2008 IIHF World Championship

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2008 IIHF World Championship
2008 IIHF World Championship logo.svg
Official logo
Tournament details
Host country  Canada
Dates May 2 – May 18
Teams 16
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Russia (2(24)[1]th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Finland
Fourth place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 54
Goals scored 357 (6.61 per match)
Attendance 477,040 (8,834 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Dany Heatley
(20 points)
MVP Canada Dany Heatley
2007
2009
A 2008 Russian stamp commemorating the championship team

The 2008 IIHF World Championship was played between May 2 and May 18, 2008 in the Canadian cities of Halifax (Nova Scotia) and Quebec City (Quebec). The two venues were the Halifax Metro Centre and the Colisée Pepsi. The tournament was won by Russia which claimed its first gold medals since 1993.

It was the 72nd IIHF World Championship event, and was run by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It was the first time the final tournament is held in a non-European country since 1962, when it was held in Colorado, USA. The IIHF wanted to celebrate the federation's 100th anniversary by holding the tournament in the country where ice hockey was born. The tournament was also included as part of the celebrations of Quebec City's 400th anniversary.

The tournament featured many countries' elite stars, as it served as the last and most important stage in selecting nine automatic qualifiers for the men's hockey competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, a process that uses the IIHF World Ranking standings after the tournament.[2]

On May 8, 2007, the IIHF announced it "will also formalize the Triple Gold Club by awarding commemorative medals to the 19 players who have won the three most prestigious championships in world hockey: Olympic gold, Stanley Cup, and World Championship gold. The ceremony will take place in Canada during the 2008 World Championship."[3]

There were two changes in the format compared to earlier years. Because of the distance between Halifax and Quebec City, the quarter-finals were played within the group, instead of crossing over which has happened since 2000. The relegation round was different too, as it consisted of two best-of-three series instead of a round robin series between four teams.

For the first time in 40 years, the matches were played on smaller, NHL size rinks, 200 ft × 85 ft (roughly 61 m × 26 m), compared to the IIHF standard which is roughly 200 ft × 98.5 ft (61 m × 30 m).

Participating teams[edit]

Venues[edit]

Quebec
Venues of the 2008 IIHF World Championship
Halifax
Colisée Pepsi Halifax Metro Centre
46°49′51″N 71°14′47″W / 46.83083°N 71.24639°W / 46.83083; -71.24639 (Quebec) 44°38′54″N 63°34′36″W / 44.64833°N 63.57667°W / 44.64833; -63.57667 (Halifax)
Capacity: 13,400 Capacity: 10,595
Colisee quebec.jpg Halifaxmetrocentre06aa.jpg

Rules[edit]

For standing purposes, points shall be awarded as follows:

  • 3 points for a win in regulation time
  • 2 points for a win in overtime or in shootout
  • 1 point for a loss in overtime or in shootout
  • No points for a loss in regulation time

If a game is tied after regulation time, a five-minute four-on-four sudden-death overtime session is played followed by a three-player shootout if necessary. Exceptions: Quarter finals, Semi final and Bronze Medal overtime session are 10 minutes and Gold Medal game overtime session is 20 minutes.

If teams are tied in a standing based on points, the following tie-breakers are applied: 1) The most points earned in direct games involving tied teams. 2) The best goal differential in direct games involving tied teams. 3) The most goals scored in direct games involving tied teams. 4) Follow steps 1, 2 and 3 with games involving the highest non-tied team in the same group. 5) Repeat step 4 with games involving the second highest non-tied team in the same group. 6) Continue this process with all non-tied team games.[4]

This was also the first major IIHF championship that used the four-official system with two referees and two linesmen instead of standard three-official system with only one referee.[5]

Preliminary round[edit]

Sixteen participating teams were placed in the following four groups.[6] After playing a round-robin, the top three teams in each group advanced to the Qualifying Round while the last team competed in the relegation round.

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

Group A[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
 Switzerland 3 3 0 0 0 10 4 6 9
 Sweden 3 2 0 0 1 17 9 8 6
 Belarus 3 1 0 0 2 9 9 0 3
 France 3 0 0 0 3 2 16 −14 0

All times are local (UTC-4).

May 3, 2008
13:00
Belarus  5–6
( 1–2, 3–2, 1–2 )
 Sweden Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 9,204
May 3, 2008
19:00
Switzerland  4–1
( 2–0, 1–1, 1–0 )
 France Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 9,367
May 5, 2008
13:00
Switzerland  2–1
( 1–0, 1–1, 0–0 )
 Belarus Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 8,016
May 5, 2008
19:00
Sweden  9–0
( 0–0, 4–0, 5–0 )
 France Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 8,845
May 7, 2008
13:00
Sweden  2–4
( 1–2, 0–0, 1–2 )
 Switzerland Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 7,939
May 7, 2008
19:00
France  1–3
( 1–1, 0–1, 0–1 )
 Belarus Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 8,880

Group B[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
 Canada 3 3 0 0 0 17 5 12 9
 United States 3 2 0 0 1 13 6 7 6
 Latvia 3 1 0 0 2 3 11 −8 3
 Slovenia 3 0 0 0 3 2 13 −11 0

All times are local (UTC-3).

May 2, 2008
16:30
Canada  5–1
( 1–0, 3–1, 1–0 )
 Slovenia Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,921
May 2, 2008
20:15
United States  4–0
( 1–0, 1–0, 2–0 )
 Latvia Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,360
May 4, 2008
16:30
Latvia  0–7
( 0–3, 0–4, 0–0 )
 Canada Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,831
May 4, 2008
20:15
United States  5–1
( 1–0, 2–1, 2–0 )
 Slovenia Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,056
May 6, 2008
16:30
Canada  5–4
( 2–0, 1–2, 2–2 )
 United States Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 9,192
May 6, 2008
20:15
Slovenia  0–3
( 0–0, 0–2, 0–1 )
 Latvia Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,806

Group C[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
 Finland 3 2 1 0 0 11 5 6 8
 Norway 3 1 0 1 1 6 10 −4 4
 Germany 3 1 0 0 2 7 10 −3 3
 Slovakia 3 1 0 0 2 9 8 1 3

All times are local (UTC-3).

May 3, 2008
16:30
Germany  1–5
( 0–0, 1–2, 0–3 )
 Finland Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,658
May 3, 2008
20:15
Slovakia  5–1
( 1–0, 2–1, 2–0 )
 Norway Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,096
May 5, 2008
16:30
Finland  3 – 2 OT
( 2–2, 0–0, 0–0 )
( OT: 1–0 )
 Norway Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,190
May 5, 2008
20:15
Slovakia  2–4
( 0–2, 1–1, 1–1 )
 Germany Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,855
May 7, 2008
16:30
Finland  3–2
( 2–2, 1–0, 0–0 )
 Slovakia Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,262
May 7, 2008
20:15
Norway  3–2
( 0–1, 1–1, 2–0 )
 Germany Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,414

Group D[edit]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
 Russia 3 2 1 0 0 16 6 10 8
 Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 0 16 9 7 7
 Denmark 3 1 0 0 2 9 11 −2 3
 Italy 3 0 0 0 3 5 20 −15 0

All times are local (UTC-4).

May 2, 2008
13:00
Denmark  2–5
( 2–2, 0–2, 0–1 )
 Czech Republic Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 8,369
May 2, 2008
19:00
Russia  7–1
( 1–0, 5–0, 1–1 )
 Italy Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 11,074
May 4, 2008
13:00
Czech Republic  4 – 5 OT
( 2–2, 1–1, 1–1 )
( OT: 0–1 )
 Russia Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 13,109
May 4, 2008
19:00
Italy  2–6
( 0–3, 1–1, 1–2 )
 Denmark Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 6,838
May 6, 2008
13:00
Russia  4–1
( 1–0, 2–0, 1–1 )
 Denmark Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 8,609
May 6, 2008
19:00
Czech Republic  7–2
( 2–2, 4–0, 1–0 )
 Italy Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 7,517

Qualifying round[edit]

The top three teams in the standings of each group of the Preliminary Round advance to the Qualifying Round, and are placed in two groups: teams from Groups A and D compete in Group E, while teams from Groups B and C compete in Group F.

Each team is to play three games in this round, one against each of the three teams from the other group with which they have been paired. These three games, along with the two games already played against the other two advancing teams from the same group in the Preliminary Round, will count in the Qualifying Round standings.

The top four teams in both groups E and F to advance in Quarter-Finals.[4]

     Team advanced to the Playoff Round

Group E[edit]

Rk Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
1  Russia 5 3 2 0 0 21 13 8 13
2  Czech Republic 5 2 1 1 1 20 14 6 9
3  Sweden 5 3 0 0 2 23 16 7 9
4  Switzerland 5 3 0 0 2 16 15 1 9
5  Belarus 5 0 0 3 2 13 18 −5 3
6  Denmark 5 0 1 0 4 9 26 −17 2

All times are local (UTC-4).

May 8, 2008
15:00
Sweden  8–1
( 2–0, 2–0, 4–1 )
 Denmark Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 7,327
May 8, 2008
19:00
Switzerland  0–5
( 0–1, 0–3, 0–1 )
 Czech Republic Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 9,603
May 9, 2008
13:00
Russia  4 – 3 GWS
( 0–2, 1–0, 2–1 )
( OT: 0–0 )
( SO: 2–1 )
 Belarus Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 8,031
May 10, 2008
12:30
Czech Republic  3 – 2 GWS
( 0–1, 1–0, 1–1 )
( OT: 0–0 )
( SO: 2–1 )
 Belarus Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 8,504
May 10, 2008
16:30
Russia  3–2
( 0–1, 1–1, 2–0 )
 Sweden Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 12,665
May 11, 2008
13:00
Denmark  2–7
( 0–2, 0–3, 2–2 )
 Switzerland Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 8,338
May 11, 2008
19:00
Sweden  5–3
( 0–0, 2–2, 3–1 )
 Czech Republic Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 7,864
May 12, 2008
13:00
Switzerland  3–5
( 0–3, 0–1, 3–1 )
 Russia Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 8,286
May 12, 2008
19:00
Belarus  2 – 3 OT
( 0–0, 0–1, 2–1 )
( OT: 0–1 )
 Denmark Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 8,517

Group F[edit]

Rk Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
1  Canada 5 5 0 0 0 30 9 21 15
2  Finland 5 3 1 0 1 16 12 4 11
3  United States 5 3 0 0 2 25 13 12 9
4  Norway 5 1 0 1 3 8 20 −12 4
5  Germany 5 1 0 0 4 13 27 −14 3
6  Latvia 5 1 0 0 4 8 19 −11 3

All times are local (UTC-3).

May 8, 2008
16:30
Canada  2–1
( 1–0, 0–1, 1–0 )
 Norway Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,380
May 8, 2008
20:15
United States  6–4
( 3–2, 1–1, 2–1 )
 Germany Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,352
May 9, 2008
12:30
Finland  2–1
( 0–1, 1–0, 1–0 )
 Latvia Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 7,215
May 10, 2008
16:30
Germany  1–10
( 0–4, 0–5, 1–1 )
 Canada Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 9,182
May 11, 2008
12:30
Norway  1–4
( 1–2, 0–1, 0–1 )
 Latvia Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 9,017
May 11, 2008
16:30
Finland  3–2
( 0–0, 0–2, 3–0 )
 United States Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 8,867
May 12, 2008
12:30
United States  9–1
( 3–0, 3–1, 3–0 )
 Norway Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 8,490
May 12, 2008
16:30
Canada  6–3
( 2–1, 2–0, 2–2 )
 Finland Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 9,178
May 12, 2008
20:15
Latvia  3–5
( 1–1, 2–1, 0–3 )
 Germany Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 8,614

Relegation Round[edit]

Teams finishing last in all four Preliminary Round groups competed in the Relegation Round in order to determine which two nations would be relegated to the IIHF World Championship Division I. The four teams were paired in two best-of-three series.

France defeated Italy, while Slovakia defeated Slovenia, both in 2 games, and secured themselves a place among the top sixteen hockey nations in the world. Italy and Slovenia were relegated to Division I for the 2009 tournament, and will be replaced by Austria and Hungary, the winners of the 2008 Division I tournament.[4]

Group G[edit]

Series G1[edit]

All times are local (UTC-4).

May 9, 2008
19:00
France  3–2
( 1–1, 1–0, 1–1 )
 Italy Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 8,140
May 10, 2008
20:15
Italy  4–6
( 1–2, 1–1, 2–3 )
 France Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 7,649
France won series 2 – 0

Series G2[edit]

All times are local (UTC-3).

May 9, 2008
16:30
Slovenia  1–5
( 0–1, 1–4, 0–0 )
 Slovakia Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 8,473
May 10, 2008
20:15
Slovakia  4 – 3 GWS
( 1–0, 2–2, 0–1 )
( OT: 0–0 )
( SO: 2–1 )
 Slovenia Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 9,156
Slovakia won series 2 – 0

Playoff Round[edit]

Draw[edit]

  Quarterfinal                    
  E2   Czech Republic 2  
  E3   Sweden 3   Semifinal
      QF1   Sweden 4  
  Quarterfinal   QF2   Canada 5  
  F4   Norway 2
  F1   Canada 8         Final
              SF2   Canada 4
  Quarterfinal             SF1   Russia 5
  E1   Russia 6      
  E4   Switzerland 0   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      QF3   Russia 4   SF1   Finland 4
  Quarterfinal   QF4   Finland 0     SF2   Sweden 0
  F3   United States 2
  F2   Finland 3  

Quarter-finals[edit]

All times are local (Quebec: UTC-4, Halifax: UTC-3).

May 14, 2008
13:00
Czech Republic  2 – 3 OT
( 0–0, 1–1, 1–1 )
( OT: 0–1 )
 Sweden Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 9,787
May 14, 2008
16:30
Norway  2–8
( 1–2, 1–3, 0–3 )
 Canada Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 9,192
May 14, 2008
19:15
Russia  6–0
( 3–0, 3–0, 0–0 )
 Switzerland Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 12,096
May 14, 2008
20:15
United States  2 – 3 OT
( 0–1, 0–1, 2–0 )
( OT: 0–1 )
 Finland Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Attendance: 9,176

Semi-finals[edit]

All times are local (UTC-4)

May 16, 2008
13:00
Russia  4–0
( 1–0, 1–0, 2–0 )
 Finland Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 11,159
May 16, 2008
17:00
Canada  5–4
( 1–1, 4–2, 0–1 )
 Sweden Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 13,026

Bronze Medal Game[edit]

All times are local (UTC-4)

May 17, 2008
15:00
Finland  4–0
( 2–0, 0–0, 2–0 )
 Sweden Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 12,009

Gold Medal Game[edit]

All times are local (UTC-4)

May 18, 2008
13:00
Canada  4 – 5 OT
( 3–1, 1–1, 0–2 )
( OT: 0–1 )
 Russia Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec
Attendance: 13,339

Ranking and statistics[edit]

 


 2008 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Russia
2nd/24th[1] title

Tournament Awards[edit]

Final standings[edit]

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

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

Scoring leaders[edit]

List shows the top 10 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.[10]

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM POS
Canada Dany Heatley 9 12 8 20 +13 4 FW
Canada Ryan Getzlaf 9 3 11 14 +10 10 FW
Canada Rick Nash 9 6 7 13 +9 6 FW
Russia Alexander Semin 9 6 7 13 +11 8 FW
Sweden Mattias Weinhandl 9 5 8 13 +9 2 FW
Russia Alexander Ovechkin 9 6 6 12 +11 8 FW
Russia Sergei Fedorov 9 5 7 12 +10 8 FW
Canada Mike Green 9 4 8 12 +2 2 D
United States Phil Kessel 7 6 4 10 +4 6 FW
Canada Derek Roy 9 5 5 10 +4 6 FW

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalties In Minutes; POS = Position

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Only the top 5 goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played over 40% of their team's minutes are included in this list.[11]

Player TOI SA GA GAA Sv% SO
United States Robert Esche 198:03 102 7 2.12 93.14 0
Russia Evgeni Nabokov 302:42 126 9 1.78 92.86 2
Canada Pascal Leclaire 240:00 107 8 2.00 92.52 1
Finland Niklas Bäckström 483:22 218 17 2.11 92.20 1
Belarus Vitali Koval 370:49 217 19 3.07 91.24 0

TOI = Time On Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

IIHF Broadcasting rights[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b If the 22 World Championship won by the Soviet Union are included, this total comes to 24.
  2. ^ Vancouver 2010 Olympic Men's Ice Hockey format announced
  3. ^ IIHF announces NHL-European Victoria Cup
  4. ^ a b c IIHF Format & Rules
  5. ^ "IIHF.com: 2010 Olympic Format decided". March 30, 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2009. 
  6. ^ IIHF announces awards, '08 groups
  7. ^ Sanful, John (May 11, 2008). "Finns rally to defeat USA". IIHF. Retrieved May 13, 2008. The IIHF formally acknowledged after the game that Koistinen's shot had, indeed, entered the side of the net and should not have counted, and the video-goal judge will not be working for the rest of the tournament. 
  8. ^ Best players selected by the directorate
  9. ^ Media All-Star Team
  10. ^ Scoring leaders
  11. ^ Leading goaltenders

External links[edit]