1950 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1950 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Great Britain
Dates 13–22 March
Teams 9
Venue(s) Wembley Arena, Empress Hall and Harringay (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Canada (13th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  United States
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg   Switzerland
Fourth place  Great Britain
Tournament statistics
Matches played 27
Goals scored 302 (11.19 per match)
Attendance 127,700 (4,730 per match)
1949
1951

The 17th Ice Hockey World Championships and 28th European Championships were held from 13 to 22 March 1950 in London, England. Canada, represented by the Edmonton Mercurys, won its 13th World Championship. Highest ranking European team Switzerland finished third, winning its fourth European Championship. Defending World and European champion Czechoslovakia was absent from the tournament.

Officially, the defending champion Czechoslovakians did not arrive in London because two of their journalists did not receive their visas.[1] In reality, communist authorities had become uneasy after the LTC Praha (LTC Prague) club team had suffered defections at the 1948 Spengler Cup in Davos, the death of six national team players in a plane crash a few months before the 1949 World Ice Hockey Championships, and the defection of former national hockey team player (and future Wimbledon tennis champion) Jaroslav Drobný in June 1949. The authorities arrested several members of the 1950 national team while they were awaiting their delayed flight at the Prague Airport.[2] On 7 October 1950, the players appeared in court charged with espionage and were named "state traitors." At issue was the claim that several players on the 1950 national team, who played their club hockey with LTC Praha, had discussed defecting in Davos in 1948—though only Miroslav Sláma, two other players and one of the heads of the delegation had actually defected at that Spengler Cup tournament.[2] All twelve men were convicted, with sentences ranging from eight months to 15 years. Then current LTC Praha and former national team goaltender Bohumil Modrý, a delegate with the 1950 national team, was the one to receive the 15 year sentence, as he was mysteriously cast as the "main figure" in the potential defection plan.[2]

World Hockey Championships (in London, England)[edit]

In a format similar to the 1949 championships, in the initial round, the nine teams participating were divided into three groups with three teams each. In the second round, the top two teams in each group advanced to the medal pool (for positions 1 through 6) with the remaining three teams advancing to the consolation pool for places 7 through 9.

First Round[edit]

Group A[edit]

13 March 1950 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of France.svg France 9:0 (4:0,3:0,2:0)
14 March 1950 London Flag of Norway.svg Norway Flag of France.svg France 11:0 (7:0,2:0,2:0)
15 March 1950 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of Norway.svg Norway 2:0 (0:0,0:0,2:0)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal diff. Pts.
1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 2 2 0 0 11: 0 +11 4:0
2 Flag of Norway.svg Norway 2 1 0 1 11: 2 + 9 2:2
3 Flag of France.svg France 2 0 0 2 0:20 -20 0:4

Group B[edit]

13 March 1950 London Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 24:3 (5:1,7:1,12:1)
14 March 1950 London Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 13:2 (5:1,4:1,4:0)
15 March 1950 London Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 33:0 (14:0,10:0,9:0)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal diff. Pts.
1 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada 2 2 0 0 46: 2 +44 4:0
2 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 2 1 0 1 26:16 +10 2:2
3 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 2 0 0 2 3:57 -54 0:4

Group C[edit]

13 March 1950 London Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg USA 8:3 (5:2,0:0,3:1)
14 March 1950 London Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 10:0 (3:0,1:0,6:0)
15 March 1950 London Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg USA Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 17:1 (7:0,2:0,8:1)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal diff. Pts.
1 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 2 2 0 0 18: 3 +15 4:0
2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg USA 2 1 0 1 20: 9 +11 2:2
3 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 2 0 0 2 1:27 -26 0:4

Consolation Round – places 7 to 9[edit]

20 March 1950 London Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Flag of France.svg France 8:1 (3:0,1:0,3:1)
21 March 1950 London Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Flag of France.svg France 4:2 (1:0,3:1,0:1)
22 March 1950 London Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 4:2 (2:1,1:0,1:1)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal diff. Pts.
7 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium 2 2 0 0 11: 3 + 8 4:0
8 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 2 1 0 1 6: 6 0 2:2
9 Flag of France.svg France 2 0 0 2 3:11 - 8 0:4

Final Round – places 1 to 6[edit]

17 March 1950 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of Norway.svg Norway 4:3 (1:0,2:2,1:1)
17 March 1950 London Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 11:1 (2:0,3:1,6:0)
17 March 1950 London Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg USA 2:4 (1:0,1:2,0:2)
18 March 1950 London Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Flag of Norway.svg Norway 12:4 (3:3,6:0,3:1)
18 March 1950 London Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg USA 5:0 (0:0,1:0,4:0)
18 March 1950 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 5:4 (0:0,1:2,4:2)
20 March 1950 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg USA 2:3 (2:1,0:0,0:2)
20 March 1950 London Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of Norway.svg Norway 11:1 (3:0,4:1,4:0)
20 March 1950 London Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 2:3 (2:1,0:0,0:2)
21 March 1950 London Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg USA Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 10:5 (3:0,1:3,6:2)
21 March 1950 London Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Flag of Norway.svg Norway 6:1 (2:0,3:0,1:1)
21 March 1950 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada 0:12 (0:5,0:3,0:4)
22 March 1950 London Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg USA Flag of Norway.svg Norway 12:6 (5:0,4:3,3:3)
22 March 1950 London Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 3:10 (1:4,2:3,0:3)
22 March 1950 London Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 3:1 (1:0,2:0,0:1)

Standings

Pos. Team G.P Wins Ties Losses Goals Goal diff. Pts.
1 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada 5 5 0 0 42: 3 +39 10: 0
2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg USA 5 4 0 1 29:20 + 9 8: 2
3 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 5 3 0 2 31:30 + 1 6: 4
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 5 2 0 3 14:32 -18 4: 6
5 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 5 1 0 4 15:16 - 1 2: 8
6 Flag of Norway.svg Norway 5 0 0 5 15:45 -30 0:10

Note: While the U.S. team technically placed second, Switzerland as the European Champion received the Silver Medal. The U.S. team received the Bronze medal for their second-place finish.

Final rankings – World Championship[edit]

Pos. Team
1 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada
2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg USA
3 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
5 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
6 Flag of Norway.svg Norway
7 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium
8 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
9 Flag of France.svg France

World Champion 1950
Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada

Team members[edit]

Edmonton Mercurys

Pos. Country Members
1 CAN Leo Lucchini, Hassie Young, Ab Newsome, Billy Dawe, Harry Allen, Doug Macauley, Don Stanley, Bob Watt, Marsh Darling, Al Purvis, John Davies, Jimmy Kilburn, Pete Wright, Don Gauf, Robert David, Jack Manson, Wilbur Delaney; Trainer: Jimmy Graham

Final rankings – European Championships[edit]

Pos. Team
1 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland
2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
3 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
4 Flag of Norway.svg Norway
5 Flag of Belgium.svg Belgium
6 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
7 Flag of France.svg France

European Champions 1950
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Tournament Summary
  2. ^ a b c Duplacey p. 462

References[edit]

  • Complete results
  • Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports. pp. 462–3, 498–528. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. pp. 132–3. 
  • O'Coughlin, Seamus (2001). Squaw Valley Gold: American Hockey's Olympic Odessey. Writer's Showcase. pp. 148.