Ice hockey at the 1948 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey at the 1948 Winter Olympics
Tournament details
Host country   Switzerland
Dates 30 January–8 February
Teams 9
Venue(s) St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink, Suvretta, Kulm (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (4th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg   Switzerland
Fourth place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 36
Goals scored 482 (13.39 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Walter Halder
(29 points)
1947
1949

In Ice hockey at the 1948 Winter Olympics, Canada returned to its dominance, winning their fourth Gold Medal out of the first five Olympic Games. Additionally it marked Canada's twelfth World Championship, and Czechoslovakia's eighth European Championship.

Rival United States teams[edit]

The tournament was marred by controversy before the Games began. The United States sent two hockey teams to compete in St. Moritz, which nearly caused the cancellation of the entire tournament.[1][2] At the center of the issue was amateurism.[3] One team was sponsored by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The USOC was responsible for determining American participation in the Games.[3] The other team was sponsored by the Amateur Hockey Association (AHA) and the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace (LIHG). The LIHG, under the guidance of founder Wilhelm "Willie" Bernfeld, was responsible for approving the participation of national hockey teams at the Olympics.[4] The AHA openly allowed professional players on their teams, and the team sent to St. Moritz was composed of professionals, whereas the AAU team was strictly made up of amateurs.[4] No resolution was reached before the Games and both teams arrived at St. Moritz ready to play. This created a tense showdown between the USOC's president, Avery Brundage, the LIHG, the Swiss organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC was responsible for the overall running of the Games. The IOC initially ruled that neither team could compete. This incensed the LIHG, which threatened to boycott the Olympics, effectively ending the hockey tournament.[4] The Swiss organizing committee, fearing this eventuality, ignored the IOC's ruling and allowed the AHA team to play in the tournament and the AAU team to march in the opening ceremony. Eventually the parties agreed to allow the AHA team to play but they would receive no official ranking in the Olympic tournament, and they would not be eligible to win a medal.[4] Because this tournament was also the LIHG (forerunner of the IIHF) World Championship, they maintained a fourth place in that ranking.[5]

Final tournament[edit]

The tournament was run in a round-robin format with nine teams participating. The Canadians had seven wins and one tie against the team from Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia also won seven games. The tournament was decided on goal average. Canada outscored their opponents 69:5 (a 13.8 goal average). The Czechoslovakia team outscored their opponents 80:18 (a 4.44 goal average). On the final day the Swiss watched the Czechoslovaks beat the Americans dashing their gold medal aspirations, and then lost their opportunity for silver in a loss to Canada, finishing with a bronze.[6]

Medal Team
Gold  Canada
Silver  Czechoslovakia
Bronze   Switzerland
Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 Canada 8 7 0 1 69 5 15
 Czechoslovakia 8 7 0 1 80 18 15
  Switzerland 8 6 2 0 67 21 12
 Sweden 8 4 4 0 55 28 8
 Great Britain 8 3 5 0 39 47 6
 Poland 8 2 6 0 29 97 4
 Austria 8 1 7 0 33 77 2
 Italy 8 0 8 0 24 156 0
 United States * 8 5 3 0 86 33 10

* United States team was disqualified. Only eight teams are officially ranked.

Results[edit]

  • January 30
    • Switzerland 5-4 USA
    • Canada 3-1 Sweden
    • Poland 7-5 Austria
    • Czechoslovakia 22-3 Italy
  • January 31
    • USA 23-4 Poland
    • Czechoslovakia 6-3 Sweden
    • Switzerland 16-0 Italy
    • United Kingdom 5-4 Austria
  • February 1
    • Canada 3-0 United Kingdom
    • USA 31-1 Italy
    • Switzerland 11-2 Austria
    • Czechoslovakia 13-1 Poland
  • February 2
    • Sweden 7-1 Austria
    • Canada 15-0 Poland
    • Czechoslovakia 11-4 United Kingdom
  • February 3
    • Canada 21-1 Italy
    • USA 5-2 Sweden
  • February 4
    • Czechoslovakia 17-3 Austria
    • Poland 13-7 Italy
    • Switzerland 12-3 United Kingdom
  • February 5
    • Austria 16-5 Italy
    • United Kingdom 7-2 Poland
    • Switzerland 8-2 Sweden
    • Canada 12-3 USA
  • February 6
    • Switzerland 14-0 Poland
    • Canada 0-0 Czechoslovakia
    • Sweden 4-3 United Kingdom
    • USA 13-2 Austria
  • February 7
    • USA 4-3 United Kingdom
    • Czechoslovakia 7-1 Switzerland
    • Canada 12-0 Austria
    • Sweden 23-0 Italy
  • February 8
    • United Kingdom 14-7 Italy
    • Czechoslovakia 4-3 USA
    • Canada 3-0 Switzerland
    • Sweden 13-2 Poland

Top scorer[edit]

Team GP G A Pts
Canada Walter Halder 8 21 8 29

Team Members[edit]

RCAF Flyers

Country Members
CAN Murray Dowey, Frank Dunster, Andre Laperriere, Louis Lecompte, Jean Gravelle, Patrick Guzzo, Walter Halder, Ted Hibberd, George Mara, Ab Renaud, Reg Schroeter, Irving Taylor; Trainer: Frank Boucher

European Championship medal table[edit]

Gold medal icon.svg  Czechoslovakia
Silver medal icon.svg   Switzerland
Bronze medal icon.svg  Sweden
4  Great Britain
5  Poland
6  Austria
7  Italy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1948-Winter Olympics V (St. Moritz, Switzerland)". CTV global media. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Storms over St. Moritz". Time Magazine (Time Inc.). 1948-02-09. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  3. ^ a b Findling & Pelle (2004), p. 316
  4. ^ a b c d Findling & Pelle (2004), p. 317
  5. ^ Results and commentary in french
  6. ^ "Rapport General sur les Ves Jeux Olympiques D'Hiver St Moritz 1948". la84foundation.org. Retrieved 2012-05-22.