Ice hockey at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey at the 1960 Winter Olympics
Tournament details
Host country  USA
Dates 19–28 February
Teams 9
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  United States (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Soviet Union
Fourth place  Czechoslovakia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 30
Goals scored 334 (11.13 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Fred Etcher 21 points

At the 1960 Winter Olympics held in Squaw Valley, California, United States, one ice hockey event was held: men's Ice Hockey. This tournament was also counted as IIHF World Championship and IIHF European Championship. The Americans, won their first Olympic, and second World title, while the Soviets captured their sixth European title. Games were held at Blyth Arena.

Canada, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Sweden were the top four teams heading into the Games. All four were defeated by the American team, which won all seven games en route to its first Olympic gold medal.[1] In the United States the victory has come to be known as the "Forgotten Miracle," in comparison to the more famous 1980 gold medal known as the Miracle on Ice; both instances represent the only two Olympic gold medals won by USA men's ice hockey. A documentary entitled Forgotten Miracle was produced in 2010 on the 50th anniversary of the Games by Northland Films.[2]

Herb Brooks, the coach of the 1980 US men's hockey team (the "Miracle on Ice"), was a player with the 1960 Olympic team, but was cut from the team a week before the Games began.

Medalists[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
United States
Jack McCartan
John Mayasich
John Kirrane
Paul Johnson
Weldon Olson
Eugene Grazia
Richard Rodenheiser
Edwyn Owen
Rodney Paavola
Richard Meredith
Bill Christian
Tommy Williams
Roger Christian
Robert McVey
Lawrence Palmer
Bill Cleary
Bob Cleary
Canada
Harold Hurley
Harry Sinden
Jack Douglas
Bob Attersley
Fred Etcher
George Samolenko
Donald Charles Head
Darryl Sly
Ken Laufman
Floyd Martin
James Connelly
Robert Forhan
Donald Rope
Maurice Benoit
Bobby Rousseau
Cliff Pennington
Robert McKnight
Soviet Union
Yuri Tsitsinov
Vladimir Grebennikov
Mikhail Bychkov
Viktor Pryazhnikov
Nikolai Karpov
Nikolai Puchkov
Yevgeny Groshev
Viktor Yakushev
Stanislav Petukhov
Yevgeny Yorkin
Nikolai Sologubov
Yuri Baulin
Aleksandr Almetov
Konstantin Loktev
Veniamin Alexandrov
Genrikh Sidorenkov
Alfred Kuchevski

Qualification[edit]

December 9, 1959

  • West Germany 5-2 East Germany

December 12, 1959

  • East Germany 3-5 West Germany

First round[edit]

Top two teams (shaded ones) from each group advanced to the final round and played for 1st-6th places, other teams played in the consolation round.

Group A[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Canada 2 2 0 0 24 3 4
2  Sweden 2 1 1 0 21 5 2
3  Japan 2 0 2 0 1 38 0
February 19, 1960. Canada  5–2
(2–1, 1–1, 2–0)
 Sweden
February 20, 1960. Canada  19–1
(5–0, 7–1, 7–0)
 Japan
February 21, 1960. Sweden  19–0
(8–0, 5–0, 6–0)
 Japan

Group B[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 2 2 0 0 16 4 4
2  Germany 2 1 1 0 4 9 2
3  Finland 2 0 2 0 5 12 0
February 19, 1960. Soviet Union  8–0
(3–0, 3–0, 2–0)
 Germany
February 20, 1960. Soviet Union  8–4
(2–1, 4–0, 2–3)
 Finland
February 21, 1960 Germany  4–1
(1–0, 2–0, 1–1)
 Finland

Group C[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  United States 2 2 0 0 19 6 4
2  Czechoslovakia 2 1 1 0 23 8 2
3  Australia 2 0 2 0 2 30 0
February 19, 1960. United States  7–5
(2–1, 1–3, 4–1)
 Czechoslovakia
February 20, 1960. Czechoslovakia  18–1
(7–1, 3–0, 8–0)
 Australia
February 21, 1960. United States  12–1
(6–0, 3–0, 3–1)
 Australia

Consolation round[edit]

Teams, which didn't qualify for the final round, played here. Sources differ on which Finland-Japan game took place on the 23rd, and which game took place on the 26th.

Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 Finland 4 3 0 1 50 11 7
 Japan 4 2 1 1 32 22 5
 Australia 4 0 4 0 8 57 0
February 22, 1960 Australia  1–14
(1–8, 0–4, 0–2)
 Finland
February 23, 1960 Finland  6–6
(2–1, 3–2, 1–3)
 Japan
February 24, 1960 Australia  2–13
(0–3, 0–4, 2–6)
 Japan
February 25, 1960 Australia  2–19
(6–1, 5–1, 8–0)
 Finland
February 26, 1960 Finland  11–2
(2–1, 6–0, 3–1)
 Japan
February 27, 1960 Japan  11–3
(6–0, 2–1, 3–2)
 Australia

Medal round[edit]

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

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  United States 5 5 0 0 29 11 10
2  Canada 5 4 1 0 31 12 8
3  Soviet Union 5 2 2 1 24 19 5
4  Czechoslovakia 5 2 3 0 21 23 4
5  Sweden 5 1 3 1 19 19 3
6  Germany 5 0 5 0 5 45 0
February 22, 1960 Soviet Union  8–5
(3–2, 2–1, 3–2)
 Czechoslovakia
February 22, 1960 United States  6–3
(4–0, 1–2, 1–1)
 Sweden
February 22, 1960 Canada  12–0
(6–0, 1–0, 5–0)
 Germany
February 24, 1960 United States  9–1
(2–0, 3–1, 4–0)
 Germany
February 24, 1960 Soviet Union  2–2
(0–0, 0–0, 2–2)
 Sweden
February 24, 1960 Canada  4–0
(3–0, 1–0, 0–0)
 Czechoslovakia
February 25, 1960 Soviet Union  7–1
(0–1, 4–0, 3–0)
 Germany
February 25, 1960 United States  2–1
(1–0, 1–0, 0–1)
 Canada
February 25, 1960 Czechoslovakia  3–1
(3–0, 0–1, 0–0)
 Sweden
February 27, 1960 Czechoslovakia  9–1
(3–1, 4–0, 2–0)
 Germany
February 27, 1960 United States  3–2
(1–2, 1–0, 1–0)
 Soviet Union
February 27, 1960 Canada  6–5
(1–4, 1–0, 4–1)
 Sweden
February 28, 1960 United States  9–4
(3–3, 0–1, 6–0)
 Czechoslovakia
February 28, 1960 Sweden  8–2
(2–0, 2–2, 4–0)
 Germany
February 28, 1960 Canada  8–5
(3–0, 1–3, 4–2)
 Soviet Union

Leading scorers[3][edit]

Rk Team GP G A Pts
1 Canada Fred Etcher 7 9 12 21
2 Canada Bob Attersley 7 6 12 18
3 United States Bill Cleary 7 7 7 14
4 Soviet Union Veniamin Aleksandrov 7 7 6 13
5 United States Bill Christian 7 2 11 13
6 Finland Raimo Kilpio 6 9 3 12
7 Finland Jouni Seistamo 5 8 4 12
T8 Canada George Samolenko 7 8 4 12
T8 Sweden Lars Lundvall 7 8 4 12
T10 Czechoslovakia Václav Pantůček 7 7 5 12
T10 United States John Mayasich 7 7 5 12
T10 Sweden Nisse Nilsson 7 7 5 12

Tournament awards[edit]

Final ranking[edit]

  1.  United States
  2.  Canada
  3.  Soviet Union
  4.  Czechoslovakia
  5.  Sweden
  6.  Germany
  7.  Finland
  8.  Japan
  9.  Australia

European Championship final ranking[edit]

  1.  Soviet Union
  2.  Czechoslovakia
  3.  Sweden
  4.  Germany
  5.  Finland

References[edit]

  1. ^ Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew (2008). "Story #16–USA's original but unheralded "Miracle on Ice"". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Forgotten Miracle". 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  3. ^ Leading scorers