2006 IIHF World Championship

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2006 IIHF World Championship
2006. gada Pasaules čempionāts hokejā
2006 IIHF World Championship Logo.png
Tournament details
Host country  Latvia
Dates May 5 - May 21
Teams 16
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Sweden (8th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Czech Republic
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Finland
Fourth place  Canada
Tournament statistics
Matches played 56
Goals scored 329 (5.88 per match)
Attendance 324,794 (5,800 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Sidney Crosby
(16 points)
MVP Sweden Niklas Kronwall
2005
2007

The 2006 Men's Ice Hockey Championships was held in May 2006 in Riga, Latvia. It was the 70th annual event, and was run by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

One of the requirements of the IIHF for Latvia to host the event was that a new arena would be constructed. Sweden was the stand-by organizer in case the arena was delayed, but the construction was completed on schedule, marking the first time a former Soviet state apart from Russia has hosted the event. The mascot of the championships was a beaver called RIX (after Riga International Airport's IATA code.)

It was preceded two months earlier by the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, where ice hockey was also a major event.

In the gold medal game, Sweden won against the Czech Republic and thus became the first hockey team to win both the Winter Olympics and the World Championships in the same year.[1]

Venues[edit]

Arena Riga
Capacity: 10,300
Skonto Arena
Capacity: 6,500
Olimpiskā Skonto halle.jpg
 LatviaRiga  LatviaRiga

Nations[edit]

The following 16 nations qualified for the elite-pool tournament. 13 nations from Europe, 2 nations from North America and 1 nation from Asia are represented.

* = Automatic qualifier after a top 14 placement at the 2005 IIHF World Championship
^ = Qualified through winning a promotion at the 2005 IIHF World Championship Division I
= Qualified as hosts (and as automatic qualifier)

Rosters[edit]

Preliminary round[edit]

Sixteen participating teams were placed in the following four groups. After playing a round-robin, the top three teams in each group advanced to the Qualifying Round. The last team in each group competed in the Relegation Round.

Groups A and D were played in Kloten, groups B and C in Berne.

     Team advanced to the Qualifying round
     Team sent to compete in the Relegation round

Group A[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA GDF PTS
 Finland 3 2 1 0 13 6 7 5
 Czech Republic 3 1 2 0 9 8 1 4
 Latvia 3 1 1 1 6 7 -1 3
 Slovenia 3 0 0 3 8 15 -7 0

All times local (UTC +3)

May 5, 2006
17:15
Finland  5 - 3
(1-2, 2-1, 2-0)
 Slovenia Arena Riga
Attendance: 5386
May 5, 2006
21:15
Latvia  1 - 1
(1-1, 0-0, 0-0)
 Czech Republic Arena Riga
Attendance: 10669
May 7, 2006
16:15
Czech Republic  5 - 4
(4-1, 1-2, 0-1)
 Slovenia Arena Riga
Attendance: 9018
May 7, 2006
20:15
Finland  5 - 0
(0-0, 2-0, 3-0)
 Latvia Arena Riga
Attendance: 10616
May 9, 2006
16:15
Slovenia  1 - 5
(1-0, 0-4, 0-1)
 Latvia Arena Riga
Attendance: 9539
May 9, 2006
20:15
Czech Republic  3 - 3
(2-1, 1-0, 0-2)
 Finland Arena Riga
Attendance: 6758

Group B[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA GDF PTS
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 12 6 6 5
  Switzerland 3 2 1 0 9 6 3 5
 Ukraine 3 1 0 2 7 8 -1 2
 Italy 3 0 0 3 3 11 -8 0

All times local (UTC +3)

May 6, 2006
16:15
Switzerland   3 - 1
(0-0, 0-1, 3-0)
 Italy Skonto Arena
Attendance: 4450
May 6, 2006
20:15
Ukraine  2 - 4
(1-1, 1-2, 0-1)
 Sweden Skonto Arena
Attendance: 3492
May 8, 2006
16:15
Switzerland   2 - 1
(2-0, 0-1, 0-0)
 Ukraine Skonto Arena
Attendance: 4609
May 8, 2006
20:15
Sweden  4 - 0
(2-0, 1-0, 1-0)
 Italy Skonto Arena
Attendance: 3586
May 10, 2006
16:15
Italy  2 - 4
(0-1, 1-1, 1-2)
 Ukraine Skonto Arena
Attendance: 2174
May 10, 2006
20:15
Sweden  4 - 4
(1-0, 0-1, 3-3)
  Switzerland Skonto Arena
Attendance: 3031

Group C[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA GDF PTS
 Russia 3 3 0 0 17 6 11 6
 Belarus 3 2 0 1 11 5 6 4
 Slovakia 3 1 0 2 10 6 4 2
 Kazakhstan 3 0 0 3 2 23 -21 0

All times local (UTC +3)

May 6, 2006
16:15
Belarus  2 - 1
(0-0, 2-1, 0-0)
 Slovakia Arena Riga
Attendance: 6960
May 6, 2006
20:15
Russia  10 - 1
(4-1, 4-0, 2-0)
 Kazakhstan Arena Riga
Attendance: 7190
May 8, 2006
16:15
Russia  3 - 2
(1-0, 0-2, 2-0)
 Belarus Arena Riga
Attendance: 7945
May 8, 2006
20:15
Slovakia  6 - 0
(0-0, 3-0, 3-0)
 Kazakhstan Arena Riga
Attendance: 6788
May 10, 2006
16:15
Slovakia  3 - 4
(2-2, 1-1, 0-1)
 Russia Arena Riga
Attendance: 7467
May 10, 2006
20:15
Kazakhstan  1 - 7
(1-1, 0-3, 0-3)
 Belarus Arena Riga
Attendance: 6359

Group D[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA GDF PTS
 Canada 3 3 0 0 14 5 9 6
 United States 3 2 0 1 7 3 4 4
 Norway 3 1 0 2 8 13 -5 2
 Denmark 3 0 0 3 6 14 -8 0

All times local (UTC +3)

May 5, 2006
16:15
United States  3 - 1
(0-1, 1-0, 2-0)
 Norway Skonto Arena
Attendance: 4300
May 5, 2006
20:15
Denmark  3 - 5
(0-3, 3-0, 0-2)
 Canada Skonto Arena
Attendance: 3427
May 7, 2006
16:15
United States  3 - 0
(0-0, 2-0, 1-0)
 Denmark Skonto Arena
Attendance: 3886
May 7, 2006
20:15
Canada  7 - 1
(3-0, 4-0, 0-1)
 Norway Skonto Arena
Attendance: 3983
May 9, 2006
16:15
Norway  6 - 3
(1-2, 3-0, 2-1)
 Denmark Skonto Arena
Attendance: 3885
May 9, 2006
20:15
Canada  2 - 1
(0-1, 1-0, 1-0)
 United States Skonto Arena
Attendance: 4553

Qualifying round[edit]

The top three teams from each group in the Preliminary round advance to the Qualifying Round. The top three teams from Groups A and D advance to Group E, and the top three teams from Groups B and C advance to Group F.

Teams in the Qualifying Round carry forward the results and points gained in the Preliminary Round with the teams that they have played and advance with. Teams, which have played in the Preliminary Round, do not meet again in the Qualifying Round.

     Team advanced to the Playoff round
     Team eliminated from advancing

Group E[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA GDF PTS
 Canada 5 4 0 1 28 10 18 8
 Finland 5 3 1 1 17 7 10 7
 United States 5 3 0 2 11 10 1 6
 Czech Republic 5 2 2 1 14 12 2 6
 Latvia 5 1 1 3 7 23 -16 3
 Norway 5 0 0 5 5 20 -15 0

All times local (UTC+3)

May 11, 2006
20:15
Canada  11 - 0
(4-0, 1-0, 6-0)
 Latvia Arena Riga
Attendance: 8389
May 12, 2006
16:15
Czech Republic  3 - 1
(0-1, 2-0, 1-0)
 Norway Arena Riga
Attendance: 7004
May 12, 2006
20:15
Finland  4 - 0
(1-0, 2-0, 1-0)
 United States Arena Riga
Attendance: 7379
May 13, 2006
20:15
United States  4 - 2
(0-0, 2-1, 2-1)
 Latvia Arena Riga
Attendance: 9083
May 14, 2006
16:15
Norway  0 - 3
(0-1, 0-1, 0-1)
 Finland Arena Riga
Attendance: 7345
May 14, 2006
20:15
Canada  4 - 6
(1-3, 2-1, 1-2)
 Czech Republic Arena Riga
Attendance: 7474
May 15, 2006
20:15
Finland  2 - 4
(1-2, 0-1, 1-1)
 Canada Arena Riga
Attendance: 7171
May 16, 2006
15:15
Czech Republic  1 - 3
(0-2, 1-0, 0-1)
 United States Arena Riga
Attendance: 7441
May 16, 2006
19:15
Latvia  4 - 2
(2-0, 1-1, 1-1)
 Norway Arena Riga
Attendance: 9173

Group F[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA GDF PTS
 Russia 5 4 1 0 22 11 11 9
 Sweden 5 2 2 1 17 15 2 6
 Belarus 5 3 0 2 16 10 6 6
 Slovakia 5 2 1 2 19 10 9 5
  Switzerland 5 1 2 2 12 15 -3 4
 Ukraine 5 0 0 5 4 29 -25 0

All times local (UTC +3)

May 11, 2006
16:15
Russia  6 - 0
(1-0, 0-0, 5-0)
 Ukraine Arena Riga
Attendance: 6963
May 12, 2006
16:15
Switzerland   2 - 2
(0-1, 0-1, 2-0)
 Slovakia Skonto Arena
Attendance: 2325
May 12, 2006
20:15
Sweden  4 - 1
(4-0, 0-0, 0-1)
 Belarus Skonto Arena
Attendance: 2209
May 13, 2006
20:15
Belarus  9 - 1
(1-0, 3-1, 5-0)
 Ukraine Skonto Arena
Attendance: 2732
May 14, 2006
16:15
Russia  6 - 3
(1-0, 1-2, 4-1)
  Switzerland Skonto Arena
Attendance: 3729
May 14, 2006
20:15
Slovakia  5 - 2
(2-0, 2-2, 1-0)
 Sweden Skonto Arena
Attendance: 2882
May 15, 2006
20:15
Sweden  3 - 3
(1-2, 2-0, 0-1)
 Russia Skonto Arena
Attendance: 3983
May 16, 2006
15:15
Switzerland   1 - 2
(0-1, 0-1, 1-0)
 Belarus Skonto Arena
Attendance: 3170
May 16, 2006
19:15
Ukraine  0 - 8
(0-1, 0-4, 0-3)
 Slovakia Skonto Arena
Attendance: 2982

Relegation round[edit]

The relegation round is composed of the four teams that placed last in Groups A through D. They play in a round-robin fashion, and the bottom two teams get relegated to the Division I group in next year's World Championships.

     Team qualified for the 2007 IIHF World Championship
     Team relegated to Division I

Group G[edit]

Team GP W T L GF GA GDF PTS
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 11 5 6 5
 Italy 3 1 1 1 6 10 -4 3
 Kazakhstan 3 1 0 2 9 6 3 2
 Slovenia 3 0 2 1 6 11 -5 2

All times local (UTC +3)

May 12, 2006
12:15
Slovenia  3 - 3
(0-2, 1-1, 2-0)
 Denmark Arena Riga
Attendance: 7666
May 12, 2006
12:15
Italy  3 - 2
(1-0, 0-2, 2-0)
 Kazakhstan Skonto Arena
Attendance: 3193
May 13, 2006
16:15
Kazakhstan  5 - 0
(2-0, 3-0, 0-0)
 Slovenia Arena Riga
Attendance: 7563
May 13, 2006
16:15
Italy  0 - 5
(0-1, 0-1, 0-3)
 Denmark Skonto Arena
Attendance: 2640
May 15, 2006
16:15
Slovenia  3 - 3
(1-0, 2-1, 0-2)
 Italy Arena Riga
Attendance: 6574
May 15, 2006
16:15
Denmark  3 - 2
(1-0, 1-1, 1-1)
 Kazakhstan Skonto Arena
Attendance: 2903

Playoff round[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinal                    
  F1   Russia 3  
  E4   Czech Republic 4   Semifinal
      QF1   Czech Republic 3  
  Quarterfinal   QF2   Finland 1  
  E2   Finland 3
  F3   Belarus 0         Final
              SF1   Czech Republic 0
  Quarterfinal             SF2   Sweden 4
  F2   Sweden 6      
  E3   United States 0   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      QF3   Sweden 5   SF2   Canada 0
  Quarterfinal   QF4   Canada 4     SF1   Finland 5
  E1   Canada 4
  F4   Slovakia 1  

Quarter-finals[edit]

May 17, 2006
15:15
Sweden  6 - 0
(2-0, 2-0, 2-0)
 United States Arena Riga
Attendance: 2800
May 17, 2006
19:15
Canada  4 - 1
(0-1, 1-0, 3-0)
 Slovakia Arena Riga
Attendance: 7129
May 18, 2006
16:15
Russia  3 - 4 (OT)
(1-0, 0-1, 2-2, 0-1)
 Czech Republic Arena Riga
Attendance: 8082
May 18, 2006
20:15
Finland  3 – 0
(1-0, 0-0, 2-0)
 Belarus Arena Riga
Attendance: 7164

Semi-finals[edit]

May 20, 2006
16:15
Finland  1 – 3
(1-0, 0-1, 0-2)
 Czech Republic Arena Riga
May 20, 2006
20:15
Canada  4 – 5
(2-3, 1-2, 1-0)
 Sweden Arena Riga
Attendance: 8845

Bronze medal game[edit]

May 21, 2006
16:15
Canada  0 – 5
(0–1, 0–2, 0–2)
 Finland Arena Riga
Attendance: 9365

Gold medal game[edit]

May 21, 2006
20:15
Sweden  4 – 0
(2–0, 2–0, 0–0)
 Czech Republic Arena Riga

Ranking and statistics[edit]

 


 2006 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Sweden
8th 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  Czech Republic
Bronze medal icon.svg  Finland
4  Canada
5  Russia
6  Belarus
7  United States
8  Slovakia
9   Switzerland
10  Latvia
11  Norway
12  Ukraine
13  Denmark
14  Italy
15  Kazakhstan
16  Slovenia

Scoring leaders[edit]

List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals. If the list exceeds 10 skaters because of a tie in points, all of the tied skaters are left out.

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Canada Sidney Crosby 9 8 8 16 +7 10 F
Canada Patrice Bergeron 9 6 8 14 +5 2 F
Finland Petteri Nummelin 9 3 11 14 -1 2 D
Sweden Niklas Kronwall 8 2 8 10 +3 10 D

Source: IIHF.com

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 SOG GA GAA SVS% SO
Finland Fredrik Norrena 325:43 122 6 1.11 95.08 3
Belarus Andrei Mezin 417:01 239 14 2.01 94.14 0
Slovakia Karol Križan 379:41 142 12 1.90 91.55 3
Russia Sergey Zvyagin 278:32 105 9 1.94 91.43 1
Canada Marc Denis 262:41 123 11 2.51 91.06 1

Source: IIHF.com

IIHF broadcasting rights[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]