1961 Ice Hockey World Championships

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1961 Ice Hockey World Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Switzerland
Dates1–12 March
Teams8
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (19th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Czechoslovakia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Soviet Union
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played28
Goals scored236 (8.43 per match)
Attendance141,300 (5,046 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Soviet Union Boris Mayorov (17 points)
1962

The 1961 World Ice Hockey Championships was the 28th edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland from March 1 to March 12, 1961. The games were played outdoors on a frozen pool, a glare made it hard for players to see well, however photographers were able to get aerial pictures from the diving board. Canada, represented by the Trail Smoke Eaters,[1] won their nineteenth international title. It would be the last championship for Canada in thirty-three years.[2] By beating out the Soviets for the Silver, the Czechoslovaks won their tenth European title. The final day was marred by controversy of a political nature, when Willi Daume, (president of West Germany hockey), forbade his team to take the ice against East Germany. The reason was to avoid the possibility of honouring the East German's new flag.[3]

A record twenty nations participated in three groups, with South Africa appearing for the first time.[4] Teams were divided into the three tiers, roughly following the 1959 championships, and using qualification games, to establish an eight team group A, a six team group B, and a six team group C. The South African team did not have the minimum number of players so forty-five-year-old federation president Tom Durling played despite not actually being a citizen of the country.[5] Promotion and relegation did not begin yet, but it was a big step towards formulating the process.

Qualification matches for Group A and B[edit]

The nations who finished 1st through 6th in 1959 played in Group A. The nation ranked 7th played the hosts, and 8th played 9th to qualify the final two entries.

1 MarchSwitzerland  5-6 OT West Germany
1 MarchEast Germany 6-1 Norway

World Championship Group A (Switzerland)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
1  Canada 7 6 1 0 45 - 11 13
2  Czechoslovakia 7 6 1 0 33 - 09 13
3  Soviet Union 7 5 0 2 51 - 20 10
4  Sweden 7 4 0 3 33 - 27 8
5  East Germany 7 2 0 5 21 - 33 4
6  United States 7 1 1 5 24 - 43 3
7  Finland 7 1 1 5 19 - 43 3
8  West Germany 7 0 2 5 10 - 50 2
2 MarchCanada 6-1 Sweden
2 MarchCzechoslovakia 6-0 Finland
2 MarchSoviet Union 13-2 United States
4 MarchCzechoslovakia 4-1 United States
4 MarchFinland 6-4 East Germany
4 MarchCanada 9-1 West Germany
4 MarchSoviet Union 6-2 Sweden
5 MarchCanada 7-4 United States
5 MarchCzechoslovakia 6-0 West Germany
5 MarchSweden 3-2 East Germany
5 MarchSoviet Union 7-3 Finland
7 MarchSweden 6-4 Finland
7 MarchCzechoslovakia 6-4 Soviet Union
7 MarchUnited States 4-4 West Germany
7 MarchCanada 5-2 East Germany
8 MarchSweden 12-1 West Germany
8 MarchEast Germany 6-5 United States
9 MarchSoviet Union 9-1 East Germany
9 MarchFinland 3-3 West Germany
9 MarchCanada 1-1 Czechoslovakia
11 MarchCzechoslovakia 5-1 East Germany
11 MarchSweden 7-3 United States
11 MarchSoviet Union 11-1 West Germany
11 MarchCanada 12-1 Finland
12 MarchCanada 5-1 Soviet Union
12 MarchCzechoslovakia 5-2 Sweden
12 MarchUnited States 5-2 Finland
12 MarchEast Germany 5-0 West Germany

Qualification matches for Group B and C.[edit]

The losers of the Group A qualifiers (Switzerland and Norway), were joined by the nations who finished 10th and 11th (Italy and Poland) in 1959. Remaining countries that wished to play at this level played qualification games.

2 MarchAustria 6-5 Romania
2 MarchGreat Britain 18-1 Belgium

World Championship Group B (Switzerland)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
9  Norway 5 4 0 1 27 - 09 8
10  Great Britain 5 3 2 0 21 - 11 8
11   Switzerland 5 2 1 2 17 - 15 5
12  Italy 5 2 1 2 19 - 20 5
13  Poland 5 1 0 4 13 - 17 2
14  Austria 5 1 0 4 10 - 35 2
3 MarchSwitzerland  0-6 Norway
3 MarchGreat Britain 10-2 Austria
3 MarchItaly 5-3 Poland
5 MarchItaly 7-2 Austria
6 MarchNorway 5-3 Poland
6 MarchItaly 3-3 Great Britain
6 MarchSwitzerland  9-1 Austria
7 MarchSwitzerland  1-3 Poland
9 MarchGreat Britain 3-2 Poland
9 MarchNorway 7-2 Austria
10 MarchAustria 3-2 Poland
10 MarchNorway 7-1 Italy
10 MarchSwitzerland  2-2 Great Britain
11 MarchSwitzerland  5-3 Italy
12 MarchGreat Britain 3-2 Norway

World Championship Group C (Switzerland)[edit]

Nederlands vs Yugoslavia match. Yugoslavia won 9–2.

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
15  Romania 5 5 0 0 69 - 05 10
16  France 5 4 0 1 34 - 16 8
17  Yugoslavia 5 3 0 2 34 - 22 6
18  Netherlands 5 2 0 3 18 - 36 4
19  South Africa 5 1 0 4 18 - 47 2
20  Belgium 5 0 0 5 09 - 56 0
3 MarchFrance 7-3 Netherlands
3 MarchRomania 22-1 Belgium
3 MarchYugoslavia 12-3 South Africa
4 MarchYugoslavia 9-2 Netherlands
5 MarchRomania 14-0 South Africa
6 MarchNetherlands 8-4 South Africa
6 MarchFrance 10-0 Belgium
6 MarchRomania 12-1 Yugoslavia
7 MarchFrance 11-2 South Africa
8 MarchYugoslavia 10-2 Belgium
8 MarchRomania 12-0 Netherlands
9 MarchFrance 3-2 Yugoslavia
10 MarchRomania 9-3 France
10 MarchNetherlands 5-4 Belgium
11 MarchSouth Africa 9-2 Belgium

Ranking and statistics[edit]

 


 1961 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Canada

Tournament Awards[edit]

Final standings[edit]

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

Gold medal icon.svg  Canada
Silver medal icon.svg  Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal icon.svg  Soviet Union
4  Sweden
5  East Germany
6  United States
7  Finland
8  West Germany

European championships final standings[edit]

The final standings of the European championships according to IIHF:

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Story #66. Iihf.com (1961-03-12). Retrieved on 2018-02-27.
  2. ^ Szemberg & Podnieks 2007, p. 199
  3. ^ Merk, Martin (25 March 2011) When flags stopped games. iihf.com
  4. ^ Duplacey p. 504
  5. ^ Summary in french. Passionhockey.com (1961-03-04). Retrieved on 2018-02-27.

References[edit]

  • Championnat du monde 1961
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  • The Pittsburgh Press - 17 Feb 1961
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