1974 Ice Hockey World Championships

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1974 Ice Hockey World Championships
Tournament details
Host country  Finland
Dates 5–20 April
Teams 6
Venue(s)(in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Soviet Union (13th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Sweden
Fourth place  Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 30
Goals scored 236 (7.87 per match)
Attendance 192,856 (6,429 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Soviet Union Boris Mikhailov 17 points
1973
1975

The 1974 Ice Hockey World Championships were the 41st Ice Hockey World Championships and the 52nd European Championships in ice hockey. The tournament took place in Finland from 5 April to 20 April and the games were played in the capital, Helsinki. Six teams took part in the main tournament, all playing each other twice. The Soviet Union won the world championships for the 13th time, and also won their 16th European title. For the first time in ice hockey World Championship history, two players were suspended for doping. They were the Swede Ulf Nilsson and the Finn Stig Wetzell who tested positive for the forbidden substance ephedrine. Both players were suspended for the rest of the tournament. Nilsson tested positive after Sweden's game against Poland, which Sweden won 4-1. The game was awarded to Poland as a 5-0 walkover. The Finn, Wetzell, tested positive after Finland's match against Czechoslovakia, which Finland won 5-2, which was also awarded to Czechoslovakia as a 5-0 walkover. The Finns were able to defeat the Czechs again on the last day, which would have earned them their first medal in history, if not for the positive drug test.

World Championship Group A (Finland)[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Soviet Union 10 9 0 1 64 - 18 18
2  Czechoslovakia 10 7 0 3 57 - 20 14
3  Sweden 10 5 1 4 38 - 24 11
4  Finland 10 4 2 4 34 - 39 10
5  Poland 10 1 2 7 22 - 64 4
6  East Germany 10 1 1 8 21 - 71 3

East Germany were very unlucky to be relegated to Group B, as Poland's only win was the awarded default for a doping violation against Sweden.

5 AprilCzechoslovakia 8-0 Poland
5 AprilSoviet Union 5-0 East Germany
6 AprilPoland 5-0 (1-4) Sweden
6 AprilFinland 7-3 East Germany
7 AprilSweden 2-3 Czechoslovakia
7 AprilFinland 1-7 Soviet Union
8 AprilCzechoslovakia 8-0 East Germany
8 AprilSoviet Union 8-3 Poland
9 AprilEast Germany 1-10 Sweden
9 AprilFinland 2-2 Poland
10 AprilCzechoslovakia 7-2 Soviet Union
10 AprilFinland 3-3 Sweden
11 AprilPoland 3-5 East Germany
12 AprilFinland 0-5 (5-2) Czechoslovakia
12 AprilSweden 1-3 Soviet Union
13 AprilPoland 3-12 Czechoslovakia
13 AprilEast Germany 3-10 Soviet Union
14 AprilSweden 3-1 Poland
14 AprilFinland 7-1 East Germany
15 AprilCzechoslovakia 0-3 Sweden
15 AprilSoviet Union 6-1 Finland
16 AprilEast Germany 2-9 Czechoslovakia
16 AprilPoland 0-17 Soviet Union
17 AprilSweden 9-3 East Germany
17 AprilFinland 6-2 Poland
18 AprilSoviet Union 3-1 Czechoslovakia
18 AprilFinland 2-6 Sweden
19 AprilEast Germany 3-3 Poland
20 AprilFinland 5-4 Czechoslovakia
20 AprilSoviet Union 3-1 Sweden

World Championship Group B (Yugoslavia)[edit]

Played in Hala Tivoli, Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia March 21–30.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
7  United States 7 7 0 0 40 - 14 14
8  Yugoslavia 7 4 2 1 41 - 27 10
9  West Germany 7 5 0 2 34 - 28 10
10  Japan 7 4 0 3 31 - 31 8
11  Netherlands 7 2 1 4 33 - 37 5
12  Romania 7 2 1 4 30 - 29 5
13  Norway 7 1 1 5 18 - 31 3
14  Austria 7 0 1 6 12 - 42 1

The USA was promoted to Group A, and both Norway and Austria were relegated to Group C.

21 MarchUnited States 7-4 Japan
21 MarchWest Germany 7-4 Norway
21 MarchRomania 5-7 Netherlands
21 MarchYugoslavia 10-3 Austria
22 MarchNetherlands 7-0 Norway
22 MarchYugoslavia 0-5 United States
23 MarchRomania 10-1 Austria
23 MarchWest Germany 6-1 Japan
24 MarchUnited States 5-3 Norway
24 MarchWest Germany 4-2 Austria
24 MarchNetherlands 5-8 Japan
24 MarchYugoslavia 3-3 Romania
25 MarchUnited States 7-4 Netherlands
25 MarchYugoslavia 4-4 Norway
26 MarchJapan 4-3 Austria
26 MarchWest Germany 6-3 Romania
27 MarchWest Germany 5-3 Netherlands
27 MarchUnited States 6-0 Austria
27 MarchRomania 4-1 Norway
27 MarchYugoslavia 5-4 Japan
29 MarchUnited States 5-1 Romania
29 MarchAustria 3-3 Netherlands
29 MarchJapan 4-1 Norway
29 MarchYugoslavia 10-4 West Germany
30 MarchAustria 0-5 Norway
30 MarchRomania 4-6 Japan
30 MarchWest Germany 2-5 United States
30 MarchYugoslavia 9-4 Netherlands

World Championship Group C (France)[edit]

Played in Grenoble, Gap and Lyon, 8–17 March. This was North Korea's first World Championship.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
15   Switzerland 7 6 0 1 63 - 04 12
16  Italy 7 5 1 1 42 - 14 11
17  Bulgaria 7 4 1 2 39 - 18 9
18  Hungary 7 3 3 1 38 - 22 9
19  France 7 4 0 3 37 - 25 8
20  China 7 1 1 5 15 - 38 4
21  Australia 7 1 0 6 13 - 74 2
22  North Korea 7 1 0 6 12 - 64 2

Switzerland and Italy were promoted to Group B.

8 MarchItaly 11-2 North Korea
8 MarchFrance 2-5 Bulgaria
8 MarchSwitzerland  13-0 China
8 MarchHungary 11-2 Australia
9 MarchSwitzerland  20-0 Australia
9 MarchChina 2-2 Hungary
9 MarchFrance 12-4 North Korea
9 MarchItaly 3-2 Bulgaria
11 MarchBulgaria 10-0 North Korea
11 MarchFrance 1-4 Italy
11 MarchHungary 2-1  Switzerland
11 MarchChina 8-3 Australia
12 MarchFrance 10-0 Australia
12 MarchBulgaria 5-5 Hungary
12 MarchSwitzerland  15-0 North Korea
12 MarchItaly 5-1 China
14 MarchSwitzerland  4-0 Bulgaria
14 MarchNorth Korea 3-2 China
14 MarchItaly 13-0 Australia
14 MarchFrance 6-4 Hungary
15 MarchHungary 10-2 North Korea
15 MarchSwitzerland  4-2 Italy
15 MarchBulgaria 11-4 Australia
15 MarchFrance 6-2 China
17 MarchAustralia 4-1 North Korea
17 MarchItaly 4-4 Hungary
17 MarchBulgaria 6-0 China
17 MarchFrance 0-6  Switzerland

Ranking and statistics[edit]

 


 1974 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Soviet Union
13th title

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  Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal icon.svg  Sweden
4  Finland
5  Poland
6  East Germany

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  Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal icon.svg  Sweden
4  Finland
5  Poland
6  East Germany

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. pp. 143–4.