1997 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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1997 IIHF World U20 Championship
Tournament details
Host country   Switzerland
Dates December 26 - January 4
Teams 10
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (10th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  United States
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Russia
Fourth place  Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played 31
Goals scored 204 (6.58 per match)
Attendance 31,336 (1,011 per match)
Scoring leader(s) United States Mike York
(10 points)
1996
1998

The 1997 IIHF World U20 Championship were held in Geneva and Morges, Switzerland. The tournament was won by Canada who won their record fifth straight gold medal with a 2-0 victory over the United States in the gold-medal match. Mike York of the United States was the top scorer in the tournament with 5 goals and 5 assists for 10 points.

The tournament all-star team selected upon the conclusion of the tournament included forwards Mike York (United States), Sergei Samsonov (Russia), and Christian Dube (Canada); defensemen Mark Streit (Switzerland), and Chris Phillips (Canada); and goaltender Brian Boucher (United States).

Notable NHL stars that played in this tournament include Joe Thornton (Canada), Danny Briere (Canada), and Marian Hossa (Slovakia).

Round robin[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 United States 4 3 0 1 18 5 7
 Canada 4 2 0 2 15 9 6
 Czech Republic 4 1 1 2 13 8 4
 Switzerland 4 1 2 1 8 11 3
 Germany 4 0 4 0 5 26 0
December 26, 1996 United States  4 – 0
 Switzerland Geneva
December 26, 1996 Czech Republic  8 – 2
 Germany Morges
December 27, 1996 Canada  4 – 1
 Germany Geneva
December 27, 1996 Czech Republic  1 – 1
 Switzerland Morges
December 28, 1996 Canada  4 – 4
 United States Geneva
December 29, 1996 Switzerland  6 – 2
 Germany Geneva
December 29, 1996 United States  2 – 1
 Czech Republic Geneva
December 30, 1996 Canada  4 – 1
 Switzerland Geneva
December 31, 1996 Canada  3 – 3
 Czech Republic Geneva
December 31, 1996 United States  8 – 0
 Germany Geneva

Group B[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Russia 4 3 0 1 20 5 7
 Finland 4 3 1 0 17 9 6
 Slovakia 4 2 2 0 17 13 4
 Sweden 4 1 2 1 10 10 3
 Poland 4 0 4 0 6 33 0
December 26, 1996 Russia  4 – 3
 Slovakia Geneva
December 26, 1996 Finland  7 – 0
 Poland Morges
December 27, 1996 Slovakia  4 – 1
 Sweden Geneva
December 27, 1996 Russia  12 – 0
 Poland Morges
December 28, 1996 Finland  4 – 2
 Sweden Morges
December 29, 1996 Slovakia  7 – 4
 Poland Morges
December 29, 1996 Russia  4 – 2
 Finland Morges
December 30, 1996 Sweden  7 – 2
 Poland Morges
December 31, 1996 Finland  4 – 3
 Slovakia Morges
December 31, 1996 Russia  0 – 0
 Sweden Morges

Relegation round[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Switzerland 3 3 0 0 18 5 6
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 17 10 4
 Germany 3 1 2 0 11 14 2
 Poland 3 0 3 0 3 20 0
December 29, 1996 Switzerland  6 – 2
 Germany Geneva
December 30, 1996 Sweden  7 – 2
 Poland Morges
January 2, 1997 Switzerland  6 – 1
 Poland Morges
January 2, 1997 Sweden  8 – 2
 Germany Morges
January 3, 1997 Switzerland  6 – 2
 Sweden Morges
January 3, 1997 Germany  7 – 0
 Poland Morges

 Poland was relegated for the 1998 World Junior Championships.

Medal Rounds[edit]

  Quarter finals     Semi finals     Final
                           
      QF1   Canada 3  
  A2   Canada 7     B1   Russia 2    
  B3   Slovakia 2         SF1   Canada 2
      SF2   United States 0
      QF2   Czech Republic 2    
  B2   Finland 3     A1   United States 5   Third place
  A3   Czech Republic 5   QF1   Russia 4
  QF2   Czech Republic 1

Quarterfinals[edit]

January 1, 1997 Canada  7 – 2
(0–0, 3–1, 4–1)
 Slovakia Geneva
January 1, 1997 Czech Republic  3 – 2 GWS
(0–1, 1–0, 1–1, 0-0, 3-1)
 Finland Geneva

Semifinals[edit]

January 3, 1997 Canada  3 – 2
(1–1, 0–1, 2–0)
 Russia Geneva
January 3, 1997 United States  5 – 2
(2–2, 1–0, 2–0)
 Czech Republic Geneva

5th place game[edit]

January 3, 1997 Finland  6 – 4
(4–1, 0–1, 2–2)
 Slovakia Morges

Bronze Medal Game[edit]

[1]

4 January 1997 Russia  4-1
 Czech Republic Vernets Arena
Attendance: 855

Gold Medal Game[edit]

[2]

4 January 1997 Canada  2-0
 United States Vernets Arena
Attendance: 4,269

Final standings[edit]

Team
 Canada
 United States
 Russia
4th  Czech Republic
5th  Finland
6th  Slovakia
7th  Switzerland
8th  Sweden
9th  Germany
10th  Poland

 Poland was relegated for the 1998 World Juniors

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Country GP G A Pts
Mike York  United States 6 5 5 10
Tomi Kallio  Finland 6 5 4 9
Erik Rasmussen  United States 6 4 5 9
Rastislav Pavlikovsky  Slovakia 7 2 7 9
Alexei Morozov  Russia 6 5 3 8
Niko Kapanen  Finland 6 4 4 8
Alexei Kolkounov  Russia 6 4 4 8
Sergei Samsonov  Russia 6 6 1 7
Marián Hossa  Slovakia 6 5 2 7
Mark Parrish  United States 6 5 2 7

Goaltending leaders[edit]

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Player Country MINS GAA
Denis Khlopotnov  Russia 180 0.33
Brian Boucher  United States 357.13 1.51
Marc Denis  Canada 419.52 1.86
David Aebischer   Switzerland 300 2.00
Adam Svoboda  Czech Republic 428.27 2.66
Radmir Faizov  Russia 178.29 2.69
Vesa Toskala  Finland 250 2.88
Robert Borgqvist  Sweden 240 3.00

Pool B[edit]

This tournament was played in Kiev Ukraine, from December 27 to January 5.

Standings
Rank Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Kazakhstan Latvia France Norway Ukraine Japan Hungary Italy
1  Kazakhstan 7 6 0 1 39 15 13 4 - 1 1 - 1 7 - 5 3 - 1 4 - 0 11 - 3 9 - 4
2  Latvia 7 5 1 1 28 19 11 1 - 4 4 - 3 5 - 5 2 - 1 4 - 3 9 - 1 3 - 2
3  France 7 4 1 2 22 16 10 1 - 1 3 - 4 5 - 4 4 - 3 1 - 1 3 - 2 5 - 1
4  Norway 7 2 2 3 33 23 7 5 - 7 5 - 5 4 - 5 2 - 2 3 - 3 5 - 1 9 - 0
5  Ukraine 7 3 3 1 26 18 7 1 - 3 1 - 2 3 - 4 2 - 2 4 - 3 8 - 1 7 - 3
6  Japan 7 2 3 2 24 17 6 0 - 4 3 - 4 1 - 1 3 - 3 3 - 4 6 - 1 8 - 0
7  Hungary 7 1 6 0 14 44 2 3 - 11 1 - 9 2 - 3 1 - 5 1 - 8 1 - 6 5 - 2
8  Italy 7 0 7 0 12 46 0 4 - 9 2 - 3 1 - 5 0 - 9 3 - 7 0 - 8 2 - 5

 Kazakhstan was promoted to Pool A, and  Italy was relegated to Pool C, for 1998.

Pool C[edit]

Played in Georgheni, and Miercurea Ciuc Romania from December 30 to January 3.

Preliminary Round[edit]

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Belarus United Kingdom Austria Croatia
 Belarus 3 3 0 0 26 2 6 7 - 2 8 - 0 11 - 0
 Great Britain 3 2 1 0 13 9 4 2 - 7 4 - 2 7 - 0
 Austria 3 1 2 0 6 12 2 0 - 8 2 - 4 4 - 0
 Croatia 3 0 3 0 0 22 0 0 - 11 0 - 7 0 - 4
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Slovenia Denmark Romania Netherlands
 Slovenia 3 3 0 0 22 6 6 6 - 2 6 - 2 10 - 2
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 27 8 4 2 - 6 9 - 0 16 - 2
 Romania 3 1 2 0 8 18 2 2 - 6 0 - 9 6 - 3
 Netherlands 3 0 3 0 7 32 0 2 - 10 2 - 16 3 - 6

Placement Games[edit]

 Belarus was promoted to Pool B, and  Netherlands was relegated to Pool D for 1998.

Pool D[edit]

Played in Sofia Bulgaria from December 30 to January 3.

Preliminary Round[edit]

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Lithuania Spain Bulgaria Mexico
 Lithuania 3 3 0 0 45 4 6 10 - 1 15 - 1 20 - 2
 Spain 3 2 1 0 17 12 4 1 - 10 3 - 1 13 - 1
 Bulgaria 3 1 2 0 9 20 2 1 - 15 1 - 3 7 - 2
 Mexico 3 0 3 0 5 40 0 2 - 20 1 - 13 2 - 7
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Estonia Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Israel South Africa
 Estonia 3 3 0 0 38 7 6 8 - 3 12 - 3 18 - 1
 Yugoslavia 3 2 1 0 22 12 4 3 - 8 9 - 4 10 - 0
 Israel 3 1 2 0 13 23 2 3 - 12 4 - 9 6 - 2
 South Africa 3 0 3 0 3 34 0 1 - 18 0 - 10 2 - 6

Placement Games[edit]

 Estonia was promoted to Pool C for 1998.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ slam.canoe.ca (Canadian Press): Russians capture bronze with win over Czechs 4 January 1997 (accessed 2008-01-01)
  2. ^ slam.canoe.ca (Toronto Sun): Gritty juniors keep world title TIM WHARNSBY 4 January 1997 (accessed 2008-01-01)