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The 2015 IIHF World Championship was the 79th event hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), held in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic, between 1–17 May 2015. The tournament was the top division of the 2015 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. It broke the historical attendance record of IIHF World Championships.[2]

2015 IIHF World Championship
2015 IIHF World Championship logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country Czech Republic
Dates1–17 May
Teams16
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (25th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Russia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg United States
Fourth place Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played64
Goals scored354 (5.53 per match)
Attendance741,700 (11,589 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Canada Jason Spezza
(14 points)
MVPCzech Republic Jaromír Jágr[1]
WebsiteWebsite
2014
2016

Canada won their 25th title by defeating Russia 6–1 in the championship final game.[3] Canada went undefeated at the tournament to win its first IIHF championship since 2007. With the win, Canadian captain Sidney Crosby became a member of the Triple Gold Club and the first to be the team captain for all three events. After the final game, most Russian players walked out from the medal ceremony before the Canadian anthem was played.[4] For winning all of its tournament games in regulation, the Canadian team earned the new Infront Team Jackpot award of one million Swiss francs. The Russians on the other hand were fined 80,000 CHF for leaving the ice early, and chose not to appeal the penalty.[5]

The United States won the bronze medal, defeating Czech Republic 3–0 in the bronze medal final game.[6] Czech player Jaromír Jágr (at 43 years of age) was the MVP of the tournament, and announced his retirement from international competition afterwards.

BidsEdit

On 21 May 2010, the Czech bid was successful and got 84 votes in the race for hosting the 2015 IIHF World Championship. The application beat out that from Kiev, Ukraine (22 votes).[7]

The two venues for the tournament were the O2 Arena (formerly Sazka Arena) in Prague and ČEZ Aréna in Ostrava, the same two venues that co-hosted the 2004 IIHF World Championship. Before Ostrava was announced, Plzeň, Brno, Pardubice, and even Bratislava, Slovakia, were considered.[8][9]

VenuesEdit

Prague Ostrava
O2 Arena
Capacity: 17,383[10]
ČEZ Arena
Capacity: 8,812[11]
   

ParticipantsEdit

 
Countries participating in the 2015 IIHF Men's World Championship are marked in navy blue. The host country (Czech Republic) marked in red. Countries qualified through winning a promotion from Division I are marked in light-blue.
* = Automatic qualifier after a top 14 placement at the 2014 IIHF World Championship
^ = Qualified through winning a promotion at the 2014 IIHF World Championship Division I
= Qualified as host

FormatEdit

Of the 16 teams in the tournament Czech Republic qualified as host while Austria and Slovenia qualified through the 2014 IIHF World Championship Division I, the rest qualified after a top 14 placement at the 2014 IIHF World Championship. The teams were divided into two groups of which the four best from each advanced to the quarterfinals. Here they met cross-over as indicated in the section below.[12]

In the group round, points are awarded as follows:

  • 3 points for a win in regulation time (W)
  • 2 point for a team that drew in regulation time but won the following overtime (OTW) or game winning shots (GWS) [n 1]
  • 1 point for a team that drew and lost the above-mentioned competition (OTL)
  • 0 points for a team that lost in regulation time (L)

If two or more teams finished with an equal number of points in the same group, their standings were determined by the following tiebreaking formula:[12]

  1. Points in games between the tied teams
  2. Goal difference in games between the tied teams
  3. Goals scored in games between the tied teams
  4. Results against the closest best-ranking team outside the original group of tied teams
  5. Results against the next highest ranking team outside the original group of tied teams
  6. Tournament seedings

Final ranking: places 1–4 are determined by the medal games. Other places are determined by playoff positioning, group play positioning in the group, number of points, goal difference, goals scored, and tournament seeding. The two lowest ranking teams overall are relegated to Division I A.[12]

SeedingEdit

The seeding in the preliminary round was based on the 2014 IIHF World Ranking, which ended at the conclusion of the 2014 IIHF World Championship. Slovakia and Switzerland swapped their slots between their groups to optimize the seeding for the Czech organizers.[13]

RostersEdit

Each team's roster consisted of at least 15 skaters (forwards and defencemen) and two goaltenders, and at most 22 skaters and three goaltenders. All 16 participating nations, through the confirmation of their respective national associations, had to submit a roster by the first IIHF directorate meeting.

OfficialsEdit

The IIHF selected 16 referees and 16 linesmen to work the tournament.[14][15]

Referees Linesmen

Preliminary roundEdit

The schedule was released on 21 August 2014.[16]

All times are local (UTC+2).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   Canada 7 7 0 0 0 49 14 +35 21 Advance to the playoff round
2   Sweden 7 4 2 0 1 34 19 +15 16
3   Czech Republic (H) 7 4 1 1 1 27 18 +9 15
4    Switzerland 7 2 0 4 1 12 18 −6 10
5   Germany 7 2 0 1 4 11 24 −13 7
6   France 7 1 1 0 5 13 20 −7 5[a]
7   Latvia 7 0 2 1 4 11 25 −14 5[a]
8   Austria 7 0 2 1 4 10 29 −19 5[a] Relegation to Division I A
Updated to match(es) played on 12 May 2015. Source: Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.[17]
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head to head record; France 5p, Latvia 3p and Austria 1p. Austria relegated on head-to-head points.
1 May 2015
Canada   6–1   Latvia
Czech Republic   5–6 GWS   Sweden
2 May 2015
Switzerland    3–4 GWS   Austria
France   1–2   Germany
Latvia   2–4   Czech Republic
3 May 2015
Austria   1–6   Sweden
Canada   10–0   Germany
France   1–3    Switzerland
4 May 2015
Latvia   1–8   Sweden
Canada   6–3   Czech Republic
5 May 2015
Switzerland    1–0   Germany
Austria   0–2   France
6 May 2015
Switzerland    1–2 OT   Latvia
Sweden   4–6   Canada
7 May 2015
Czech Republic   5–1   France
Sweden   4–3   Germany
8 May 2015
Czech Republic   4–0   Austria
Germany   2–1   Latvia
9 May 2015
France   3–4   Canada
Austria   1–2 OT   Latvia
Sweden   2–1 OT    Switzerland
10 May 2015
Germany   2–4   Czech Republic
Switzerland    2–7   Canada
11 May 2015
Germany   2–3 GWS   Austria
Sweden   4–2   France
12 May 2015
Canada   10–1   Austria
Latvia   2–3 GWS   France
Czech Republic   2–1 GWS    Switzerland

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1   United States 7 5 1 0 1 22 14 +8 17 Advance to the playoff round
2   Finland 7 4 2 0 1 22 9 +13 16
3   Russia 7 4 1 1 1 30 16 +14 15
4   Belarus 7 4 0 2 1 20 19 +1 14
5   Slovakia 7 1 2 2 2 17 19 −2 9
6   Norway 7 2 0 0 5 12 23 −11 6
7   Denmark 7 1 0 1 5 10 20 −10 4
8   Slovenia 7 1 0 0 6 9 22 −13 3 Relegation to Division I A
Updated to match(es) played on 12 May 2015. Source: Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head number of goals scored; 5) result against closest best-ranked team outside tied teams; 6) result against second-best ranked team outside tied teams; 7) seeding before tournament.[17]
1 May 2015
United States   5–1   Finland
Russia   6–2   Norway
2 May 2015
Slovakia   4–3 GWS   Denmark
Belarus   4–2   Slovenia
Norway   1–2   United States
3 May 2015
Russia   5–3   Slovenia
Belarus   1–2 OT   Slovakia
Denmark   0–3   Finland
4 May 2015
Russia   2–4   United States
Norway   0–5   Finland
5 May 2015
Denmark   1–5   Belarus
Slovakia   3–1   Slovenia
6 May 2015
Russia   5–2   Denmark
Slovakia   2–3   Norway
7 May 2015
United States   2–5   Belarus
Finland   4–0   Slovenia
8 May 2015
Slovenia   1–3   Norway
United States   1–0   Denmark
9 May 2015
Belarus   0–7   Russia
Finland   3–0   Slovakia
Denmark   4–1   Norway
10 May 2015
Slovenia   1–3   United States
Slovakia   2–3 OT   Russia
11 May 2015
Finland   3–2 GWS   Belarus
Slovenia   1–0   Denmark
12 May 2015
Norway   2–3   Belarus
United States   5–4 OT   Slovakia
Finland   3–2 GWS   Russia

Playoff roundEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals
                           
  A1   Canada 9  
B4   Belarus 0  
  A1   Canada 2  
  A3   Czech Republic 0  
B2   Finland 3 Final
  A3   Czech Republic 5  
    A1   Canada 6
  B3   Russia 1
  B1   United States 3  
A4    Switzerland 1  
  B1   United States 0 Bronze medal game
  B3   Russia 4  
A2   Sweden 3 A3   Czech Republic 0
  B3   Russia 5   B1   United States 3

Gold medal gameEdit

17 May 2015
20:45
Canada  6–1
(1–0, 3–0, 2–1)
  RussiaO2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,383

Ranking and statisticsEdit

 2015 IIHF World Championship winners 
 
Canada
25th title

Tournament AwardsEdit

Source: IIHF.com

Source: IIHF.com

Final rankingEdit

The official IIHF final ranking of the tournament:

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

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
  Jason Spezza 10 6 8 14 +7 2 F
  Jordan Eberle 10 5 8 13 +8 0 F
  Taylor Hall 10 7 5 12 +8 6 F
  Sergei Mozyakin 10 6 6 12 +8 0 F
  Matt Duchene 10 4 8 12 +10 2 F
  Oliver Ekman-Larsson 8 2 10 12 +4 6 D
  Sidney Crosby 9 4 7 11 +1 2 F
  Evgenii Dadonov 10 4 7 11 +4 2 F
  Jussi Jokinen 8 3 8 11 +3 0 F
  Brent Burns 10 2 9 11 +12 4 D
  Ryan O'Reilly 10 2 9 11 +10 0 F

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalties in Minutes; POS = Position
Source: IIHF.com

Leading goaltendersEdit

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played at least 40% of their team's minutes, are included in this list.

Player TOI GA GAA SA Sv% SO
  Connor Hellebuyck 482:00 11 1.37 211 94.79 2
  Sebastian Dahm 297:19 11 2.22 161 93.17 0
  Mike Smith 480:00 12 1.50 172 93.02 2
  Pekka Rinne 427:16 12 1.69 166 92.77 3
  Cristobal Huet 287:46 10 2.09 129 92.25 1

TOI = Time on Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts
Source: IIHF.com

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In group play, overtime is played as 5 minutes of sudden death after a 3-minute intermission. If no goal is scored, the game goes to a shootout (Game Winning Shots). During a quarter-, semi- or bronze final, the sudden death period would be 10 minutes and during the final it would be 20 minutes.[12] Game Winning Shots procedure is as follows: Three different players from each team would take alternate shots. If the game is still tied after this, one player from each team would take alternating shots until one scored and the other missed. Only the decisive goal counted in the result table for group play.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jagr wins MVP". iihfworlds2015.com. 17 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Attendance record broken". iihfworlds2015.com. 14 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Million-dollar Maple Leafs". iihfworlds2015.com. 17 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Канада – Россия. Россияне ушли со льда до канадского гимна" (in Russian). sports.ru. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Russia issued fine". iihf.com. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  6. ^ "USA bringing bronze home". iihfworlds2015.com. 17 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Worlds come back to Prague". IIHF. 2010-05-21. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-20.
  8. ^ Vezme Plzeň Ostravě také mistrovství světa v hokeji?
  9. ^ Prague & Bratislava to co-host Worlds?
  10. ^ Ódu na hokej rozhodli nájazdy: Švédi vypiekli s Čechmi
  11. ^ Ďalší infarktový zápas pre Slovákov: Gáborík prelomil gólové prekliatie
  12. ^ a b c d e "Information". IIHF. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Sweden defends first place". iihfworlds2014.com. 2014-05-25.
  14. ^ "32 officials named". iihfworlds2015.com. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  15. ^ Match officials
  16. ^ "Schedule released". iihfworlds2015.com. 2014-08-21.
  17. ^ a b "Information - 2015 WM - International Icehockey Federation IIHF". IIHF. Retrieved 1 May 2015.

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