2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
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Tournament details
Host country  Canada
Dates December 26, 2002 –
January 5, 2003
Teams 10
Venue(s) Halifax Metro Centre and
Centre 200 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Russia (3rd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Finland
Fourth place  United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played 31
Goals scored 182 (5.87 per match)
Attendance 241,504 (7,790 per match)
Scoring leader(s) 5 way tie
(10 points)
2002
2004

The 2003 IIHF World U20 Championship, commonly referred as the 2003 World Junior Hockey Championships (2003 WJHC), was the 27th edition of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. The tournament was held in Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada from December 26, 2002 to January 5, 2003. Russia won the gold medal for the second consecutive year with a 3–2 victory over Canada in the championship game, while Finland won the bronze medal with a 3–2 victory over the United States.

Venues[edit]

Halifax Metro Centre
Capacity: 10,595
Centre 200
Capacity: 4,881
Halifaxmetrocentre06aa.jpg Centre 200.JPG
 CanadaHalifax  CanadaSydney

Top Division[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
 Russia 4 4 0 0 21 7 8
 United States 4 3 0 1 15 9 6
 Slovakia 4 2 0 2 15 8 4
 Switzerland 4 1 0 3 10 15 2
 Belarus 4 0 0 4 6 28 0

All times local (AST/UTC-4).

December 26, 2002
14:00
Belarus  2 – 4
(1–2, 1–0, 0–2)
 Switzerland Centre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 1,951
December 26, 2002
18:00
United States  1 – 5
(0–2, 1–2, 0–1)
 Russia Centre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 4,950
December 27, 2002
20:00
Slovakia  11 – 1
(3–1, 4–0, 4–0)
 Belarus Centre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,548
December 28, 2002
16:00
Switzerland  1 – 3
(1–0, 0–2, 0–1)
 United States Centre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,331
December 28, 2002
20:00
Russia  4 – 0
(1–0, 1–0, 2–0)
 Slovakia Centre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 3,213
December 29, 2002
18:00
Belarus  1 – 5
(0–2, 1–2, 0–1)
 Russia Centre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,232
December 30, 2002
14:00
United States  8 – 2
(4–0, 3–1, 1–1)
 Belarus Centre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,213
December 30, 2002
18:00
Switzerland  0 – 3
(0–1, 0–2, 0–0)
 Slovakia Centre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,069
December 31, 2002
14:00
Slovakia  1 – 3
(1–0, 0–2, 0–1)
 United States Centre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,238
December 31, 2002
18:00
Russia  7 – 5
(2–1, 3–2, 2–2)
 Switzerland Centre 200, Sydney
Attendance: 2,249

Group B[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
 Canada 4 4 0 0 21 6 8
 Finland 4 2 1 1 12 9 5
 Czech Republic 4 2 1 1 8 7 5
 Sweden 4 1 0 3 12 16 2
 Germany 4 0 0 4 3 18 0

All times local (AST/UTC-4).

December 26, 2002
16:00
Germany  0 – 4
(0–2, 0–0, 0–2)
 Finland Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 8,923
December 26, 2002
20:10
Sweden  2 – 8
(0–2, 2–2, 0–4)
 Canada Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,594
December 27, 2002
19:00
Czech Republic  3 – 0
(0–0, 2–0, 1–0)
 Germany Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 9,562
December 28, 2002
15:10
Canada  4 – 0
(1–0, 2–0, 1–0)
 Czech Republic Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,594
December 28, 2002
20:00
Finland  3 – 2
(1–0, 1–2, 1–0)
 Sweden Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,089
December 29, 2002
16:10
Germany  1 – 4
(1–0, 0–3, 0–1)
 Canada Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,594
December 30, 2002
16:00
Sweden  7 – 2
(3–0, 3–1, 1–1)
 Germany Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,427
December 30, 2002
20:00
Finland  2 – 2
(0–0, 1–1, 1–1)
 Czech Republic Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,462
December 31, 2002
16:00
Czech Republic  3 – 1
(0–0, 1–1, 2–0)
 Sweden Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,416
December 31, 2002
20:10
Canada  5 – 3
(1–1, 3–2, 1–0)
 Finland Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,594

Relegation round[edit]

Results from any games played during the preliminary round were carried forward to the relegation round.

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
 Switzerland 3 3 0 0 15 7 6
 Sweden 3 2 0 1 15 11 4
 Germany 3 1 0 2 8 13 2
 Belarus 3 0 0 3 6 13 0

All times local (AST/UTC-4).

January 2, 2003
12:00
Switzerland  6 – 2
(2–0, 3–2, 1–0)
 Germany Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,111
January 3, 2003
12:00
Sweden  5 – 4
(3–1, 0–2, 2–1)
 Belarus Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,083
January 4, 2003
16:00
Sweden  3 – 5
(1–2, 1–2, 1–1)
 Switzerland Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,210
January 4, 2003
20:00
Germany  4 – 0
(0–0, 2–0, 2–0)
 Belarus Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,208

 Germany and  Belarus were relegated to Division I for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Playoff round[edit]

  Quarterfinals     Semifinals     Gold medal game
                           
        B1   Canada 3  
  A2   United States 4     A2   United States 2    
  B3   Czech Republic 3         B1   Canada 2
      A1   Russia 3
        A1   Russia 4    
  B2   Finland 6     B2   Finland 1   Bronze medal game
  A3   Slovakia 0   A2   United States 2
  B2   Finland 3

Quarterfinals[edit]

January 2, 2003
16:00
United States  4 – 3
(2–0, 2–2, 0–1)
 Czech Republic Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,250
January 2, 2003
20:10
Finland  6 – 0
(3–0, 3–0, 0–0)
 Slovakia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,162

Semifinals[edit]

January 3, 2003
16:10
Russia  4 – 1
(1–1, 0–0, 3–0)
 Finland Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,527
January 3, 2003
20:10
Canada  3 – 2
(1–1, 1–0, 1–1)
 United States Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,594

5th place game[edit]

January 4, 2003
12:00
Czech Republic  0 – 2
(0–1, 0–0, 0–1)
 Slovakia Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,210

Bronze medal game[edit]

January 5, 2003
16:00
United States  2 – 3
(0–2, 0–1, 2–0)
 Finland 3rd Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,306

Gold medal game[edit]

January 5, 2003
20:10
2nd Canada  2 – 3
(1–1, 1–0, 0–2)
 Russia 1st Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax
Attendance: 10,594

Scoring leaders[edit]

Rank Player Country Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/−
1 Patrik Bartschi  Switzerland F 6 6 4 10 0 +1
2 Igor Grigorenko  Russia F 6 6 4 10 4 +10
3 Yuri Trubachev  Russia F 6 3 7 10 2 +9
4 Tuomo Ruutu  Finland F 7 2 8 10 6 +6
5 Carlo Colaiacovo  Canada D 6 1 9 10 2 -1
6 Alexander Perezhogin  Russia F 6 3 6 9 4 +9
7 Jussi Jokinen  Finland F 7 6 2 8 2 +4
8 Zach Parise  United States F 7 4 4 8 4 +2
9 Alexander Polushin  Russia F 6 2 6 8 4 +9
10 Andrei Taratukhin  Russia F 6 2 6 8 8 +7

Goaltending leaders[edit]

Minimum 40% of team's ice time.

Rank Player Country TOI SOG GA GAA Saves Sv % SO
1 Robert Goepfert  United States 338:05 159 10 1.77 149 93.71 0
2 Peter Sevela  Slovakia 218:46 105 7 1.92 98 93.33 2
3 Marc-André Fleury  Canada 267:28 97 7 1.57 90 92.78 1
4 Kari Lehtonen  Finland 356:40 168 13 2.19 155 92.26 2
5 Andrei Medvedev  Russia 300:00 108 9 1.80 99 91.67 1

Tournament awards[edit]

Goaltender Defencemen Forwards
IIHF Directorate Awards Canada Marc-André Fleury Finland Joni Pitkänen Russia Igor Grigorenko
Media All-Star Team Canada Marc-André Fleury Canada Carlo Colaiacovo Finland Joni Pitkänen Russia Yuri Trubachev Russia Igor Grigorenko Canada Scottie Upshall

Final standings[edit]

Team
1st  Russia
2nd  Canada
3rd  Finland
4  United States
5  Slovakia
6  Czech Republic
7  Switzerland
8  Sweden
9  Germany
10  Belarus

Division I[edit]

The following teams took part in the Division I tournament. Group A played in Almaty, Kazakhstan between December 27, 2002 and January 2, 2003. Group B played in Bled, Slovenia between December 16 and December 22, 2002.

Group A[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
 Ukraine 5 4 1 0 18 8 9
 Japan 5 4 0 1 24 10 8
 Kazakhstan 5 3 1 1 25 12 7
 France 5 2 0 3 17 13 4
 Italy 5 1 0 4 11 16 2
 Croatia 5 0 0 5 6 42 0

 Ukraine was promoted to the Top Division and  Croatia was relegated to Division II for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Group B[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
 Austria 5 5 0 0 35 9 10
 Slovenia 5 3 1 1 15 14 7
 Norway 5 2 1 2 17 16 5
 Latvia 5 1 1 3 13 21 3
 Denmark 5 1 1 3 18 19 3
 Poland 5 1 0 4 12 31 2

 Austria was promoted to the Top Division and  Poland was relegated to Division II for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Division II[edit]

The following teams took part in the Division II tournament. Group A played in Miercurea-Ciuc, Romania between January 6 and January 12, 2003. Group B played in Novi Sad, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia between December 28, 2002 and January 3, 2003.

Group A[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
 Estonia 5 5 0 0 62 8 10
 Great Britain 5 4 0 1 64 7 8
 Romania 5 3 0 2 34 26 6
 Lithuania 5 2 0 3 21 31 4
 South Africa 5 1 0 4 12 58 2
 Bulgaria 5 0 0 5 5 68 0

 Estonia was promoted to Division I and  Bulgaria was relegated to Division III for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Group B[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
 Hungary 5 5 0 0 47 14 10
 Netherlands 5 4 0 1 34 13 8
 Yugoslavia 5 3 0 2 27 22 6
 Spain 5 1 1 3 12 26 3
 Iceland 5 1 1 3 19 43 3
 Mexico 5 0 0 5 4 25 0

 Hungary was promoted to Division I and  Mexico was relegated to Division III for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Division III[edit]

The following teams took part in the Division II tournament. This group played in Izmit, Turkey between January 21 and January 26, 2003.

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
 South Korea 4 4 0 0 37 5 8
 Belgium 4 3 0 1 32 10 6
 Turkey 4 2 0 2 26 16 4
 Australia 4 1 0 3 8 25 2
 Luxembourg 4 0 0 4 1 48 0

 South Korea and  Belgium were promoted to Division II for the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2002 World Juniors
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
See also: 2003 World Championships
Succeeded by
2004 World Juniors