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The 1998 IIHF World Championship was held in Switzerland from 1–17 May 1998. The format expanded to 16 teams for the first time. The teams were divided into four groups of four with the top two teams in each advancing to the next round. The two groups of four then played a round robin with the top two teams in each moving on to the semi-finals. The semi-finals were a two game total goals for series as was the final.

1998 IIHF World Championship
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Tournament details
Host country  Switzerland
Dates1–17 May
Teams16
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Sweden (7th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Finland
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Czech Republic
Fourth place  Switzerland
Tournament statistics
Matches played49
Goals scored276 (5.63 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Sweden Peter Forsberg (11 pts)
1997
1999

VenuesEdit

Zürich Basel
Hallenstadion
Capacity: 12,500
St. Jakobshalle
Capacity: 9,000
   

Qualifying Round (Austria)Edit

Played 6–9 November 1997 in Klagenfurt. The Kazakhs, Austrians, and Norwegians finished virtually even. In head-to-head match-ups they each had one win and one loss, they each had scored as many as they had allowed. The Kazakhs scored six goals, the other two both five, pushing them to first. The Norwegians had beaten Poland by three, on the final day the Austrians pushed their advantage over Poland to four, giving them the final spot in the World Championship.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Goal difference Points
1   Kazakhstan 3 2 0 1 12 - 07 4
2   Austria 3 2 0 1 09 - 05 4
3   Norway 3 2 0 1 08 - 05 4
4   Poland 3 0 0 3 01 - 13 0

Kazakhstan and Austria advanced to Group A, Norway and Poland competed in Group B.

6 November 1997Kazakhstan  6-1  Poland
6 November 1997Austria  1-3  Norway
8 November 1997Norway  3-0  Poland
8 November 1997Austria  4-2  Kazakhstan
9 November 1997Kazakhstan  4-2  Norway
9 November 1997Austria  4-0  Poland

First roundEdit

In each group, the top two nations advanced to the next round. Third place teams played a final round against each other to determine who escaped having to qualify for next year's tournament. Fourth place teams did not play further, they were automatically entered in qualifiers for next year's tournament. The highlight of the round was the French victory of the USA, the first ever in an official match.[2]

Group 1Edit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Goal difference Points
1   Czech Republic 3 3 0 0 20 - 05 6
2   Belarus 3 2 0 1 12 - 10 4
3   Germany 3 1 0 2 08 - 13 2
4   Japan 3 0 0 3 07 - 19 0

Japan was relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.

1 MayCzech Republic  8-2  JapanSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
1 MayBelarus  4-2  GermanySt. Jakobshalle, Basel
3 MayBelarus  2-4  Czech RepublicSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
3 MayGermany  5-1  JapanSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
5 MayJapan  4-6  BelarusSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
5 MayCzech Republic  8-1  GermanySt. Jakobshalle, Basel

Group 2Edit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Goal difference Points
1   Canada 3 2 1 0 12 - 05 5
2   Slovakia 3 2 1 0 09 - 04 5
3   Italy 3 1 0 2 08 - 08 2
4   Austria 3 0 0 3 03 - 15 0

Austria was relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.

1 MayCanada  5-1  AustriaHallenstadion, Zurich
1 MayItaly  1-2  SlovakiaHallenstadion, Zurich
3 MaySlovakia  2-2  CanadaHallenstadion, Zurich
3 MayItaly  5-1  AustriaHallenstadion, Zurich
5 MayAustria  1-5  SlovakiaHallenstadion, Zurich
5 MayCanada  5-2  ItalyHallenstadion, Zurich

Group 3Edit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Goal difference Points
1   Sweden 3 3 0 0 16 - 04 6
2    Switzerland 3 1 0 2 09 - 10 2
3   United States 3 1 0 2 07 - 11 2
4   France 3 1 0 2 05 - 12 2

France was relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.

2 MayUnited States  5-2   SwitzerlandHallenstadion, Zurich
2 MaySweden  6-1  FranceHallenstadion, Zurich
4 MayFrance  3-1  United StatesHallenstadion, Zurich
4 MaySweden  4-2   SwitzerlandHallenstadion, Zurich
6 MayUnited States  1-6  SwedenHallenstadion, Zurich
6 MaySwitzerland   5-1  FranceHallenstadion, Zurich

Group 4Edit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Goal difference Points
1   Russia 3 3 0 0 19 - 11 6
2   Finland 3 2 0 1 12 - 04 4
3   Latvia 3 1 0 2 12 - 15 2
4   Kazakhstan 3 0 0 3 06 - 19 0

Kazakhstan was relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.

2 MayRussia  8-4  KazakhstanSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
2 MayFinland  6-0  LatviaSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
4 MayLatvia  5-7  RussiaSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
4 MayFinland  4-0  KazakhstanSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
6 MayKazakhstan  2-7  LatviaSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
6 MayRussia  4-2  FinlandSt. Jakobshalle, Basel

Consolation Round 9-12 PlaceEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Goal difference Points
9   Latvia 3 2 1 0 09 - 03 5
10   Italy 3 1 2 0 09 - 05 4
11   Germany 3 0 2 1 05 - 10 2
12   United States 3 0 1 2 03 - 08 1

Germany and the United States were relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.

8 MayUnited States  1-1  GermanyHallenstadion, Zurich
8 MayItaly  1-1  LatviaHallenstadion, Zurich
10 MayItaly  4-0  United StatesHallenstadion, Zurich
10 MayGermany  0-5  LatviaSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
11 MayGermany  4-4  ItalyHallenstadion, Zurich
11 MayLatvia  3-2  United StatesHallenstadion, Zurich

Second roundEdit

Group 2 and 3 first place teams played against group 1 and 4 second place teams in group 5, group 1 and 4 first place teams played against group 2 and 3 second place teams. The top two, from each group, advanced to the semi-finals.

Group 5Edit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Goal difference Points
1   Sweden 3 3 0 0 10 - 02 6
2   Finland 3 1 1 1 08 - 06 3
3   Canada 3 1 1 1 10 - 12 3
4   Belarus 3 0 0 3 05 - 13 0
7 MaySweden  1-0  FinlandHallenstadion, Zurich
7 MayBelarus  2-6  CanadaHallenstadion, Zurich
9 MayCanada  3-3  FinlandHallenstadion, Zurich
9 MaySweden  2-1  BelarusHallenstadion, Zurich
10 MayCanada  1-7  SwedenHallenstadion, Zurich
10 MayFinland  5-2  BelarusHallenstadion, Zurich

Group 6Edit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Goal difference Points
1   Czech Republic 3 2 1 0 06 - 03 5
2    Switzerland 3 1 1 1 06 - 06 3
3   Russia 3 1 1 1 10 - 07 3
4   Slovakia 3 0 1 2 02 - 08 1
7 MaySlovakia  0-1  Czech RepublicSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
7 MayRussia  2-4   SwitzerlandSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
9 MayCzech Republic  3-1   SwitzerlandSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
9 MayRussia  6-1  SlovakiaSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
10 MayCzech Republic  2-2  RussiaSt. Jakobshalle, Basel
10 MaySwitzerland   1-1  SlovakiaSt. Jakobshalle, Basel

Final roundEdit

SemifinalsEdit

12 MaySweden  4-1
(1–0, 0–0, 3–1)
   SwitzerlandHallenstadion, Zurich
12 MayCzech Republic  1-4
(1–1, 0–1, 0–2)
  FinlandHallenstadion, Zurich
14 MaySwitzerland   2-7
(0–3, 0–1, 2–2)
  SwedenHallenstadion, Zurich
14 MayFinland  2-2
(0–0, 0–1, 2–1)
  Czech RepublicHallenstadion, Zurich

Match for third placeEdit

15 MayCzech Republic  4-0
(0-0, 3-0, 1-0)
   SwitzerlandHallenstadion, Zurich

FinalEdit

16 MayFinland  0-1
(0-0, 0-0, 0-1)
  SwedenHallenstadion, Zurich
Attendance: 9,300

17 MaySweden  0-0
(0-0, 0-0, 0-0)
  FinlandHallenstadion, Zurich
Attendance: 12,500

Ranking and statisticsEdit

 


 1998 IIHF World Championship Winners 
 
Sweden
7th title

Tournament AwardsEdit

Final standingsEdit

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

    Sweden
    Finland
    Czech Republic
4    Switzerland
5   Russia
6   Canada
7   Slovakia
8   Belarus
9   Latvia
10   Italy
11   Germany
12   United States
13   France
14   Japan
15   Austria
16   Kazakhstan

Places eleven through sixteen were not relegated but had to play in qualifying tournaments for inclusion in the 1999 championship.

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
  Peter Forsberg 7 6 5 11 +9 0 F
  Mats Sundin 10 5 6 11 +13 6 F
  Raimo Helminen 10 2 9 11 0 0 F
  Ville Peltonen 10 4 6 10 0 8 F
  Radek Bělohlav 9 6 3 9 +7 2 F
  Pavel Patera 9 6 3 9 +6 12 F
  Viktor Kozlov 6 4 5 9 +5 0 F
  Sergei Berezin 6 6 2 8 +2 2 F
  Oleg Znaroks 6 5 3 8 +4 2 F
  Mikael Renberg 10 5 3 8 +6 6 F

Source: quanthockey.com

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
  Tommy Salo 540 7 0.78 .959 3
  Ari Sulander 477 10 1.26 .956 2
  Mike Rosati 299 8 1.61 .950 1
  Milan Hnilička 430 10 1.40 .940 2
  François Gravel 94 4 2.55 .938 0

Source: quanthockey.com

See alsoEdit

CitationsEdit

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. 161–3.
  • Archive Switzerland 1998
  • Qualifying tournament details