1974 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1974 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Finland
Dates 5–20 April
Teams 6
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Soviet Union (13th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Sweden
Fourth place  Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 30
Goals scored 236 (7.87 per match)
Attendance 192,856 (6,429 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Soviet Union Boris Mikhailov 17 points
1973
1975

The 1974 Ice Hockey World Championships were the 41st Ice Hockey World Championships and the 52nd European Championships in ice hockey. The tournament took place in Finland from 5 April to 20 April and the games were played in the capital, Helsinki. Six teams took part in the main tournament, all playing each other twice. The Soviet Union won the world championships for the 13th time, and also won their 16th European title. For the first time in ice hockey World Championship history, two players were suspended for doping. They were the Swede Ulf Nilsson and the Finn Stig Wetzell who tested positive for the forbidden substance ephedrine. Both players were suspended for the rest of the tournament. Nilsson tested positive after Sweden's game against Poland, which Sweden won 4-1. The game was awarded to Poland as a 5-0 walkover. The Finn, Wetzell, tested positive after Finland's match against Czechoslovakia, which Finland won 5-2, which was also awarded to Czechoslovakia as a 5-0 walkover. The Finns were able to defeat the Czechs again on the last day, which would have earned them their first medal in history, if not for the positive drug test.

World Championship Group A (Finland)[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Soviet Union 10 9 0 1 64 - 18 18
2  Czechoslovakia 10 7 0 3 57 - 20 14
3  Sweden 10 5 1 4 38 - 24 11
4  Finland 10 4 2 4 34 - 39 10
5  Poland 10 1 2 7 22 - 64 4
6  East Germany 10 1 1 8 19 - 82 3

East Germany were very unlucky to be relegated to Group B, as Poland's only win was the awarded default for a doping violation against Sweden.

5 April Czechoslovakia  8-0
 Poland
5 April Soviet Union  5-0
 East Germany
6 April Poland  5-0 (1-4)
 Sweden
6 April Finland  7-3
 East Germany
7 April Sweden  2-3
 Czechoslovakia
7 April Finland  1-7
 Soviet Union
8 April Czechoslovakia  8-0
 East Germany
8 April Soviet Union  8-3
 Poland
9 April East Germany  1-10
 Sweden
9 April Finland  2-2
 Poland
10 April Czechoslovakia  7-2
 Soviet Union
10 April Finland  3-3
 Sweden
11 April Poland  3-5
 East Germany
12 April Finland  0-5 (5-2)
 Czechoslovakia
12 April Sweden  1-3
 Soviet Union
13 April Poland  3-12
 Czechoslovakia
13 April East Germany  3-10
 Soviet Union
14 April Sweden  3-1
 Poland
14 April Finland  7-1
 East Germany
15 April Czechoslovakia  0-3
 Sweden
15 April Soviet Union  6-1
 Finland
16 April East Germany  2-9
 Czechoslovakia
16 April Poland  0-17
 Soviet Union
17 April Sweden  9-3
 East Germany
17 April Finland  6-2
 Poland
18 April Soviet Union  3-1
 Czechoslovakia
18 April Finland  2-6
 Sweden
19 April East Germany  3-3
 Poland
20 April Finland  5-4
 Czechoslovakia
20 April Soviet Union  3-1
 Sweden

World Championship Group B (Yugoslavia)[edit]

Played in Hala Tivoli, Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia March 21–30.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
7  United States 7 7 0 0 40 - 14 14
8  Yugoslavia 7 4 2 1 41 - 27 10
9  West Germany 7 5 0 2 34 - 28 10
10  Japan 7 4 0 3 31 - 31 8
11  Netherlands 7 2 1 4 33 - 37 5
12  Romania 7 2 1 4 30 - 29 5
13  Norway 7 1 1 5 18 - 31 3
14  Austria 7 0 1 6 12 - 42 1

The USA was promoted to Group A, and bothe Norway and Austria were relegated to Group C.

21 March United States  7-4
 Japan
21 March West Germany  7-4
 Norway
21 March Romania  5-7
 Netherlands
21 March Yugoslavia  10-3
 Austria
22 March Netherlands  7-0
 Norway
22 March Yugoslavia  0-5
 United States
23 March Romania  10-1
 Austria
23 March West Germany  6-1
 Japan
24 March United States  5-3
 Norway
24 March West Germany  4-2
 Austria
24 March Netherlands  5-8
 Japan
24 March Yugoslavia  3-3
 Romania
25 March United States  7-4
 Netherlands
25 March Yugoslavia  4-4
 Norway
26 March Japan  4-3
 Austria
26 March West Germany  6-3
 Romania
27 March West Germany  5-3
 Netherlands
27 March United States  6-0
 Austria
27 March Romania  4-1
 Norway
27 March Yugoslavia  5-4
 Japan
29 March United States  5-1
 Romania
29 March Austria  3-3
 Netherlands
29 March Japan  4-1
 Norway
29 March Yugoslavia  10-4
 West Germany
30 March Austria  0-5
 Norway
30 March Romania  4-6
 Japan
30 March West Germany  2-5
 United States
30 March Yugoslavia  9-4
 Netherlands

World Championship Group C (France)[edit]

Played in Grenoble, Gap and Lyon, 8–17 March. This was North Korea's first World Championship.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
15  Switzerland 7 6 0 1 63 - 04 12
16  Italy 7 5 1 1 42 - 11 11
17  Bulgaria 7 4 1 2 39 - 18 9
18  Hungary 7 3 3 1 28 - 22 9
19  France 7 4 0 3 34 - 25 8
20  China 7 1 2 4 16 - 38 4
21  Australia 7 1 0 6 13 - 74 2
22  North Korea 7 1 0 6 12 - 65 2

Switzerland and Italy were promoted to Group B.

8 March Italy  11-2
 North Korea
8 March France  2-5
 Bulgaria
8 March Switzerland  13-0
 China
8 March Hungary  11-2
 Australia
9 March Switzerland  20-0
 Australia
9 March China  2-2
 Hungary
9 March France  12-4
 North Korea
9 March Italy  3-2
 Bulgaria
11 March Bulgaria  10-0
 North Korea
11 March France  1-4
 Italy
11 March Hungary  2-1
 Switzerland
11 March China  8-3
 Australia
12 March France  10-0
 Australia
12 March Bulgaria  5-5
 Hungary
12 March Switzerland  15-0
 North Korea
12 March Italy  5-1
 China
14 March Switzerland  4-0
 Bulgaria
14 March North Korea  3-2
 China
14 March Italy  13-0
 Australia
14 March France  6-4
 Hungary
15 March Hungary  10-2
 North Korea
15 March Switzerland  4-2
 Italy
15 March Bulgaria  11-4
 Australia
15 March France  6-2
 China
17 March Australia  4-1
 North Korea
17 March Italy  4-4
 Hungary
17 March Bulgaria  6-0
 China
17 March France  0-6
 Switzerland

Ranking and statistics[edit]

 


 1974 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Soviet Union
13th 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  Sweden
4  Finland
5  Poland
6  East Germany

European championships final standings[edit]

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  Sweden
4  Finland
5  Poland
6  East Germany

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. pp. 143–4.