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.[1]

Ice hockey at the 1956 Winter Olympics
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Tournament details
Host country Italy
Dates26 January – 4 February
Teams10
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 played33
Goals scored262 (7.94 per match)
Attendance122,230 (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.[2]

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, and first bronze medal.

MedalistsEdit

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
  Soviet Union
Nikolai Puchkov
Grigory Mkrtychan
Nikolaï Sologubov
Dmitry Ukolov
Ivan Tregubov
Genrikh Sidorenkov
Alfred Kuchevsky
Yevgeny Babich
Viktor Shuvalov
Vsevolod Bobrov
Yuri Krylov
Aleksandr Uvarov
Valentin Kuzin
Yuri Pantjukhov
Aleksey Guryshev
Nikolay Khlystov
Viktor Nikiforov
  United States
Willard Ikola
Don Rigazio
Richard Rodenheiser
Daniel McKinnon
Ed Sampson
John Matchefts
Richard Meredith
Dick Dougherty
Ken Purpur
John Mayasich
Bill Cleary
Wellington Burtnett
Wendell Anderson
Gene Campbell
Gordon Christian
Weldon Olson
John Petroske
  Canada
Denis Brodeur
Keith Woodall
Floyd Martin
Howie Lee
Art Hurst
Jack McKenzie
James Logan
Paul Knox
Donald Rope
Byrle Klinck
Bill Colvin
Gérard Théberge
Alfred Horne
Charlie Brooker
George Scholes
Bob White
Ken Laufman

Participating nationsEdit

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

 
Vsevolod Bobrov holding the championship trophy.

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

StatisticsEdit

Average ageEdit

Gold medalists team USSR was the oldest team in the tournament, averaging 29 years and 11 months. Team USA was the youngest team in the tournament, averaging 22 years and 5 months. Tournament average was 26 years and 7 months.[3]

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

  1.   Soviet Union
  2.   United States
  3.   Canada
  4.   Sweden
  5.   Czechoslovakia
  6.   Germany
  7.   Italy
  8.   Poland
  9.    Switzerland
  10.   Austria

European Championship final rankingEdit

  1.   Soviet Union
  2.   Sweden
  3.   Czechoslovakia
  4.   West Germany
  5.   Italy
  6.   Poland
  7.    Switzerland
  8.   Austria

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ "Ice Hockey at the 1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  2. ^ World 'B'
  3. ^ "Team Canada - Olympics - Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956 - Player Stats". QuantHockey. Retrieved 23 April 2020.

ReferencesEdit