|Dates||27 December 1978 -|
3 January 1979
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Goals scored||171 (7.77 per match)|
|Scoring leader(s)|| Vladimir Krutov|
The 1979 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1979 WJHC) was the third edition of the Ice Hockey World Junior Championship and was held from 27 December 1978 until 3 January 1979. The tournament was held in Karlstad and Karlskoga, Sweden. The Soviet Union won its third consecutive gold medal, while Czechoslovakia won the silver, and Sweden the bronze.
The 1979 tournament divided participants into two divisions of four teams, each playing three games. The top two teams in each division advanced to the championship round, while the bottom two were placed in the consolation round. Each division played another round robin. The top three teams in the championship round won the gold, silver and bronze medals. In the consolation round, the results between teams that faced each other in the preliminary round carried over.
This is the aggregate standings, ordered according to final placing. The four teams in the championship round were ranked one through four, while the four teams in the consolation round were ranked five through eight regardless of overall record.
Results from any games played during the preliminary round were carried forward to the consolation round.
|1||Vladimir Krutov||Soviet Union||8||6||14|
|2||Anatoli Tarasov||Soviet Union||5||5||10|
|3||Vyacheslav Ryanov||Soviet Union||6||3||9|
|4||Georg Holzmann||West Germany||4||4||8|
|5||Alexander Gerasimov||Soviet Union||2||6||8|
|6||Andrei Andreyev||Soviet Union||6||1||7|
|7||Aaron Broten||United States||4||3||7|
|10||Alexei Kasatonov||Soviet Union||3||4||7|
|IIHF Directorate Awards||Media All-Star Team|
|Goaltender||Pelle Lindbergh||Pelle Lindbergh|
|Defencemen||Alexei Kasatonov||Alexei Kasatonov|
|Forwards||Vladimir Krutov|| Thomas Steen|
A second tier of the World Junior Championship was contested in Caen, France, from 5 to 9 March 1979. Two groups of four played round robins, followed by placement games where 1st played 1st, etc.. This is the first year a B pool was contested for the under 20s.