1933 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1933 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Czechoslovakia
Dates 18–26 February
Teams 12
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  United States (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  Austria
Tournament statistics
Matches played 33
Goals scored 115 (3.48 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Czechoslovakia Josef Malecek 13 points
1932
1934

The 1933 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships were held between February 18 and February 26, 1933, in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

By winning its first-ever world championship, the United States deprived Canada of the world title for the first time in tournament history. The American team, the Massachusetts Rangers, was mostly made up of university students and led by standout performances of Gerry Cosby in goal and team captain Ben Langmaid on defence. Canada was represented by the Toronto National Sea Fleas, winners of the 1932 Allan Cup, and coached by the controversial hockey personality Harold Ballard.[1] The teams met on February 26 at Zimni Stadion in Stvanice. Tied 1-1 after 45 minutes of regulation time on goals by Sherman Forbes for the United States and an equalizer by Canadian Tim Kerr, defenceman John Garrison beat Canadian goalie Ron Geddes at the 6-minute mark of a dramatic "non-sudden death" overtime period. A team photograph, and a gold medal on loan from the family of Sherman Forbes, are currently on display at The Sports Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ten nations played in three groups, with the top two in each group advancing to the second round to join Canada and the United States, who both were automatically qualified through to the next round. In the second round, eight teams played in two groups; the top two teams from each group advancing to the semifinals, where the top qualifier in each group were seeded against the second qualifier in the opposing group. The winners of the semifinal matches played in the gold medal game, while the losers played for third place.

Fifth and sixth places were decided by a match between the third-place finishers in the two second ground groups; similarly seventh and eighth places were decided between the two last-place finishers in the second round groups. For the final four places, two classification matches were played between the bottom four finishers in the first round, which provided the seedings for the ninth and eleventh place matches.

First Round[edit]

February 18 to February 20. Ten nations played in three groups with the top two in each group advancing to the second round to join Canada and the USA.

Group A[edit]

  • Austria 3 - 0 Italy
  • Czechoslovakia 8 - 0 Romania
  • Italy 2 - 0 Romania
  • Czechoslovakia 2 - 1 Austria
  • Austria 7 - 1 Romania
  • Czechoslovakia 3 - 1 Italy

Final Standings – Group A

Pos. Team GP Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff. Points
1  Czechoslovakia 3 3 0 0 13: 2 +11 6:0
2  Austria 3 2 0 1 11: 3 + 8 4:2
3  Italy 3 1 0 2 3: 6 - 3 2:4
4  Romania 3 0 0 3 1:17 -16 0:6

Group B[edit]

  • Germany 6 - 0 Belgium
  • Germany 2 - 0 Poland
  • Poland 1 - 0 Belgium

Final Standings – Group B

Pos. Team GP Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff. Points
1  Germany 2 2 0 0 8:0 +8 4:0
2  Poland 2 1 0 1 1:2 -1 2:2
3  Belgium 2 0 0 2 0:7 -7 0:4

Group C[edit]

  • Switzerland 5 - 1 Latvia
  • Switzerland 1 - 0 Hungary
  • Hungary 3 - 0 Latvia

Final Standings – Group C

Pos. Team GP Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff. Points
1   Switzerland 2 2 0 0 6:1 +7 4:0
2  Hungary 2 1 0 1 3:1 +2 2:2
3  Latvia 2 0 0 2 1:8 -7 0:4

Second Round[edit]

February 21 to February 23. Eight teams played in two groups with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals.

Group D[edit]

  • Austria 1 - 0 o.t. Hungary
  • Canada 5 - 0 Germany
  • Germany 4 - 0 Hungary
  • Canada 4 - 0 Austria
  • Canada 3 - 1 Hungary
  • Austria 2 - 0 Germany

Final Standings – Group D

Pos. Team GP Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff. Points
1  Canada 3 3 0 0 12: 1 +11 6:0
2  Austria 3 2 0 1 3: 4 - 1 4:2
3  Germany 3 1 0 2 4: 7 - 3 2:4
4  Hungary 3 0 0 3 1: 8 - 7 0:6

Group E[edit]

  • United States 7 - 0 Switzerland
  • Czechoslovakia 1 - 0 Poland
  • United States 4 - 0 Poland
  • Czechoslovakia 1 - 0 Switzerland
  • Switzerland 3 - 1 Poland
  • United States 6 - 0 Czechoslovakia

Final Standings – Group E

Pos. Team GP Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal Diff. Points
1  United States 3 3 0 0 17: 0 +17 6:0
2  Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 2: 6 - 4 4:2
3   Switzerland 3 1 0 2 3: 9 - 6 2:4
4  Poland 3 0 0 3 1: 8 - 7 0:6

Final Round[edit]

Semi-Finals[edit]

February 25

  • United States 4 - 0 Austria
  • Canada 4 - 0 Czechoslovakia

Consolation round 9–12 February 24

  • Romania 3 - 2 Belgium
  • Latvia 2 - 0 Italy

Finals[edit]

Gold Medal Game February 26

  • United States 2 - 1 o.t. Canada

Third place Game February 26

  • Czechoslovakia 2 - 0 Austria

Fifth place game February 24

  • Germany 1 - 1 Switzerland

Seventh place game February 24

  • Hungary 1 - 1 Poland

Ninth place game February 24

  • Romania 1 - 0 Latvia

Eleventh place game

  • Italy w/o Belgium (Belgium declined to play)

Final Rankings – World Championship[edit]

RF Team
1  United States
2  Canada
3  Czechoslovakia
4  Austria
5  Germany
5   Switzerland
7  Hungary
7  Poland
9  Romania
10  Latvia
11  Italy
12  Belgium

Championship team[edit]

Medal Country Players
Gold United States Gerry Cosby, John Garrison, Ben Langmaid, Winthrop Palmer, Frank Holland, Larry Sanford, Channing Hillard, Stewart Iglehart, Sherman Forbes, Jim Breckinridge; Trainer: Walter A. Brown

Final Rankings – European Championship[edit]

RF Team
1  Czechoslovakia
2  Austria
3  Germany
3   Switzerland
5  Hungary
5  Poland
7  Romania
8  Latvia
9  Italy
10  Belgium

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holland, Dave (2008). Canada on Ice; The World Hockey Championships, 1920 – 2008. Canada On Ice productions. pp. 36–37. ISBN 978-0-9808936-0-1.