1981 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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1981 IIHF World U20 Championship
Tournament details
Host country  West Germany
Dates December 27, 1980 –
January 2, 1981
Teams 8
Venue(s) (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Sweden (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Finland
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Soviet Union
Fourth place  Czechoslovakia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 20
Goals scored 207 (10.35 per match)
Scoring leader(s) West Germany Dieter Hegen
(11 points)
1980
1982

The 1981 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1981 WJHC) was the fifth edition of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and was held from December 27, 1980, until January 2, 1981. The tournament was held in Füssen, West Germany. Sweden won the gold medal, while Finland won the silver, and the Soviet Union bronze.

Pool A[edit]

The 1981 tournament divided participants into two divisions of four teams, each playing three games. The top two teams in each division advanced to the A division in the medal round, while the bottom two were placed in a B division. Each division played another round robin. The top three teams in the A division won the gold, silver and bronze medals. Teams that faced each other in the first round had their results carried over to the medal rounds.

Final standings[edit]

This is the aggregate standings, ordered according to final placing. The four teams in the A division in the medal round were ranked one through four, while the four teams in the B division were ranked five through eight regardless of overall record.

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
1st, gold medalist(s)  Sweden 5 4 0 1 25 11 9
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Finland 5 3 1 1 29 18 7
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Soviet Union 5 3 2 0 36 14 6
4  Czechoslovakia 5 1 1 3 34 21 5
5  West Germany 5 3 2 0 29 24 6
6  United States 5 2 3 0 19 27 4
7  Canada 5 1 3 1 26 25 3
8  Austria 5 0 5 0 9 67 0

 Austria was relegated to Pool B for the 1982 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Preliminary round[edit]

Gold group[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Soviet Union 3 3 0 0 31 5 6
 Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 25 12 3
 Canada 3 1 1 1 17 11 3
 Austria 3 0 3 0 6 51 0
December 27, 1980 Czechoslovakia  3 – 3
(1–0, 0–2, 2–1)
 Canada Kaufbeuren
December 27, 1980 Soviet Union  19 – 1
(7–0, 8–0, 4–1)
 Austria Augsburg
December 28, 1980 Soviet Union  7 – 3
(3–1, 3–0, 1–2)
 Canada Landsberg
December 28, 1980 Czechoslovakia  21 – 4
(6–1, 6–3, 9–0)
 Austria Fussen
December 30, 1980 Canada  11 – 1  Austria Landsberg
December 30, 1980 Soviet Union  5 – 1
(2–1, 0–0, 3–0)
 Czechoslovakia Fussen

Blue group[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Sweden 3 3 0 0 19 6 6
 Finland 3 2 1 0 17 9 4
 West Germany 3 1 2 0 13 17 2
 United States 3 0 3 0 5 22 0
December 27, 1980 West Germany  3 – 7
(2–3, 0–2, 1–2)
 Sweden Fussen
December 27, 1980 Finland  8 – 1
(0–0, 5–1, 3–0)
 United States Landsberg
December 28, 1980 West Germany  6 – 8
(1–3, 3–4, 2–1)
 Finland Oberstdorf
December 28, 1980 Sweden  10 – 2
(0–1, 6–1, 4–0)
 United States Augsburg
December 30, 1980 Sweden  2 – 1
(0–1, 2–0, 0–0)
 Finland Kempten
December 30, 1980 West Germany  4 – 2  United States Kaufbeuren

Consolation round[edit]

Results from any games played during the preliminary round were carried forward to the consolation round.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 West Germany 3 3 0 0 20 9 6
 United States 3 2 1 0 16 9 4
 Canada 3 1 2 0 20 15 2
 Austria 3 0 3 0 4 27 0
December 31, 1980 United States  7 – 3
(2–1, 2–2, 3–0)
 Canada Landsberg
December 31, 1980 West Germany  9 – 1
(1–0, 5–0, 3–1)
 Austria Fussen
January 2, 1981 West Germany  7 – 6
(5–2, 2–3, 0–1)
 Canada Kaufbeuren
January 2, 1981 United States  7 – 2
(2–0, 2–1, 3–1)
 Austria Fussen

Championship round[edit]

Results from any games played during the preliminary round were carried forward to the championship round.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Sweden 3 2 0 1 8 6 5
 Finland 3 1 1 1 13 11 3
 Soviet Union 3 1 2 0 10 10 2
 Czechoslovakia 3 0 1 2 10 14 2
December 31, 1980 Finland  6 – 3
(2–0, 3–1, 1–2)
 Soviet Union Kaufbeuren
December 31, 1980 Sweden  3 – 3
(0–1, 2–1, 1–1)
 Czechoslovakia Oberstdorf
January 2, 1981 Sweden  3 – 2
(2–1, 1–1, 0–0)
 Soviet Union Augsburg
Attendance: 2700
January 2, 1981 Czechoslovakia  6 – 6
(2–2, 1–2, 3–2)
 Finland Landsberg

Scoring leaders[edit]

Rank Player Country G A Pts
1 Dieter Hegen  West Germany 8 1 9
2 Dale Hawerchuk  Canada 5 4 9
Vladimir Svitek  Czechoslovakia 5 4 9
Ari Lähteenmäki  Finland 5 4 9
Bobby Carpenter  United States 5 4 9
6 Håkan Nordin  Sweden 2 7 9
7 Jan Vodila  Czechoslovakia 5 3 8
8 Patrik Sundström  Sweden 7 0 7
9 Pekka Järvelä  Finland 5 2 7
10 Klaus Gotsch  West Germany 4 3 7

Tournament awards[edit]

IIHF Directorate Awards Media All-Star Team
Goaltender Sweden Lars Eriksson Sweden Lars Eriksson
Defencemen Czechoslovakia Miloslav Hořava Sweden Håkan Nordin
Czechoslovakia Miloslav Hořava
Forwards Sweden Patrik Sundström Sweden Jan Erixon
Sweden Patrik Sundström
Finland Ari Lähteenmäki

Pool B[edit]

The second tier was contested from March 23–29, in Strasbourg, France. Eight teams were divided into two round robin groups where the top two, and bottom two, graduated to meet there respective opponents in a final round robin. Results between competitors who migrated together were carried forward. Yugoslavia made their debut, replacing Hungary.

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Switzerland 3 3 0 0 25 4 6
 Netherlands 3 2 1 0 9 13 4
 Denmark 3 1 2 0 10 15 2
 Yugoslavia 3 0 3 0 8 20 0
Netherlands  3 – 2
(1–1, 2–0, 0–1)
 Denmark Strasbourg
Switzerland   7 – 3
(2–0, 1–2, 4–1)
 Yugoslavia Strasbourg
Switzerland   8 – 1
(1–1, 3–0, 4–0)
 Denmark Strasbourg
Netherlands  6 – 1
(2–1, 1–0, 3–0)
 Yugoslavia Strasbourg
Switzerland   10 – 0
(5–0, 3–0, 2–0)
 Netherlands Strasbourg
Denmark  7 – 4
(1–1, 1–1, 5–2)
 Yugoslavia Strasbourg

Group B[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Norway 3 2 0 1 20 13 5
 Poland 3 2 1 0 25 11 4
 Italy 3 1 1 1 13 20 3
 France 3 0 3 0 10 24 0
Norway  5 – 5
(0–1, 3–1, 2–3)
 Italy Strasbourg
France  4 – 8
(2–3, 2–2, 0–3)
 Poland Strasbourg
Poland  12 – 1
(4–0, 4–0, 4–1)
 Italy Strasbourg
France  3 – 9
(0–4, 2–2, 1–3)
 Norway Strasbourg
Norway  6 – 5
(0–3, 2–1, 4–1)
 Poland Strasbourg
France  3 – 7
(2–2, 3–0, 2–1)
 Italy Strasbourg

Consolation round[edit]

Results from any games played during the preliminary round were carried forward to the consolation round.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Denmark 3 3 0 0 19 11 6
 Yugoslavia 3 1 1 1 16 14 3
 Italy 3 1 2 0 11 16 2
 France 3 0 2 1 13 18 1
France  6 – 7
(0–2, 5–1, 1–4)
 Denmark Strasbourg
Italy  3 – 8
(0–2, 2–2, 1–4)
 Yugoslavia Strasbourg
France  4 – 4
(1–2, 0–2, 3–0)
 Yugoslavia Strasbourg
Denmark  5 – 1
(0–0, 2–1, 3–0)
 Italy Strasbourg

Promotion round[edit]

Results from any games played during the preliminary round were carried forward to the promotion round.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
  Switzerland 3 2 0 1 19 6 5
 Norway 3 2 0 1 18 10 5
 Poland 3 1 2 0 14 11 2
 Netherlands 3 0 3 0 1 25 0

  Switzerland was promoted to Pool A for the 1982 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

Norway  8 – 1
(2–1, 5–0, 1–0)
 Netherlands Strasbourg
Switzerland   5 – 2
(2–0, 2–1, 1–1)
 Poland Strasbourg
Netherlands  0 – 7
(0–2, 0–2, 0–3)
 Poland Strasbourg
Switzerland   4 – 4
(0–0, 3–1, 1–3)
 Norway Strasbourg

Scoring leaders[edit]

Rank Player Country G A Pts
1 Murajica Pajic  Yugoslavia 10 1 11
2 Alfred Lüthl   Switzerland 7 4 11
3 Martin Pavlu  Italy 5 6 11
4 Stanislaw Szpreglewski  Poland 9 0 9
5 Beat Eggimann   Switzerland 5 4 9
6 Guy Ireland  France 5 3 8

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