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2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 2003 IIHF World U20 Championship, commonly referred as the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championships (2003 WJHC), was the 27th edition of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. The tournament was held in Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada from December 26, 2002 to January 5, 2003. Russia won the gold medal for the second consecutive year with a 3–2 victory over Canada in the championship game, while Finland won the bronze medal with a 3–2 victory over the United States.

2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
2003 WJHC logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country Canada
DatesDecember 26, 2002 – January 5, 2003
Teams10
Venue(s)Halifax Metro Centre and
Centre 200 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Russia (3rd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Finland
Fourth place United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored187 (6.03 per match)
Attendance242,173 (7,812 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Switzerland Patrik Bärtschi
Russia Igor Grigorenko
(10 points)
2002
2004

Playoff round (again) reverted to six teams qualifying, with group leaders getting a bye into the semifinals.

VenuesEdit

Halifax Metro Centre
Capacity: 10,595
Centre 200
Capacity: 4,881
   
  CanadaHalifax   CanadaSydney

RostersEdit

Top DivisionEdit

Preliminary roundEdit

Group AEdit

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
  Russia 4 4 0 0 21 7 8
  United States 4 3 0 1 15 9 6
  Slovakia 4 2 0 2 15 8 4
   Switzerland 4 1 0 3 10 15 2
  Belarus 4 0 0 4 6 28 0

All times local (AST/UTC-4).

December 26, 2002
14:00
Belarus  2 – 4
(1–2, 1–0, 0–2)
   SwitzerlandCentre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 1,951
December 26, 2002
18:00
United States  1 – 5
(0–2, 1–2, 0–1)
  RussiaCentre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 4,950
December 27, 2002
20:00
Slovakia  11 – 1
(3–1, 4–0, 4–0)
  BelarusCentre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,548
December 28, 2002
16:00
Switzerland   1 – 3
(1–0, 0–2, 0–1)
  United StatesCentre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,331
December 28, 2002
20:00
Russia  4 – 0
(1–0, 1–0, 2–0)
  SlovakiaCentre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 3,213
December 29, 2002
18:00
Belarus  1 – 5
(0–2, 1–2, 0–1)
  RussiaCentre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,232
December 30, 2002
14:00
United States  8 – 2
(4–0, 3–1, 1–1)
  BelarusCentre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,213
December 30, 2002
18:00
Switzerland   0 – 3
(0–1, 0–2, 0–0)
  SlovakiaCentre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,069
December 31, 2002
14:00
Slovakia  1 – 3
(1–0, 0–2, 0–1)
  United StatesCentre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,238
December 31, 2002
18:00
Russia  7 – 5
(2–1, 3–2, 2–2)
   SwitzerlandCentre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,249

Group BEdit

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
  Canada 4 4 0 0 21 6 8
  Finland 4 2 1 1 12 9 5
  Czech Republic 4 2 1 1 8 7 5
  Sweden 4 1 0 3 12 16 2
  Germany 4 0 0 4 3 18 0

All times local (AST/UTC-4).

December 26, 2002
16:00
Germany  0 – 4
(0–2, 0–0, 0–2)
  FinlandHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 8,923
December 26, 2002
20:10
Sweden  2 – 8
(0–2, 2–2, 0–4)
  CanadaHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,594
December 27, 2002
19:00
Czech Republic  3 – 0
(0–0, 2–0, 1–0)
  GermanyHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 9,562
December 28, 2002
15:10
Canada  4 – 0
(1–0, 2–0, 1–0)
  Czech RepublicHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,594
December 28, 2002
20:00
Finland  3 – 2
(1–0, 1–2, 1–0)
  SwedenHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,089
December 29, 2002
16:10
Germany  1 – 4
(1–0, 0–3, 0–1)
  CanadaHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,594
December 30, 2002
16:00
Sweden  7 – 2
(3–0, 3–1, 1–1)
  GermanyHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,427
December 30, 2002
20:00
Finland  2 – 2
(0–0, 1–1, 1–1)
  Czech RepublicHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,462
December 31, 2002
16:00
Czech Republic  3 – 1
(0–0, 1–1, 2–0)
  SwedenHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,416
December 31, 2002
20:10
Canada  5 – 3
(1–1, 3–2, 1–0)
  FinlandHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,594

Relegation roundEdit

Results from any games played during the preliminary round were carried forward to the relegation round.

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
   Switzerland 3 3 0 0 15 7 6
  Sweden 3 2 0 1 15 11 4
  Germany 3 1 0 2 8 13 2
  Belarus 3 0 0 3 6 13 0

All times local (AST/UTC-4).

January 2, 2003
12:00
Switzerland   6 – 2
(2–0, 3–2, 1–0)
  GermanyHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,111
January 3, 2003
12:00
Sweden  5 – 4
(3–1, 0–2, 2–1)
  BelarusHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,083
January 4, 2003
16:00
Sweden  3 – 5
(1–2, 1–2, 1–1)
   SwitzerlandHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,210
January 4, 2003
20:00
Germany  4 – 0
(0–0, 2–0, 2–0)
  BelarusHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,208

  Germany and   Belarus were relegated to Division I for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Playoff roundEdit

  Quarterfinals     Semifinals     Gold medal game
                           
        B1   Canada 3  
  A2   United States 4     A2   United States 2    
  B3   Czech Republic 3         B1   Canada 2
      A1   Russia 3
        A1   Russia 4    
  B2   Finland 6     B2   Finland 1   Bronze medal game
  A3   Slovakia 0   A2   United States 2
  B2   Finland 3

QuarterfinalsEdit

January 2, 2003
16:00
United States  4 – 3
(2–0, 2–2, 0–1)
  Czech RepublicHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,250
January 2, 2003
20:10
Finland  6 – 0
(3–0, 3–0, 0–0)
  SlovakiaHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,162

SemifinalsEdit

January 3, 2003
16:10
Russia  4 – 1
(1–1, 0–0, 3–0)
  FinlandHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,527
January 3, 2003
20:10
Canada  3 – 2
(1–1, 1–0, 1–1)
  United StatesHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,594

5th place gameEdit

January 4, 2003
12:00
Czech Republic  0 – 2
(0–1, 0–0, 0–1)
  SlovakiaHalifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,210

Bronze medal gameEdit

January 5, 2003
16:00
United States  2 – 3
(0–2, 0–1, 2–0)
  Finland  Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,306

Gold medal gameEdit

January 5, 2003
20:10
  Canada  2 – 3
(1–1, 1–0, 0–2)
  Russia  Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,594

Scoring leadersEdit

Rank Player Country Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/−
1 Patrik Bartschi    Switzerland F 6 6 4 10 0 +1
1 Igor Grigorenko   Russia F 6 6 4 10 4 +10
3 Yuri Trubachev   Russia F 6 3 7 10 2 +9
4 Tuomo Ruutu   Finland F 7 2 8 10 6 +6
5 Carlo Colaiacovo   Canada D 6 1 9 10 2 -1
6 Alexander Perezhogin   Russia F 6 3 6 9 4 +9
7 Jussi Jokinen   Finland F 7 6 2 8 2 +4
8 Zach Parise   United States F 7 4 4 8 4 +2
9 Alexander Polushin   Russia F 6 2 6 8 4 +9
9 Andrei Taratukhin   Russia F 6 2 6 8 8 +7

Goaltending leadersEdit

Minimum 40% of team's ice time.

Rank Player Country TOI SOG GA GAA Saves Sv % SO
1 Robert Goepfert   United States 338:05 159 10 1.77 149 93.71 0
2 Peter Ševela   Slovakia 218:46 105 7 1.92 98 93.33 2
3 Marc-André Fleury   Canada 267:28 97 7 1.57 90 92.78 1
4 Kari Lehtonen   Finland 356:40 168 13 2.19 155 92.26 2
5 Andrei Medvedev   Russia 300:00 108 9 1.80 99 91.67 1

Tournament awardsEdit

Goaltender Defencemen Forwards
IIHF Directorate Awards   Marc-André Fleury   Joni Pitkänen   Igor Grigorenko
Media All-Star Team   Marc-André Fleury   Carlo Colaiacovo   Joni Pitkänen   Yuri Trubachev   Igor Grigorenko   Scottie Upshall

Final standingsEdit

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

Division IEdit

The following teams took part in the Division I tournament. Group A played in Almaty, Kazakhstan between December 27, 2002 and January 2, 2003. Group B played in Bled, Slovenia between December 16 and December 22, 2002.

Group AEdit

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
  Ukraine 5 4 1 0 18 8 9
  Japan 5 4 0 1 24 10 8
  Kazakhstan 5 3 1 1 25 12 7
  France 5 2 0 3 17 13 4
  Italy 5 1 0 4 11 16 2
  Croatia 5 0 0 5 6 42 0

  Ukraine was promoted to the Top Division and   Croatia was relegated to Division II for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Group BEdit

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
  Austria 5 5 0 0 35 9 10
  Slovenia 5 3 1 1 15 14 7
  Norway 5 2 1 2 17 16 5
  Latvia 5 1 1 3 13 21 3
  Denmark 5 1 1 3 18 19 3
  Poland 5 1 0 4 12 31 2

  Austria was promoted to the Top Division and   Poland was relegated to Division II for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Division IIEdit

The following teams took part in the Division II tournament. Group A played in Miercurea-Ciuc, Romania between January 6 and January 12, 2003. Group B played in Novi Sad, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia between December 28, 2002 and January 3, 2003.

Group AEdit

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
  Estonia 5 5 0 0 62 8 10
  Great Britain 5 4 0 1 64 7 8
  Romania 5 3 0 2 34 26 6
  Lithuania 5 2 0 3 21 31 4
  South Africa 5 1 0 4 12 58 2
  Bulgaria 5 0 0 5 5 68 0

  Estonia was promoted to Division I and   Bulgaria was relegated to Division III for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Group BEdit

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
  Hungary 5 5 0 0 47 14 10
  Netherlands 5 4 0 1 34 13 8
  Yugoslavia 5 3 0 2 27 22 6
  Spain 5 1 1 3 12 26 3
  Iceland 5 1 1 3 19 43 3
  Mexico 5 0 0 5 4 25 0

  Hungary was promoted to Division I and   Mexico was relegated to Division III for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Division IIIEdit

The following teams took part in the Division II tournament. This group played in Izmit, Turkey between January 21 and January 26, 2003.

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
  South Korea 4 4 0 0 37 5 8
  Belgium 4 3 0 1 32 10 6
  Turkey 4 2 0 2 26 16 4
  Australia 4 1 0 3 8 25 2
  Luxembourg 4 0 0 4 1 48 0

  South Korea and   Belgium were promoted to Division II for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

External linksEdit