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2003 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships

The 2003 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships were held in Helsinki, Turku and Tampere in Finland from April 26 to May 11. This international event was the 67th such event sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The competition also served as qualification for division placements in the 2004 competition. Canada won the gold medal, beating Sweden 3–2 in the final.

2003 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country Finland
DatesApril 26, 2003 (2003-04-26) - May 11, 2003 (2003-05-11)
Teams16
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (16th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Slovakia
Fourth place Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played56
Attendance449,193 (8,021 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Slovakia Žigmund Pálffy
MVPSweden Mats Sundin
2002
2004

In the quarterfinal between Sweden and Finland, the Swedes completed an outstanding comeback. Being down 5–1 7 minutes into the second period, Sweden decided to change goaltender from Tommy Salo to Mikael Tellqvist. After the change, the Swedes scored 3 goals in the same period to reduce the lead to 5–4. In the third period, Peter Forsberg scored a famous goal to tie the game up, when he skated from the Swedes' zone all the way to Finland's offensive zone, scoring on a wrap around. Later in the same period, Per Johan Axelsson scored the game-winning goal to win the game 6–5 for the Swedes.

The final game and the championship title was decided by Anson Carter’s goal in overtime which needed to be reviewed by the video goal judge who needed five minutes to confirm the goal was good and the gold went to Canada.[1]

Contents

ChampionshipEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

Group AEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  Slovakia 3 3 0 0 22 5 6
  Germany 3 2 1 0 9 8 4
  Ukraine 3 1 2 0 9 13 2
  Japan 3 0 3 0 6 20 0

Group BEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  Russia 3 3 0 0 14 5 6
   Switzerland 3 2 1 0 9 7 4
  Denmark 3 1 2 0 8 14 2
  United States 3 0 3 0 4 9 0

Group CEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  Canada 3 3 0 0 12 2 6
  Sweden 3 2 1 0 6 5 4
  Latvia 3 1 2 0 6 9 2
  Belarus 3 0 3 0 1 9 0

Group DEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  Czech Republic 3 3 0 0 15 4 6
  Finland 3 2 1 0 18 3 4
  Austria 3 1 2 0 8 15 2
  Slovenia 3 0 3 0 4 23 0

Qualification roundEdit

Group EEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  Slovakia 5 4 0 1 27 9 9
  Czech Republic 5 4 0 1 22 7 9
  Finland 5 2 2 1 18 10 5
  Germany 5 2 2 1 11 11 5
  Austria 5 1 4 0 9 27 2
  Ukraine 5 0 5 0 8 31 0

Group FEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  Canada 5 4 0 1 18 6 9
  Sweden 5 4 1 0 20 9 8
  Russia 5 2 3 0 16 14 4
   Switzerland 5 2 3 0 14 16 4
  Latvia 5 2 3 0 10 16 4
  Denmark 5 0 4 1 8 25 1

Final roundEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
May 7 - Elysee Arena
 
 
  Canada 3
 
May 9 - Hartwall Areena
 
  Germany 2
 
  Canada8
 
May 7 - Elysee Arena
 
  Czech Republic 4
 
  Czech Republic 3
 
May 11 – Hartwall Areena
 
  Russia 0
 
  Canada 3
 
May 7 - Hartwall Areena
 
  Sweden2
 
  Slovakia 3
 
May 9 - Hartwall Areena
 
   Switzerland 1
 
  Slovakia 1
 
May 7 - Hartwall Areena
 
  Sweden 4 Third place
 
  Sweden 6
 
May 10 – Hartwall Areena
 
  Finland 5
 
  Czech Republic 2
 
 
  Slovakia4
 

Relegation roundEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  United States 3 3 0 0 19 5 6
  Belarus 3 2 1 0 9 8 4
  Slovenia 3 0 2 1 8 14 1
  Japan 3 0 2 1 5 14 1

  Japan avoids relegation by defeating   South Korea 4-1 in the Far East Qualification of the 2004 World Championship.
  Belarus and   Slovenia are demoted to Division I at the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
  Žigmund Pálffy 9 7 8 15 18
  Jozef Stümpel 9 4 11 15 0
  Ľubomír Višňovský 9 4 8 12 2
  Teemu Selänne 7 8 3 11 2
  Saku Koivu 7 1 10 11 4
  Dany Heatley 9 7 3 10 10
  Mats Sundin 7 6 4 10 10
  Miroslav Šatan 9 6 4 10 2
  Martin Straka 9 6 4 10 4
  Kimmo Rintanen 7 5 4 9 0

Goaltending leadersEdit

Player MINS GA GAA SO Sv%
  Sean Burke 328 7 1.28 1 .955
  Oliver Jonas 180 4 1.33 0 .960
  Mikael Tellqvist 393 9 1.37 0 .940
  Marco Bührer 297 9 1.82 1 .934
  Ján Lašák 359 11 1.84 0 .935

Division IEdit

Group AEdit

Played at Budapest, Hungary April 15–21

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  Kazakhstan 5 5 0 0 34 9 10
  Poland 5 4 1 0 24 9 8
  Hungary 5 2 2 1 14 13 5
  Netherlands 5 1 3 1 17 22 3
  Romania 5 1 3 1 13 26 3
  Lithuania 5 0 4 1 7 30 1

Group BEdit

Played at Zagreb, Croatia April 13–20

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  France 5 4 0 1 21 5 9
  Norway 5 4 1 0 19 9 8
  Estonia 5 2 3 0 12 20 4
  Italy 5 2 3 0 16 11 4
  Great Britain 5 1 3 1 16 14 3
  Croatia 5 1 4 0 10 35 2

  France and   Kazakhstan are promoted to the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships,   Croatia and   Lithuania are demoted to Division II.

Division IIEdit

Group AEdit

Played at Seoul, South Korea, April 5–12

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  South Korea 5 5 0 0 50 10 10
  Yugoslavia 5 4 1 0 46 11 8
  Spain 5 3 2 0 27 23 6
  Australia 5 2 3 0 25 26 4
  South Africa 5 1 4 0 19 32 2
  Mexico 5 0 5 0 5 70 0

Group BEdit

Played at Sofia, Bulgaria, March 24–30

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  Belgium 5 4 1 0 29 8 8
  China 5 4 1 0 19 13 8
  Bulgaria 5 2 2 1 15 10 5
  North Korea 5 2 2 1 16 13 5
  Israel 5 1 2 2 11 19 4
  Iceland 5 0 5 0 4 31 0

  Belgium and   South Korea are promoted to Division I,   Iceland and   Mexico are demoted to Division III.

Division IIIEdit

Played at Auckland, New Zealand April 3–6

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
  New Zealand 2 2 0 0 14 3 4
  Luxembourg 2 1 1 0 7 10 2
  Turkey 2 0 2 0 4 12 0

  Luxembourg and   New Zealand are promoted to Division II.

See alsoEdit

To celebrate the games, the Finnish government issued a high value commemorative coin: the 2003 Ice Hockey World Championships commemorative coin, with three ice hockey sticks and a puck engraved on the reverse.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  • IIHF Website
  • Complete results at Passionhockey.com
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. pp. 169–70.