1977 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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1977 IIHF World U20 Championship
Tournament details
Host country  Czechoslovakia
Dates December 22, 1976 –
January 2, 1977
Teams 8
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Soviet Union (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 28
Goals scored 251 (8.96 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Dale McCourt
(18 points)
1976
1978

The 1977 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1977 WJHC) were held between December 22, 1976, and January 2, 1977, in Banská Bystrica and Zvolen, Czechoslovakia. The Soviet team won the tournament with a perfect 7–0 record.[1] This was the fourth edition of the IIHF World U20 Championship, but the first to be included in official IIHF records.[2] Canada was represented by the 1976 Memorial Cup champions St. Catharines Fincups with eight additions from other OHA teams,[3] but the other seven nations were represented by teams of their top under-20 players.[4] The tournament was expanded to eight teams, with West Germany and Poland making their debut.

Final standings[edit]

The tournament was a round-robin format, with each team playing each of the other seven teams once each.

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
1st, gold medalist(s)  Soviet Union 7 7 0 0 51 19 14
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Canada 7 5 1 1 50 20 11
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Czechoslovakia 7 4 2 1 32 17 9
4  Finland 7 4 3 0 35 29 8
5  Sweden 7 3 4 0 28 30 6
6  West Germany 7 2 5 0 18 33 4
7  United States 7 1 5 1 25 45 3
8  Poland 7 0 6 1 12 58 1

While not relegated, Poland did have the opportunity to play a challenge against Switzerland for inclusion in the 1978 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, but declined.[5]

Results[edit]

December 22, 1976 United States  3 – 6
(2–3, 0–0, 1–3)
 Finland Banská Bystrica
December 23, 1976 Czechoslovakia  0 – 4
(0–0, 0–2, 0–2)
 Soviet Union Banská Bystrica
December 23, 1976 Poland  0 – 14
(0–3, 0–5, 0–6)
 Canada Banská Bystrica
December 23, 1976 Sweden  5 – 4
(1–2, 1–0, 3–2)
 Finland Zvolen
December 23, 1976 United States  3 – 4
(1–2, 0–2, 2–0)
 West Germany Zvolen
December 25, 1976 West Germany  1 – 4  Finland Banská Bystrica
December 25, 1976 United States  8 – 5  Sweden Banská Bystrica
December 25, 1976 Canada  4 – 4  Czechoslovakia Zvolen
December 25, 1976 Soviet Union  10 – 1
(3–0, 3–1, 4–0)
 Poland Zvolen
December 26, 1976 Czechoslovakia  8 – 2
(2–1, 3–0, 3–1)
 West Germany Banská Bystrica
December 26, 1976 Poland  2 – 2  United States Banská Bystrica
December 26, 1976 Canada  6 – 4
(2–1, 2–2, 2–1)
 Finland Zvolen
December 26, 1976 Sweden  2 – 4
(0–1, 2–3, 0–0)
 Soviet Union Zvolen
December 28, 1976 Canada  5 – 3  Sweden Banská Bystrica
December 28, 1976 Soviet Union  2 – 1
(1–0, 1–1, 0–0)
 West Germany Banská Bystrica
December 28, 1976 Finland  8 – 2
(2–1, 3–0, 3–1)
 Poland Zvolen
December 28, 1976 United States  2 – 5
(1–1, 1–2, 0–2)
 Czechoslovakia Zvolen
December 29, 1976 West Germany  1 – 9
(0–2, 1–2, 0–5)
 Canada Banská Bystrica
December 29, 1976 Sweden  6 – 5
(2–1, 1–3, 3–1)
 Poland Zvolen
December 30, 1976 Soviet Union  15 – 5
(6–1, 6–1, 3–3)
 United States Banská Bystrica
December 30, 1976 Czechoslovakia  2 – 3
(1–0, 1–3, 0–0)
 Finland Zvolen
January 1, 1977 Finland  6 – 10
(0–3, 2–3, 4–4)
 Soviet Union Banská Bystrica
January 1, 1977 Poland  0 – 9
(0–3, 0–2, 0–4)
 Czechoslovakia Banská Bystrica
January 1, 1977 Canada  8 – 2
(3–2, 2–0, 3–0)
 United States Zvolen
January 1, 1977 West Germany  0 – 5
(0–1, 0–4, 0–0)
 Sweden Zvolen
January 2, 1977 Czechoslovakia  4 – 2
(2–0, 0–0, 2–2)
 Sweden Banská Bystrica
January 2, 1977 Soviet Union  6 – 4
(6–0, 0–0, 0–4)
 Canada Zvolen
January 2, 1977 West Germany  9 – 2
(3–0, 5–1, 1–1)
 Poland Zvolen

Scoring leaders[edit]

Rank Player Country G A Pts
1 Dale McCourt  Canada 10 8 18
2 John Anderson  Canada 11 5 16
3 Igor Romashin  Soviet Union 6 6 12
4 Juha Jyrkkio  Finland 7 4 11
5 Alexei Frolikovs  Soviet Union 6 5 11
6 Erkki Laine  Finland 5 4 9
7 Joe Contini  Canada 4 5 9
Gerd Truntschka  West Germany 4 5 9
9 Dale Hunter  Canada 6 2 8
Jaroslav Korbela  Czechoslovakia 6 2 8

Tournament awards[edit]

IIHF Directorate Awards Media All-Star Team
Goaltender Czechoslovakia Jan Hrabák Soviet Union Alexander Tyzhunyk
Defencemen Soviet Union Viacheslav Fetisov Soviet Union Viacheslav Fetisov
Finland Risto Siltanen
Forwards Canada Dale McCourt Canada Dale McCourt
Soviet Union Igor Romashin
Sweden Bengt-Åke Gustafsson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1977 World Junior Championship". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  2. ^ "IIHF World U20 Championships". IIHF. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  3. ^ 1977 team Canada roster
  4. ^ "IIHF World Junior Championship History". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  5. ^ 1978 Qualification