2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship
2004 WJHC logo.gif
Tournament details
Host country  Finland
Dates December 26 - January 5
Teams 10
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  United States (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Finland
Fourth place  Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played 31
Goals scored 190 (6.13 per match)
Attendance 100,551 (3,244 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Nigel Dawes
(11 points)
MVP United States Zach Parise
2003
2005

The 2004 World Junior (Under 20) Ice Hockey Championships (2004 WJHC) was held between December 26, 2003, and January 5, 2004, in Helsinki and Hämeenlinna, Finland. The United States won its first ever gold medal, defeating Canada 4–3 in the Final.[1]

Venues[edit]

Helsinki Ice Arena
Capacity: 8,200
Hameenlinna Ice Arena
Capacity: 5,360
Helsinki Ice Hall 2010.JPG Jäähalli Hameenlinna.jpg
 FinlandHelsinki  FinlandHämeenlinna

Top Division[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
 United States 4 4 0 0 21 4 8
 Slovakia 4 2 1 1 9 7 5
 Russia 4 2 1 1 11 10 5
 Sweden 4 1 0 3 13 10 2
 Austria 4 0 0 4 1 24 0

All times local (EET/UTC+2).

December 26, 2003
15:00
Slovakia  2 – 2
(0–1, 1–0, 0–1)
 Russia Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 3,884
December 26, 2003
18:30
Austria  0 – 8
(0–2, 0–3, 0–3)
 United States Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 3,947
December 27, 2003
16:00
Sweden  7 – 0
(1–0, 1–0, 5–0)
 Austria Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 741
December 28, 2003
15:00
United States  5 – 0
(1–0, 1–0, 3–0)
 Slovakia Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 3,938
December 28, 2003
18:30
Russia  5 – 3
(2–0, 0–2, 3–1)
 Sweden Helsinki
Attendance: 2,801
December 29, 2003
18:30
Austria  1 – 3
(0–1, 1–1, 0–1)
 Russia Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 831
December 30, 2003
16:00
United States  4 – 3
(2–0, 1–2, 1–1)
 Sweden Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 3,948
December 30, 2003
19:30
Slovakia  6 – 0
(1–0, 4–0, 1–0)
 Austria Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 3,935
December 31, 2003
16:00
Russia  1 – 4
(0–3, 0–1, 1–0)
 United States Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 3,874
December 31, 2003
19:30
Sweden  0 – 1
(0–0, 0–0, 0–1)
 Slovakia Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 3,860

Group B[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
 Canada 4 4 0 0 25 4 8
 Finland 4 3 0 1 19 6 6
 Czech Republic 4 2 0 2 14 9 4
  Switzerland 4 1 0 3 14 11 2
 Ukraine 4 0 0 4 1 43 0

All times local (EET/UTC+2).

December 26, 2003
15:00
Czech Republic  8 – 0
(4–0, 4–0, 0–0)
 Ukraine Helsinki
December 26, 2003
18:30
Canada  3 – 0
(1–0, 1–0, 1–0)
 Finland Helsinki
Attendance: 3,947
December 27, 2003
16:00
Switzerland   11 – 0
(3–0, 5–0, 3–0)
 Ukraine Helsinki
December 28, 2003
15:00
Canada  7 – 2
(3–1, 1–0, 3–1)
  Switzerland Helsinki
Attendance: 1,320
December 28, 2003
18:30
Finland  3 – 2
(0–2, 1–0, 2–0)
 Czech Republic Hämeenlinna
Attendance: 4,418
December 29, 2003
18:30
Ukraine  0 – 10
(0–3, 0–6, 0–1)
 Canada Helsinki
Attendance: 992
December 30, 2003
16:00
Switzerland   1 – 2
(1–1, 0–0, 0–1)
 Czech Republic Helsinki
December 30, 2003
19:30
Ukraine  1 – 14
(0–4, 1–4, 0–6)
 Finland Helsinki
Attendance: 4,271
December 31, 2003
16:00
Czech Republic  2 – 5
(0–3, 1–2, 1–0)
 Canada Helsinki
Attendance: 2,816
December 31, 2003
19:30
Finland  2 – 0
(1–0, 0–0, 1–0)
  Switzerland Helsinki
Attendance: 3,680

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
 Sweden 3 3 0 0 15 3 6
  Switzerland 3 2 0 1 20 6 4
 Austria 3 0 1 2 4 15 1
 Ukraine 3 0 1 2 2 17 1

(all games at Hämeenlinna)

January 2[edit]

  • Sweden 4-0 Ukraine
  • Switzerland 6-2 Austria

January 3[edit]

  • Austria 2-2 Ukraine
  • Sweden 4-3 Switzerland

Austria and Ukraine are relegated to Division I for the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

Playoff round[edit]

(all games at Helsinki)

  Quarterfinals     Semifinals     Final
                           
        A1   United States 2  
  B2   Finland 4     B2   Finland 1    
  A3   Russia 3         A1   United States 4
      B1   Canada 3
        B1   Canada 7    
  A2   Slovakia 2     B3   Czech Republic 1   Third place
  B3   Czech Republic 4   B2   Finland 2
  B3   Czech Republic 1

Quarter-finals[edit]

January 2

  • Czech Republic 4-2 Slovakia
  • Finland 4-3 Russia

Semi-finals[edit]

January 3

  • United States 2-1 Finland
  • Canada 7-1 Czech Republic

5th place game[edit]

January 4

  • Russia 3-2 Slovakia

Bronze medal game[edit]

January 5

  • Finland 2-1 Czech Republic

Gold medal game[edit]

January 5

  • United States 4-3 Canada
  • Team USA beat Team Canada 4-3 to win the gold medal at the World Junior Championship. The loss, however, still nets Canada silver, making this the sixth consecutive year Team Canada as won a medal at the tournament-the only country to record such an achievement.

The victory gave the US its first WJC gold medal ever, and its first hardware since a silver medal in 1997 when it lost 2-0 to Canada in the final. The US has also earned two bronze medals in tournament history, in 1992 and 1986.

Canada had a 3-1 lead going into the third period, with two goals from Nigel Dawes and Anthony Stewart. Stewart also had two assists. Canadian forward Ryan Getzlaf almost made it 4-1 early in the third before Patrick O'Sullivan scored for the US to narrow Canada's lead to 3-2 at 4:39.

Ryan Kesler evened the score for Team USA at 6:58 on quick shot in close that hit Canadian goalie Marc-André Fleury and flew in the air, over his shoulder and into the net.

O'Sullivan scored his second of the night, the winner at 14:48, when he chased a loose puck heading toward Canada's goal. Fleury came out to clear the puck, but it hit defenceman Braydon Coburn and bounced into the net. Fleury faced 28 shots on the night, while US goalie Al Montoya faced 30.

[2]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Pos Player Country GP G A Pts
1 Nigel Dawes  Canada 6 6 5 11
2 Zach Parise  United States 6 5 6 11
2 Anthony Stewart  Canada 6 5 6 11
4 Valtteri Filppula  Finland 7 4 5 9
5 Sami Lepistö  Finland 7 4 4 8
6 Patrik Bärtschi   Switzerland 6 3 5 8
7 Jeff Carter  Canada 6 5 2 7
7 Gianni Ehrensperger   Switzerland 6 5 2 7
7 Sergei Anshakov  Russia 6 5 2 7
7 Alexander Ovechkin  Russia 6 5 2 7

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes

Awards[edit]

All-Star Team[edit]

Goaltender: United States Al Montoya

Defense: Canada Dion Phaneuf, Finland Sami Lepistö

Forwards: United States Zach Parise, Finland Valtteri Filppula, Canada Jeff Carter

Most Valuable Player[edit]

United States Zach Parise

Final standings[edit]

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

Division I Standings[edit]

The Division I Championships were played December 14-December 20, 2003 in Berlin, Germany (Group A) and December 13-December 19, 2003 in Briançon, France (Group B).

Group A[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Germany 5 3 0 2 29 10 8
 Denmark 5 3 1 1 23 16 7
 Slovenia 5 3 2 0 18 19 6
 Latvia 5 2 1 2 35 19 6
 Kazakhstan 5 1 3 1 16 19 3
 Hungary 5 0 5 0 8 46 0

Group B[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Belarus 5 5 0 0 34 11 10
 Norway 5 3 2 0 21 10 6
 France 5 3 2 0 22 16 6
 Italy 5 3 2 0 15 18 6
 Estonia 5 1 4 0 9 33 2
 Japan 5 0 5 0 9 22 0

Germany and Belarus advance to the 2005 World Junior Championships, Hungary and Japan are relegated to Division II

Division II Standings[edit]

The Division II Championships were played December 28, 2003 – January 3, 2004 in Sosnowiec, Poland (Group A) and January 5-January 11, 2004 in Kaunas and Elektrenai, Lithuania (Group B)

Group A[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Poland 5 5 0 0 59 4 10
 Romania 5 3 1 1 44 16 7
 Netherlands 5 3 2 0 32 19 6
 Spain 5 2 2 1 21 32 5
 Belgium 5 1 4 0 16 31 2
 Iceland 5 0 5 0 10 80 0

Group B[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Great Britain 5 5 0 0 38 5 10
 South Korea 5 4 1 0 45 7 8
 Croatia 5 2 3 0 18 18 4
 Serbia and Montenegro 5 2 3 0 15 21 4
 Lithuania 5 2 3 0 12 25 4
 South Africa 5 0 5 0 4 56 0

Poland and the Great Britain advance to the 2005 Division I Championships, Iceland and South Africa are relegated to the 2005 Division III Championships'

Division III Standings[edit]

The Division III Championships were held January 5-January 11, 2004 in Sofia, Bulgaria

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Australia 5 5 0 0 42 13 10
 China 5 4 1 0 41 20 8
 Mexico 5 3 2 0 25 16 6
 Turkey 5 1 4 0 10 38 2
 Bulgaria 5 1 4 0 13 34 2
 New Zealand 5 1 4 0 10 30 2

Australia and the People's Republic of China advance to 2005 Division II Championships

See also[edit]

Preceded by
2003 World Juniors
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

See also: 2004 World Championships
Succeeded by
2005 World Juniors

References[edit]