1957 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1957 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Soviet Union
Dates 24 February–5 March
Teams 8
Venue(s) Luzhniki Palace of Sports
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Sweden (2nd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Soviet Union
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 28
Goals scored 300 (10.71 per match)
Attendance 223,700 (7,989 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Soviet Union Konstantin Loktev 18 points

The 1957 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships were held between 24 February and 5 March 1957 at the Palace of Sports of the Central Lenin Stadium in Moscow, USSR.

Trophy awarded for the 1957 World Championships

This was the last World Championships played on natural ice; and were the first World Championships held in the USSR and they are remembered for the political circumstances surrounding the games. Hungary had been recently occupied by the Soviet Army (to suppress a revolution in October and November 1956), and as a result, the United States and Canada boycotted the World Championships in protest. Joining them were Norway, West Germany, Italy and Switzerland. East Germany participated at the top level for the first time.


With the boycott, the home team USSR was heavily favoured to win the tournament, but Sweden surprised the world by pulling off an upset. The first step was taken in their third game, when they beat Czechoslovakia 2-0. This important victory was saved by the head of Leksands IF defenseman Vilgot Larsson. He literally headed the puck away from the Swedish net to save a goal, and in the days before mandatory helmets, received several stitches for his heroics. In the final game, Sweden opened with two goals, but the dynamic Soviets responded with 4 goals of their own. Down by two in the third period, goals by Eilert Määttä and Erling Lindström tied the game, and the goaltending of Thord Flodqvist and play of Sven "Tumba" Johansson guaranteed the final draw. The USSR had previously only tied Czechoslovakia, so all Sweden needed was one point, or a tie, for gold.

Karel Straka, of Czechoslovakia, was named best goaltender. Nikolaï Sologubov, of the USSR was best defenceman, and Sven "Tumba" Johansson of Sweden was best forward. Konstantin Loktev, of the USSR, led all scorers with 18 points (on 11 goals and 7 assists), followed by Nils Nilsson and Ronald Pettersson of Sweden, both with 16 points. Vsevolod Bobrov, of the USSR, led all scorers with 13 goals. Japan, competed for the first time since 1930, and finished last with one point in the standings.


Place Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
Gold  Sweden 7 6 0 1 62 11 13
Silver  Soviet Union 7 5 0 2 77 9 12
Bronze  Czechoslovakia 7 5 1 1 66 9 11
4th  Finland 7 4 3 0 28 33 8
5th  East Germany 7 3 4 0 23 48 6
6th  Poland 7 2 5 0 25 45 4
7th  Austria 7 0 6 1 8 61 1
8th  Japan 7 0 6 1 11 84 1

Final round[edit]

24 February Finland  5–3  Poland
24 February Soviet Union  16–0  Japan
24 February Sweden  11–1  East Germany
24 February Czechoslovakia  9–0  Austria
25 February Soviet Union  11–1  Finland
25 February Czechoslovakia  15–1  East Germany
25 February Sweden  8–3  Poland
26 February Austria  3–3  Japan
27 February Sweden  2–0  Czechoslovakia
27 February Poland  8–3  Japan
27 February Soviet Union  22–1  Austria
27 February Finland  5–3  East Germany
28 February Czechoslovakia  3–0  Finland
28 February Soviet Union  10–1  Poland
1 March Sweden  10–0  Austria
1 March East Germany  9–2  Japan
2 March Finland  9-2  Austria
2 March Soviet Union  2–2  Czechoslovakia
2 March East Germany  6-2  Poland
2 March Sweden  18–0  Japan
3 March Poland  5-1  Austria
4 March Czechoslovakia  25-1  Japan
4 March Sweden  9-3  Finland
4 March East Germany  0-12  Soviet Union
5 March East Germany  3–1  Austria
5 March Finland  5-2  Japan
5 March Czechoslovakia  12-3  Poland
5 March Soviet Union  4-4  Sweden

Attendance record[edit]

The final game (USSR versus Sweden for the championship) was played on the football field of the Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Stadium. It is reputed that over 50,000 fans (or 55,000, depending on sources) fans saw the game, the most ever for an international hockey game. This stood as the world record until 6 October 2001, when 74,544 fans saw Michigan State University and the University of Michigan play an American NCAA Hockey game outdoors at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.

European Championship medal table[edit]

Games played against Japan did not count for the purposes of determining the European champion. Since six of the seven European participants defeated Japan, and since the only opponent that did not defeat Japan (Austria) also lost to each of their European opponents, finishing order for the European championship table was the same as it was for the main championship table.

Gold medal icon.svg  Sweden
Silver medal icon.svg  Soviet Union
Bronze medal icon.svg  Czechoslovakia
4  Finland
5  East Germany
6  Poland
7  Austria

Tournament awards[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. p. 135. 

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Ice hockey game attendance record
Succeeded by
Michigan at Michigan State (NCAA)
6 October 2001