1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
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1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
1996 IIHF World U20 Championship
1996 WJHC logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country United States
DatesDecember 26, 1995 - January 4, 1996
Teams10
Venue(s)7 (in 6[1] host cities)
Final positions
 Canada
 Sweden
 Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored218 (7.03 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Canada Jarome Iginla
(12 points)
1995
1997

The 1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1996 WJHC) was the 20th edition of the Ice Hockey World Junior Championship, hosted in Massachusetts. The tournament was won by Canada--defeating Sweden 4-1 in the gold-medal game--earning Canada their fourth straight gold medal and ninth overall, tying the Soviet team's record in both regards.

Attendance was less than spectacular for the championships in the United States. It would be the last time the US would host the tournament until 2005 in Grand Forks.

Among this edition of the tournament's future NHL stars were Milan Hejduk, Miikka Kiprusoff, Chris Drury, Marco Sturm, José Théodore, Mattias Öhlund, Daymond Langkow, Sergei Samsonov and tournament scoring leader Jarome Iginla.

This was the first World Juniors tournament to implement the two groups, round-robin/preliminaries and playoff format. It was also Slovakia's first appearance at the top level in the junior tournament.

Round robin

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Canada 4 4 0 0 19 4 8
 United States 4 2 2 0 13 17 4
 Finland 4 2 2 0 14 10 4
  Switzerland 4 1 3 0 10 14 2
 Ukraine 4 1 3 0 9 20 2
December 27, 1995Canada 2 - 1  SwitzerlandMullins Center, Amherst
December 27, 1995Ukraine 4 - 3 United StatesMatthews Arena, Boston
December 28, 1995Finland 4 - 1 UkraineMatthews Arena, Boston
December 29, 1995Canada 3 - 1 FinlandMatthews Arena, Boston
December 31, 1995Canada 8 - 1 UkraineMatthews Arena, Boston
December 31, 1995United States 5 - 4 FinlandMullins Center, Amherst

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Czech Republic 4 2 0 2 15 10 6
 Russia 4 2 1 1 19 12 5
 Sweden 4 2 1 1 14 7 5
 Slovakia 4 0 1 3 11 17 3
 Germany 4 0 3 1 11 24 1
December 26, 1995Czech Republic 5 - 3 RussiaMullins Center, Amherst
December 27, 1995Slovakia 3 - 3 RussiaMatthews Arena, Boston
December 27, 1995Czech Republic 6 - 3 GermanyMullins Center, Amherst
December 28, 1995Sweden 6 - 2 GermanyMatthews Arena, Boston
December 29, 1995Czech Republic 4 - 4 SlovakiaMatthews Arena, Boston
December 31, 1995Czech Republic 0 - 0 SwedenMatthews Arena, Boston
December 31, 1995Russia 8 - 2 GermanyMullins Center, Amherst

Relegation round

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Slovakia 3 2 0 1 17 10 5
 Germany 3 1 0 2 12 7 4
  Switzerland 3 1 1 1 11 13 3
 Ukraine 3 0 3 0 6 16 0

 Ukraine was relegated for the 1997 World Junior Championships.

Playoffs

  Quarter finals     Semi finals     Final
                           
      QF1  Sweden 8  
  A2  United States 0     B1  Czech Republic 2    
  B3  Sweden 3         SF1  Sweden 1
      SF2  Canada 4
      QF2  Russia 3    
  B2  Russia 6     A1  Canada 4   Third place
  A3  Finland 2   QF1  Czech Republic 1
  QF2  Russia 4

Quarterfinals

January 1, 1996
13:00
United States 0 - 3
(0-1, 0-1, 0-1)
 SwedenMullins Center, Amherst
January 1, 1996
17:00
Russia 6 - 2
(0-1, 5-1, 1-0)
 FinlandMullins Center, Amherst

Semifinals

January 3, 1996
15:30
Canada 4 - 3
(1-1, 2-1, 1-1)
 RussiaMatthews Arena, Boston
Attendance: 2,500 (approx.)
January 3, 1996
18:30
Sweden 8 - 2
(0-0, 6-1, 2-1)
 Czech RepublicMatthews Arena, Boston

5th place game

January 4, 1996
12:00
Finland 7 - 8
(3-1, 3-4, 1-2, 0-1)
 United StatesNew England Sports Center, Marlborough

Bronze medal game

January 4, 1996
15:30
Czech Republic 1 - 4
(1-0, 0-2, 0-2)
 Russia 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill

Gold medal game

January 4, 1996
19:30
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Sweden 1 - 4
(1-1, 0-2, 0-1)
 Canada 1st place, gold medalist(s)Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill
Attendance: 5,781

Scoring leaders

Player Country GP G A Pts
Jarome Iginla  Canada 6 5 7 12
Florian Keller  Germany 6 4 8 12
Marco Sturm  Germany 6 4 6 10
Miika Elomo  Finland 6 4 5 9
Johan Davidsson  Sweden 7 3 6 9
Ruslan Shafikov  Russia 7 1 8 9
Alexei Morozov  Russia 7 5 3 8
Juho Jokinen  Finland 6 3 5 8
Dmitri Nabokov  Russia 7 3 5 8
Marcus Nilson  Sweden 7 3 5 8

Goaltending leaders

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Player Country MINS GA GAA SO W L T
José Théodore  Canada 240 6 1.50 0 4 0 0
Per-Ragnar Bergkvist  Sweden 240 6 1.50 1 2 1 1
Magnus Wennström  Sweden 180 7 2.33 0 2 1 1
Alexei Yegorov  Russia 358.9 17 2.84 0 3 2 1
Miikka Kiprusoff  Finland 159.3 9 3.39 0 1 2 0

Tournament awards

All-star team[2]
IIHF best player awards

Final standings

Team
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Canada
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Sweden
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Russia
4th  Czech Republic
5th  United States
6th  Finland
7th  Slovakia
8th  Germany
9th   Switzerland
10th  Ukraine

Pool B

The second tier was held in Sosnowiec and Tychy, Poland, from December 28 to January 4. Two groups of four played round robins, and then the top three played each of the top three teams from the other group. All scores carried forward except the results against the lone eliminated team from each group.

Preliminary Round

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Poland Hungary Japan Austria
 Poland 3 3 0 0 32 2 6 7 - 2 9 - 0 16 - 0
 Hungary 3 2 1 0 14 12 4 2 - 7 7 - 1 5 - 4
 Japan 3 1 2 0 4 17 2 0 - 9 1 - 7 3 - 1
 Austria 3 0 3 0 5 24 0 0 - 16 4 - 5 1 - 3
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Latvia Italy Norway France
 Latvia 3 3 0 0 15 9 6 5 - 1 5 - 4 5 - 4
 Italy 3 1 2 0 8 11 2 1 - 5 3 - 4 4 - 2
 Norway 3 1 2 0 8 9 2 4 - 5 4 - 3 0 - 1
 France 3 1 2 0 7 9 2 4 - 5 2 - 4 1 - 0

Final Round

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Poland Latvia Norway Hungary Italy Japan
1  Poland 5 5 0 0 31 7 10 5 - 3 3 - 2 7 - 2 7 - 0 9 - 0
2  Latvia 5 4 1 0 22 16 8 3 - 5 5 - 4 5 - 4 5 - 1 4 - 2
3  Norway 5 3 2 0 18 15 6 2 - 3 4 - 5 3 - 1 4 - 3 5 - 3
4  Hungary 5 2 3 0 19 16 4 2 - 7 4 - 5 1 - 3 5 - 0 7 - 1
5  Italy 5 1 4 0 9 25 2 0 - 7 1 - 5 3 - 4 0 - 5 5 - 4
6  Japan 5 0 5 0 10 30 0 0 - 9 2 - 4 3 - 5 1 - 7 4 - 5

 Poland was promoted to Pool A for 1997.

Relegation Round

France 4 - 2 Austria
France 7 - 3 Austria

 Austria was relegated to Pool C for 1997.

Pool C

Played in Jesenice, Bled, and Kranj, Slovenia, from December 30 to January 3.

Preliminary Round

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Slovenia Denmark Romania Netherlands
 Slovenia 3 3 0 0 22 5 6 2 - 1 10 - 4 10 - 0
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 18 5 4 1 - 2 13 - 0 4 - 3
 Romania 3 1 2 0 10 26 2 4 - 10 0 - 13 6 - 3
 Netherlands 3 0 3 0 6 20 0 0 - 10 3 - 4 3 - 6
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Kazakhstan Belarus United Kingdom Spain
 Kazakhstan 3 3 0 0 25 11 6 7 - 6 7 - 2 11 - 3
 Belarus 3 2 1 0 23 11 4 6 - 7 6 - 4 11 - 0
 Great Britain 3 1 2 0 14 14 2 2 - 7 4 - 6 8 - 1
 Spain 3 0 3 0 4 30 0 3 - 11 0 - 11 1 - 8

Placement Games

 Kazakhstan was promoted to Pool B, and  Spain was relegated to Pool D for 1997.

Pool D

Played in Tallinn, Estonia, from December 31 to January 4.

Preliminary Round

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Estonia Federal Republic of Yugoslavia South Africa
 Estonia 2 2 0 0 24 3 4 4 - 2 20 - 1
 FR Yugoslavia 2 1 1 0 10 5 2 2 - 4 8 - 1
 South Africa 2 0 2 0 2 28 0 1 - 20 1 - 8
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Croatia Lithuania Bulgaria
 Croatia 2 2 0 0 20 4 4 5 - 2 15 - 2
 Lithuania 2 1 1 0 21 7 2 2 - 5 19 - 2
 Bulgaria 2 0 2 0 4 34 0 2 - 15 2 - 19

Placement Games

 Croatia was promoted to Pool C for 1997.

References

  1. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. pp. 198-99.
  2. ^ http://www.passionhockey.com/hockeyarchives/U-20_1996.htm

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