1953 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1953 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country   Switzerland
Dates 7–15 March
Teams 4
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Sweden (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  West Germany
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg   Switzerland
Fourth place  Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Goals scored 64 (10.67 per match)
Attendance 53,000 (8,833 per match)
1952
1954

The 1953 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships were held between March 7 and March 15, 1953 in Basel and Zurich, Switzerland.

This was the first world championship tournament with only European teams. On January 12, 1953, Canadian Amateur Hockey Association president W.B. George stated Canada would not be sending a team to the 1953 World Championships. George told the press: "Every year we spend $10,000 to send a Canadian hockey team to Europe to play 40 exhibition games. All these games are played to packed houses that only enrich European hockey coffers. In return we are subjected to constant, unnecessary abuse over our Canadian style of play."[1] Also absent were the Soviets, it was hoped that the USSR would participate but they did not, sending observers, including legendary coach Anatoli Tarasov to scout the tournament. It is believed that an injury to their star player Vsevolod Bobrov was the reason behind the decision.[1]

Czechoslovakia withdrew from the tournament when it became obvious that their President, Klement Gottwald, was going to die from pneumonia he contracted at Stalin's funeral. General František Janda, the Chairman of the State Committee for the Physical Education and Sport ordered the team home, and Gottwald died the next day, March 14, 1953. The team was disqualified, their results annulled and their remaining games cancelled.[1]

Sweden won their first World Championship title, and were undefeated during the tournament. In addition, it was the country's seventh European Championship title.

World Championships Group A (Switzerland)[edit]

Date Matches A World Championships 1953 Result Period.
7 March  Czechoslovakia -  West Germany 11 - 2 (annulled) 4-1,5-0,2-1
7 March   Switzerland -  Sweden 2 - 9 1-2,1-5,0-2
8 March   Switzerland -  Czechoslovakia 4 - 9 (annulled) 0-4,1-2,3-3
8 March  Sweden -  West Germany 8 - 6 4-1,3-3,1-2
10 March  Sweden -  Czechoslovakia 5 - 3 (annulled) 5-1,0-1,0-1
10 March  West Germany -   Switzerland 2 - 3 0-1,2-1,0-1
12 March  Sweden -   Switzerland 9 - 1 5-1,1-0,3-0
12 March  West Germany -  Czechoslovakia 4 - 9 (annulled) 2-4,1-2,1-3
13 March  Czechoslovakia -   Switzerland Cancelled
13 March  West Germany -  Sweden 2 - 12 0-2,1-5,1-5
15 March  Czechoslovakia -  Sweden Cancelled
15 March   Switzerland -  West Germany 3 - 7 2-4,0-1,1-2

Table[edit]

Place Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
1  Sweden 4 4 0 0 38 11 8
2  West Germany 4 1 3 0 17 26 2
3   Switzerland 4 1 3 0 9 27 2
NC  Czechoslovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

World Championships Group B (Switzerland)[edit]

Also participating was a Swiss 'B' team who (if their games counted) would have finished third.[2]

Date Matches B World Championships 1953 Result Period.
7 March  Italy -  Austria 9 - 5 3-1,4-3,2-1
7 March   Switzerland B -  Great Britain 1 - 3 1-0,0-1,0-2
8 March  Austria -  Netherlands 5 - 3 2-0,2-3,1-0
8 March   Switzerland B -  France 7 - 1 4-1,1-0,2-0
10 March  Great Britain -  Netherlands 8 - 4 4-2,1-2,3-0
10 March   Switzerland B -  Italy 1 - 2 1-0,0-0,0-2
11 March  Austria -  France 8 - 1 2-1,2-0,4-0
11 March  Italy -  Netherlands 7 - 0 4-0,1-0,2-0
12 March  Great Britain -  France 8 - 3 3-0,3-1,2-2
13 March  Great Britain -  Austria 3 - 0 1-0,1-0,1-0
13 March   Switzerland B -  Netherlands 7 - 5 1-1,5-2,1-2
14 March  Italy -  France 5 - 2 2-1,1-0,2-1
14 March   Switzerland B -  Austria 8 - 2 2-0,1-1,5-1
15 March  Netherlands -  France 8 - 3 4-1,2-1,2-1
15 March  Italy -  Great Britain 3 - 2 3-0,0-0,0-2

Table[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
4  Italy 5 5 0 0 26 - 10 10
5  Great Britain 5 4 0 1 24 - 11 8
NC   Switzerland B 5 3 0 2 24 - 13 6
6  Austria 5 2 0 3 20 - 24 4
7  Netherlands 5 1 0 4 20 - 30 2
8  France 5 0 0 5 10 - 36 0

Citations[edit]

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

References[edit]

  • Complete results
  • 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. 133–4.