1955 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1955 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  West Germany
Dates 25 February–6 March
Teams 9
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (16th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Soviet Union
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played 36
Goals scored 319 (8.86 per match)
Attendance 153,300 (4,258 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Czechoslovakia Vlastimil Bubnik 17 goals
1954
1956
Trophy awarded for the 1955 World Championships

The 1955 World Ice Hockey Championships was the 22nd edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Krefeld and Cologne, West Germany from February 25 to March 6, 1955. A total of 14 nations participated in this World Championship, which was a new record for the postwar era. As a result, the teams were seeded with the strongest 9 teams placed in Pool A (the championship pool)and the remaining 5 nations as well as the West German B team placed in Pool B.

Canada, represented by the Penticton V's of the Okanagan Senior League won their 16th international title. For the second straight year both the Soviets and Canadians were undefeated until they played each other in the final game of the tournament. This time Canada won 5–0 giving the Russians the silver medal, and their second European Championship. Czechoslovakia won the bronze by dominating the weaker teams, drawing the Americans, and narrowly defeating the Swedes.

World Championship Group A (West Germany)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

25 February Czechoslovakia  7–0
 Switzerland Cologne
25 February Canada  12–1
 United States Dortmund
25 February Soviet Union  10–2
 Finland Düsseldorf
25 February West Germany  4–5
 Sweden Krefeld
26 February United States  8–1
 Finland Cologne
26 February Soviet Union  2–1
 Sweden Dortmund
26 February Canada  5–3
 Czechoslovakia Düsseldorf
26 February West Germany  4–5
 Poland Krefeld
27 February Canada  8–0
 Poland Cologne
27 February West Germany  3–6
 United States Dortmund
27 February Sweden  10–0
 Switzerland Düsseldorf
27 February Soviet Union  4–0
 Czechoslovakia Krefeld
28 February Soviet Union  8–2
 Poland Cologne
28 February Canada  12–0
 Finland Düsseldorf
28 February United States  7–3
 Switzerland Krefeld
1 March Czechoslovakia  6–5
 Sweden Cologne
1 March Poland  2–4
 Switzerland Düsseldorf
1 March West Germany  7–1
 Finland Krefeld
2 March Canada  11–1
 Switzerland Cologne
2 March Sweden  9–0
 Finland Düsseldorf
2 March West Germany  0–8
 Czechoslovakia Düsseldorf
2 March Soviet Union  3–0
 United States Krefeld
3 March Poland  6–3
 Finland Cologne
3 March Canada  3–0
 Sweden Krefeld
3 March West Germany  1–5
 Soviet Union Düsseldorf
3 March Czechoslovakia  4–4
 United States Cologne
4 March West Germany  1–10
 Canada Cologne
4 March United States  6–2
 Poland Düsseldorf
4 March Soviet Union  7–2
 Switzerland Krefeld
5 March Finland  7–2
 Switzerland Cologne
5 March Sweden  1–1
 United States Düsseldorf
5 March Czechoslovakia  17–2
 Poland Krefeld
6 March West Germany  8–3
 Switzerland Düsseldorf
6 March Sweden  9–0
 Poland Cologne
6 March Czechoslovakia  18–2
 Finland Düsseldorf
6 March Canada  5–0
 Soviet Union Krefeld

Standings[edit]

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
1  Canada 8 8 0 0 66 6 16
2  Soviet Union 8 7 1 0 39 13 14
3  Czechoslovakia 8 5 2 1 63 22 11
4  United States 8 4 2 2 33 29 10
5  Sweden 8 4 3 1 40 16 9
6  West Germany 8 2 6 0 28 43 4
7  Poland 8 2 6 0 19 59 4
8  Switzerland 8 1 7 0 15 59 2
9  Finland 8 1 7 0 16 72 2

Tournament awards[edit]

World Championship Group B (West Germany)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

25 February Austria  3–2
 Yugoslavia Dortmund
25 February West Germany  B 2–2
 Italy Düsseldorf
27 February Netherlands  6–3
 Belgium Dortmund
27 February West Germany  B 3–2
 Austria Köln
28 February Yugoslavia  5–2
 Belgium Krefeld
28 February Italy  3–1
 Austria Düsseldorf
2 March Austria  5–3
 Belgium Krefeld
2 March Italy  10–2
 Netherlands Dortmund
2 March West Germany  B 5–1
 Yugoslavia Düsseldorf
4 March Italy  9–1
 Yugoslavia Cologne
4 March West Germany  B 11–1
 Netherlands Köln
5 March Austria  6–1
 Netherlands Krefeld
5 March West Germany  B 11–1
 Belgium Düsseldorf
6 March Italy  28–0
 Belgium Krefeld
6 March Netherlands  9–1
 Yugoslavia Krefeld

Standings[edit]

Rank Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
10  Italy 5 4 1 0 52 6 9
NC  West Germany B 5 4 1 0 30 5 9
11  Austria 5 3 0 2 17 12 6
12  Netherlands 5 2 0 3 19 31 4
13  Yugoslavia 5 1 0 4 10 28 2
14  Belgium 5 0 0 5 9 55 0

Note:West Germany B games were unofficial.

European Championship medal table[edit]

Gold medal icon.svg  Soviet Union
Silver medal icon.svg  Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal icon.svg  Sweden
4  West Germany
5  Poland
6  Switzerland
7  Finland

Citations[edit]

References[edit]

  • Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew, eds. (2007), World of Hockey: Celebrating a Century of the IIHF, Bolton, Ontario: Fenn Publishing, ISBN 1-55168-307-5 
  • 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. 134–5.