1998 IIHF European U18 Championship

The 1998 IIHF European U18 Championship was the thirty-first playing of the IIHF European Junior Championships.

Group AEdit

Played April 11 to the 19th in Malung and Mora, Sweden. The hosts led by twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin, won their tenth European Junior title.

First roundEdit

Group 1
Team RUS FIN CZE NOR GF/GA Points
1.   Russia 4:1 2:2 5:1 11:04 5
2.   Finland 1:4 7:2 8:0 16:06 4
3.   Czech Republic 2:2 2:7 12:1 16:10 3
4.   Norway 1:5 0:8 1:12 02:25 0
Group 2
Team SWE SUI SVK UKR GF/GA Points
1.   Sweden 6:0 5:3 13:1 24:04 6
2.    Switzerland 0:6 4:1 5:1 09:08 4
3.   Slovakia 3:5 1:4 5:1 09:10 2
4.   Ukraine 1:13 1:5 1:5 03:23 0

Final roundEdit

The Czechs had the very unfortunate distinction of finishing tied for first, and actually finishing completely out of the medals. Coming into the final game against the Russians, the Swedes could lose or tie, and finish fourth, win by one or two goals and finish third, win by three and finish second, or win by four or more and be the champions. They led five to one after two, and played a scoreless third to clinch gold.

Championship round
Team SWE FIN RUS CZE SUI SVK GF/GA Points Tie 1
H2H Points
Tie 2
H2H GD
Tie 3
H2H Points
Tie 4
Overall GD
1.   Sweden 2:2 5:1 4:6 (6:0) (5:3) 22:12 7 3 +2 1 +10
2.   Finland 2:2 (1:4) (7:2) 3:2 4:2 17:12 7 3 +2 1 +5
3.   Russia 1:5 (4:1) (2:2) 4:0 2:1 13:09 7 3 -1
4.   Czech Republic 6:4 (2:7) (2:2) 7:1 5:3 21:17 7 3 -3
5.    Switzerland (0:6) 2:3 0:4 1:7 (4:1) 07:20 2
6.   Slovakia (3:5) 2:4 1:2 3:5 (1:4) 10:20 0
7th place
Norway   1:2
(0:0, 0:1, 1:1)
4:3
(2:1, 2:1, 0:1)
5:2
(3:0, 2:1, 0:1)
  Ukraine
  • No team was relegated, all eight nations were joined by Group B winner, Germany, and the United States to participate in the first IIHF World U18 Championships.

Tournament awardsEdit

Group BEdit

Played April 5 to the 12th in Füssen and Memmingen Germany. The hosts did not dominate, but still won all their games, to return to the top level.

First roundEdit

Group 1
Team GER BLR DEN GBR GF/GA Points
1.   Germany 4:2 4:3 5:0 13:05 6
2.   Belarus 2:4 6:3 4:0 12:07 4
3.   Denmark 3:4 3:6 5:1 11:11 2
4.   Great Britain 0:5 0:4 1:5 01:14 0
Group 2
Team POL ITA HUN FRA GF/GA Points
1.   Poland 4:1 5:4 2:1 11:06 6
2.   Italy 1:4 4:1 3:1 08:06 4
3.   Hungary 4:5 1:4 5:1 10:10 2
4.   France 1:2 1:3 1:5 03:10 0

Final roundEdit

Championship round
Team GER ITA POL HUN BLR DEN GF/GA Points
1.   Germany 5:2 4:0 4:1 (4:2) (4:3) 21:08 10
2.   Italy 2:5 (1:4) (4:1) 2:0 9:1 18:11 06
3.   Poland 0:4 (4:1) (5:4) 5:8 6:6 20:23 05
4.   Hungary 1:4 (1:4) (4:5) 2:1 12:9 20:23 04
5.   Belarus (2:4) 0:2 8:5 1:2 (6:3) 17:16 04
6.   Denmark (3:4) 1:9 6:6 9:12 (3:6) 22:37 01
7th place
France   11:1
(3:0, 6:1, 2:0)
5:2
(1:0, 2:0, 2:2)
  Great Britain

Group CEdit

Played March 16 to the 20th in Zagreb, Croatia. On final day the host Croats had to face Yugoslavia to determine who would be relegated. Because of the expansion of the top tier to ten teams, it did not matter in the end, but it was a very tense affair at the time.

First roundEdit

Group 1
Team AUT SLO ROM YUG GF/GA Points
1.   Austria 5:3 15:3 13:1 33:07 6
2.   Slovenia 3:5 9:1 10:0 22:06 4
3.   Romania 3:15 1:9 6:3 10:27 2
4.   FR Yugoslavia 1:13 0:10 3:6 04:29 0
Group 2
Team LAT LTU EST CRO GF/GA Points
1.   Latvia 6:1 7:0 10:4 23:05 6
2.   Lithuania 1:6 4:1 7:6 12:13 4
3.   Estonia 0:7 1:4 4:2 05:13 2
4.   Croatia 4:10 6:7 2:4 12:21 0

Placing roundEdit

7th place Croatia   5:3
(1:1, 2:1, 2:1)
  FR Yugoslavia
5th place Romania   5:0
forfeit
  Estonia
3rd place Lithuania   3:2
(0:1, 2:1, 1:0)
  Slovenia
Final Austria   4:3
(0:2, 2:1, 2:0)
  Latvia

Group DEdit

Played from March 3–9 in Luxembourg. Two new entrants participated this year, the hosts, and Kazakhstan. The Kazakhs switched from playing in the Asian junior tournament, to the European.[1] There was no shadow of a doubt that they were a much better team than was suited for this level, scoring over 150 goals in five games. The Dutch were the only ones to lose by less than fifteen to the Kazakhs. Leading the team, a young Nik Antropov scored 54 points.[2]

First roundEdit

Group 1
Team NED BEL BUL ISR GF/GA Points
1.   Netherlands 7:3 12:0 12:0 31:03 6
2.   Belgium 3:7 12:1 8:0 23:08 4
3.   Bulgaria 0:12 1:12 3:2 04:26 2
4.   Israel 0:12 0:8 2:3 02:23 0
Group 2
Team KAZ ESP ISL LUX GF/GA Points
1.   Kazakhstan 19:2 63:0 39:0 121:02 6
2.   Spain 2:19 4:1 17:2 023:22 4
3.   Iceland 0:63 1:4 4:2 005:69 2
4.   Luxembourg 0:39 2:17 2:4 004:60 0

Final roundEdit

Championship round
Team KAZ NED BEL ESP GF/GA Points
1.   Kazakhstan 14:1 20:1 (19:2) 53:04 6
2.   Netherlands 1:14 (7:3) 4:1 12:18 4
3.   Belgium 1:20 (3:7) 5:3 09:30 2
4.   Spain (2:19) 1:4 3:5 06:28 0
Placing round
Team BUL ISR ISL LUX GF/GA Points
1.   Bulgaria (3:2) 9:2 5:2 17:06 6
2.   Israel (2:3) 4:4 4:1 10:08 3
3.   Iceland 2:9 4:4 (4:2) 10:15 3
4.   Luxembourg 2:5 1:4 (2:4) 05:13 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Group D summary
  2. ^ Commito, Mike (9 February 2017). "Canada's Destruction of Denmark, and the Most Lopsided International Hockey Games". Retrieved 26 September 2020.