1992 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships

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1992 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Czechoslovakia
Dates 28 April – 10 May
Teams 12
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Sweden (6th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Finland
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  Switzerland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 39
Goals scored 242 (6.21 per match)
Attendance 249,748 (6,404 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Finland Jarkko Varvio 10 points
1991
1993

The 1992 Ice Hockey World Championships took place in Czechoslovakia from 28 April to 10 May. The games were played in Prague and Bratislava. Twelve teams took part, with the first round consisting of two groups of six, with the four best teams from each group advancing to the quarter-finals. This was the 56th World Championships, and Sweden retained their title, beating Finland 5-2 in the final, and becoming world champions for the sixth time. This was Finland's first medal in a World Championship, but should have come as no surprise with their success in Calgary and the most recent Canada Cup.

The pools were drawn the same as the Olympics in Albertville, but yielded much different results. The Swiss were able to tie both the Russians and the Canadians to earn their way into the quarterfinals. The Germans, after an opening loss to Finland, won four straight to earn a second place finish. More importantly, they earned a single game elimination against Switzerland with the winner going to the semi-finals. The Swiss prevailed, and moved on to meet a Swedish team that had shut-out the Russians. The Swedes led by three after the first and easily moved on to the gold medal game. There was nothing easy about the other semi-final. Tying it at two in the third, the Finns clinched their first World medal in a shootout. The Czechoslovaks, playing for the last time as a unified nation, beat the Swiss to settle for bronze, while Sweden, led by Mats Sundin, beat Finland for gold.[1][2]

A record thirty-two nations competed in 1992, with new entrants Greece, Israel, Luxembourg and Turkey icing teams in a secondary tier of Group C. South Africa appeared for the first time since 1966. Yugoslavia made their final World Championship appearance before their dissolution. Both Slovenia and Croatia began competing for themselves, in Group C qualifiers in 1993, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia resumed Yugoslavia's former position in Group C in 1995.

World Championship Group A (Czechoslovakia)[edit]

First Round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Finland 5 5 0 0 32 - 08 10
2  Germany 5 4 0 1 30 - 14 8
3  United States 5 2 1 2 14 - 15 5
4  Sweden 5 1 2 2 14 - 12 4
5  Italy 5 1 1 3 10 - 18 3
6  Poland 5 0 0 5 08 - 41 0
28 April Sweden  7-0
 Poland
28 April Germany  3-6
 Finland
28 April Italy  0-1
 United States
29 April Finland  11-2
 Poland
29 April United States  3-5
 Germany
29 April Sweden  0-0
 Italy
1 May Poland  5-7
 Italy
1 May Germany  5-2
 Sweden
1 May United States  1-6
 Finland
3 May United States  5-0
 Poland
3 May Italy  2-6
 Germany
3 May Finland  3-1
 Sweden
4 May Poland  1-11
 Germany
4 May Finland  6-1
 Italy
4 May Sweden  4-4
 United States

Group 2[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Russia 5 4 1 0 23 - 10 9
2  Czechoslovakia 5 4 0 1 18 - 07 8
3  Switzerland 5 2 2 1 12 - 11 6
4  Canada 5 2 1 2 15 - 18 5
5  Norway 5 1 0 4 08 - 16 2
6  France 5 0 0 5 08 - 22 0
28 April Canada  4-3
 France
28 April Switzerland  2-2
 Russia
28 April Czechoslovakia  6-1
 Norway
30 April Canada  1-1
 Switzerland
30 April Czechoslovakia  3-0
 France
30 April Russia  3-2
 Norway
1 May France  5-6
 Switzerland
1 May Norway  3-4
 Canada
1 May Czechoslovakia  2-4
 Russia
3 May Russia  8-0
 France
3 May Switzerland  3-1
 Norway
3 May Czechoslovakia  5-2
 Canada
4 May France  0-1
 Norway
4 May Canada  4-6
 Russia
4 May Czechoslovakia  2-0
 Switzerland

Consolation Round 11-12 Place[edit]

6 May France  3-1
 Poland

Poland was relegated to Group B.

Quarterfinals[edit]

6 May Finland  4-3
 Canada
6 May Russia  0-2
 Sweden
7 May Germany  1-3
 Switzerland
7 May Czechoslovakia  8-1
 United States

Semifinals[edit]

9 May Czechoslovakia  2-2
0-2 s.o.

 Finland
9 May Sweden  4-1
 Switzerland

Match for third place[edit]

10 May Czechoslovakia  5-2
 Switzerland

Final[edit]

10 May Sweden  5-2
(1-0, 3-0, 1-2)
 Finland Praha
Attendance: 14,000

Ranking and statistics[edit]

 


 1992 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Sweden
6th title

Tournament Awards[edit]

Final standings[edit]

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

Gold medal icon.svg  Sweden
Silver medal icon.svg  Finland
Bronze medal icon.svg  Czechoslovakia
4  Switzerland
5  Russia
6  Germany
7  United States
8  Canada
9  Italy
10  Norway
11  France
12  Poland

Scoring leaders[edit]

List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals.

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Finland Jarkko Varvio 8 9 1 10 +3 4 F
Finland Mikko Mäkelä 8 2 8 10 +11 0 F
Germany Dieter Hegen 6 7 2 9 +3 10 F
Czechoslovakia Tomáš Jelínek 8 4 5 9 +10 10 F
Czechoslovakia Róbert Švehla 8 4 4 8 +12 14 D
Finland Mika Nieminen 8 3 5 8 +5 2 F
Sweden Mats Sundin 8 2 6 8 +5 8 F
Finland Timo Saarikoski 8 3 4 7 +4 4 F
Finland Rauli Raitanen 7 2 5 7 +8 2 F
Finland Timo Jutila 8 2 5 7 +16 10 D

Source: [1]

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 50% of their team's minutes are included in this list.

Player MIP GA GAA SVS% SO
Sweden Tommy Söderström 300 7 1.40 .936 2
Italy David Delfino 149 7 2.82 .932 1
Finland Markus Ketterer 309 13 2.52 .927 0
Czechoslovakia Petr Bříza 490 12 1.47 .921 2
Canada Ron Hextall 273 13 2.86 .909 0

Source: [2]

World Championship Group B (Austria)[edit]

Played in Klagenfurt 2–12 April. The hosts went undefeated to return to Group A for the first time since 1957.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
13  Austria 7 7 0 0 73 - 04 14
14  Netherlands 7 5 1 1 53 - 16 11
15  Japan 7 4 0 3 30 - 24 8
16  Denmark 7 4 0 3 23 - 24 8
17  Bulgaria 7 3 0 4 14 - 38 6
18  Romania 7 1 3 3 13 - 26 5
19  China 7 1 1 5 15 - 50 3
20  Yugoslavia 7 0 1 6 07 - 46 1

Austria was promoted to Group A, while Yugoslavia was relegated to Group C but would not play there until 1995.

2 April Netherlands  12-2
 China
2 April Yugoslavia  3-3
 Romania
2 April Austria  18-0
 Bulgaria
2 April Japan  4-2
 Denmark
3 April China  4-1
 Yugoslavia
3 April Austria  9-0
 Romania
4 April Denmark  0-8
 Netherlands
4 April Japan  2-5
 Bulgaria
5 April Austria  16-0
 China
5 April Japan  5-1
 Romania
5 April Yugoslavia  2-4
 Denmark
6 April Netherlands  7-1
 Bulgaria
6 April China  3-3
 Romania
7 April Yugoslavia  1-4
 Bulgaria
7 April Austria  5-1
 Denmark
8 April Romania  2-2
 Netherlands
8 April China  3-10
 Japan
9 April Bulgaria  1-7
 Denmark
9 April Austria  3-0
 Japan
9 April Yugoslavia  0-11
 Netherlands
10 April Bulgaria  3-1
 China
10 April Romania  2-4
 Denmark
11 April Japan  6-0
 Yugoslavia
11 April Austria  8-3
 Netherlands
12 April Denmark  5-2
 China
12 April Netherlands  10-3
 Japan
12 April Bulgaria  0-2
 Romania
12 April Austria  14-0
 Yugoslavia

World Championship Group C1 (Great Britain)[edit]

Played in Hull Great Britain 18–24 March. The hosts, led by Scot Tony Hand and Canadian Kevin Conway, won all five games easily.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
21  Great Britain 5 5 0 0 62 - 10 10
22  North Korea 5 3 0 2 25 - 28 6
23  Australia 5 2 1 2 24 - 26 5
24  Hungary 5 2 0 3 18 - 33 4
25  Belgium 5 2 0 3 17 - 24 4
26  South Korea 5 0 1 4 18 - 43 1

Great Britain was promoted to Group B while no team was relegated.

18 March Belgium  5-4
 North Korea
18 March South Korea  6-10
 Hungary
18 March Great Britain  10-2
 Australia
19 March Hungary  3-1
 Belgium
19 March North Korea  8-3
 Australia
19 March Great Britain  15-0
 South Korea
21 March Australia  5-5
 South Korea
21 March Hungary  1-4
 North Korea
21 March Belgium  3-7
 Great Britain
22 March Hungary  1-8
 Australia
22 March South Korea  4-6
 Belgium
22 March North Korea  2-16
 Great Britain
24 March North Korea  7-3
 South Korea
24 March Australia  6-2
 Belgium
24 March Great Britain  14-3
 Hungary

World Championship Group C2 (South Africa)[edit]

Played in Johannesburg 21–28 March. Though called 'C2' it was no different from being in 'Group D'. Spain completely dominated, playing against five essentially new hockey nations. Only South Africa had participated before, and they last played in 1966.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
27  Spain 5 5 0 0 114 - 5 10
28  South Africa 5 4 0 1 55 - 18 8
29  Greece 5 3 0 2 36 - 31 6
30  Israel 5 1 1 3 22 - 42 3
31  Luxembourg 5 1 1 3 20 - 73 3
32  Turkey 5 0 0 5 11 - 89 0

Spain and later South Africa qualified for 1993 Group C. The others had to play in qualification tournaments in November 1992.

21 March South Africa  23-0
 Luxembourg
21 March Turkey  3-15
 Greece
22 March Israel  4-23
 Spain
22 March South Africa  18-1
 Turkey
23 March Luxembourg  5-9
 Greece
24 March Israel  8-2
 Turkey
24 March Spain  10-1
 Greece
25 March South Africa  5-1
 Israel
25 March Luxembourg  0-31
 Spain
26 March Luxembourg  10-5
 Turkey
26 March South Africa  9-4
 Greece
27 March Greece  7-4
 Israel
27 March Turkey  0-38
 Spain
28 March South Africa  0-12
 Spain
28 March Israel  5-5
 Luxembourg

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Summary at Passionhockey.com
  2. ^ Duplacey page 508

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. 155–6. 

See also: World Juniors, Women's Championships