1959 Ice Hockey World Championships
|Arena(s)||(in 7 host cities)|
|Champions||Canada (18th title)|
|Fourth place||United States|
|Goals scored||397 (8.27 per match)|
|Attendance||406,601 (8,471 per match)|
|Scoring leader(s)||Red Berenson (13 points)|
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.
World Championship Group A (Czechoslovakia)
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.
Played in Bratislava.
Played in Brno.
|5 March||Soviet Union||6–1||East Germany|
|5 March||Norway||3–10||United States|
|6 March||United States||9–2||East Germany|
|6 March||Norway||1–13||Soviet Union|
|7 March||East Germany||3–6||Norway|
|7 March||Soviet Union||5–3||United States|
Played in Ostrava.
|5 March||Finland||5–3||West Germany|
|6 March||Italy||2–7||West Germany|
|7 March||West Germany||1–6||Sweden|
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 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.
|9 March||Soviet Union||5–1||United States|
|10 March||United States||7–1||Sweden|
|11 March||United States||10–3||Finland|
|11 March||Soviet Union||1–3||Canada|
|12 March||Czechoslovakia||3–4||Soviet Union|
|13 March||Czechoslovakia||2–4||United States|
|14 March||United States||1-4||Canada|
|14 March||Finland||1–6||Soviet Union|
|15 March||Soviet Union||4–2||Sweden|
|9 March||Poland||1–5||East Germany|
|9 March||West Germany||2–2||Italy|
|10 March||Poland||3–5||West Germany|
|10 March||East Germany||6–2||Switzerland|
|11 March||West Germany||8–0||East Germany|
|13 March||East Germany||8–6||Italy|
|13 March||West Germany||9–4||Norway|
|14 March||Switzerland||0–6||West Germany|
|14 March||Norway||4–1||East Germany|
World Championship Group B (Czechoslovakia)
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.
|6 March||Czechoslovakia B||3–0||Romania|
|8 March||Czechoslovakia B||7–1||Austria|
|9 March||Czechoslovakia B||17–2||Hungary|
European Championship medal table
- Best players selected by the directorate:
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- Championnat du monde 1959
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