1998 IIHF World Championship

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1998 IIHF World Championship
Tournament details
Host country   Switzerland
Dates 1–17 May
Teams 16
Venue(s) 3 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Sweden (7th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Finland
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Czech Republic
Fourth place   Switzerland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 49
Goals scored 276 (5.63 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Sweden Peter Forsberg (11 pts)
1997
1999

The 1998 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships were held in Switzerland from 1–17 May 1998. The format expanded to 16 teams for the first time. The teams were divided into four groups of four with the top two teams in each advancing to the next round. The two groups of four then played a round robin with the top two teams in each moving on to the semi-finals. The semi-finals were a two game total goals for series as was the final.

Qualifying Round (Austria)[edit]

Played 6–9 November 1997 in Klagenfurt. The Kazakhs, Austrians, and Norwegians finished virtually even. In head-to-head match-ups they each had one win and one loss, they each had scored as many as they had allowed. The Kazakhs scored six goals, the other two both five, pushing them to first. The Norwegians had beat Poland by three, on the final day the Austrians pushed their advantage over Poland to four, giving them the final spot in the World Championship.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Kazakhstan 3 2 0 1 12 - 07 4
2  Austria 3 2 0 1 09 - 05 4
3  Norway 3 2 0 1 08 - 05 4
4  Poland 3 0 0 3 01 - 13 0

Kazakhstan and Austria advanced to Group A, Norway and Poland competed in Group B.

6 November 1997 Kazakhstan  6-1
 Poland
6 November 1997 Austria  1-3
 Norway
8 November 1997 Norway  3-0
 Poland
8 November 1997 Austria  4-2
 Kazakhstan
9 November 1997 Kazakhstan  4-2
 Norway
9 November 1997 Austria  4-0
 Poland

First Round[edit]

In each group, the top two nations advanced to the next round. Third place teams played a final round against each other to determine who escaped having to qualify for next year's tournament. Fourth place teams did not play further, they were automatically entered in qualifiers for next year's tournament. The highlight of the round was the French victory of the USA, the first ever in an official match.[2]

Group 1[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Czech Republic 3 3 0 0 20 - 05 6
2  Belarus 3 2 0 1 12 - 10 4
3  Germany 3 1 0 2 08 - 13 2
4  Japan 3 0 0 3 07 - 19 0

Japan was relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.

1 May Czech Republic  8-2
 Japan
1 May Belarus  4-2
 Germany
3 May Belarus  2-4
 Czech Republic
3 May Germany  5-1
 Japan
5 May Japan  4-6
 Belarus
5 May Czech Republic  8-1
 Germany

Group 2[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Canada 3 2 1 0 12 - 05 5
2  Slovakia 3 2 1 0 09 - 04 5
3  Italy 3 1 0 2 08 - 08 2
4  Austria 3 0 0 3 03 - 15 0

Austria was relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.

1 May Canada  5-1
 Austria
1 May Italy  1-2
 Slovakia
3 May Slovakia  2-2
 Canada
3 May Italy  5-1
 Austria
5 May Austria  1-5
 Slovakia
5 May Canada  5-2
 Italy

Group 3[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Sweden 3 3 0 0 16 - 04 6
2   Switzerland 3 1 0 2 09 - 10 2
3  United States 3 1 0 2 07 - 11 2
4  France 3 1 0 2 05 - 12 2

France was relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.

2 May United States  5-2
  Switzerland
2 May Sweden  6-1
 France
4 May France  3-1
 United States
4 May Sweden  4-2
  Switzerland
6 May United States  1-6
 Sweden
6 May Switzerland   5-1
 France

Group 4[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Russia 3 3 0 0 19 - 11 6
2  Finland 3 2 0 1 12 - 04 4
3  Latvia 3 1 0 2 12 - 15 2
4  Kazakhstan 3 0 0 3 06 - 19 0

Kazakhstan was relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.

2 May Russia  8-4
 Kazakhstan
2 May Finland  6-0
 Latvia
4 May Latvia  5-7
 Russia
4 May Finland  4-0
 Kazakhstan
6 May Kazakhstan  2-7
 Latvia
6 May Russia  4-2
 Finland

Consolation Round 9-12 Place[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
9  Latvia 3 2 1 0 09 - 03 5
10  Italy 3 1 2 0 09 - 05 4
11  Germany 3 0 2 1 05 - 10 2
12  United States 3 0 1 2 03 - 08 1

Germany and the USA were relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.

8 May United States  1-1
 Germany
8 May Italy  1-1
 Latvia
10 May Italy  4-0
 United States
10 May Germany  0-5
 Latvia
11 May Germany  4-4
 Italy
11 May Latvia  3-2
 United States

Second Round[edit]

Group 2 and 3 first place teams played against group 1 and 4 second place teams in group 5, group 1 and 4 first place teams played against group 2 and 3 second place teams. The top two, from each group, advanced to the semi-finals.

Group 5[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Sweden 3 3 0 0 10 - 02 6
2  Finland 3 1 1 1 08 - 06 3
3  Canada 3 1 1 1 10 - 12 3
4  Belarus 3 0 0 3 05 - 13 0
7 May Sweden  1-0
 Finland
7 May Belarus  2-6
 Canada
9 May Canada  3-3
 Finland
9 May Sweden  2-1
 Belarus
10 May Canada  1-7
 Sweden
10 May Finland  5-2
 Belarus

Group 6[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Czech Republic 3 2 1 0 06 - 03 5
2   Switzerland 3 1 1 1 06 - 06 3
3  Russia 3 1 1 1 10 - 07 3
4  Slovakia 3 0 1 2 02 - 08 1
7 May Slovakia  0-1
 Czech Republic
7 May Russia  2-4
  Switzerland
9 May Czech Republic  3-1
  Switzerland
9 May Russia  6-1
 Slovakia
10 May Czech Republic  2-2
 Russia
10 May Switzerland   1-1
 Slovakia

Final Round[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

12 May Sweden  4-1
(1–0, 0–0, 3–1)
  Switzerland Zurich
12 May Czech Republic  1-4
(1–1, 0–1, 0–2)
 Finland Zurich
14 May Switzerland   2-7
(0–3, 0–1, 2–2)
 Sweden Zurich
14 May Finland  2-2
(0–0, 0–1, 2–1)
 Czech Republic Zurich

Match for third place[edit]

15 May Czech Republic  4-0
(0-0, 3-0, 1-0)
  Switzerland Zurich

Final[edit]

16 May Finland  0-1
(0-0, 0-0, 0-1)
 Sweden Zurich
Attendance: 9,300

17 May Sweden  0-0
(0-0, 0-0, 0-0)
 Finland Zurich
Attendance: 12,500

Ranking and statistics[edit]

 


 1998 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Sweden
7th 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  Czech Republic
4   Switzerland
5  Russia
6  Canada
7  Slovakia
8  Belarus
9  Latvia
10  Italy
11  Germany
12  United States
13  France
14  Japan
15  Austria
16  Kazakhstan

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Sweden Peter Forsberg 7 5 6 11 +9 0 F
Sweden Mats Sundin 10 5 6 11 +13 6 F
Finland Raimo Helminen 10 2 9 11 0 0 F
Finland Ville Peltonen 10 4 6 10 0 8 F
Czech Republic Radek Bělohlav 9 6 3 9 +7 2 F
Czech Republic Pavel Patera 9 6 3 9 +6 12 F
Russia Viktor Kozlov 6 4 5 9 +5 0 F
Russia Sergei Berezin 6 6 2 8 +2 2 F
Latvia Oleg Znaroks 6 5 3 8 +4 2 F
Sweden Mikael Renberg 10 5 3 8 +6 6 F

Source: [1]

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 40% of their team's minutes are included in this list.

Player MIP GA GAA SVS% SO
Sweden Tommy Salo 540 7 0.78 .959 3
Finland Ari Sulander 477 10 1.26 .956 2
Italy Mike Rosati 299 8 1.61 .950 1
Czech Republic Milan Hnilička 430 10 1.40 .940 2
France François Gravel 94 4 2.55 .938 0

Source: [2]

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