1973 World Ice Hockey Championships

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1973 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country  USSR
Dates 31 March–15 April
Teams 6
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Soviet Union (12th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 30
Goals scored 258 (8.6 per match)
Attendance 331,500 (11,050 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Soviet Union Vladimir Petrov 34 points
1972
1974

The 1973 World Ice Hockey Championships were the 40th Ice Hockey World Championships and the 51st European Championships of ice hockey. The tournament took place in the Soviet Union from 31 March to 15 April and the games were played at the Palace of Sports of the Central Lenin Stadium in the capital, Moscow. Six teams took part in the main tournament, with each team playing each other twice. The Soviet Union took back their world title, winning all ten games on home ice, with an incredible points difference, and becoming World Champions for the twelfth time.

World Championship Group A (Soviet Union)[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Soviet Union 10 10 0 0 100 - 18 20
2  Sweden 10 7 1 2 53 - 23 15
3  Czechoslovakia 10 6 1 3 48 - 20 13
4  Finland 10 3 1 6 24 - 39 7
5  Poland 10 1 1 8 14 - 76 3
6  West Germany 10 1 0 9 19 - 82 2

West Germany was relegated to Group B.

31 March Czechoslovakia  14-1
 Poland
31 March Soviet Union  17-1
 West Germany
1 April Poland  2-11
 Sweden
1 April Finland  8-3
 West Germany
2 April Sweden  2-0
 Czechoslovakia
2 April Soviet Union  8-2
 Finland
3 April Czechoslovakia  4-2
 West Germany
3 April Soviet Union  9-3
 Poland
4 April West Germany  2-8
 Sweden
4 April Poland  0-5
 Finland
5 April Finland  2-3
 Sweden
5 April Soviet Union  3-2
 Czechoslovakia
6 April Poland  2-4
 West Germany
7 April Finland  2-4
 Czechoslovakia
7 April Soviet Union  6-1
 Sweden
8 April Poland  1-4
 Czechoslovakia
8 April West Germany  2-18
 Soviet Union
9 April Sweden  7-0
 Poland
9 April Finland  2-1
 West Germany
10 April Czechoslovakia  3-3
 Sweden
10 April Soviet Union  9-1
 Finland
11 April West Germany  2-7
 Czechoslovakia
11 April Soviet Union  20-0
 Poland
12 April Sweden  12-1
 West Germany
12 April Finland  1-1
 Poland
13 April Sweden  2-1
 Finland
13 April Soviet Union  4-2
 Czechoslovakia
14 April West Germany  1-4
 Poland
15 April Czechoslovakia  8-0
 Finland
15 April Soviet Union  6-4
 Sweden

World Championship Group B (Austria)[edit]

Played in Graz, 22 to 31 March.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
7  East Germany 7 7 0 0 56 - 21 14
8  United States 7 5 1 1 52 - 23 11
9  Yugoslavia 7 4 2 1 36 - 22 10
10  Romania 7 4 1 2 24 - 20 9
11  Austria 7 2 0 5 21 - 44 4
12  Japan 7 2 0 5 23 - 28 4
13   Switzerland 7 2 0 5 26 - 44 4
14  Italy 7 0 0 7 18 - 54 0

East Germany was promoted to Group A, both Switzerland and Italy were relegated to group C. Rating Austria, Japan and Switzerland against each other head to head, they each had two points, Austria had a goal differential of +2, Japan +1, and Switzerland -2.

22 March United States  6-4
 Japan
22 March East Germany  6-4
 Yugoslavia
22 March Switzerland   4-3
 Italy
22 March Austria  2-4
 Romania
23 March Yugoslavia  6-6
 United States
23 March Austria  6-5
 Italy
24 March Romania  3-0
 Japan
24 March East Germany  8-5
  Switzerland
25 March United States  4-6
 East Germany
25 March Italy  2-5
 Romania
25 March Yugoslavia  6-0
  Switzerland
25 March Austria  2-4
 Japan
26 March United States  11-0
 Italy
26 March Austria  1-6
 Yugoslavia
27 March Japan  4-5
  Switzerland
27 March East Germany  4-2
 Romania
28 March East Germany  5-3
 Japan
28 March Romania  5-4
  Switzerland
28 March Yugoslavia  8-4
 Italy
28 March Austria  0-9
 United States
30 March United States  6-3
 Romania
30 March Yugoslavia  4-3
 Japan
30 March Italy  1-15
 East Germany
30 March Austria  8-4
  Switzerland
31 March Italy  3-5
 Japan
31 March Switzerland   4-10
 United States
31 March Yugoslavia  2-2
 Romania
31 March Austria  2-12
 East Germany

World Championship Group C (Netherlands)[edit]

Played in Geleen, Rotterdam, Nijmegen, Utrecht, Tilburg and The Hague, from 9 to 18 March.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
15  Norway 7 7 0 0 53 - 14 14
16  Netherlands 7 5 0 2 52 - 21 10
17  Hungary 7 5 0 2 44 - 24 10
18  Bulgaria 7 3 1 3 29 - 28 7
19  China 7 2 2 3 21 - 28 6
20  France 7 3 0 4 23 - 29 6
21  Denmark 7 0 2 5 22 - 58 2
22  Great Britain 7 0 1 6 18 - 60 1

Norway and the Netherlands were promoted to Group B.

09 March China  3-3
 Denmark
09 March Hungary  9-0
 Great Britain
09 March Norway  4-3
 Bulgaria
09 March Netherlands  2-4
 France
10 March China  3-3
 Bulgaria
10 March France  3-1
 Great Britain
10 March Norway  14-2
 Denmark
10 March Netherlands  5-3
 Hungary
12 March Norway  4-0
 China
12 March Bulgaria  2-1
 Denmark
12 March Hungary  7-1
 France
12 March Netherlands  13-3
 Great Britain
13 March France  6-3
 Denmark
13 March Norway  11-3
 Great Britain
13 March Hungary  9-6
 China
13 March Netherlands  8-5
 Bulgaria
15 March China  2-1
 France
15 March Bulgaria  9-2
 Great Britain
15 March Norway  6-0
 Hungary
15 March Netherlands  14-0
 Denmark
16 March Norway  8-3
 France
16 March Hungary  5-1
 Bulgaria
16 March Great Britain  8-8
 Denmark
16 March Netherlands  7-0
 China
18 March China  7-1
 Great Britain
18 March Bulgaria  6-5
 France
18 March Hungary  11-5
 Denmark
18 March Netherlands  3-6
 Norway

World Championship Medal Table[edit]

1973 World Championships Country
Gold  Soviet Union
Silver  Sweden
Bronze  Czechoslovakia
4  Finland
5  Poland
6  West Germany

European Championship medal table[edit]

1973 European Championships Country
Gold  Soviet Union
Silver  Sweden
Bronze  Czechoslovakia
4  Finland
5  Poland
6  West Germany

Tournament awards[edit]

References[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. 143.