1963 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1963 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Sweden
Dates 7–17 March
Teams 8
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Soviet Union (3rd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  Canada
Tournament statistics
Matches played 28
Goals scored 256 (9.14 per match)
Attendance 216,056 (7,716 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Harold Jones (12 points)
1962
1964

The 1963 World Ice Hockey Championships was the 30th edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Stockholm, Sweden from March 7 to March 17, 1963. The Soviet Union won the tournament for the third time, starting their roll of nine straight championships.[1] For the Soviets it was also their seventh European title. A new tie-breaking method was introduced, if there was a tie for a medal, it would be broken by the goal differential between only the top five placed nations. The Swedes, on the final day had nearly everything possible go against them. If they had won or tied against Czechoslovakia, or if Canada could have won or tied against the Soviets, or if the Americans had beaten the East Germans, they would have been crowned champions. The Czechs propelled themselves past Canada on the final day to capture the Bronze.

A record twenty-one nations participated, at three levels, with most nations returning to the group where they played in 1961. This meant that the unfortunate Norwegians, despite defeating and placing higher than West Germany in 1962, returned to the 'B' pool. Even in the neutral site of Sweden, there was still a political incident. Unlike in 1961, the two German nations ended up playing their game against each other, with the West winning. Following the game when the winners flag was raised, the East Germans refused to acknowledge it, and were suspended for three months following their final game.[2]

The North American entries were historically poor. The Trail Smoke Eaters, representing Canada, finished out of the medals for the first time. It would be the last time that an Allan Cup champion would be selected to represent Canada. The Americans lost to everyone except the two German teams, finishing last. A heavy defeat by Sweden prompted President John F. Kennedy to complain about their performance in a telephone call to David Hackett.[3]

World Championship Group A (Sweden)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Pld W T L GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 7 6 0 1 50 –9 12
2  Sweden 7 6 0 1 44 –10 12
3  Czechoslovakia 7 5 1 1 41 –16 11
4  Canada 7 4 1 2 46 –23 9
5  Finland 7 1 1 5 20 –35 3
6  East Germany 7 1 1 5 16 –43 3
7  West Germany 7 1 1 5 18 –56 3
8  United States 7 1 1 5 21 –64 3
7 MarchCzechoslovakia 10–1 West Germany
7 MarchFinland 1–6 Soviet Union
7 MarchSweden 5–1 East Germany
8 MarchWest Germany 0–6 Canada
8 MarchFinland 11–3 United States
8 MarchSweden 2–1 Soviet Union
9 MarchCanada 11–5 East Germany
9 MarchCzechoslovakia 10–1 United States
10 MarchWest Germany 3–15 Soviet Union
10 MarchCzechoslovakia 8–3 East Germany
10 MarchSweden 4–0 Finland
11 MarchFinland 4–4 West Germany
11 MarchCanada 10–4 United States
12 MarchSoviet Union 12–0 East Germany
12 MarchCanada 4–4 Czechoslovakia
12 MarchSweden 17–2 United States
13 MarchEast Germany 1–0 Finland
13 MarchSweden 10–2 West Germany
14 MarchWest Germany 4–8 United States
14 MarchCzechoslovakia 1–3 Soviet Union
14 MarchFinland 2–12 Canada
15 MarchSoviet Union 9–0 United States
15 MarchCzechoslovakia 5–2 Finland
15 MarchSweden 4–1 Canada
16 MarchWest Germany 4–3 East Germany
17 MarchUnited States 3–3 East Germany
17 MarchSweden 2–3 Czechoslovakia
17 MarchSoviet Union 4–2 Canada

World Championship Group B (Sweden)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Pld W T L GF GA Pts
9  Norway 6 5 0 1 35 –15 10
10   Switzerland 6 4 1 1 28 –10 9
11  Romania 6 4 1 1 29 –17 9
12  Poland 6 4 0 2 52 –13 8
13  Yugoslavia 6 2 0 4 23 –49 4
14  France 6 1 0 5 14 –38 2
15  Great Britain 6 0 0 6 8 –47 0
7 MarchSwitzerland  8–0 Great Britain
7 MarchRomania 4–3 Poland
8 MarchNorway 8–2 France
8 MarchSwitzerland  8–1 Yugoslavia
8 MarchRomania 8–1 Great Britain
9 MarchPoland 6–2 Norway
9 MarchYugoslavia 7–3 France
10 MarchSwitzerland  4–4 Romania
10 MarchPoland 10–0 Great Britain
11 MarchSwitzerland  5–0 France
11 MarchRomania 7–4 Yugoslavia
11 MarchNorway 9–2 Great Britain
12 MarchPoland 10–1 France
12 MarchNorway 7–3 Yugoslavia
13 MarchSwitzerland  2–1 Poland
14 MarchRomania 5–0 France
14 MarchYugoslavia 4–2 Great Britain
14 MarchNorway 4–1  Switzerland
16 MarchPoland 22–4 Yugoslavia
16 MarchFrance 8–3 Great Britain
16 MarchNorway 5–1 Romania

World Championship Group C (Sweden)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

Place Team Pld W T L GF GA Pts
16  Austria 5 5 0 0 62 –7 10
17  Hungary 5 4 0 1 57 –12 8
18  Denmark 5 3 0 2 22 –31 6
19  Bulgaria 5 1 1 3 19 –22 3
20  Netherlands 5 1 1 3 21 –34 3
21  Belgium 5 0 0 5 8 –83 0
7 MarchHungary 25–1 Belgium
7 MarchAustria 13–2 Denmark
8 MarchBulgaria 3–3 Netherlands
9 MarchAustria 3–1 Hungary
10 MarchBulgaria 7–3 Belgium
10 MarchDenmark 4–1 Netherlands
11 MarchAustria 13–2 Netherlands
12 MarchHungary 10–3 Denmark
12 MarchAustria 30–0 Belgium
13 MarchDenmark 5–4 Bulgaria
13 MarchNetherlands 13–1 Belgium
14 MarchAustria 3–2 Bulgaria
15 MarchHungary 13–2 Netherlands
15 MarchDenmark 8–3 Belgium
16 MarchHungary 8–3 Bulgaria

Ranking and statistics[edit]

 


 1963 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Soviet Union

Tournament Awards[edit]

Final standings[edit]

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

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

European championships final standings[edit]

The final standings of the European championships according to IIHF:

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

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Szemberg & Podnieks 2007, p. 199
  2. ^ Summary (in french)
  3. ^ "'Listening In' To JFK's Secret White House Recordings". npr.org. NPR. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. In the spring of 1963, as the U.S. was mired in conflicts with Vietnam and Cuba and the Soviet Union, President John F. Kennedy called his old friend David Hackett to express his frustration at the U.S. men's ice hockey team — and their miserable record overseas. JFK: Dave, I noticed that in the paper this morning that the Swedish team beat the American hockey team 17-2. Hackett: Yeah, I saw that. JFK: Christ! Who are we sending over there? Girls? 

References[edit]

  • Championnat du monde 1963
  • 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. 138–9. 
  • Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew, eds. (2007), World of Hockey: Celebrating a Century of the IIHF, Bolton, Ontario: Fenn Publishing, ISBN 1-55168-307-5