1998 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 1998 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1998 WJHC) were held in Helsinki and Hämeenlinna, Finland. The championships began on December 25, 1997, and finished on January 3, 1998. Home team Finland was the winner, defeating Russia 2–1 in the gold medal game, thanks to the goaltending of Mika Noronen and the overtime heroics of Niklas Hagman. Switzerland defeated the Czech Republic 4–3 to capture the bronze medal, their first and only medal in the Ice Hockey World Junior Championship.

1998 IIHF World U20 Championship
1998 WJHC logo.png
Tournament details
Host country Finland
DatesDecember 25 – January 3
Teams10
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Finland (2nd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Russia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Switzerland
Fourth place Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played34
Goals scored219 (6.44 per match)
Attendance139,680 (4,108 per match)
Scoring leader(s)United States Jeff Farkas
(10 points)
1997
1999

Canada had its five-year title streak broken with its worst placing to date (8th). Canada would miss out on gold seven years in a row before beginning their 2005–2009 streak of five straight championships. It was the only tournament from 1993 to 2012 in which Canada failed to medal.

This tournament attracted 139,680 fans to 34 games for an average of 4,108 per game. This set a record for the highest-attended World Junior tournament in Europe until the 2016 tournament, which was also held in Finland, attracted 215,225 spectators.[1]

The playoff round was expanded to eight teams, with group leaders not getting a bye to the semifinals.

Championship resultsEdit

All times are local. (Eastern European TimeUTC+2)

Pool AEdit

Group AEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  Finland 4 3 0 1 17 10 7
  Czech Republic 4 2 1 1 16 12 5
  Sweden 4 2 2 0 16 6 4
  Canada 4 2 2 0 9 7 4
  Germany 4 0 4 0 1 24 0
December 25, 1997
18:30
Finland  3–2
(0-0, 1-1, 2-1)
  CanadaHelsinki
Attendance: 9,000 (approx.)
December 25, 1997
15:00
Czech Republic  2–1  SwedenHämeenlinna
December 26, 1997
18:30
Sweden  4–0
(2-0, 1-0, 1-0)
  CanadaHelsinki
Attendance: 2,523
December 26, 1997
18:30
Finland  5–0  GermanyHämeenlinna
December 27, 1997
15:00
Germany  1–9  Czech RepublicHelsinki
December 28, 1997
15:00
Canada  5–0
(2-0, 3-0, 0-0)
  Czech RepublicHelsinki
Attendance: 7,500 (approx.)
December 28, 1997
18:30
Sweden  3–4  FinlandHelsinki
December 29, 1997
18:30
Germany  0–8  SwedenHelsinki
December 30, 1997
15:00
Canada  2–0
(0-0, 1-0, 1-0)
  GermanyHelsinki
Attendance: 8,933
December 30, 1997
18:30
Czech Republic  5–5  FinlandHelsinki

Group BEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  Russia 4 3 0 1 22 6 7
   Switzerland 4 2 1 1 14 8 5
  United States 4 2 2 0 17 12 4
  Kazakhstan 4 1 3 0 8 29 2
  Slovakia 4 1 3 0 9 15 2
December 25, 1997
15:00
Russia  12–1  KazakhstanHämeenlinna
December 25, 1997
15:00
Slovakia  6–3  United StatesHelsinki
December 26, 1997
15:00
Kazakhstan  2–8  United StatesHelsinki
December 26, 1997
15:00
Slovakia  1–3   SwitzerlandHämeenlinna
December 27, 1997
18:30
Switzerland   3–3  RussiaHelsinki
December 28, 1997
15:00
Kazakhstan  5–2  SlovakiaHämeenlinna
December 28, 1997
18:30
United States  2–3  RussiaHämeenlinna
December 29, 1997
18:30
Switzerland   7–0  KazakhstanHämeenlinna
December 30, 1997
15:00
Russia  4–0  SlovakiaHämeenlinna
December 30, 1997
18:30
United States  4–1   SwitzerlandHämeenlinna

Final roundEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals
                           
  B1   Russia 2  
A4   Canada 1  
  QF1   Russia 5  
  QF2   Czech Republic 1  
A2   Czech Republic 4 Final
  B3   United States 1  
    SF1   Russia 1
  SF2   Finland 2
  A1   Finland 14  
B4   Kazakhstan 1  
  QF3   Finland 2 Bronze medal game
  QF4    Switzerland 1  
B2    Switzerland 2 SF1    Switzerland 4
  A3   Sweden 1   SF2   Czech Republic 3
QuarterfinalsEdit
December 31, 1997
15:00
Russia  2–1 (OT)
(1–0, 0–0, 0–1, 1–0)
  CanadaHämeenlinna
Attendance: 2,877
December 31, 1997
15:00
Finland  14–1
(6–1, 5–0, 3–0)
  KazakhstanHelsinki
December 31, 1997
18:30
Switzerland   2 – 1 GWS
(0–0, 0–0, 1–1, 0–0, 5–4)
  SwedenHelsinki
December 31, 1997
18:30
Czech Republic  4–1
(0–0, 3–0, 1–1)
  United StatesHämeenlinna
SemifinalsEdit
January 1, 1998
16:00
Russia  5–1
(0–0, 3–1, 2–0)
  Czech RepublicHelsinki

Error: Goals/Progression mismatch: N1 = 2 N2 = 1 PN = 3

January 1, 1998
20:00
Switzerland   1–2
(0–1, 0–0, 1–1)
  FinlandHelsinki
Placement gamesEdit
January 2, 1998
15:00
Canada  0–3
(0–1, 0–1, 0–1)
  United StatesHämeenlinna
January 2, 1998
18:30
Sweden  5–1
(1–0, 2–0, 2–1)
  KazakhstanHämeenlinna
7th place gameEdit
January 3, 1998
12:00
Canada  3–6
(0–2, 0–2, 3–2)
  KazakhstanHämeenlinna
Attendance: 169
5th place gameEdit
January 3, 1998
16:00
United States  4–3
(1–2, 2–0, 1–1)
  SwedenHämeenlinna
Bronze medal gameEdit
January 3, 1998
15:00
  Switzerland   4 – 3 GWS
(2–0, 0–2, 1–1, 0–0, 2–0)
  Czech RepublicHelsinki
Gold medal gameEdit
January 3, 1998
18:30
  Finland  2–1 (OT)
(0–0, 0–1, 1–0, 1–0)
  Russia  Helsinki

Relegation roundEdit

January 1, 1998Germany  0–9
(0–1, 0–4, 0–4)
  SlovakiaHelsinki
January 3, 1998Slovakia  8–3
(0–1, 3–2, 5–0)
  GermanyHelsinki

  Germany lost the two game total goal series 17–3 and was relegated for the 1999 World Juniors

Final rankingEdit

Rank Country
    Finland
    Russia
     Switzerland
4   Czech Republic
5   United States
6   Sweden
7   Kazakhstan
8   Canada
9   Slovakia
10   Germany

Scoring leadersEdit

Player Country GP G A Pts
Jeff Farkas   United States 7 6 4 10
Olli Jokinen   Finland 7 4 6 10
Eero Somervuori   Finland 7 3 6 9
Ladislav Nagy   Slovakia 6 6 2 8
Brian Gionta   United States 7 5 3 8
Marián Hossa   Slovakia 6 4 4 8
Timo Vertala   Finland 7 4 4 8
Andrej Podkonický   Slovakia 6 3 5 8
Marcus Nilson   Sweden 7 3 5 8
Maxim Balmochnykh   Russia 7 2 6 8
Kamil Piroš   Slovakia 7 2 6 8

Tournament awardsEdit

IIHF Directorate Awards Media All-Star Team
Goaltender   David Aebischer   David Aebischer
Defencemen   Pavel Skrbek   Pierre Hedin
  Andrei Markov
Forwards   Olli Jokinen   Maxim Balmochnykh
  Olli Jokinen
  Eero Somervuori


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        
  Hungary 3 1 0 2 10 9 4 3–2 2–2 5–5
  Latvia 3 2 1 0 15 10 4 2–3 5–2 8–5
  France 3 1 1 1 12 9 3 2–2 2–5 8–2
  Japan 3 0 2 1 12 21 1 5–5 5–8 2–8
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Poland 3 2 1 0 13 11 4 7–3 1–4 5–4
  Ukraine 3 1 1 1 13 10 3 3–7 2–2 8–1
  Belarus 3 1 1 1 6 6 3 4–1 2–2 0–3
  Norway 3 1 2 0 8 13 2 4–5 1–8 3–0

Final roundEdit

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA PTS            
1   Belarus 5 4 0 1 22 8 9 2–2 4–1 3–1 8–0 5–4
2   Ukraine 5 3 1 1 23 12 7 2–2 3–7 5–1 4–1 9–1
3   Poland 5 3 2 0 24 13 6 1–4 7–3 2–3 8–0 6–3
4   Latvia 5 2 3 0 12 15 4 1–3 1–5 3–2 2–3 5–2
5   Hungary 5 1 3 1 6 24 3 0–8 1–4 0–8 3–2 2–2
6   France 5 0 4 1 12 27 1 4–5 1–9 3–6 2–5 2–2

  Belarus was promoted to Pool A for 1999.

Relegation roundEdit

Norway  6–4  Japan
Norway  3 – 4 ot  Japan
Norway  4–1  Japan

  Japan lost two games to one and was relegated to Pool C for 1999.

Pool CEdit

Played in Tallinn and Kohtla-Järve Estonia from December 28 to January 1.

Preliminary roundEdit

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Italy 3 2 0 1 20 6 5 4–4 11–1 5–1
  Austria 3 2 0 1 18 6 5 4–4 8–1 6–1
  Estonia 3 1 2 0 5 20 2 1–11 1–8 3–1
  Great Britain 3 0 3 0 3 14 0 1–5 1–6 1–3
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Denmark 3 3 0 0 26 8 6 5–4 8–1 13–3
  Slovenia 3 2 1 0 15 8 4 4–5 4–1 7–2
  Croatia 3 1 2 0 6 14 2 1–8 1–4 4–2
  Romania 3 0 3 0 7 24 0 3–13 2–7 2–4

Placement gamesEdit

  Denmark was promoted to Pool B, and   Romania was relegated to Pool D for 1999.

Pool DEdit

Played in Kaunas and Elektrenai Lithuania from December 30 to January 3.

Preliminary roundEdit

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Netherlands 3 3 0 0 58 4 6 7–1 19–2 32–1
  Spain 3 2 1 0 18 9 4 1–7 6–2 11–0
  Bulgaria 3 1 2 0 17 29 2 2–19 2–6 13–4
  Turkey 3 0 3 0 5 56 0 1–32 0–11 4–13
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS        
  Lithuania 3 3 0 0 33 2 6 5–1 14–0 14–1
  FR Yugoslavia 3 2 1 0 23 7 4 1–5 13–0 9–2
  Mexico 3 1 2 0 3 28 2 0–14 0–13 3–1
  South Africa 3 0 3 0 4 26 0 1–14 2–9 1–3

Placement gamesEdit

  Lithuania was promoted to Pool C for 1999.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Merk, Martin (2016-01-06). "215225 fans in Helsinki". WorldJunior2016.com. Retrieved 2016-01-22.

External linksEdit