1939 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1939 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country   Switzerland
Dates 3–12 February
5 March
Teams 14
Arena(s)  (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (11th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  United States
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Switzerland
Fourth place  Czechoslovakia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 48
Goals scored 267 (5.56 per match)
Attendance 299,600 (6,242 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Czechoslovakia Josef Malecek,
Switzerland Pic Cattini 12 goals
1938
1947

The 1939 Ice Hockey World Championships were held between February 3 and February 12, 1939 in Zürich and Basel, Switzerland. Austria had been annexed by Germany in 1938, and four Austrians played this tournament in German jerseys.[1] The fourteen teams participating in the 1939 World Championship were initially divided into four preliminary groups: two groups of four and two groups of three. The top two teams in each group advanced to the second round. The eight teams in the second round played in two groups of four, with the top two from each group advancing to the third (final) round. The six teams not advancing to the second round played a consolation round in two groups of 3 teams with the winners of each group playing a one game play-off for 9th place. The four teams not advancing from the second round played a consolation round for placed 5 through 8.

Canada won its eleventh world championship winning all their games while only giving up one goal in the entire tournament. The USA had lost to the Swiss in the semi-final round, but defeated them in the final to claim silver. The host, Switzerland, won its third European championship by winning a one-game playoff against Czechoslovakia well after the World Championship had concluded. Both teams had earned one point in the final round and decided to play tie-breaking game.[1]

World Ice Hockey Championship (in Basel and Zurich, Switzerland)[edit]

First Round[edit]

Group A[edit]

3. February 1939 Basel Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany Flag of Finland.svg Finland 12:1 (2:0,7:1,3:0)
3. February 1939 Basel Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of Italy.svg Italy 5:0 (3:0,1:0,1:0)
4. February 1939 Basel Flag of Italy.svg Italy Flag of Finland.svg Finland 5:2 (1:0,1:0,3:2)
4. February 1939 Basel Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 4:0 (2:0,0:0,2:0)
5. February 1939 Basel Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of Finland.svg Finland 4:0 (0:0,1:0,3:0)
5. February 1939 Basel Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany Flag of Italy.svg Italy 4:4 ET (1:0,3:2,0:2,0:0,0:0,0:0)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P. Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff Pts..
1 Flag of the United States.svg USA 3 3 0 0 13: 0 +13 6:0
2 Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 3 1 1 1 16: 9 + 7 3:3
3 Flag of Italy.svg Italy 3 1 1 1 9:11 - 2 3:3
4 Flag of Finland.svg Finland 3 0 0 3 3:21 -18 0:6
  • The Executive Board voted to have Italy and Germany replay their game (February 6), which ended in a scoreless draw, after which goal differential was used to decide second place.[1]

Group B[edit]

3. February 1939 Basel Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia Flag of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia 24:0 (10:0,7:0,7:0)
3. February 1939 Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 12:0 (5:0,3:0,4:0)
4. February 1939 Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia 23:0 (7:0,7:0,9:0)
4. February 1939 Zürich Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 9:0 (3:0,3:0,3:0)
5. February 1939 Zürich Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia Flag of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia 6:0 (0:0,3:0,3:0)
5. February 1939 Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 1:0 (0:0,1:0,0:0)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P. Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff Pts..
1 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 3 3 0 0 36: 0 +36 6:0
2 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 33: 1 +32 4:2
3 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 3 1 0 2 6:18 -12 2:4
4 Flag of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia 3 0 0 3 0:53 -53 0:6

Group C[edit]

3. February 1939 Basel Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 8:0 (1:0,4:0,3:0)
4. February 1939 Basel Flag of Poland.svg Poland Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 9:0 (3:0,2:0,4:0)
5. February 1939 Basel Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of Poland.svg Poland 4:0 (2:0,1:0,1:0)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P. Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff Pts..
1 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada 2 2 0 0 12: 0 +12 4:0
2 Flag of Poland.svg Poland 2 1 0 1 9: 4 + 5 2:2
3 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 2 0 0 2 0:17 -17 0:4

Group D[edit]

3. February 1939 Zürich Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 8:1 (2:0,4:1,2:0)
4. February 1939 Zürich Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 3:1 (0:0,0:1,3:0)
5. February 1939 Zürich Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 1:0 (1:0,0:0,0:0)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P. Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff Pts..
1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 2 2 0 0 4: 1 +3 4:0
2 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 2 1 0 1 8: 2 +6 2:2
3 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 2 0 0 2 2:11 -9 0:4

Consolation Round – Places 9 to 14[edit]

Group A[edit]

6. February 1939 Basel Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Flag of Finland.svg Finland 2:1 (1:1,1:0,0:0)
7. February 1939 Basel Flag of Italy.svg Italy Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 2:1 (0:0,0:0,2:1)
8. February 1939 Basel Flag of Italy.svg Italy Flag of Finland.svg Finland 2:1 (0:0,1:1,1:0)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P. Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff Pts..
1 Flag of Italy.svg Italy 2 2 0 0 4:2 +2 4:0
2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 2 1 0 1 3:3 0 2:2
3 Flag of Finland.svg Finland 2 0 0 2 2:4 -2 0:4

Group B[edit]

6. February 1939 Zürich Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 5:1 (2:0,1:1,2:0)
7. February 1939 Zürich Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Flag of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia 3:3 (2:1,1:0,0:2)
8. February 1939 Zürich Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia Flag of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia 4:0 (2:0,0:0,2:0)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P. Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff Pts..
1 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 2 2 0 0 9:1 +8 4:0
2 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 2 0 1 1 4:8 -4 1:3
3 Flag of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia 2 0 1 1 3:7 -4 1:3

Consolation round 9-10 Place[edit]

9. February 1939 Basel Flag of Italy.svg Italy Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 2:1 (1:1,1:0,0:0)

Second Round[edit]

Group A[edit]

7. February 1939 Zürich Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 1:1 ET (0:0,1:0,0:1,0:0,0:0,0:0)
7. February 1939 Zürich Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 4:0 (0:0,0:0,4:0)
8. February 1939 Zürich Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 0:1 (0:0,0:0,0:1)
8. February 1939 Basel Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 2:1 (0:1,0:0,2:0)
9. February 1939 Basel Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 0:2 (0:1,0:1,0:0)
9. February 1939 Zürich Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 9:0 (2:0,5:0,2:0)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P. Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff Pts..
1 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada 3 3 0 0 15: 1 +14 6:0
2 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 4: 3 +1 3:3
3 Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 3 1 1 1 2:10 - 8 3:3
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 3 0 0 3 0: 7 - 7 0:6

Group B[edit]

7. February 1939 Basel Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 3:0 (1:0,1:0,1:0)
7. February 1939 Basel Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of Poland.svg Poland 4:0 (0:0,4:0,0:0)
8. February 1939 Basel Flag of Poland.svg Poland Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 5:3 (1:1,2:0,2:2)
8. February 1939 Basel Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of the United States.svg USA 3:2 (0:0,2:2,1:0)
9. February 1939 Basel Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of Poland.svg Poland 4:0 (0:0,2:0,2:0)
9. February 1939 Basel Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 5:2 (2:1,2:0,1:1)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P. Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff Pts..
1 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 3 3 0 0 12: 4 +8 6:0
2 Flag of the United States.svg USA 3 2 0 1 9: 3 + 4 4:2
3 Flag of Poland.svg Poland 3 1 0 2 5:11 - 6 2:4
4 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 3 0 0 3 5:13 - 8 0:6

Consolation Round -- Places 5 to 8[edit]

10. February 1939 Basel Flag of Poland.svg Poland Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 3:0 (1:0,1:0,1:0)
11. February 1939 Zürich Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 6:2 (0:2,3:0,3:0)
12. February 1939 Basel Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany Flag of Poland.svg Poland 4:0 (1:0,3:0,0:0)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P. Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff Pts..
5 Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Germany 2 2 0 0 10: 2 +8 4:0
6 Flag of Poland.svg Poland 2 1 0 1 3: 4 -1 2:2
7 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 2 0 0 2 2: 9 -7 0:4
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 0 0 0 0 0: 0 0 0:0

Final Round – Places 1 to 4[edit]

10. February 1939 Zürich Flag of the United States.svg USA Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 1:0 ET (0:0,0:0,0:0,1:0)
10. February 1939 Basel Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada 0:7 (0:2,0:4,0:1)
11. February 1939 Basel Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of the United States.svg USA 1:2 (0:1,0:0,1:1)
11. February 1939 Basel Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 4:0 (0:0,1:0,3:0)
12. February 1939 Basel Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of the United States.svg USA 4:0 (3:0,1:0,0:0)
12. February 1939 Zürich Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 0:0 ET (0:0,0:0,0:0,0:0,0:0,0:0)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P. Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff Pts..
1 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada 3 3 0 0 15: 0 +15 6:0
2 Flag of the United States.svg USA 3 2 0 1 3: 5 - 2 4:2
3 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 3 0 1 2 1: 9 - 8 1:5
4 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 3 0 1 2 0: 6 - 6 1:5

Playoff for 3rd place (and European Championship)[edit]

5. March 1939 Basel Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 2:0 (0:0,1:0,1:0)

Final Rankings – 1939 World Championships[edit]

Gold medal icon.svg  Canada
Silver medal icon.svg  United States
Bronze medal icon.svg  Switzerland
4  Czechoslovakia
5  Germany
6  Poland
7  Hungary
8  Great Britain
9  Italy
10  Latvia
11  Belgium
11  Netherlands
13  Finland
13 Flag of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia

World Champion 1939
Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada

Team Members[edit]

Trail Smoke Eaters

Pos. Country Members
1 CAN Bunny Dame, Benny Hayes, Joe Benoit, Tom Johnston, Jim Haight, Mel Snowdon, Duke Scodellaro, Mickey Brennen, Dick Kowcinak, Ab Cronie, Jim Morris, John McCreedy, Buck Buchanan; Trainer: Elmer Piper

Final Rankings – 1939 European Championships[edit]

Gold medal icon.svg  Switzerland
Silver medal icon.svg  Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal icon.svg  Germany
4  Poland
5  Hungary
6  Great Britain
7  Italy
8  Latvia
9  Belgium
9  Netherlands
11  Finland
11 Flag of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.svg Yugoslavia

European Champion 1939
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 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. 129–30.