1959 Ice Hockey World Championships

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1959 Ice Hockey World Championships
Tournament details
Host country Czechoslovakia
Dates5–15 March
Teams12
Arena(s) (in 7 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (18th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Soviet Union
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Czechoslovakia
Fourth place United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played48
Goals scored397 (8.27 per match)
Attendance406,601 (8,471 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Canada Red Berenson (13 points)
1958
1960
Trophy awarded for the 1959 World Championships

The 1959 Ice Hockey World Championships were held between March 5 and March 15, 1959, in Prague, and six other cities in Czechoslovakia. Canada, represented by the Belleville McFarlands, won their eighteenth World championship, winning every game but their last. The Soviet Union finished second, claiming their fifth European title followed by the host Czechoslovaks. In the consolation round, West Germany played against East Germany for the first time in a World Championship, with the west winning easily, 8–0. The Canadian games were broadcast on CJBQ radio by Jack Devine.[1]

World Championship Group A (Czechoslovakia)[edit]

First Round[edit]

Twelve teams played in three groups where first and second place advanced to the final round, while the 3rd and 4th place teams competed in a consolation round.

Group 1[edit]

Played in Bratislava.

Place Team GP W D L GF GA Pts
1  Canada 3 3 0 0 39 –2 6
2  Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 24 –8 4
3   Switzerland 3 1 0 2 8 –35 2
4  Poland 3 0 0 3 4 –30 0
5 MarchCzechoslovakia 9–0  Switzerland
5 MarchCanada 9–0 Poland
6 MarchCanada 23–0  Switzerland
6 MarchCzechoslovakia 13–1 Poland
7 MarchPoland 3–8  Switzerland
7 MarchCanada 7–2 Czechoslovakia

Group 2[edit]

Played in Brno.

Place Team GP W D L GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 3 3 0 0 24 –5 6
2  United States 3 2 0 1 22 –10 4
3  Norway 3 1 0 2 10 –26 2
4  East Germany 3 0 0 3 6 –21 0
5 MarchSoviet Union 6–1 East Germany
5 MarchNorway 3–10 United States
6 MarchUnited States 9–2 East Germany
6 MarchNorway 1–13 Soviet Union
7 MarchEast Germany 3–6 Norway
7 MarchSoviet Union 5–3 United States

Group 3[edit]

Played in Ostrava.

Place Team GP W D L GF GA Pts
1  Sweden 3 2 1 0 21 –5 5
2  Finland 3 1 1 1 13 –12 3
3  West Germany 3 1 0 2 11 –13 2
4  Italy 3 1 0 2 7 –22 2
5 MarchSweden 11–0 Italy
5 MarchFinland 5–3 West Germany
6 MarchItaly 2–7 West Germany
6 MarchSweden 4–4 Finland
7 MarchItaly 5–4 Finland
7 MarchWest Germany 1–6 Sweden

Final Round[edit]

Played in Prague. Canada finished first by virtue of a better goal differential, 14 to 10. The Czechoslovaks captured bronze in dramatic fashion, they needed to win against the previously undefeated Canadians in the final game and by enough of a margin to beat out the Americans on tie-breakers. By scoring an empty net goal in the dying moments of the final game[2] the Czechs equaled the Americans on points (6 each), and goal differential (8 each). The final tie-breaker was goal average, in which the Czechs had the advantage 1.57 to 1.53.[2]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA Pts
1  Canada 5 4 0 1 21 –7 8
2  Soviet Union 5 4 0 1 20 –10 8
3  Czechoslovakia 5 3 0 2 22 –14 6
4  United States 5 3 0 2 23 –15 6
5  Sweden 5 1 0 4 6 –21 2
6  Finland 5 0 0 5 7 –32 0
9 MarchCanada 6–0 Finland
9 MarchSoviet Union 5–1 United States
9 MarchCzechoslovakia 4–1 Sweden
10 MarchCzechoslovakia 8-2 Finland
10 MarchUnited States 7–1 Sweden
11 MarchUnited States 10–3 Finland
11 MarchSoviet Union 1–3 Canada
12 MarchCanada 5–0 Sweden
12 MarchCzechoslovakia 3–4 Soviet Union
13 MarchSweden 2–1 Finland
13 MarchCzechoslovakia 2–4 United States
14 MarchUnited States 1-4 Canada
14 MarchFinland 1–6 Soviet Union
15 MarchSoviet Union 4–2 Sweden
15 MarchCzechoslovakia 5–3 Canada

Consolation Round[edit]

Played in Kladno, Mladá Boleslav and Kolín.

Place Team GP W D L GF GA Pts
7  West Germany 5 4 1 0 30 –9 9
8  Norway 5 3 1 1 20 –20 7
9  East Germany 5 3 0 2 20 –21 6
10  Italy 5 2 1 2 20 –17 5
11  Poland 5 1 0 4 11 –20 2
12   Switzerland 5 0 1 4 08 –22 1
9 MarchPoland 1–5 East Germany
9 MarchNorway 4–4  Switzerland
9 MarchWest Germany 2–2 Italy
10 MarchItaly 3–4 Norway
10 MarchPoland 3–5 West Germany
10 MarchEast Germany 6–2  Switzerland
11 MarchWest Germany 8–0 East Germany
11 MarchSwitzerland  1–4 Italy
11 MarchNorway 4–3 Poland
13 MarchEast Germany 8–6 Italy
13 MarchWest Germany 9–4 Norway
13 MarchSwitzerland  1–2 Poland
14 MarchSwitzerland  0–6 West Germany
14 MarchPoland 2–5 Italy
14 MarchNorway 4–1 East Germany

World Championship Group B (Czechoslovakia)[edit]

Three other nations played a secondary tournament in Plzen. A Czechoslovakia 'B' (junior) team also participated in the tournament. Had their games counted, they would've finished first.

Final Round[edit]

Place Team GP W D L GF GA Pts
13  Romania 2 2 0 0 12 –4 4
14  Hungary 2 1 0 1 05 –9 2
15  Austria 2 0 0 2 04 –8 0
5 MarchHungary 3–2 Austria
6 MarchCzechoslovakia  B3–0 Romania
7 MarchRomania 5–2 Austria
8 MarchCzechoslovakia  B7–1 Austria
9 MarchCzechoslovakia  B17–2 Hungary
10 MarchRomania 7–2 Hungary

European Championship medal table[edit]

Gold medal icon.svg  Soviet Union
Silver medal icon.svg  Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal icon.svg  Sweden
4  Finland
5  West Germany
6  Norway
7  East Germany
8  Italy
9  Poland
10   Switzerland
13  Romania
14  Hungary
15  Austria

Tournament awards[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Boyce, Gerry (2008). Belleville: A Popular History. Toronto, Ontario: Natural Heritage Books. pp. 218–219. ISBN 978-1-55002-863-8.
  2. ^ a b Ottawa Citizen March 16, 1959, page 13.
  3. ^ https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/112436/bill-cleary

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