1966 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1966 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Yugoslavia
Dates 3–14 March
Teams 8
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Soviet Union (6th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Canada
Fourth place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 28
Goals scored 205 (7.32 per match)
Attendance 147,492 (5,268 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Soviet Union Veniamin Aleksandrov 17 points
1965
1967

The 1966 World Ice Hockey Championships was the 33rd edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Hala Tivoli, Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia from March 3 to March 14, 1966. For the fourth straight year, the Soviet Union won the tournament. For the Soviets, it was their sixth World and tenth European title. The Czechs beat both Canada and Sweden two to one, to take the Silver, while the Swedes additional losses to Canada and (shockingly) East Germany, put them fourth behind Canada for the Bronze.

The lower two tiers (Groups B and C) were formalized, so there would be no more qualifying tournaments with promotion and relegation taking places between these two tournaments as well. West Germany won all their games to return to the top level of competition while Great Britain went winless and was replaced by Group C winner Italy.

Qualifying Round Group B/C (Bucarest Romania)[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
1  Romania 2 2 0 0 17 - 05 4
2  Italy 2 1 0 1 12 - 08 2
3  France 2 0 0 2 05 - 21 0
10 December 1965 Romania  11-3
 France
11 December 1965 Italy  10-2
 France
12 December 1965 Romania  6-2
 Italy

Romania qualified in Group B

Italy and France qualified in Group C

World Championship Group A (Ljubljana)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
1  Soviet Union 7 6 1 0 55 - 07 13
2  Czechoslovakia 7 6 0 1 32 - 15 12
3  Canada 7 5 0 2 33 - 10 10
4  Sweden 7 3 1 3 26 - 17 7
5  East Germany 7 3 0 4 12 - 30 6
6  United States 7 2 0 5 18 - 39 4
7  Finland 7 2 0 5 18 - 43 4
8  Poland 7 0 0 7 11 - 44 0

Poland was relegated to Group B for 1967.

3 March Soviet Union  8-1
 Poland
3 March Czechoslovakia  6-0
 East Germany
3 March Sweden  5-1
 Finland
3 March United States  2-7
 Canada
5 March Canada  6-0
 Poland
5 March Czechoslovakia  8-1
 Finland
5 March Sweden  1-4
 East Germany
5 March Soviet Union  11-0
 United States
6 March Czechoslovakia  6-1
 Poland
6 March Canada  9-1
 Finland
6 March Sweden  6-1
 United States
6 March Soviet Union  10-0
 East Germany
8 March Sweden  8-2
 Poland
8 March Soviet Union  13-2
 Finland
8 March Czechoslovakia  7-4
 United States
8 March Canada  6-0
 East Germany
9 March Poland  0-4
 East Germany
9 March United States  1-4
 Finland
10 March Canada  1-2
 Czechoslovakia
10 March Soviet Union  3-3
 Sweden
11 March Finland  6-3
 Poland
11 March East Germany  0-4
 United States
11 March Czechoslovakia  2-1
 Sweden
11 March Soviet Union  3-0
 Canada
12 March Poland  4-6
 United States
12 March East Germany  4-3
 Finland
13 March Canada  4-2
 Sweden
13 March Soviet Union  7-1
 Czechoslovakia

World Championship Group B (Zagreb)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
9  West Germany 7 7 0 0 34 - 12 14
10  Romania 7 5 1 1 29 - 16 11
11  Yugoslavia 7 4 2 1 25 - 23 10
12  Norway 7 4 0 3 28 - 17 8
13  Austria 7 3 0 4 25 - 30 6
14  Switzerland 7 2 0 5 24 - 26 4
15  Hungary 7 1 0 6 19 - 30 2
16  Great Britain 7 0 1 6 15 - 45 1

West Germany was promoted to the top level while Great Britain was relegated to Group C for 1967 (but did not participate again until 1971).

3 March Norway  12-2
 Great Britain
3 March Switzerland  3-4
 Romania
3 March West Germany  6-3
 Austria
3 March Yugoslavia  6-4
 Hungary
4 March West Germany  4-1
 Romania
4 March Switzerland  6-3
 Great Britain
4 March Hungary  2-7
 Austria
4 March Yugoslavia  2-1
 Norway
6 March Norway  0-4
 Romania
6 March Hungary  8-1
 Great Britain
6 March Austria  7-6
 Switzerland
6 March Yugoslavia  2-6
 West Germany
7 March Austria  3-4
 Norway
7 March Hungary  2-4
 Romania
7 March West Germany  10-4
 Great Britain
7 March Yugoslavia  3-2
 Switzerland
9 March Austria  1-7
 Romania
9 March Switzerland  0-4
 West Germany
9 March Hungary  2-5
 Norway
9 March Yugoslavia  3-3
 Great Britain
10 March Norway  4-1
 Switzerland
10 March Hungary  0-1
 West Germany
11 March Austria  2-1
 Great Britain
11 March Yugoslavia  5-5
 Romania
12 March West Germany  3-2
 Norway
12 March Hungary  1-6
 Switzerland
12 March Great Britain  1-4
 Romania
12 March Yugoslavia  4-2
 Austria

World Championship Group C (Jesenice)[edit]

A Yugoslav 'B' team participated unofficially in the tournament, playing games against each of the three other participating nations. This was South Africa's last appearance in the World Championships until 1992.

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
17  Italy 4 4 0 0 54 - 08 8
18  Denmark 4 2 0 2 21 - 21 4
19  South Africa 4 0 0 4 04 - 50 0
20  Yugoslavia B 0 0 0 0 00 - 00 0

Italy was promoted to Group B, France decided not to participate, Yugoslavia B team participieted instead of France

3 March Denmark  9-0
 South Africa
4 March Italy  17-0
 South Africa
5 March Yugoslavia  B 5-5
 Denmark
6 March South Africa  2-18
 Italy
7 March Italy  7-1
 Denmark
8 March Denmark  5-12
 Italy
10 March Yugoslavia  B 4-1
 South Africa
11 March South Africa  2-6
 Denmark
12 March Yugoslavia  B 2-7
 Italy

Ranking and statistics[edit]

 


 1966 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Soviet Union
6th title

Tournament Awards[edit]

Final standings[edit]

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

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

European championships final standings[edit]

Please note: At the time of the championship Sweden was awarded the bronze, however, East Germany should have won because of their better record amongst only European clubs. In 1999 this mistake was corrected and living players were presented with the medals they were supposed to have won.[1]

The final standings of the European championships according to IIHF:

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

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Müller

References[edit]