1997 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships
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1997 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships

1997 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships
Tournament details
Host country Finland
Dates26 April - 14 May 1997
Teams12
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
 Canada
 Sweden
 Czech Republic
Fourth place Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played52
Goals scored302 (5.81 per match)
Attendance526,000 (10,115 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Czech Republic Martin Procházka 14 points
1996

The 1997 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships was the 61st such event sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Teams representing 36 countries participated in several levels of competition, while three other teams competed in an exhibition tournament to gain experience before joining on an official basis in the 1998 competition. The competition also served as qualifications for group placements in the 1998 competition.

The top Championship Group tournament took place in Finland from 26 April to 14 May 1997, with matches played in Helsinki, Tampere and Turku. Twelve teams took part, with the first round being split into two teams of six, and the six best teams going to a further group stage. Canada beat Sweden in the final game, best of three, where they won 2-1 in games, and became world champions for the 21st time.

World Championship Group A (Finland)

First Round

Group 1

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Czech Republic 5 4 0 1 18 - 09 8
2  Finland 5 4 0 1 25 - 09 8
3  Russia 5 3 1 1 19 - 16 7
4  Slovakia 5 1 1 3 10 - 14 3
5  France 5 1 0 4 13 - 26 2
6  Germany 5 1 0 4 04 - 15 2
26 AprilCzech Republic 2-1 Germany
26 AprilFinland 6-1 France
27 AprilRussia 2-2 Slovakia
27 AprilFinland 1-2 Czech Republic
28 AprilSlovakia 5-3 France
28 AprilGermany 1-5 Russia
29 AprilFinland 6-0 Germany
30 AprilRussia 5-4 France
30 AprilCzech Republic 3-1 Slovakia
2 MayFrance 2-1 Germany
2 MayFinland 5-2 Slovakia
3 MaySlovakia 0-1 Germany
3 MayFinland 7-4 Russia

Group 2

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Sweden 5 4 1 0 20 - 08 9
2  Canada 5 3 1 1 23 - 11 7
3  United States 5 3 0 2 14 - 15 6
4  Latvia 5 1 2 2 18 - 17 4
5  Italy 5 1 1 3 12 - 21 3
6  Norway 5 0 1 4 07 - 22 1
26 AprilCanada 7-0 Norway
26 AprilSweden 5-3 Italy
27 AprilUnited States 5-4 Latvia
27 AprilSweden 7-2 Canada
28 AprilItaly 5-4 Latvia
28 AprilNorway 1-3 United States
29 AprilSweden 4-1 Norway
30 AprilCanada 3-3 Latvia
30 AprilUnited States 4-2 Italy
2 MayItaly 2-2 Norway
2 MaySweden 1-1 Latvia
3 MayItaly 0-6 Canada
3 MayLatvia 6-3 Norway

Second Round 1-6 Place

Teams that had played each other in the first round carried those results forward. First and second place played off for gold, third and fourth for bronze.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Sweden 5 4 0 1 17 - 09 8
2  Canada 5 3 0 2 13 - 14 6
3  Russia 5 2 1 2 13 - 13 5
4  Czech Republic 5 2 0 3 12 - 12 4
5  Finland 5 2 0 3 12 - 12 4
6  United States 5 1 1 3 07 - 14 3
5 MaySweden 1-4 Russia
6 MayFinland 0-1 Canada
7 MayFinland 2-5 Sweden
9 MayCanada 2-1 Russia

Consolation Round 7-12 Place

Teams that had played each other in the first round carried those results forward. Last place was not relegated to Group B, instead they had to play against three qualifiers from Group B for the last two openings in the 1998 Group A tournament. This was Germany's lowest finish since 1965.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
7  Latvia 5 4 0 1 29 - 14 8
8  Italy 5 3 1 1 23 - 13 7
9  Slovakia 5 3 0 2 15 - 13 6
10  France 5 2 0 3 12 - 23 4
11  Germany 5 2 0 3 08 - 17 4
12  Norway 5 0 1 4 11 - 18 1

Norway was sent to 1998 Group A Qualifier.

6 MaySlovakia 2-1 Norway
6 MayLatvia 8-0 Germany
7 MayNorway 3-4 France
7 MayItaly 5-2 Germany
8 MayItaly 3-4 Slovakia
8 MayLatvia 6-2 France
9 MayGermany 4-2 Norway
10 MaySlovakia 4-5 Latvia
10 MayFrance 1-8 Italy

Final Round

Match for third place

10 MayCzech Republic 4-3
(2-1, 1-0, 1-2)
 RussiaHelsinki
Attendance: 13,249

Final

11 MaySweden 3 - 2
(1-1, 1-0, 1-1)
 CanadaHelsinki
Attendance: 13,220

13 MaySweden 1 - 3
(0-0, 1-2, 0-1)
 CanadaHelsinki
Attendance: 13,316

14 MayCanada 2 - 1
(1-0, 1-0, 0-1)
 SwedenHelsinki
Attendance: 13,181

World Championship Group B (Poland)

Played 12-21 April in Katowice (Spodek) and Sosnowiec (Stadion Zimowy).[2] With the announcement that Group A would be expanding from twelve to sixteen nations, Group B would also undergo significant changes. The winner and next year's host (Switzerland) were promoted. In addition, the remaining three best teams would win the opportunity to play in a qualifying tournament against the last place team from Group A, where the top two would be included in the Group A tournament.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
13  Belarus 7 7 0 0 48 - 21 14
14  Kazakhstan 7 5 1 1 31 - 21 11
15   Switzerland 7 3 2 2 26 - 22 8
16  Austria 7 2 3 2 22 - 22 7
17  Poland 7 2 2 3 19 - 24 6
18  Great Britain 7 2 1 4 28 - 22 5
19  Netherlands 7 2 1 4 21 - 38 5
20  Denmark 7 0 0 7 19 - 44 0

Belarus, as winner, was promoted to Group A. Switzerland, as host, was also promoted to Group A. Kazakhstan, Austria, and Poland were all promoted to the Qualifying tournament for Group A, along with Norway. No one was relegated.

12 AprilSwitzerland  8-3 Netherlands
12 AprilPoland 4-3 Great Britain
12 AprilKazakhstan 5-3 Austria
12 AprilBelarus 9-3 Denmark
13 AprilSwitzerland  6-4 Denmark
13 AprilAustria 2-2 Netherlands
13 AprilPoland 2-7 Belarus
15 AprilBelarus 4-3 Kazakhstan
15 AprilPoland 0-0  Switzerland
15 AprilAustria 3-1 Denmark
16 AprilKazakhstan 5-2  Switzerland
16 AprilGreat Britain 9-1 Denmark
16 AprilPoland 4-6 Austria
16 AprilBelarus 10-2 Netherlands
18 AprilSwitzerland  5-6 Belarus
18 AprilPoland 3-3 Kazakhstan
18 AprilAustria 2-2 Great Britain
18 AprilNetherlands 6-4 Denmark
20 AprilBelarus 6-4 Austria
20 AprilKazakhstan 6-4 Denmark
20 AprilSwitzerland  3-2 Great Britain
20 AprilPoland 1-3 Netherlands
21 AprilBelarus 6-2 Great Britain
21 AprilKazakhstan 5-3 Netherlands
21 AprilSwitzerland  2-2 Austria
21 AprilPoland 5-2 Denmark

World Championship Group C (Estonia)

Played 22-28 March in Tallinn and Kohtla-Järve. Along with the expansion of Group A, a provision was made to allow the best "Far East" team to qualify directly. Beginning in 1999 there would be a tournament to decide who that would be. But for now, the top placing "Far East" hockey nation was able to proceed directly from Group C to Group A. For this year, as well, promotion to Group B was available to the top three European teams, and there was no relegation.[1]

First Round

Group 1

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Japan 3 2 1 0 11 - 03 5
2  Estonia 3 1 2 0 18 - 12 4
3  Hungary 3 1 1 1 11 - 11 3
4  Lithuania 3 0 0 3 05 - 19 0
22 MarchJapan 3-0 Lithuania
22 MarchHungary 5-5 Estonia
23 MarchHungary 5-0 Lithuania
23 MarchEstonia 2-2 Japan
25 MarchJapan 6-1 Hungary
25 MarchLithuania 5-11 Estonia

Group 2

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Ukraine 3 3 0 0 17 - 03 6
2  Slovenia 3 2 0 1 18 - 04 4
3  Romania 3 1 0 2 06 - 17 2
4  China 3 0 0 3 07 - 24 0
22 MarchUkraine 7-1 China
22 MarchRomania 0-5 Slovenia
23 MarchSlovenia 11-1 China
23 MarchRomania 0-7 Ukraine
25 MarchChina 5-6 Romania
25 MarchUkraine 3-2 Slovenia

Final Round 21-24 Place

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
21  Ukraine 3 2 1 0 07 - 05 5
22  Slovenia 3 1 1 1 09 - 07 3
23  Estonia 3 0 2 1 06 - 07 2
24  Japan 3 0 2 1 05 - 08 2

Japan was promoted to Group A as the "Far East Qualifier", Ukraine, Slovenia, and Estonia were all promoted to Group B.

27 MarchJapan 1-4 Slovenia
27 MarchEstonia 1-2 Ukraine
28 MarchJapan 2-2 Ukraine
28 MarchEstonia 3-3 Slovenia

Consolation Round 25-28 Place

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
25  Romania 3 3 0 0 15 - 08 6
26  Hungary 3 2 0 1 12 - 05 4
27  China 3 1 0 2 14 - 16 2
28  Lithuania 3 0 0 3 06 - 18 0
27 MarchHungary 7-3 China
27 MarchRomania 7-3 Lithuania
28 MarchChina 6-3 Lithuania
28 MarchHungary 0-2 Romania

World Championship Group D (Andorra)

Played 7-14 April in Canillo. With Group A expansion, four nations were promoted to Group C.

First Round

Group 1

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Croatia 3 2 0 1 10 - 04 4
2  South Korea 3 2 0 1 12 - 08 4
3  Belgium 3 2 0 1 07 - 07 4
4  Australia 3 0 0 3 09 - 19 0

Croatia and South Korea were promoted to Group C.

7 AprilAustralia 2-7 Croatia
8 AprilBelgium 1-4 South Korea
10 AprilBelgium 4-2 Australia
10 AprilCroatia 2-0 South Korea
11 AprilAustralia 5-8 South Korea
11 AprilBelgium 2-1 Croatia

Group 2

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Spain 3 2 0 1 17 - 13 4
2  FR Yugoslavia 3 1 1 1 11 - 11 3
3  Bulgaria 3 1 1 1 10 - 10 3
4  Israel 3 1 0 2 10 - 14 2

Spain and Yugoslavia were promoted to Group C.

7 AprilSpain 4-5 Bulgaria
8 AprilIsrael 3-4 FR Yugoslavia
10 AprilBulgaria 2-2 FR Yugoslavia
10 AprilSpain 7-3 Israel
11 AprilBulgaria 3-4 Israel
11 AprilSpain 6-5 FR Yugoslavia

Final Round 29-32 Place

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
29  Croatia 3 2 1 0 08 - 05 5
30  South Korea 3 2 0 1 07 - 03 4
31  Spain 3 1 0 2 10 - 11 2
32  FR Yugoslavia 3 0 1 2 07 - 13 1
13 AprilSpain 3-4 Croatia
14 AprilCroatia 2-2 FR Yugoslavia
14 AprilSpain 1-2 South Korea

Consolation Round 33-36 Place

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
33  Israel 3 2 0 1 12 - 14 4
34  Australia 3 1 1 1 13 - 10 3
35  Bulgaria 3 1 1 1 10 - 09 3
36  Belgium 3 1 0 2 09 - 11 2
13 AprilBulgaria 3-3 Australia
13 AprilBelgium 3-5 Israel
14 AprilIsrael 3-8 Australia
14 AprilBelgium 2-4 Bulgaria

Unofficial Group E

Three men's teams that were going to be included in Group D in 1998 played a tournament in Ankara Turkey from 19 to 24 February 1997.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  South Africa 4 3 1 0 36 - 8 7
2  New Zealand 4 2 1 1 23 - 20 5
3  Turkey 4 0 0 4 14 - 45 0

Ranking and statistics

 


 1997 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Canada
21st title

Tournament Awards

Final standings

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

Scoring leaders

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

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM POS
Czech Republic Martin Procházka 9 7 7 14 +10 4 F
Czech Republic Vladimír V?jtek 8 7 7 14 +11 31 F
Sweden Michael Nylander 11 6 5 11 +1 6 F
Czech Republic Pavel Patera 9 3 8 11 +8 4 F
France Roger Dubé 8 7 3 10 -10 2 F
Latvia Oleg Znaroks 8 3 7 10 -4 6 F
Italy Gates Orlando 8 5 4 9 -1 14 F
Italy Bruno Zarrillo 8 5 4 9 -1 4 F
Latvia Harijs V?toli 8 4 5 9 -3 4 F
Canada Travis Green 11 3 6 9 +2 12 F

Source: [1]

Leading goaltenders

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

Player MIP GA GAA SVS% SO
Finland Jarmo Myllys 357 10 1.68 .938 1
Latvia Art?rs Irbe 300 10 2.00 .930 1
Czech Republic Roman ?echmánek 479 17 2.13 .929 0
Russia Maxim Mikhailovsky 359 12 2.01 .929 0
Italy Mike Rosati 239 12 3.01 .925 0

Source: [2]

Citations

  1. ^ a b c d Summary at Passionhockey.com
  2. ^ "Historia hokeja w Polsce". Retrieved 2014.

References

See also: World Juniors, Women's Championships


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