1961 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1961 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country   Switzerland
Dates 1–12 March
Teams 8
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (19th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Soviet Union
Fourth place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 28
Goals scored 236 (8.43 per match)
Attendance 141,300 (5,046 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Soviet Union Boris Mayorov 17 points
1962

The 1961 World Ice Hockey Championships was the 28th edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland from March 1 to March 12, 1961. The games were played outdoors on a frozen pool, a glare made it hard for players to see well, however photographers were able to get aerial pictures from the diving board. Canada, represented by the Trail Smoke Eaters,[1] won their nineteenth international title. It would be the last championship for Canada in thirty-three years.[2] By beating out the Soviets for the Silver, the Czechs won their tenth European title. The final day was marred by controversy of a political nature, when Willi Daume, (president of West Germany hockey), forbade his team to take the ice against East Germany. The reason was to avoid the possibility of honouring the East German's new flag.[3]

A record twenty nations participated in three groups, with South Africa appearing for the first time.[4] Teams were divided into the three tiers, roughly following the 1959 championships, and using qualification games, to establish an eight team group A, a six team group B, and a six team group C. The South African team did not have the minimum number of players so forty-five-year-old federation president Tom Durling played despite not actually being a citizen of the country.[5] Promotion and relegation did not begin yet, but it was a big step towards formulating the process.

Qualification matches for Group A and B[edit]

The nations who finished 1st through 6th in 1959 played in Group A. The nation ranked 7th played the hosts, and 8th played 9th to qualify the final two entries.

1 March Switzerland  5-6 OT
 West Germany
1 March East Germany  6-1
 Norway

World Championship Group A (Switzerland)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
1  Canada 7 6 1 0 45 - 11 13
2  Czechoslovakia 7 6 1 0 33 - 09 13
3  Soviet Union 7 5 0 2 51 - 20 10
4  Sweden 7 4 0 3 33 - 27 8
5  East Germany 7 2 0 5 21 - 33 4
6  United States 7 1 1 5 24 - 43 3
7  Finland 7 1 1 5 19 - 43 3
8  West Germany 7 0 2 5 10 - 50 2
2 March Canada  6-1
 Sweden
2 March Czechoslovakia  6-0
 Finland
2 March Soviet Union  13-2
 United States
4 March Czechoslovakia  4-1
 United States
4 March Finland  6-4
 East Germany
4 March Canada  9-1
 West Germany
4 March Soviet Union  6-2
 Sweden
5 March Canada  7-4
 United States
5 March Czechoslovakia  6-0
 West Germany
5 March Sweden  3-2
 East Germany
5 March Soviet Union  7-3
 Finland
7 March Sweden  6-4
 Finland
7 March Czechoslovakia  6-4
 Soviet Union
7 March United States  4-4
 West Germany
7 March Canada  5-2
 East Germany
8 March Sweden  12-1
 West Germany
8 March East Germany  6-5
 United States
9 March Soviet Union  9-1
 East Germany
9 March Finland  3-3
 West Germany
9 March Canada  1-1
 Czechoslovakia
11 March Czechoslovakia  5-1
 East Germany
11 March Sweden  7-3
 United States
11 March Soviet Union  11-1
 West Germany
11 March Canada  12-1
 Finland
12 March Canada  5-1
 Soviet Union
12 March Czechoslovakia  5-2
 Sweden
12 March United States  5-2
 Finland
12 March East Germany  5-0
 West Germany

Qualification matches for Group B and C.[edit]

The losers of the Group A qualifiers (Switzerland and Norway), were joined by the nations who finished 10th and 11th (Italy and Poland) in 1959. Remaining countries that wished to play at this level played qualification games.

2 March Austria  6-5
 Romania
2 March Great Britain  18-1
 Belgium

World Championship Group B (Switzerland)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
9  Norway 5 4 0 1 27 - 09 8
10  Great Britain 5 3 2 0 21 - 11 8
11  Switzerland 5 2 1 2 17 - 15 5
12  Italy 5 2 1 2 19 - 20 5
13  Poland 5 1 0 4 13 - 17 2
14  Austria 5 1 0 4 10 - 35 2
3 March Switzerland  0-6
 Norway
3 March Great Britain  10-2
 Austria
3 March Italy  5-3
 Poland
5 March Italy  7-2
 Austria
6 March Norway  5-3
 Poland
6 March Italy  3-3
 Great Britain
6 March Switzerland  9-1
 Austria
7 March Switzerland  1-3
 Poland
9 March Great Britain  3-2
 Poland
9 March Norway  7-2
 Austria
10 March Austria  3-2
 Poland
10 March Norway  7-1
 Italy
10 March Switzerland  2-2
 Great Britain
11 March Switzerland  5-3
 Italy
12 March Great Britain  3-2
 Norway

World Championship Group C (Switzerland)[edit]

Nederlands vs Yugoslavia match

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
15  Romania 5 5 0 0 69 - 05 10
16  France 5 4 0 1 34 - 16 8
17  Yugoslavia 5 3 0 2 34 - 22 6
18  Netherlands 5 2 0 3 18 - 36 4
19  South Africa 5 1 0 4 18 - 47 2
20  Belgium 5 0 0 5 09 - 56 0
3 March France  7-3
 Netherlands
3 March Romania  22-1
 Belgium
3 March Yugoslavia  12-3
 South Africa
4 March Yugoslavia  9-2
 Netherlands
5 March Romania  14-0
 South Africa
6 March Netherlands  8-4
 South Africa
6 March France  10-0
 Belgium
6 March Romania  12-1
 Yugoslavia
7 March France  11-2
 South Africa
8 March Yugoslavia  10-2
 Belgium
8 March Romania  12-0
 Netherlands
9 March France  3-2
 Yugoslavia
10 March Romania  9-3
 France
10 March Netherlands  5-4
 Belgium
11 March South Africa  9-2
 Belgium

Ranking and statistics[edit]

 


 1961 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Canada

Tournament Awards[edit]

Final standings[edit]

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

Gold medal icon.svg  Canada
Silver medal icon.svg  Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal icon.svg  Soviet Union
4  Sweden
5  East Germany
6  United States
7  Finland
8  West Germany

European championships final standings[edit]

The final standings of the European championships according to IIHF:

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

Notes[edit]

References[edit]