2014 IIHF World Championship

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2014 IIHF World Championship
2014 IIHF World Championship.png
Tournament details
Host country  Belarus
Dates 9–25 May
Teams 16
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Russia (27th / 5th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Finland
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Sweden
Fourth place  Czech Republic
Tournament statistics
Matches played 64
Goals scored 352 (5.5 per match)
Attendance 643,434 (10,054 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Russia Viktor Tikhonov
(16 points)
MVP Finland Pekka Rinne
2013
2015

The 2014 IIHF World Championship was hosted by Belarus in its capital, Minsk. Sixteen national teams were competing in two venues, the Minsk-Arena and Chizhovka-Arena. It was the first time Belarus hosted the tournament. The selection of Belarus to host this competition was the subject of much debate, with some politicians in both Europe and the United States calling for the IIHF to move the tournament to another country.

Russia remained undefeated throughout the championship and captured the gold medal by defeating Finland 5–2 in the final.[1] Sweden captured the bronze medal with a 3–0 victory over the Czech Republic. Host team Belarus made the playoffs for the first time since 2009, losing to Sweden 3–2 in the quarterfinal. Italy and Kazakhstan were relegated to Division I A. Prior to the championship, Division I-III had played their tournaments to establish the rank between teams of lower levels.

The tournament saw a new attendance record for the World Championship, as a total of 640,044 people attended games, surpassing the record set at the 2004 tournament in the Czech Republic, which had 552,097 spectators.[2]

Participants and their results

Host selection[edit]

On 8 May 2009, the Belarusian bid was successful and got 75 votes in the race for hosting the 2014 IIHF World Championship. The application with the slogan “Welcome to the young hockey country” beat out those from Hungary (24 votes), Latvia (3), and Ukraine (3).[3]

The two main venues listed as hosts for the ice hockey teams were Minsk-Arena (capacity around 15000) and Chizhovka-Arena (capacity around 9600). The larger arena was completed and opened in 2010, whereas construction of the smaller one was completed in 2012.

The selection of Belarus as hosts caused great controversy (Minsk2014 Campaign).[4][unreliable source?] On 11 April 2011, United States Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Michael Quigley urged the IIHF to move the World Championship to another location, citing concerns over the authoritarian government of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko's alleged human rights violations had resulted in numerous sanctions placed on himself and 157 of his associates by the European Union and United States. Senator Durbin and Representative Quigley were supported by former Slovak ice hockey player and current Member of the European Parliament Peter Šťastný.[5] According to a 2013 report by the U.S. organisation Freedom House, Belarus was the least democratic country in Europe at the time.[6] However, the IIHF remarked that its statutes did not allow it to discriminate on political grounds, and spokespersons for the Latvian and Lithuanian ice hockey federations stated that they had no desire for "mixing politics with sports".[7]

On 16 January 2012 President Lukashenko announced that any foreigners who wanted to attend the World Championships would not need a visa to enter Belarus, or the medical insurance required for entry. The only documentation required was an original or electronic copy of a ticket to a game.[8]

Venues[edit]

Minsk Minsk
Minsk-Arena
Capacity: 15,000
Chizhovka-Arena
Capacity: 9,600
Group B, 2 quarterfinals, 2 semifinals, 3rd place match, final Group A, 2 quarterfinals
USA-Latvia 150514 5-6.jpg ChizhovkaArenaInteroir2.jpg

Rosters[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2014 IIHF World Championship rosters.

Each team's roster consists of at least 15 skaters (forwards and defencemen) and two goaltenders, and at most 22 skaters and three goaltenders. All sixteen participating nations, through the confirmation of their respective national associations, have to submit a roster by the first IIHF directorate meeting.

Officials[edit]

Bus in Minsk in 2012 advertising the 2014 World Championships

The IIHF selected 16 referees and 16 linesmen to work the 2014 IIHF World Championship. They were the following:[9]

Referees Linesmen

Format[edit]

Volat, the official mascot of the tournament.

Of the 16 teams in the tournament Belarus qualified as host while Kazakhstan and Italy qualified through the 2013 IIHF World Championship Division I, the rest qualified after a top 14 placement at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.[citation needed][n 1] The teams are divided into two groups of which the four best from each will advance to the quarter finals. Here they will meet cross-over as indicated in the section below.[10]

In the group round, points were awarded as follows:[10][n 2]

  • 3 points for a win in regulation time (W)
  • 2 point for a team that drew in regulation time but won the following overtime/game winning shots (GWS) (OTW)
  • 1 point for a team that drew and lost the above-mentioned competition (OTL)
  • 0 points for a team that lost in regulation time (L)

If two or more teams finished with an equal number of points in the same group, their standings were determined by the following tiebreaking formula:[10][n 3]

  1. Points in games between the tied teams
  2. Goal difference in games between the tied teams
  3. Goals scored in games between the tied teams
  4. Results against the closest best-ranking team outside the original group of tied teams
  5. Results against the next highest ranking team outside the original group of tied teams
  6. Tournament seedings

Final ranking: places 1–4 were determined by the medal games. Other places were determined by playoff positioning, group play positioning in the group, number of points, goal difference, goals scored, and tournament seeding. The two lowest ranking teams overall were relegated to Division I A.[10][n 4]

Preliminary round[edit]

The schedule was released on 5 September 2013.[11]

     Team advances to the Playoff round
     Team relegated to Division I A

All times are local (UTC+3).

Group A[edit]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Canada 7 5 1 1 0 28 13 +15 18
 Sweden 7 5 1 1 0 21 10 +11 18
 Czech Republic 7 2 2 2 1 20 18 +2 12
 France 7 2 2 1 2 25 20 +5 11
 Slovakia 7 3 0 1 3 20 21 −1 10
 Norway 7 2 0 1 4 16 19 −3 7
 Denmark 7 1 1 0 5 17 27 −10 5
 Italy 7 1 0 0 6 6 25 −19 3
9 May 2014
16:45
France  3–2 GWS
(1–1, 0–0, 1–1)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
 Canada Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 6,780
9 May 2014
20:45
Slovakia  2–3 OT
(0–1, 2–0, 0–1)
(OT 0–1)
 Czech Republic Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 6,920
10 May 2014
12:45
Italy  0–3
(0–1, 0–1, 0–1)
 Norway Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 4,200
10 May 2014
16:45
Sweden  3–0
(2–0, 0–0, 1–0)
 Denmark Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 4,900
10 May 2014
20:45
Canada  4–1
(0–0, 1–1, 3–0)
 Slovakia Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 6,200
11 May 2014
12:45
France  1–2
(0–0, 1–1, 0–1)
 Italy Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 4,600
11 May 2014
16:45
Norway  4–3
(1–2, 2–0, 1–1)
 Denmark Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 4,837
11 May 2014
20:45
Sweden  4–3 GWS
(1–2, 1–1, 1–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
 Czech Republic Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 6,018
12 May 2014
16:45
Slovakia  3–5
(1–0, 2–1, 0–4)
 France Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 5,358
12 May 2014
20:45
Czech Republic  3–4
(1–1, 0–3, 2–0)
 Canada Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 6,317
13 May 2014
16:45
Italy  1–4
(1–1, 0–2, 0–1)
 Denmark Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 5,092
13 May 2014
20:45
Norway  1–2
(0–0, 1–1, 0–1)
 Sweden Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 6,389
14 May 2014
16:45
Czech Republic  2–0
(0–0, 1–0, 1–0)
 Italy Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 4,160
14 May 2014
20:45
Slovakia  5–2
(2–2, 1–0, 2–0)
 Norway Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 5,881
15 May 2014
16:45
Canada  6–1
(1–1, 1–0, 4–0)
 Denmark Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 7,085
15 May 2014
20:45
Sweden  2–1
(0–0, 2–0, 0–1)
 France Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 7,045
16 May 2014
16:45
Canada  6–1
(1–0, 4–0, 1–1)
 Italy Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 5,772
16 May 2014
20:45
Sweden  3–1
(2–0, 0–1, 1–0)
 Slovakia Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 7,563
17 May 2014
12:45
France  5–4 GWS
(0–1, 3–1, 1–2)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
 Norway Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 6,103
17 May 2014
16:45
Denmark  4–3 GWS
(1–2, 0–0, 2–1)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
 Czech Republic Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 6,892
17 May 2014
20:45
Slovakia  4–1
(1–0, 2–1, 1–0)
 Italy Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 5,929
18 May 2014
16:45
Canada  3–2 OT
(0–1, 2–1, 0–0)
(OT 1–0)
 Sweden Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 8,453
18 May 2014
20:45
Czech Republic  1–0
(1–0, 0–0, 0–0)
 Norway Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 7,902
19 May 2014
16:45
Denmark  2–6
(1–2, 1–0, 0–4)
 France Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 7,450
19 May 2014
20:45
Italy  1–5
(1–2, 0–2, 0–1)
 Sweden Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 7,878
20 May 2014
12:45
Norway  2–3
(1–0, 1–2, 0–1)
 Canada Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 7,487
20 May 2014
16:45
Denmark  3–4
(0–1, 1–0, 2–3)
 Slovakia Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 7,251
20 May 2014
20:45
Czech Republic  5–4 OT
(1–3, 3–0, 0–1)
(OT 1–0)
 France Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 8,214

Group B[edit]

Team GP
W
OTW
OTL
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Russia 7 7 0 0 0 31 7 +24 21
 United States 7 4 1 0 2 27 23 +4 14
 Belarus 7 4 0 0 3 18 17 +1 12
 Finland 7 3 1 0 3 18 15 +3 11
 Switzerland 7 3 0 1 3 19 21 −2 10
 Latvia 7 3 0 0 4 20 24 −4 9
 Germany 7 1 1 0 5 13 23 −10 5
 Kazakhstan 7 0 0 2 5 16 32 −16 2
9 May 2014
16:45
Switzerland  0–5
(0–3, 0–1, 0–1)
 Russia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 13,300
9 May 2014
20:45
Belarus  1–6
(0–1, 1–3, 0–2)
 United States Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 13,600
10 May 2014
12:45
Kazakhstan  1–2 GWS
(1–1, 0–0, 0–0)
(OT 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
 Germany Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 12,880
10 May 2014
16:45
Finland  2–3
(1–1, 1–0, 0–2)
 Latvia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 11,700
10 May 2014
20:45
United States  3–2
(0–0, 1–2, 2–0)
 Switzerland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 11,000
11 May 2014
13:45
Germany  3–2
(1–1, 1–1, 1–0)
 Latvia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 11,200
11 May 2014
17:30
Belarus  4–1
(0–1, 2–0, 2–0)
 Kazakhstan Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 13,734
11 May 2014
21:00
Finland  2–4
(1–2, 1–2, 0–0)
 Russia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 13,934
12 May 2014
16:45
Switzerland  3–4
(2–1, 0–1, 1–2)
 Belarus Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 13,207
12 May 2014
20:45
Russia  6−1
(2−0, 4−1, 0−0)
 United States Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 14,124
13 May 2014
16:45
Germany  0–4
(0–2, 0–2, 0–0)
 Finland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 10,959
13 May 2014
20:45
Kazakhstan  4–5
(2–1, 2–3, 0–1)
 Latvia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 10,870
14 May 2014
16:45
Switzerland  3–2
(1–1, 2–1, 0–0)
 Germany Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 11,628
14 May 2014
20:45
Russia  7–2
(1–0, 3–0, 3–2)
 Kazakhstan Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 12,299
15 May 2014
16:45
United States  5–6
(1–2, 2–1, 2–3)
 Latvia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 11,814
15 May 2014
20:45
Finland  2–0
(1–0, 0–0, 1–0)
 Belarus Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 14,447
16 May 2014
16:45
United States  4–3 OT
(1–1, 2–1, 0–1)
(OT: 1–0)
 Kazakhstan Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 10,779
16 May 2014
20:45
Finland  3–2 GWS
(1–0, 1–0, 0–2)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
 Switzerland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 12,630
17 May 2014
12:45
Latvia  1–4
(1–3, 0–1, 0–0)
 Russia Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 14,427
17 May 2014
16:45
Belarus  5–2
(1–2, 1–0, 3–0)
 Germany Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 14,478
17 May 2014
20:45
Switzerland  6–2
(2–0, 2–0, 2–2)
 Kazakhstan Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 11,739
18 May 2014
16:45
United States  3–1
(1–0, 0–0, 2–1)
 Finland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 13,030
18 May 2014
20:45
Russia  3–0
(0–0, 0–0, 3–0)
 Germany Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 14,021
19 May 2014
16:45
Kazakhstan  3–4
(2–2, 0–2, 1–0)
 Finland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 12,119
19 May 2014
20:45
Latvia  1–3
(0–2, 1–0, 0–1)
 Belarus Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 14,531
20 May 2014
12:45
Germany  4–5
(0–0, 3–3, 1–2)
 United States Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 11,845
20 May 2014
16:45
Latvia  2–3
(0–2, 1–1, 1–0)
 Switzerland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 12,868
20 May 2014
20:45
Russia  2–1
(0–0, 2–0, 0–1)
 Belarus Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 14,679

Playoff round[edit]

  Quarterfinal                    
  A1   Canada 2  
  B4   Finland 3   Semifinal
      B4   Finland 3  
  Quarterfinal   A3   Czech Republic 0  
  B2   United States 3
  A3   Czech Republic 4         Final
              B4   Finland 2
  Quarterfinal             B1   Russia 5
  B1   Russia 3      
  A4   France 0   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      B1   Russia 3   A3   Czech Republic 0
  Quarterfinal   A2   Sweden 1     A2   Sweden 3
  A2   Sweden 3
  B3   Belarus 2  

Quarterfinals[edit]

22 May 2014
16:00
United States  3–4
(1–1, 0–3, 2–0)
 Czech Republic Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 8,234
22 May 2014
17:00
Russia  3–0
(1–0, 1–0, 1–0)
 France Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 14,011
22 May 2014
20:00
Canada  2–3
(0–1, 2–0, 0–2)
 Finland Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 8,671
22 May 2014
21:00
Sweden  3–2
(1–0, 1–2, 1–0)
 Belarus Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 14,598

Semifinals[edit]

24 May 2014
14:45
Russia  3–1
(2–1, 1–0, 0–0)
 Sweden Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 14,521
24 May 2014
18:45
Czech Republic  0–3
(0–1, 0–1, 0–1)
 Finland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 14,378

Bronze medal game[edit]

25 May 2014
16:30
Sweden  3–0
(2–0, 0–0, 1–0)
 Czech Republic Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 14,001

Gold medal game[edit]

25 May 2014
21:00
Russia  5–2
(1–1, 2–1, 2–0)
 Finland Minsk-Arena, Minsk
Attendance: 15,112

Ranking and statistics[edit]

 
 2014 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Russia
27th title

Tournament Awards[edit]

Final ranking[edit]

The official IIHF final ranking of the tournament:

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

Scoring leaders[edit]

List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals.

Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Russia Viktor Tikhonov 10 8 8 16 +10 10 F
Russia Danis Zaripov 10 3 10 13 +7 6 F
Russia Sergei Plotnikov 10 6 6 12 +7 12 F
Finland Jori Lehterä 10 3 9 12 +4 10 F
France Antoine Roussel 8 6 5 11 +6 16 F
Sweden Joakim Lindström 10 5 6 11 +4 4 F
Slovakia Michel Miklík 7 4 7 11 +5 0 F
Russia Alexander Ovechkin 9 4 7 11 +6 8 F
United States Seth Jones 8 2 9 11 +8 6 D
United States Johnny Gaudreau 8 2 8 10 +4 2 F

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalties in Minutes; POS = Position
Source: IIHF.com

Leading goaltenders[edit]

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played at least 40% of their team's minutes, are included in this list.

Player TOI GA GAA SA Sv% SO
Russia Sergei Bobrovsky 480:00 9 1.13 181 95.03 2
Norway Steffen Søberg 175:45 6 2.05 116 94.83 2
Belarus Kevin Lalande 240:37 5 1.25 80 93.75 0
Sweden Anders Nilsson 545:11 14 1.54 224 93.75 2
Canada Ben Scrivens 241:07 7 1.74 112 93.75 0

TOI = Time on Ice (minutes:seconds); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals against average; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts
Source: IIHF.com

IIHF broadcasting rights[edit]