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Ice hockey at the 1956 Winter Olympics

The men's ice hockey tournament at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, was the 8th Olympic Championship, also serving as the 23rd World Championships and the 34th European Championships. The tournament was held at the Olympic Ice Stadium and the Apollonio Stadium.

Ice hockey at the 1956 Winter Olympics
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Tournament details
Host country  Italy
Dates 26 January–4 February
Teams 10
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Soviet Union (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  United States
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Canada
Fourth place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 33
Goals scored 262 (7.94 per match)
Attendance 122,230 (3,704 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada James Logan 15 points
Trophy awarded for the 1956 World Championships

East and West Germany could not come to an agreement over how to formulate a combined team, so they played a qualification game against each other, which the west won. The east hosted a tournament for non qualified teams, often referred to as World Championships Pool B, between GDR, Norway and Belgium in Berlin.[1]

The Soviets won all their games to claim their first Olympic title, their second World title, and their third European title. Canada, represented by the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen, won its eighth consecutive Olympic ice hockey medal, though this was its first ever bronze medal.

Contents

MedalistsEdit

World Championship Group A (Italy)Edit

QualificationEdit

  • November 16, 1955
    • East Germany 3-7 West Germany

First roundEdit

Top two teams (shaded ones) from each group earned a right to play for 1st-6th places.

Group AEdit

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1   Canada 3 3 0 0 30 1 6
2   Germany 3 1 1 1 9 6 3
3   Italy 3 0 1 2 5 7 2
4   Austria 3 0 2 1 2 32 1
  • January 26
    • Canada 4-0 Germany (UTG)
    • Italy 2-2 Austria
  • January 27
    • Italy 2-2 Germany (UTG)
    • Canada 23-0 Austria
  • January 28
    • Germany (UTG) 7-0 Austria
    • Italy 1-3 Canada

Group BEdit

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1   Czechoslovakia 2 2 0 0 12 6 4
2   United States 2 1 1 0 7 4 2
3   Poland 2 0 2 0 3 12 0
  • January 27
    • Czechoslovakia 4-3 USA
  • January 28
    • USA 4-0 Poland
  • January 29
    • Czechoslovakia 8-3 Poland

Group CEdit

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1   Soviet Union 2 2 0 0 15 4 4
2   Sweden 2 1 1 0 7 10 2
3    Switzerland 2 0 2 0 8 16 0
  • January 27
    • USSR 5-1 Sweden
  • January 28
    • Sweden 6-5 Switzerland
  • January 29
    • USSR 10-3 Switzerland

Final roundEdit

First place team wins gold, second silver and third bronze.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1   Soviet Union 5 5 0 0 25 5 10
2   United States 5 4 1 0 26 12 8
3   Canada 5 3 2 0 23 11 6
4   Sweden 5 1 3 1 10 17 3
5   Czechoslovakia 5 1 4 0 20 30 2
6   Germany 5 0 4 1 6 35 1
  • January 30
    • USA 7-2 Germany (UTG)
    • Canada 6-3 Czechoslovakia
    • USSR 4-1 Sweden
  • January 31
    • USSR 8-0 Germany (UTG)
    • Sweden 5-0 Czechoslovakia
    • USA 4-1 Canada
  • February 1
    • USA 6-1 Sweden
  • February 2
    • Canada 10-0 Germany (UTG)
    • USSR 7-4 Czechoslovakia
  • February 3
    • Czechoslovakia 9-3 Germany (UTG)
    • Canada 6-2 Sweden
    • USSR 4-0 USA
  • February 4
    • USSR 2-0 Canada
    • Germany (UTG) 1-1 Sweden
    • USA 9-4 Czechoslovakia

Consolation roundEdit

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
7   Italy 3 3 0 0 21 7 6
8   Poland 3 2 1 0 12 10 4
9    Switzerland 3 1 2 0 12 18 2
10   Austria 3 0 3 0 9 19 0
  • January 31
    • Switzerland 7-4 Austria
  • February 1
    • Poland 6-2 Switzerland
    • Italy 8-2 Austria
  • February 2
    • Italy 8-3 Switzerland
    • Poland 4-3 Austria
  • February 3
    • Italy 5-2 Poland

World Championship Group B (East Germany)Edit

Final RoundEdit

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
11   East Germany 2 2 0 0 18 8 4
12   Norway 2 1 1 0 8 9 2
13   Belgium 2 0 2 0 12 21 0
  • March 8
    • East Germany 4-1 Norway
  • March 9
    • East Germany 14-7 Belgium
  • March 10
    • Norway 7-5 Belgium

Leading scorersEdit

Rk Team GP G A Pts
1   James Logan 8 7 8 15
2   Paul Knox 8 7 7 14
3   Vsevolod Bobrov 7 9 3 12
4   Jack McKenzie 8 7 5 12
5   Gerry Theberge 8 9 2 11
6   Alexei Guryshev 7 8 3 11
7   John Mayasich 7 6 4 10
8   George Scholes 8 5 5 10
9   Ken Laufman 8 1 8 9
10   Gordon Christian 6 5 3 8

Tournament awardsEdit

Final rankingEdit

European Championship final rankingEdit

CitationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • 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. 25–6, 30, 107–8. 
  • Jeux Olympiques d'Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956