Ice hockey at the 1952 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey at the 1952 Winter Olympics
Tournament details
Host country  Norway
Dates 9–17 March
Teams 9
Venue(s) Jordal Amfi Arena, Dælenenga, Kadettangen, Marienlyst and Lillestrøm
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (5th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  United States
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Sweden
Fourth place  Czechoslovakia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 37
Goals scored 335 (9.05 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Billy Gibson 19 points

The Ice hockey tournament at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway was mainly played at the Jordal Amfi Arena, as well as the stadiums at Dælenenga, Kadettangen, Marienlyst and Lillestrøm. The Edmonton Mercurys represented Canada and won the gold medal. The tournament was nearly not played at all. In 1951 it was decided to drop hockey from the olympic program because of the controversies surrounding the 1948 games. However, at the IOC congress in Romania the same year, it was reinstated.[1][2]

Teams from Germany and Czechoslovakia rejoined the top level of international hockey this year. Nine nations played a round-robin with the top three nations receiving medals at the end. Canada won their fifth Olympic title, and fifteenth World title. The USA tied their final game against Canada to finish one point ahead of both Sweden and Czechoslovakia, clinching the silver medal. Czechoslovakia and Sweden both finished with six wins and two losses, additionally, they had an equal goal differential of +29. The Czechs had defeated the Swedes four to nothing on the final day, and believed that they had won the Olympic bronze, and the European Championship. However, organizers decided that they should play a final tie-breaking game, in which the Swedes overcame a three goal deficit to win five to three.[1][2]

The jersey of the Edmonton Mercurys, the gold medal winners.

This would be Canada's last gold medal in men's Olympic ice hockey until the 2002 Winter Olympics when they would again play the United States, 50 years to the day (also a Sunday).

Medalists[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Canada
Eric Paterson
Ralph Hansch
John Davies
Don Gauf
Robert Meyers
Thomas Pollock
Al Purvis
Billy Gibson
David Miller
George Abel
Billy Dawe
Robert Dickson
Gordon Robertson
Louis Secco
Francis Sullivan
Robert Watt
United States
Alfred Van Allen
André Gambucci
Arnold Oss
Clifford Harrison
Donald Whiston
Gerald Kilmartin
James Sedin
John Mulhern
John Noah
Joseph Czarnota
Kenneth Yackel
Leonard Ceglarski
Richard Desmond
Robert Rompre
Ruben Bjorkman
Sweden
Göte Almqvist
Hans Andersson-Tvilling
Stig Andersson-Tvilling
Åke Andersson
Lars Björn
Göte Blomqvist
Thord Flodqvist
Erik Johansson
Gösta Johansson
Rune Johansson
Sven "Tumba" Johansson
Åke Lassas
Holger Nurmela
Lars Pettersson
Lars Svensson
Sven Thunman
Hans Öberg

World Championships Group A (Norway)[edit]

  • February 15
    • Norway 2-3 USA
    • Sweden 9-2 Finland
    • Czechoslovakia 8-2 Poland
    • Canada 15-1 Germany
  • February 16
    • Switzerland 12-0 Finland
    • USA 8-2 Germany
    • Norway 0-6 Czechoslovakia
    • Sweden 17-1 Poland
  • February 17
    • Norway 2-4 Sweden
    • Czechoslovakia 6-1 Germany
    • Canada 13-3 Finland
    • Switzerland 6-3 Poland
  • February 18
    • USA 8-2 Finland
    • Sweden 7-3 Germany
    • Canada 11-0 Poland
    • Norway 2-7 Switzerland
  • February 19
    • USA 8-2 Switzerland
    • Canada 4-1 Czechoslovakia
  • February 20
    • Norway 2-5 Finland
    • Poland 4-4 Germany
  • February 21
    • Sweden 4-2 USA
    • Norway 2-6 Germany
    • Canada 11-2 Switzerland
    • Czechoslovakia 11-2 Finland
  • February 22
    • USA 5-3 Poland
    • Finland 5-1 Germany
    • Canada 3-2 Sweden
    • Czechoslovakia 8-3 Switzerland
  • February 23
    • USA 6-3 Czechoslovakia
    • Poland 4-2 Finland
    • Norway 2-11 Canada
    • Sweden 5-2 Switzerland
  • February 24
    • Czechoslovakia 4-0 Sweden
    • Canada 3-3 USA
    • Norway 3-4 Poland
    • Switzerland 6-3 Germany

PLAYOFF

  • February 25 *
    • Sweden 5-3 Czechoslovakia

* Sweden and Czechoslovakia were tied with identical record and goal differentials, so a tie breaker game was played.

Final round[edit]

Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 Canada 8 7 0 1 71 14 15
 United States 8 6 1 1 43 21 13
 Sweden 8 6 2 0 48 19 12
 Czechoslovakia 8 6 2 0 47 18 12
  Switzerland 8 4 4 0 40 40 8
 Poland 8 2 5 1 21 56 5
 Finland 8 2 6 0 21 60 4
 Germany 8 1 6 1 21 53 3
 Norway 8 0 8 0 15 46 0

World Championships Group B (Belgium)[edit]

Played in Liege 15–22 March 1952. British manager Johnny Murray won with a roster composed entirely with English players, no Scots, no Canadians.[1]

Date Matches B World Championships 1952 Result Period.
15 March  France -  Netherlands 7 - 3 1-0,3-1,3-2
16 March  Belgium -  Italy 1 - 3 1-0,0-0,0-3
16 March  Austria -  Netherlands 5 - 5 1-2,4-1,0-2
17 March  Belgium -  Great Britain 5 - 1 4-1,0-0,1-0
17 March  Austria -  Italy 5 - 1 1-1,0-0,4-0
18 March  Great Britain -  Netherlands 8 - 1 3-0,3-0,2-1
18 March  Belgium -  France 3 - 3 0-2,2-0,1-1
19 March  Italy -  Netherlands 5 - 3 1-2,1-0,3-1
20 March  Great Britain -  France 10 - 0 4-0,5-0,1-0
20 March  Belgium -  Austria 7 - 10 2-2,2-6,3-2
21 March  Italy -  France 14 - 5 4-1,5-1,5-3
21 March  Great Britain -  Austria 2 - 1 0-0,2-1,0-0
22 March  Austria -  France 11 - 4 3-0,0-4,8-0
22 March  Great Britain -  Italy 7 - 3 2-1,1-1,3-1
22 March  Belgium -  Netherlands 1 - 7 1-3,0-3,0-1

Table[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
10  Great Britain 5 4 0 1 28 - 10 8
11  Austria 5 3 1 1 32 - 19 7
12  Italy 5 3 0 2 26 - 21 6
13  Netherlands 5 1 1 3 19 - 26 3
14  Belgium 5 1 1 3 17 - 24 3
15  France 5 1 1 3 19 - 41 3

Top scorers[edit]

Team GP G A Pts
Canada Billy Gibson 8 15 7 22

European Championship medal table[edit]

Gold medal icon.svg  Sweden
Silver medal icon.svg  Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal icon.svg   Switzerland
4  Poland
5  Finland
6  West Germany
7  Norway

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Summary
  2. ^ a b Duplacey p. 503

References[edit]