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Ice hockey at the 1976 Winter Olympics

The men's ice hockey tournament at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, was the 13th Olympic Championship. The Soviet Union won its fifth gold medal. Games were held at the Olympiahalle Innsbruck.[1]

Ice hockey at the 1976 Winter Olympics
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Tournament details
Host country Austria
Dates2–14 February
Teams12
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Soviet Union (5th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Czechoslovakia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg West Germany
Fourth place Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played36
Goals scored323 (8.97 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Soviet Union Vladimir Shadrin (14 points)
1972
1980

HighlightsEdit

The main rivalry in the tournament was between the USSR and Czechoslovakian national teams. The Czechoslovakian team suffered from influenza throughout the tournament, and they finished the game against Poland with only twelve players on the bench. A doping test of one of the players was positive and a loss was recorded for the Czechoslovakian team, although Poland did not receive points.

In the final, Czechoslovakia was up 2–0 after the first period. In the second the score was tied by Vladimir Shadrin and Vladimir Petrov. Eight minutes before the end of the game Eduard Novák scored the third goal for the Czechoslovakian team. But subsequent goals by Aleksandr Yakushev and one minute later by Valeri Kharlamov led to the victory of the USSR.

Heralded as one of the great moments in German ice hockey, the West German team won a surprising bronze. Sweden, having several of their top players now playing in the NHL and WHA chose to join Canada in protesting the amateur rules which heavily favored Eastern Bloc countries.[2]

MedalistsEdit

First roundEdit

In the first round teams were seeded according to their placement in the 1975 World Championships. Winners of this round qualified for Group A to play for 1st–6th places, while the losers competed in Group B for 7th–12th places.[3] Qualifiers from East Germany and Norway chose not to play.[4] 1975 ranking appears in parentheses.

  • February 2
    • Poland (5th) 7–4 Romania (11th)
    • Czechoslovakia (2nd) 14–1 Bulgaria (16th)
    • West Germany (8th) 5–1 Switzerland (9th)
  • February 3
    • USSR (1st) 16–3 Austria (17th)
    • Finland (4th) 11–2 Japan (12th)
    • USA (6th) 8–4 Yugoslavia (10th)

Final roundEdit

 
Finland − West Germany on a Paraguayan stamp

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 40 11 10
2   Czechoslovakia 5 3 2 0 17 10 6
3   West Germany 5 2 3 0 21 24 4
4   Finland 5 2 3 0 19 18 4
5   United States 5 2 3 0 15 21 4
6   Poland 5 1 4 0 9 37 0
  • February 6
    • Czechoslovakia 2–1 Finland
    • West Germany 7–4 Poland
    • USSR 6–2 USA
  • February 8
    • Finland 5–3 West Germany
    • USSR 16–1 Poland
    • Czechoslovakia 5–0 USA
  • February 10
    • USSR 7–3 West Germany
    • Poland 1–0* Czechoslovakia
    • USA 5–4 Finland
  • February 12
    • Czechoslovakia 7–4 West Germany
    • USA 7–2 Poland
    • USSR 7–2 Finland
  • February 14
    • USSR 4–3 Czechoslovakia
    • Finland 7–1 Poland
    • West Germany 4–1 USA

* Note: The score after the Czechoslovakia vs Poland match was 7–1, but due to the positive doping test of one of the Czechoslovak players, the team was recorded a 0–1 loss. Poland didn't receive any points.

Consolation roundEdit

Teams, which lost their games in the qualification round, played in this group.

Rank Pld W L T GF GA Pts
7   Romania 5 4 1 0 23 15 8
8   Austria 5 3 2 0 18 14 6
9   Japan 5 3 2 0 20 18 6
10   Yugoslavia 5 3 2 0 22 19 6
11    Switzerland 5 2 3 0 24 22 4
12   Bulgaria 5 0 5 0 19 38 0
  • February 5
    • Yugoslavia 6–4 Switzerland
    • Romania 3–1 Japan
    • Austria 6–2 Bulgaria
  • February 7
    • Yugoslavia 4–3 Romania
    • Switzerland 8–3 Bulgaria
    • Austria 3–2 Japan
  • February 9
    • Yugoslavia 8–5 Bulgaria
    • Austria 3–4 Romania
    • Japan 6–4 Switzerland
  • February 11
    • Romania 9–4 Bulgaria
    • Austria 3–5 Switzerland
    • Japan 4v3 Yugoslavia
  • February 13
    • Romania 4–3 Switzerland
    • Japan 7–5 Bulgaria
    • Austria 3–1 Yugoslavia

Leading scorersEdit

Rk GP G A Pts
1   Vladimir Shadrin 6 10 4 14
T2   Alexander Maltsev 6 7 7 14
T2   Viktor Shalimov 6 7 7 14
4   Alexander Yakushev 6 4 9 13
5   Erich Kühnhackl 6 6 5 11
6   Vladimir Petrov 6 6 3 9
T7   Lorenz Funk 6 4 5 9
T7   Ernst Köpf 6 4 5 9
9   Valeri Kharlamov 5 3 6 9
10   Bob Dobek 6 3 5 8

Final rankingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ice Hockey at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Salming-less Sweden skips
  3. ^ "Salming-less Sweden skips
  4. ^ The Qualification Match-ups

External linksEdit