1938 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1938 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Czechoslovakia
Dates 11–20 February
Teams 14
Arena(s)  (in Prague host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (10th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Great Britain
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played 40
Goals scored 159 (3.98 per match)
1937
1939

The 1938 Ice Hockey World Championships were held between February 11 and February 20, 1938 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. It marked the 30th anniversary of the IIHF, and a special celebration was held with famous hockey players from all over Europe in attendance. Also a yearbook was produced for the twenty-two member nations which documented which European country had the most hockey clubs (Czechoslovakia 361) and the most artificial rinks (Great Britain 21).[1]

Fourteen teams participated in this World Championship. It was first divided in three preliminary round groups—two groups of five and a group with four teams. In the preliminary round, the top three teams in each group advanced to second round. The nine teams advancing to the second round were divided into three groups of three teams each. The three group winners and the best second-place team advanced to the semifinals.

The Canadians won the World Championship title for the tenth time beating Great Britain three to one in the final, leaving the British with their fourth European Championship title (the third in a row). In the bronze medal game, Czechoslovakia defeated Germany three to zero, and in a match for fifth place Sweden defeated Switzerland two to zero. The Swiss were very unhappy with the IIHF's decision to pick Germany as the fourth semi-finalist, as the two of them, and Sweden, finished the second round in an absolute tie. The decision was made to advance Germany because they had lost to Canada, so they were the best European nation in their group.[2]

World Men's Hockey Championships (in Prague, Czechoslovakia)[edit]

First Round[edit]

Group A[edit]

11. February 1938 Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 1:0 (0:0,1:0,0:0)
11. February 1938 Prague Flag of Lithuania (1918-1940).svg Lithuania Flag of Romania.svg Romania 1:0 (0:0,0:0,1:0)
12. February 1938 Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of Romania.svg Romania 8:1 (2:0,1:1,5:0)
12. February 1938 Prague Flag of Poland.svg Poland Flag of Lithuania (1918-1940).svg Lithuania 8:1 (4:0,3:0,1:1)
13. February 1938 Prague Flag of Poland.svg Poland Flag of Romania.svg Romania 3:0 (1:0,2:0,0:0)
13. February 1938 Prague Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Flag of Lithuania (1918-1940).svg Lithuania 10:1 (2:0,4:0,4:1)
14. February 1938 Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of Lithuania (1918-1940).svg Lithuania 15:0 (9:0,2:0,4:0)
14. February 1938 Prague Flag of Poland.svg Poland Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 3:0 (1:0,1:0,1:0)
15. February 1938 Prague Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Flag of Romania.svg Romania 3:1 (1:1,1:0,1:0)
15. February 1938 Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of Poland.svg Poland 7:1 (3:0,1:0,3:1)

Standings - Group A

Pos. Team GP Wins Ties Losses Goals Diff. Points
1 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 4 4 0 0 31: 2 +29 8:0
2 Flag of Poland.svg Poland 4 3 0 1 15: 8 + 7 6:2
3 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 4 2 0 2 13: 6 + 7 4:4
4 Flag of Lithuania (1918-1940).svg Lithuania 4 1 0 3 3:33 -30 2:6
5 Flag of Romania.svg Romania 4 0 0 4 2:15 -13 0:8

Group B[edit]

11. February 1938 Prague Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia Flag of Norway.svg Norway 3:1 ET(1:0,0:1,0:0,2:0)
11. February 1938 Prague Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 1:0 (0:0,1:0,0:0)
12. February 1938 Prague Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 1:0 (0:0,1:0,0:0)
12. February 1938 Prague Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of Norway.svg Norway 8:0 (2:0,1:0,5:0)
13. February 1938 Prague Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of Norway.svg Norway 7:1 (3:0,4:0,0:1)
13. February 1938 Prague Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 1:0 (0:0,1:0,0:0)
14. February 1938 Prague Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 5:1 (1:0,2:0,2:1)
14. February 1938 Prague Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 1:0 (1:0,0:0,0:0)
15. February 1938 Prague Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany Flag of Norway.svg Norway 8:0 (2:0,1:0,5:0)
15. February 1938 Prague Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of the United States.svg USA 1:1 ET (0:0,0:0,1:1,0:0,0:0,0:0)

Standings - Group B

Pos. Team GP Wins Ties Losses Goals Diff. Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 4 3 1 0 15: 2 +13 7:1
2 Flag of the United States.svg USA 4 3 1 0 10: 2 + 8 7:1
3 Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 4 2 0 2 9: 2 + 7 4:4
4 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 4 1 0 3 4: 8 - 4 2:6
5 Flag of Norway.svg Norway 4 0 0 4 2:26 -24 0:8

Group C[edit]

11. February 1938 Prague Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 3:2 (1:0,1:2,1:0)
11. February 1938 Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia Flag of Austria.svg Austria 1:0 (0:0,0:0,1:0)
13. February 1938 Prague Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of Austria.svg Austria 3:0 (1:0,1:0,1:0)
13. February 1938 Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 0:0 ET (0:0,0:0,0:0,0:0,0:0,0:0)
15. February 1938 Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada 0:3 (0:2,0:0,0:1)
15. February 1938 Prague Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Flag of Austria.svg Austria 1:1 ET (0:1,1:0,0:0,0:0,0:0,0:0)

Standings - Group C

Pos. Team GP Wins Ties Losses Goals Diff. Points
1 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada 3 3 0 0 9:2 +7 6:0
2 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 1:3 -2 3:3
3 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 3 0 2 1 3:4 -1 2:4
4 Flag of Austria.svg Austria 3 0 1 2 1:5 -4 1:5

Second Round[edit]

Group A[edit]

16. February 1938 Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia Flag of the United States.svg USA 2:0 (0:0,1:0,1:0)
17. February 1938 Prague Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of the United States.svg USA 1:0 (0:0,0:0,1:0)
18. February 1938 Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 3:2 ET. (0:1,1:0,0:0,2:1)

Standings - Group A

Pos. Team GP Wins Ties Losses Goals Diff. Points
1 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 2 2 0 0 5:2 +3 4:0
2 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland + 2 1 0 1 3:3 0 2:2
3 Flag of the United States.svg USA 2 0 0 2 0:3 -3 0:4

Group B[edit]

16. February 1938 Prague Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 3:2 (0:0,1:1,2:1)
17. February 1938 Prague Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Flag of Poland.svg Poland 1:0 (0:0,0:0,1:0)
18. February 1938 Prague Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of Poland.svg Poland 7:1 (3:1,4:0,0:0)

Standings - Group B

Pos. Team GP Wins Ties Losses Goals Diff. Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 2 2 0 0 10: 3 +7 4:0
2 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden + 2 1 0 1 3: 3 0 2:2
3 Flag of Poland.svg Poland 2 0 0 2 1: 8 -7 0:4

Group C[edit]

16. February 1938 Prague Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 3:2 ET. (1:1,0:1,1:0,1:0)
17. February 1938 Prague Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 1:0 (0:0,1:0,0:0)
18. February 1938 Prague Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 1:1 ET. (1:1,0:0,0:0,0:0,0:0,0:0)

Standings—Group C

Pos. Team GP Wins Ties Losses Goals Diff. Points
1 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada 2 1 1 0 4:3 +1 3:1
2 Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany + 2 1 0 1 3:3 0 2:2
3 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 2 0 1 1 1:2 -1 1:3

+ Germany, Switzerland and Sweden ended with identical records. The Organizing Committee awarded the semifinal position to Germany because it had to play Canada.

Consolation round 5-6 place[edit]

19. February 1938 Prague Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 2:0 (1:0,0:0,1:0)

Final Round[edit]

Semifinals
19. February 1938 Prague Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 1:0 (0:0,0:0,1:0)
19. February 1938 Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 0:1 (0:0,0:0,0:1)
Game for 3rd place
20. February 1938 Prague Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 3:0 (1:0,2:0,0:0)
Final
20. February 1938 Prague Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 3:1 (3:1,0:0,0:0)

Final Rankings – World Championships[edit]

Gold medal icon.svg  Canada
Silver medal icon.svg  Great Britain
Bronze medal icon.svg  Czechoslovakia
4  Germany
5  Sweden
6  Switzerland
7  Hungary
7  Poland
7  United States
10  Austria
10  Latvia
10  Lithuania
13  Norway
13  Romania

World Champion 1938
Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada

Members of team[edit]

Sudbury Wolves

Pos. Team Players
1 CAN Pat McReavy, Roy Heximer, Mel Albright, Johnny Godfrey, Glen Sutherland, Gordie Bruce, Jimmy Russell, Buster Portland, Jack Marshall, John Coulter, Percy Allen, Reg Chipman, Archie Burn; Trainer: Max Silverman

Final Rankings – European Championships[edit]

Gold medal icon.svg  Great Britain
Silver medal icon.svg  Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal icon.svg  Germany
4  Sweden
5  Switzerland
6  Hungary
6  Poland
8  Austria
8  Latvia
8  Lithuania
11  Norway
11  Romania

European Champion 1938
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Duplacey p. 502
  2. ^ Summary

References[edit]

  • Complete results
  • Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports. pp. 498–528. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. pp. 128–9.