2003 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships

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2003 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Finland
Dates April 26, 2003 (2003-04-26) - May 11, 2003 (2003-05-11)
Teams 16
Venue(s) (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (16th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Slovakia
Fourth place  Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played 56
Attendance 449,193 (8,021 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Slovakia Žigmund Pálffy
MVP Sweden Mats Sundin
2002
2004

The 2003 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships were held in Helsinki, Turku and Tampere in Finland from April 26 to May 11. Canada won the gold medal, beating Sweden 3–2 in the final.

In the quarterfinal between Sweden and Finland, the Swedes completed an outstanding comeback. Being down 5–1 7 minutes into the second period, Sweden decided to change goaltender from Tommy Salo to Mikael Tellqvist. After the change, the Swedes scored 3 goals in the same period to reduce the lead to 5–4. In the third period, Peter Forsberg scored a famous goal to tie the game up, when he skated from the Swedes' zone all the way to Finland's offensive zone, scoring on a wrap around. Later in the same period, Per Johan Axelsson scored the game-winning goal to win the game 6–5 for the Swedes.

Championship[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Slovakia 3 3 0 0 22 5 6
 Germany 3 2 1 0 9 8 4
 Ukraine 3 1 2 0 9 13 2
 Japan 3 0 3 0 6 20 0

Group B[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Russia 3 3 0 0 14 5 6
 Switzerland 3 2 1 0 9 7 4
 Denmark 3 1 2 0 8 14 2
 United States 3 0 3 0 4 9 0

Group C[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Canada 3 3 0 0 12 2 6
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 6 5 4
 Latvia 3 1 2 0 6 9 2
 Belarus 3 0 3 0 1 9 0

Group D[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Czech Republic 3 3 0 0 15 4 6
 Finland 3 2 1 0 18 3 4
 Austria 3 1 2 0 8 15 2
 Slovenia 3 0 3 0 4 23 0

Qualification round[edit]

Group E[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Slovakia 5 4 0 1 27 9 9
 Czech Republic 5 4 0 1 22 7 9
 Finland 5 2 2 1 18 10 5
 Germany 5 2 2 1 11 11 5
 Austria 5 1 4 0 9 27 2
 Ukraine 5 0 5 0 8 31 0

Group F[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Canada 5 4 0 1 18 6 9
 Sweden 5 4 1 0 20 9 8
 Russia 5 2 3 0 16 14 4
 Switzerland 5 2 3 0 14 16 4
 Latvia 5 2 3 0 10 16 4
 Denmark 5 0 4 1 8 25 1

Final round[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
May 7 - Elysee Arena        
  Canada  3
May 9 - Hartwall Areena
  Germany  2  
  Canada  8
May 7 - Elysee Arena
    Czech Republic  4  
  Czech Republic  3
May 11 – Hartwall Areena
  Russia  0  
  Canada  3
May 7 - Hartwall Areena
    Sweden  2
  Slovakia  3
May 9 - Hartwall Areena
  Switzerland  1  
  Slovakia  1 Third place
May 7 - Hartwall Areena
    Sweden  4  
  Sweden  6   Czech Republic  2
  Finland  5     Slovakia  4
May 10 – Hartwall Areena

Relegation round[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 United States 3 3 0 0 19 5 6
 Belarus 3 2 1 0 9 8 4
 Slovenia 3 0 2 1 8 14 1
 Japan 3 0 2 1 5 14 1

 Japan avoids relegation by defeating  South Korea 4-1 in the Far East Qualification of the 2004 World Championship.
 Belarus and  Slovenia are demoted to Division I at the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Slovakia Žigmund Pálffy 9 7 8 15 18
Slovakia Jozef Stümpel 9 4 11 15 0
Slovakia Ľubomír Višňovský 9 4 8 12 2
Finland Teemu Selänne 7 8 3 11 2
Finland Saku Koivu 7 1 10 11 4
Canada Dany Heatley 9 7 3 10 10
Sweden Mats Sundin 7 6 4 10 10
Slovakia Miroslav Šatan 9 6 4 10 2
Czech Republic Martin Straka 9 6 4 10 4
Finland Kimmo Rintanen 7 5 4 9 0

Goaltending leaders[edit]

Player MINS GA GAA SO Sv%
Canada Sean Burke 328 7 1.28 1 .955
Germany Oliver Jonas 180 4 1.33 0 .960
Sweden Mikael Tellqvist 393 9 1.37 0 .940
Switzerland Marco Bührer 297 9 1.82 1 .934
Slovakia Ján Lašák 359 11 1.84 0 .935

Division I[edit]

Group A[edit]

Played at Budapest, Hungary April 15–21

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Kazakhstan 5 5 0 0 34 9 10
 Poland 5 4 1 0 24 9 8
 Hungary 5 2 2 1 14 13 5
 Netherlands 5 1 3 1 17 22 3
 Romania 5 1 3 1 13 26 3
 Lithuania 5 0 4 1 7 30 1

Group B[edit]

Played at Zagreb, Croatia April 13–20

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 France 5 4 0 1 21 5 9
 Norway 5 4 1 0 19 9 8
 Estonia 5 2 3 0 12 20 4
 Italy 5 2 3 0 16 11 4
 Great Britain 5 1 3 1 16 14 3
 Croatia 5 1 4 0 10 35 2

 France and  Kazakhstan are promoted to the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships,  Croatia and  Lithuania are demoted to Division II.

Division II[edit]

Group A[edit]

Played at Seoul, South Korea April 5–12

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 South Korea 5 5 0 0 50 10 10
 Yugoslavia 5 4 1 0 46 11 8
 Spain 5 3 2 0 27 23 6
 Australia 5 2 3 0 25 26 4
 South Africa 5 1 4 0 19 32 2
 Mexico 5 0 5 0 5 70 0

Group B[edit]

Played at Sofia, Bulgaria March 24–30

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Belgium 5 4 1 0 29 8 8
 China 5 4 1 0 19 13 8
 Bulgaria 5 2 2 1 15 10 5
 North Korea 5 2 2 1 16 13 5
 Israel 5 1 2 2 11 19 4
 Iceland 5 0 5 0 4 31 0

 Belgium and  South Korea are promoted to Division I,  Iceland and  Mexico are demoted to Division III.

Division III[edit]

Played at Auckland, New Zealand April 3–6

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 New Zealand 2 2 0 0 14 3 4
 Luxembourg 2 1 1 0 7 10 2
 Turkey 2 0 2 0 4 12 0

 Luxembourg and  New Zealand are promoted to Division II.

See also[edit]

To celebrate the games, the Finnish government issued a high value commemorative coin: the 2003 Ice Hockey World Championships commemorative coin, minted also in 2003. On the reverse, three ice hockey sticks with a puck can be seen.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

See also: World Juniors