1954 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1954 World Ice Hockey Championships
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Openning ceremony
Tournament details
Host country  Sweden
Dates 26 February–7 March
Teams 8
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Soviet Union (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Sweden
Fourth place  Czechoslovakia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 28
Goals scored 222 (7.93 per match)
Attendance 148,399 (5,300 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Maurice Galland 20 points
1953
1955

The 21st Ice Hockey World Championships and 32nd European ice hockey championships were held from 26 February to 7 March 1954 in Stockholm, Sweden. Every team played each other once with the top three finishers receiving medals at the end. The USSR won in its first attempt, led by Vsevolod Bobrov who was recognized as the best forward of the tournament in the first ever presentation of Directorate Awards.

Description[edit]

CCCP - Soviet Union vs. Canada in the 1954 World Ice Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. Soviet Union sensationally defeated Canada 7–2 in the final and won the gold in its first championship ever.

The USSR won their first five games before meeting up with the host, and defending champion, Sweden. Sweden, having already lost eight to nothing to Canada, desperately needed to beat the Soviets, but settled for a one all tie. The final game of the tournament pitted the East York Lyndhursts, representing Canada, against the USSR, both teams being undefeated. Tournament organizers believed the Canadians would cruise to their seventh straight win and had begun to sell tickets for a planned tie-breaking game between the Soviets and Swedes to determine the European Championship.[1][2] However the Soviets "appeared to pass too much, check too little, and skate too fast"[1] and "thoroughly dominated" in a 7–2 win before 16,000 fans.

Beginning with this year the IIHF began giving out official awards (known as the "directorate awards") to the best forward, defensemen, and goaltender, of the tournament.

Final round[edit]

26 February Czechoslovakia  7–1
 Switzerland
26 February Soviet Union  7–1
 Finland
26 February Sweden  10–1
 Norway
27 February Canada  8–1
 Switzerland
27 February Soviet Union  7–0
 Norway
27 February Czechoslovakia  9–4
 West Germany
28 February Canada  8–0
 Norway
28 February Switzerland  3–3
 West Germany
28 February Sweden  5–3
 Finland
1 March Czechoslovakia  12–1
 Finland
1 March Soviet Union  6–2
 West Germany
1 March Sweden  0–8
 Canada
2 March Finland  2–0
 Norway
2 March Soviet Union  5–2
 Czechoslovakia
2 March Sweden  6–3
 Switzerland
3 March Czechoslovakia  7–1
 Norway
3 March Canada  8–1
 West Germany
3 March Soviet Union  4–2
 Switzerland
4 March Switzerland  2–3
 Norway
4 March Canada  20–1
 Finland
4 March Sweden  4–0
 West Germany
5 March West Germany  5–1
 Finland
5 March Canada  5–2
 Czechoslovakia
5 March Sweden  1–1
 Soviet Union
6 March Finland  3–3
 Switzerland
6 March Sweden  4–2
 Czechoslovakia
7 March West Germany  7–1
 Norway
7 March Soviet Union  7–2
 Canada

Standings[edit]

Trophy awarded for the 1954 World Championships
Rank Team GP Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff. Pts.
1  Soviet Union 7 6 1 0 37:10 +27 13: 1
2  Canada 7 6 0 1 59:12 +47 12: 2
3  Sweden 7 5 1 1 30:18 +12 11: 3
4  Czechoslovakia 7 4 0 3 41:21 +20 8: 6
5  West Germany 7 2 1 4 22:32 −10 5: 9
6  Finland 7 1 1 5 12:52 −40 3:11
7  Switzerland 7 0 2 5 15:34 −19 2:12
8  Norway 7 1 0 6 6:43 −37 2:12

Team members[edit]

 Soviet Union

Tournament awards[edit]

European Championships final rankings[edit]

  1.  Soviet Union
  2.  Sweden
  3.  Czechoslovakia
  4.  West Germany
  5.  Finland
  6.  Switzerland
  7.  Norway

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b Duplacey P. 503
  2. ^ Tournament 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. p. 134.