Ice hockey at the 1956 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey at the 1956 Winter Olympics
Tournament details
Host country  Italy
Dates 26 January–4 February
Teams 10
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Soviet Union (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  United States
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Canada
Fourth place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 33
Goals scored 262 (7.94 per match)
Attendance 122,230 (3,704 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada James Logan 15 points
Trophy awarded for the 1956 World Championships

The ice hockey competition at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy was held at the Olympic Ice Stadium and the Apollonio Stadium. This tournament was also counted for the IIHF World Championships and the IIHF European Championships. East and West Germany could not come to an agreement over how to formulate a combined team, so they played a qualification game against each other, which the west won. The east hosted a tournament for non qualified teams, often referred to as World Championships Pool B, between GDR, Norway and Belgium in Berlin.[1]

The Soviets won all their games to claim their first Olympic title, their second World title, and their third European title. The Canadian representative, the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen suffered losses to both the USSR and the USA, claiming bronze.

Medalists[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Soviet Union
Nikolai Puchkov
Grigory Mkrtychan
Nikolaï Sologubov
Dmitry Ukolov
Ivan Tregubov
Genrikh Sidorenkov
Alfred Kuchevsky
Yevgeny Babich
Viktor Shuvalov
Vsevolod Bobrov
Yuri Krylov
Aleksandr Uvarov
Valentin Kuzin
Yuri Pantjukhov
Aleksey Guryshev
Nikolay Khlystov
Viktor Nikiforov
United States
Willard Ikola
Don Rigazio
Richard Rodenheiser
Daniel McKinnon
Ed Sampson
John Matchefts
Richard Meredith
Dick Dougherty
Ken Purpur
John Mayasich
Bill Cleary
Wellington Burtnett
Wendell Anderson
Gene Campbell
Gordon Christian
Weldon Olson
John Petroske
Canada
Denis Brodeur
Keith Woodall
Floyd Martin
Howie Lee
Art Hurst
Jack McKenzie
James Logan
Paul Knox
Donald Rope
Byrle Klinck
Bill Colvin
Gerry Théberge
Alfred Horne
Charlie Brooker
George Scholes
Bob White
Ken Laufman

World Championship Group A (Italy)[edit]

Qualification[edit]

  • November 16, 1955
    • East Germany 3-7 West Germany

First round[edit]

Top two teams (shaded ones) from each group earned a right to play for 1st-6th places.

Group A[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Canada 3 3 0 0 30 1 6
2  Germany 3 1 1 1 9 6 3
3  Italy 3 0 1 2 5 7 2
4  Austria 3 0 2 1 2 32 1
  • January 26
    • Canada 4-0 Germany (UTG)
    • Italy 2-2 Austria
  • January 27
    • Italy 2-2 Germany (UTG)
    • Canada 23-0 Austria
  • January 28
    • Germany (UTG) 7-0 Austria
    • Italy 1-3 Canada

Group B[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Czechoslovakia 2 2 0 0 12 6 4
2  United States 2 1 1 0 7 4 2
3  Poland 2 0 2 0 3 12 0
  • January 27
    • Czechoslovakia 4-3 USA
  • January 28
    • USA 4-0 Poland
  • January 29
    • Czechoslovakia 8-3 Poland

Group C[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 2 2 0 0 15 4 4
2  Sweden 2 1 1 0 7 10 2
3   Switzerland 2 0 2 0 8 16 0
  • January 27
    • USSR 5-1 Sweden
  • January 28
    • Sweden 6-5 Switzerland
  • January 29
    • USSR 10-3 Switzerland

Final round[edit]

First place team wins gold, second silver and third bronze.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 5 5 0 0 25 5 10
2  United States 5 4 1 0 26 12 8
3  Canada 5 3 2 0 23 11 6
4  Sweden 5 1 3 1 10 17 3
5  Czechoslovakia 5 1 4 0 20 30 2
6  Germany 5 0 4 1 6 35 1
  • January 30
    • USA 7-2 Germany (UTG)
    • Canada 6-3 Czechoslovakia
    • USSR 4-1 Sweden
  • January 31
    • USSR 8-0 Germany (UTG)
    • Sweden 5-0 Czechoslovakia
    • USA 4-1 Canada
  • February 1
    • USA 6-1 Sweden
  • February 2
    • Canada 10-0 Germany (UTG)
    • USSR 7-4 Czechoslovakia
  • February 3
    • Czechoslovakia 9-3 Germany (UTG)
    • Canada 6-2 Sweden
    • USSR 4-0 USA
  • February 4
    • USSR 2-0 Canada
    • Germany (UTG) 1-1 Sweden
    • USA 9-4 Czechoslovakia

Consolation round[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
7  Italy 3 3 0 0 21 7 6
8  Poland 3 2 1 0 12 10 4
9   Switzerland 3 1 2 0 12 18 2
10  Austria 3 0 3 0 9 19 0
  • January 31
    • Switzerland 7-4 Austria
  • February 1
    • Poland 6-2 Switzerland
    • Italy 8-2 Austria
  • February 2
    • Italy 8-3 Switzerland
    • Poland 4-3 Austria
  • February 3
    • Italy 5-2 Poland

World Championship Group B (East Germany)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
11  East Germany 2 2 0 0 18 8 4
12  Norway 2 1 1 0 8 9 2
13  Belgium 2 0 2 0 12 21 0
  • March 8
    • East Germany 4-1 Norway
  • March 9
    • East Germany 14-7 Belgium
  • March 10
    • Norway 7-5 Belgium

Leading scorers[edit]

Rk Team GP G A Pts
1 Canada James Logan 8 7 8 15
2 Canada Paul Knox 8 7 7 14
3 Soviet Union Vsevolod Bobrov 7 9 3 12
4 Canada Jack McKenzie 8 7 5 12
5 Canada Gerry Theberge 8 9 2 11
6 Soviet Union Alexei Guryshev 7 8 3 11
7 United States John Mayasich 7 6 4 10
8 Canada George Scholes 8 5 5 10
9 Canada Ken Laufman 8 1 8 9
10 United States Gordon Christian 6 5 3 8

Tournament awards[edit]

Final ranking[edit]

  1.  Soviet Union
  2.  United States
  3.  Canada
  4.  Sweden
  5.  Czechoslovakia
  6.  Germany
  7.  Italy
  8.  Poland
  9.   Switzerland
  10.  Austria

European Championship final ranking[edit]

  1.  Soviet Union
  2.  Sweden
  3.  Czechoslovakia
  4.  West Germany
  5.  Italy
  6.  Poland
  7.   Switzerland
  8.  Austria

Citations[edit]

References[edit]

  • Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports. pp. 498–528. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. pp. 25–6, 30, 107–8. 
  • Jeux Olympiques d'Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956