1959 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1959 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Czechoslovakia
Dates 5–15 March
Teams 12
Arena(s)  (in 7 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (18th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Soviet Union
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played 48
Goals scored 397 (8.27 per match)
Attendance 406,601 (8,471 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Red Berenson 13 points
1958
1960
Trophy awarded for the 1959 World Championships

The 1959 Ice Hockey World Championships were held between March 5 and March 15 1959 in Prague, and six other cities in Czechoslovakia. Canada, represented by the Belleville McFarlands, won their eigthteenth World championship, winning every game but their last. The Soviet Union finished second, claiming their fifth European title followed by the host Czechs. In the consolation round, West Germany played against East Germany for the first time in a World Championship, with the west winning easily, eight to zero.

World Championship Group A (Czechoslovakia)[edit]

First Round[edit]

Twelve teams played in three groups where first and second place advanced to the final round, while the 3rd and 4th place teams competed in a consolation round.

Group 1[edit]

Played in Bratislava.

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
1  Canada 3 3 0 0 39 - 02 6
2  Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 24 - 08 4
3  Switzerland 3 1 0 2 08 - 35 2
4  Poland 3 0 0 3 04 - 30 0
5 March Czechoslovakia  9-0
 Switzerland
5 March Canada  9-0
 Poland
6 March Canada  23-0
 Switzerland
6 March Czechoslovakia  13-1
 Poland
7 March Poland  3-8
 Switzerland
7 March Canada  7-2
 Czechoslovakia

Group 2[edit]

Played in Brno.

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
1  Soviet Union 3 3 0 0 24 - 05 6
2  United States 3 2 0 1 22 - 10 4
3  Norway 3 1 0 2 10 - 26 2
4  East Germany 3 0 0 3 06 - 21 0
5 March Soviet Union  6-1
 East Germany
5 March Norway  3-10
 United States
6 March United States  9-2
 East Germany
6 March Norway  1-13
 Soviet Union
7 March East Germany  3-6
 Norway
7 March Soviet Union  5-3
 United States

Group 3[edit]

Played in Ostrava.

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
1  Sweden 3 2 1 0 21 - 05 5
2  Finland 3 1 1 1 13 - 12 3
3  West Germany 3 1 0 2 11 - 13 2
4  Italy 3 1 0 2 07 - 22 2
5 March Sweden  11-0
 Italy
5 March Finland  5-3
 West Germany
6 March Italy  2-7
 West Germany
6 March Sweden  4-4
 Finland
7 March Italy  5-4
 Finland
7 March West Germany  1-6
 Sweden

Final Round[edit]

Played in Prague. Canada finished first by virtue of a better goal differential, 14 to 10. The Czechs captured bronze in dramatic fashion, they needed to win against the previously undefeated Canadians in the final game and by enough of a margin to beat out the Americans on tie-breakers. By scoring an empty net goal in the dying moments of the final game[1] the Czechs equaled the Americans on points (6 each), and goal differential (8 each). The final tie-breaker was goal average, in which the Czechs had the advantage 1.57 to 1.53.[1]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
1  Canada 5 4 0 1 21 - 07 8
2  Soviet Union 5 4 0 1 20 - 10 8
3  Czechoslovakia 5 3 0 2 22 - 14 6
4  United States 5 3 0 2 23 - 15 6
5  Sweden 5 1 0 4 06 - 21 2
6  Finland 5 0 0 5 07 - 32 0
9 March Canada  6-0
 Finland
9 March Soviet Union  5-1
 United States
9 March Czechoslovakia  4-1
 Sweden
10 March Czechoslovakia  8-2
 Finland
10 March United States  7-1
 Sweden
11 March United States  10-3
 Finland
11 March Soviet Union  1-3
 Canada
12 March Canada  5-0
 Sweden
12 March Czechoslovakia  3-4
 Soviet Union
13 March Sweden  2-1
 Finland
13 March Czechoslovakia  2-4
 United States
14 March United States  1-4
 Canada
14 March Finland  1-6
 Soviet Union
15 March Soviet Union  4-2
 Sweden
15 March Czechoslovakia  5-3
 Canada

Consolation Round[edit]

Played in Kladno, Mladá Boleslav and Kolín.

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
7  West Germany 5 4 1 0 30 - 09 9
8  Norway 5 3 1 1 20 - 20 7
9  East Germany 5 3 0 2 20 - 21 6
10  Italy 5 2 1 2 20 - 17 5
11  Poland 5 1 0 4 11 - 20 2
12  Switzerland 5 0 1 4 08 - 22 1
9 March Poland  1-5
 East Germany
9 March Norway  4-4
 Switzerland
9 March West Germany  2-2
 Italy
10 March Italy  3-4
 Norway
10 March Poland  3-5
 West Germany
10 March East Germany  6-2
 Switzerland
11 March West Germany  8-0
 East Germany
11 March Switzerland  1-4
 Italy
11 March Norway  4-3
 Poland
13 March East Germany  8-6
 Italy
13 March West Germany  9-4
 Norway
13 March Switzerland  1-2
 Poland
14 March Switzerland  0-6
 West Germany
14 March Poland  2-5
 Italy
14 March Norway  4-1
 East Germany

World Championship Group B (Czechoslovakia)[edit]

Three other nations played a secondary tournament in Plzen. A Czechoslovakia 'B' (junior) team also participated in the tournament. Had their games counted, they would've finished first.

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
13  Romania 2 2 0 0 12 - 04 4
14  Hungary 2 1 0 1 05 - 09 2
15  Austria 2 0 0 2 04 - 08 0
5 March Hungary  3-2
 Austria
6 March Czechoslovakia  B 3-0
 Romania
7 March Romania  5-2
 Austria
8 March Czechoslovakia  B 7-1
 Austria
9 March Czechoslovakia  B 17-2
 Hungary
10 March Romania  7-2
 Hungary

European Championship medal table[edit]

Gold medal icon.svg  Soviet Union
Silver medal icon.svg  Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal icon.svg  Sweden
4  Finland
5  West Germany
6  Norway
7  East Germany
8  Italy
9  Poland
10  Switzerland
13  Romania
14  Hungary
15  Austria

Tournament awards[edit]

Citations[edit]

References[edit]

  • Championnat du monde 1959
  • 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. 135–6.