1977 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1977 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Austria
Dates 21 April – 8 May
Teams 8
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia (5th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Soviet Union
Fourth place  Canada
Tournament statistics
Matches played 40
Goals scored 338 (8.45 per match)
Attendance 171,900 (4,298 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Soviet Union Vladimir Petrov 21 points
1976
1978

The 1977 Ice Hockey World Championships took place in Vienna, Austria from 21 April to 8 May. Eight teams took part, first playing each other once, then the four best teams advancing to a new round. The tournament was also the 55th ice hockey European Championship. Czechoslovakia won for the fifth time, and second in a row, claiming their 14th and final European title as well.

Canada returned after an eight-year absence with a team comprised completely of NHL players from teams that had missed the playoffs.[1] While being competitive most games, many people were reportedly upset by their conduct on the ice and after the games. The team refused to listen to the opposing teams' national anthems when they lost, and the coach, Johnny Wilson, explained their multiple misconduct penalties by saying, "we could not compete, and it is natural to attempt to take revenge.".[2]

The tournament itself was very close for the medals, with a spectacular last day. Canada, with a chance still to get a bronze, set a record by defeating the eventual champions eight to two. Never before had a first place team lost a game that badly.[3] But the Swedes, by beating the Soviets for a second time, saved the Czechs, and at the same time pushed themselves into second and Canada into fourth.

World Championship Group A (Austria)[edit]

First round[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Score Points
1  Sweden 7 6 0 1 39 - 09 12
2  Soviet Union 7 6 0 1 65 - 16 12
3  Czechoslovakia 7 5 1 1 46 - 20 11
4  Canada 7 4 1 2 31 - 25 9
5  Finland 7 3 0 4 22 - 37 6
6  United States 7 1 1 5 18 - 35 3
7  West Germany 7 1 1 5 17 - 45 3
8  Romania 7 0 0 7 12 - 63 0
21 April Canada  4-1
 United States
21 April Czechoslovakia  11-3
 Finland
21 April Soviet Union  10-0
 West Germany
21 April Sweden  8-1
 Romania
22 April Sweden  4-2
 Canada
22 April United States  7-2
 Romania
22 April Soviet Union  11-6
 Finland
22 April Czechoslovakia  9-3
 West Germany
24 April Soviet Union  11-1
 Canada
24 April Czechoslovakia  13-1
 Romania
24 April Sweden  5-1
 Finland
24 April United States  3-3
 West Germany
25 April Soviet Union  18-1
 Romania
25 April Sweden  7-1
 West Germany
26 April Finland  3-2
 United States
26 April Canada  3-3
 Czechoslovakia
27 April Canada  5-1
 Finland
27 April West Germany  6-3
 Romania
28 April Soviet Union  6-1
 Czechoslovakia
28 April Sweden  9-0
 United States
29 April Canada  9-3
 West Germany
29 April Finland  4-2
 Romania
30 April Czechoslovakia  3-1
 Sweden
30 April Soviet Union  8-3
 United States
1 May Finland  4-1
 West Germany
1 May Canada  7-2
 Romania
2 May Sweden  5-1
 Soviet Union
2 May Czechoslovakia  6-3
 United States

Final Round 1-4 place[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Czechoslovakia 10 7 1 2 54 - 32 15
2  Sweden 10 7 0 3 43 - 19 14
3  Soviet Union 10 7 0 3 77 - 24 14
4  Canada 10 6 1 3 47 - 35 13
4 May Canada  7-0
 Sweden
4 May Czechoslovakia  4-3
 Soviet Union
6 May Czechoslovakia  2-1
 Sweden
6 May Soviet Union  8-1
 Canada
8 May Canada  8-2
 Czechoslovakia
8 May Sweden  3-1
 Soviet Union

Consolation Round 5-8 place[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
5  Finland 10 5 0 5 45 - 43 10
6  United States 10 3 1 6 29 - 43 7
7  West Germany 10 2 1 7 23 - 58 5
8  Romania 10 1 0 9 20 - 84 2

Romania was relegated to Group B.

3 May Finland  14-1
 Romania
3 May United States  4-3
 West Germany
5 May Romania  5-4
 United States
5 May Finland  7-2
 West Germany
7 May United States  3-2
 Finland
7 May West Germany  3-2
 Romania

World Championship Group B (Japan)[edit]

Played in Tokyo 10–21 March. Played with nine countries because Group A had relegated two nations the previous year to make room for Canada.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
9  East Germany 8 8 0 0 57 - 16 16
10  Poland 8 6 0 2 39 - 22 12
11  Japan 8 5 1 2 30 - 21 11
12  Norway 8 4 2 2 30 - 30 10
13  Switzerland 8 4 0 4 35 - 33 8
14  Hungary 8 3 0 5 27 - 46 6
15  Yugoslavia 8 2 1 5 30 - 46 5
16  Netherlands 8 1 2 5 23 - 39 4
17  Austria 8 0 0 8 19 - 47 0

East Germany was promoted to Group A, both the Netherlands and Austria were relegated to Group C.

10 March Poland  4-2
 Netherlands
10 March Norway  4-2
 Yugoslavia
10 March East Germany  7-1
 Austria
10 March Japan  5-2
 Hungary
11 March Austria  4-7
 Hungary
11 March Norway  4-3
 Switzerland
12 March East Germany  7-6
 Yugoslavia
12 March Poland  5-2
 Switzerland
12 March Japan  8-2
 Netherlands
13 March Yugoslavia  6-4
 Austria
13 March Netherlands  2-8
 Hungary
13 March Japan  2-2
 Norway
14 March East Germany  9-2
 Hungary
14 March Poland  7-3
 Norway
14 March Switzerland  10-3
 Austria
15 March Poland  1-7
 East Germany
15 March Yugoslavia  5-5
 Netherlands
15 March Japan  3-2
 Switzerland
16 March Netherlands  4-3
 Austria
16 March Norway  8-2
 Hungary
16 March Japan  4-1
 Yugoslavia
17 March East Germany  10-3
 Switzerland
17 March Norway  4-2
 Austria
17 March Poland  10-0
 Hungary
18 March East Germany  4-2
 Netherlands
18 March Switzerland  5-3
 Yugoslavia
18 March Japan  2-5
 Poland
19 March Norway  4-4
 Netherlands
19 March Yugoslavia  1-3
 Hungary
19 March Japan  6-2
 Austria
20 March Switzerland  7-3
 Hungary
20 March East Germany  8-1
 Norway
20 March Poland  3-0
 Austria
21 March Switzerland  3-2
 Netherlands
21 March Japan  0-5
 East Germany
21 March Poland  4-6
 Yugoslavia

World Championship Group C (Denmark)[edit]

Played in Copenhagen and Hørsholm, 12–20 March. The hosts did not lose a game, outscored their opponents by forty-six, but it was not enough to win. Only one team was promoted this year so that Group B could return to having eight clubs, and their tie on the last day against Italy left them in second place.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
18  Italy 6 5 1 0 64 - 06 11
19  Denmark 6 5 1 0 61 - 15 11
20  Bulgaria 6 4 0 2 47 - 25 8
21  France 6 3 0 3 34 - 24 6
22  Spain 6 1 0 5 17 - 61 2
23  Belgium 6 1 0 5 24 - 89 2
24  Great Britain 6 1 0 5 17 - 47 2

Italy was promoted to Group B.

12 March Denmark  9-2
 Great Britain
12 March France  12-3
 Belgium
12 March Italy  12-0
 Spain
13 March Great Britain  3-6
 France
13 March Spain  2-14
 Bulgaria
13 March Belgium  1-21
 Italy
14 March Denmark  6-3
 Bulgaria
15 March France  2-8
 Italy
15 March Great Britain  6-5
 Belgium
15 March Denmark  14-3
 Spain
16 March France  4-6
 Bulgaria
17 March Belgium  4-17
 Bulgaria
17 March Great Britain  1-15
 Italy
18 March France  12-1
 Spain
18 March Denmark  27-4
 Belgium
19 March Italy  6-0
 Bulgaria
19 March Great Britain  2-5
 Spain
19 March Denmark  3-1
 France
20 March Belgium  7-6
 Spain
20 March Great Britain  3-7
 Bulgaria
20 March Denmark  2-2
 Italy

Ranking and statistics[edit]

 


 1977 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Czechoslovakia
5th title

Tournament Awards[edit]

Final standings[edit]

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

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

European championships final standings[edit]

The final standings of the European championships according to IIHF:

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

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Duplacey page 506
  2. ^ Tournament summary
  3. ^ Duplacey page 506

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. 145–6.