandMorges

  Poland was relegated for the 1998 World Junior Championships.

Medal RoundsEdit

  Quarter finals     Semi finals     Final
                           
      QF1   Canada 3  
  A2   Canada 7     B1   Russia 2    
  B3   Slovakia 2         SF1   Canada 2
      SF2   United States 0
      QF2   Czech Republic 2    
  B2   Finland 2     A1   United States 5   Third place
  A3   Czech Republic 3   QF1   Russia 4
  QF2   Czech Republic 1

QuarterfinalsEdit

January 1, 1997Canada  7 – 2
(0-0, 3-1, 4-1)
  SlovakiaGeneva
January 1, 1997Czech Republic  3 – 2 GWS
(0–1, 1–0, 1–1, 0-0, 3-1)
  FinlandGeneva

SemifinalsEdit

January 3, 1997Canada  3 – 2
(1-1, 0-1, 2-0)
  RussiaGeneva
January 3, 1997United States  5 – 2
(2–2, 1–0, 2–0)
  Czech RepublicGeneva

5th place gameEdit

January 3, 1997Finland  6 – 4
(4–1, 0–1, 2–2)
  SlovakiaMorges

Bronze Medal GameEdit

4 January 1997  Russia  4-1
(2-0, 1-1, 1-0)
  Czech RepublicVernets Arena
Attendance: 855

Gold Medal GameEdit

4 January 1997  Canada  2-0
(0-0, 1-0, 1-0)
  United States  Vernets Arena
Attendance: 4,269

Final standingsEdit

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

  Poland was relegated for the 1998 World Juniors

Scoring leadersEdit

Player Country GP G A Pts
Mike York   United States 6 5 5 10
Tomi Kallio   Finland 6 5 4 9
Erik Rasmussen   United States 6 4 5 9
Rastislav Pavlikovský   Slovakia 7 2 7 9
Alexei Morozov   Russia 6 5 3 8
Niko Kapanen   Finland 6 4 4 8
Alexei Kolkounov   Russia 6 4 4 8
Ľubomír Vaic   Slovakia 6 1 7 8
Sergei Samsonov   Russia 6 6 1 7
Marián Hossa   Slovakia 6 5 2 7
Mark Parrish   United States 6 5 2 7

Goaltending leadersEdit

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Player Country MINS GAA
Denis Khlopotnov   Russia 180 0.33
Brian Boucher   United States 357.13 1.51
Marc Denis   Canada 419.52 1.86
David Aebischer    Switzerland 300 2.00
Adam Svoboda   Czech Republic 428.27 2.66

Tournament awardsEdit

IIHF Directorate Awards Media All-Star Team
Goaltender   Marc Denis   Brian Boucher
Defencemen   Joe Corvo   Chris Phillips
  Mark Streit
Forwards   Alexei Morozov   Christian Dubé
  Sergei Samsonov
  Michael York

Pool BEdit

This tournament was played in Kiev Ukraine, from December 27 to January 5.

Standings
Rank Team GP W L T GF GA PTS                
1   Kazakhstan 7 6 0 1 39 15 13 4 - 1 1 - 1 7 - 5 3 - 1 4 - 0 11 - 3 9 - 4
2   Latvia 7 5 1 1 28 19 11 1 - 4 4 - 3 5 - 5 2 - 1 4 - 3 9 - 1 3 - 2
3   France 7 4 1 2 22 16 10 1 - 1 3 - 4 5 - 4 4 - 3 1 - 1 3 - 2 5 - 1
4   Norway 7 2 2 3 33 23 7 5 - 7 5 - 5 4 - 5 2 - 2 3 - 3 5 - 1 9 - 0
5   Ukraine 7 3 3 1 26 18 7 1 - 3 1 - 2 3 - 4 2 - 2 4 - 3 8 - 1 7 - 3
6   Japan 7 2 3 2 24 17 6 0 - 4 3 - 4 1 - 1 3 - 3 3 - 4 6 - 1 8 - 0
7   Hungary 7 1 6 0 14 44 2 3 - 11 1 - 9 2 - 3 1 - 5 1 - 8 1 - 6 5 - 2
8   Italy 7 0 7 0 12 46 0 4 - 9 2 - 3 1 - 5 0 - 9 3 - 7 0 - 8 2 - 5

  Kazakhstan was promoted to Pool A, and   Italy was relegated to Pool C, for 1998.

Pool CEdit

Played in Gheorgheni and Miercurea Ciuc, Romania from December 30 to January 3.

Preliminary RoundEdit

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Belarus 3 3 0 0 26 2 6 7 - 2 8 - 0 11 - 0
  Great Britain 3 2 1 0 13 9 4 2 - 7 4 - 2 7 - 0
  Austria 3 1 2 0 6 12 2 0 - 8 2 - 4 4 - 0
  Croatia 3 0 3 0 0 22 0 0 - 11 0 - 7 0 - 4
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Slovenia 3 3 0 0 22 6 6 6 - 2 6 - 2 10 - 2
  Denmark 3 2 1 0 27 8 4 2 - 6 9 - 0 16 - 2
  Romania 3 1 2 0 8 18 2 2 - 6 0 - 9 6 - 3
  Netherlands 3 0 3 0 7 32 0 2 - 10 2 - 16 3 - 6

Placement GamesEdit

  Belarus was promoted to Pool B, and   Netherlands was relegated to Pool D for 1998.

Pool DEdit

Played in Sofia Bulgaria from December 30 to January 3.

Preliminary RoundEdit

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Lithuania 3 3 0 0 45 4 6 10 - 1 15 - 1 20 - 2
  Spain 3 2 1 0 17 12 4 1 - 10 3 - 1 13 - 1
  Bulgaria 3 1 2 0 9 20 2 1 - 15 1 - 3 7 - 2
  Mexico 3 0 3 0 5 40 0 2 - 20 1 - 13 2 - 7
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Estonia 3 3 0 0 38 7 6 8 - 3 12 - 3 18 - 1
  FR Yugoslavia 3 2 1 0 22 12 4 3 - 8 9 - 4 10 - 0
  Israel 3 1 2 0 13 23 2 3 - 12 4 - 9 6 - 2
  South Africa 3 0 3 0 3 34 0 1 - 18 0 - 10 2 - 6

Placement GamesEdit

  Estonia was promoted to Pool C for 1998.

External linksEdit

  • 1997 World Junior Hockey Championships at TSN.ca
  • Complete details in French at Passionhockey.com
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press.

ReferencesEdit