1998 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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1998 IIHF World U20 Championship
Tournament details
Host country  Finland
Dates December 25 - January 3
Teams 10
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Finland (2nd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Russia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg   Switzerland
Fourth place  Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played 34
Goals scored 219 (6.44 per match)
Attendance 139,680 (4,108 per match)
Scoring leader(s) United States Jeff Farkas
Finland Olli Jokinen
(10 points)
1997
1999

The 1998 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1998 WJHC) were held in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland. The championships began on December 25, 1997 and finished on January 3, 1998. Home team Finland was the winner, defeating Russia 2-1 in the gold medal game, thanks to the goaltending of Mika Noronen and the overtime heroics of Niklas Hagman. Switzerland defeated the Czech Republic 4-3 to capture the bronze medal, their first and only medal in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Canada had its five year title streak broken with its worst placing to date (8th). Canada would miss out on gold seven years in a row before beginning their 2005-2009 streak of five straight championships. It was the only tournament from 1993 to 2012 in which Canada failed to medal.

This tournament attracted 139,680 fans to 34 games for an average of 4,108 per game. As of 2013, it was the best-attended World Junior Championship ever held in Europe.[1]

Championship results[edit]

Pool A[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Finland 4 3 0 1 17 10 7
 Czech Republic 4 2 1 1 16 12 5
 Sweden 4 2 2 0 16 6 4
 Canada 4 2 2 0 9 7 4
 Germany 4 0 4 0 1 24 0
December 25, 1997 Finland  3 – 2
 Canada Helsinki
December 25, 1997 Czech Republic  2 – 1
 Sweden Hameenlinna
December 26, 1997 Sweden  4 – 0
 Canada Helsinki
December 26, 1997 Finland  5 – 0
 Germany Hameenlinna
December 27, 1997 Czech Republic  9 – 1
 Germany Helsinki
December 28, 1997 Canada  5 – 0
 Czech Republic Helsinki
December 28, 1997 Finland  4 – 3
 Sweden Helsinki
December 29, 1997 Sweden  8 – 0
 Germany Helsinki
December 30, 1997 Canada  2 – 0
 Germany Helsinki
December 30, 1997 Finland  5 – 5
 Czech Republic Helsinki

Group B[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Russia 4 3 0 1 22 6 7
  Switzerland 4 2 1 1 14 8 5
 United States 4 2 2 0 17 12 4
 Kazakhstan 4 1 3 0 8 29 2
 Slovakia 4 1 3 0 9 15 2
December 25, 1997 Russia  12 – 1
 Kazakhstan Hameenlinna
December 25, 1997 Slovakia  6 – 3
 United States Helsinki
December 26, 1997 United States  8 – 2
 Kazakhstan Helsinki
December 26, 1997 Switzerland   3 – 1
 Slovakia Hameenlinna
December 27, 1997 Russia  3 – 3
  Switzerland Helsinki
December 28, 1997 Kazakhstan  5 – 2
 Slovakia Hameenlinna
December 28, 1997 Russia  3 – 2
 United States Hameenlinna
December 29, 1997 Switzerland   7 – 0
 Kazakhstan Hameenlinna
December 30, 1997 Russia  4 – 0
 Slovakia Hameenlinna
December 30, 1997 United States  4 – 1
  Switzerland Hameenlinna

Final round[edit]

  Quarterfinal                    
  B1   Russia 2  
  A4   Canada 1   Semifinal
      QF1   Russia 5  
  Quarterfinal   QF2   Czech Republic 1  
  A2   Czech Republic 4
  B3   United States 1         Final
              SF1   Russia 1
  Quarterfinal             SF2   Finland 2
  A1   Finland 14      
  B4   Kazakhstan 1   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      QF3   Finland 2   SF1    Switzerland 4
  Quarterfinal   QF4    Switzerland 1     SF2   Czech Republic 3
  B2    Switzerland 2
  A3   Sweden 1  
Quarterfinals[edit]
December 31, 1997 Russia  2 – 1
(1–0, 0–0, 0–1, 1-0)
 Canada Hameenlinna
December 31, 1997 Finland  14 – 1
(6–1, 5–0, 3–0)
 Kazakhstan Helsinki
December 31, 1997 Switzerland   2 – 1 GWS
(0–0, 0–0, 1–1, 0-0, 5-4)
 Sweden Helsinki
December 31, 1997 Czech Republic  4 – 1
(0–0, 3–0, 1–1)
 United States Hameenlinna
Semifinals[edit]
January 1, 1998 Russia  5 – 1
(0–0, 3–1, 2–0)
 Czech Republic Helsinki
January 1, 1998 Finland  2 – 1
(1–0, 0–0, 1–1)
  Switzerland Helsinki
Placement games[edit]
January 2, 1998 United States  3 – 0
(1–0, 1–0, 1–0)
 Canada Hameenlinna
January 2, 1998 Sweden  5 – 1
(1–0, 2–0, 2–1)
 Kazakhstan Hameenlinna
7th place game[edit]
January 3, 1998 Kazakhstan  6 – 3
(2–0, 2–0, 2–3)
 Canada Hameenlinna
5th place game[edit]
January 3, 1998 United States  4 – 3
(1–2, 2–0, 1–1)
 Sweden Hameenlinna
Bronze medal game[edit]
January 3, 1998 3 Switzerland   4 – 3 GWS
(2–0, 0–2, 1–1, 0-0, 2-0)
 Czech Republic Helsinki
Gold medal game[edit]
January 3, 1998
18:30
1 Finland  2 – 1
(0–0, 0–1, 1–0, 1-0)
 Russia 2 Helsinki

Relegation round[edit]

January 1, 1998 Slovakia  9 – 0
(1–0, 4–0, 4–0)
 Germany Helsinki
January 3, 1998 Slovakia  8 – 3
(0–1, 3–2, 5–0)
 Germany Helsinki

 Germany lost the two game total goal series 17-3 and was relegated for the 1999 World Juniors

Final ranking[edit]

Rank Country
Gold medal icon.svg  Finland
Silver medal icon.svg  Russia
Bronze medal icon.svg   Switzerland
4  Czech Republic
5  United States
6  Sweden
7  Kazakhstan
8  Canada
9  Slovakia
10  Germany

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Country GP G A Pts
Jeff Farkas  United States 7 6 4 10
Olli Jokinen  Finland 7 4 6 10
Eero Somervuori  Finland 7 3 6 9
Ladislav Nagy  Slovakia 6 6 2 8
Brian Gionta  United States 7 5 3 8
Timo Vertala  Finland 7 4 4 8
Marián Hossa  Slovakia 6 4 4 8
Marcus Nilson  Sweden 7 3 5 8
Andrej Podkonický  Slovakia 6 3 5 8
Maxim Balmochnykh  Russia 7 2 6 8

Tournament awards[edit]

All-star team[2]

Pool B[edit]

The second tier was held in Sosnowiec and Tychy Poland, from December 28 to January 4. Two groups of four played round robins, and then the top three played each of the top three teams from the other group. All scores carried forward except the results against the lone eliminated team from each group.

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Hungary Latvia France Japan
 Hungary 3 1 0 2 10 9 4 3 - 2 2 - 2 5 - 5
 Latvia 3 2 1 0 15 10 4 2 - 3 5 - 2 8 - 5
 France 3 1 1 1 12 9 3 2 - 2 2 - 5 8 - 2
 Japan 3 0 2 1 12 21 1 5 - 5 5 - 8 2 - 8
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Poland Ukraine Belarus Norway
 Poland 3 2 1 0 13 11 4 7 - 3 1 - 4 5 - 4
 Ukraine 3 1 1 1 13 10 3 3 - 7 2 - 2 8 - 1
 Belarus 3 1 1 1 6 6 3 4 - 1 2 - 2 0 - 3
 Norway 3 1 2 0 8 13 2 4 - 5 1 - 8 3 - 0

Final round[edit]

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Belarus Ukraine Poland Latvia Hungary France
1  Belarus 5 4 0 1 22 8 9 2 - 2 4 - 1 3 - 1 8 - 0 5 - 4
2  Ukraine 5 3 1 1 23 12 7 2 - 2 3 - 7 5 - 1 4 - 1 9 - 1
3  Poland 5 3 2 0 24 13 6 1 - 4 7 - 3 2 - 3 8 - 0 6 - 3
4  Latvia 5 2 3 0 12 15 4 1 - 3 1 - 5 3 - 2 2 - 3 5 - 2
5  Hungary 5 1 3 1 6 24 3 0 - 8 1 - 4 0 - 8 3 - 2 2 - 2
6  France 5 0 4 1 12 27 1 4 - 5 1 - 9 3 - 6 2 - 5 2 - 2

 Belarus was promoted to Pool A for 1999.

Relegation round[edit]

Norway  6 – 4
 Japan
Norway  3 – 4 ot
 Japan
Norway  4 – 1
 Japan

 Japan lost two games to one and was relegated to Pool C for 1999.

Pool C[edit]

Played in Tallinn and Kohtla-Järve Estonia from December 28 to January 1.

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Italy Austria Estonia United Kingdom
 Italy 3 2 0 1 20 6 5 4 - 4 11 - 1 5 - 1
 Austria 3 2 0 1 18 6 5 4 - 4 8 - 1 6 - 1
 Estonia 3 1 2 0 5 20 2 1 - 11 1 - 8 3 - 1
 Great Britain 3 0 3 0 3 14 0 1 - 5 1 - 6 1 - 3
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Denmark Slovenia Croatia Romania
 Denmark 3 3 0 0 26 8 6 5 - 4 8 - 1 13 - 3
 Slovenia 3 2 1 0 15 8 4 4 - 5 4 - 1 7 - 2
 Croatia 3 1 2 0 6 14 2 1 - 8 1 - 4 4 - 2
 Romania 3 0 3 0 7 24 0 3 - 13 2 - 7 2 - 4

Placement games[edit]

 Denmark was promoted to Pool B, and  Romania was relegated to Pool D for 1999.

Pool D[edit]

Played in Kaunas and Elektrenai Lithuania from December 30 to January 3.

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Netherlands Spain Bulgaria Turkey
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 58 4 6 7 - 1 19 - 2 32 - 1
 Spain 3 2 1 0 18 9 4 1 - 7 6 - 2 11 - 0
 Bulgaria 3 1 2 0 17 29 2 2 - 19 2 - 6 13 - 4
 Turkey 3 0 3 0 5 56 0 1 - 32 0 - 11 4 - 13
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Lithuania Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mexico South Africa
 Lithuania 3 3 0 0 33 2 6 5 - 1 14 - 0 14 - 1
 Yugoslavia 3 2 1 0 23 7 4 1 - 5 13 - 0 9 - 2
 Mexico 3 1 2 0 3 28 2 0 - 14 0 - 13 3 - 1
 South Africa 3 0 3 0 4 26 0 1 - 14 2 - 9 1 - 3

Placement games[edit]

 Lithuania was promoted to Pool C for 1999.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.worldjunior2013.com/en/channels/2013/wm20/top/news/ufa-best-ever/
  2. ^ "All-Star Teams". Hockey Canada. Archived from the original on 28 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 

[1]- Kazakhstan's upset win over Canada mentioned

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