1987 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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1987 IIHF World U20 Championship
Tournament details
Host country Czechoslovakia
DatesDecember 26 – January 4
Teams8
Venue(s)(in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Finland (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Czechoslovakia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Sweden
Fourth place United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played27
Goals scored272 (10.07 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Sweden Ulf Dahlén
(15 points)
1986
1988

The 1987 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1987 WJHC) was the 11th edition of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and was held in Piešťany, Trenčín, Nitra, and Topoľčany, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). Finland captured its first World Junior gold medal. Czechoslovakia took silver, and Sweden the bronze. The tournament is most remembered, however, for how Sweden ended up with the bronze (and Canada ended up with no medal); see the next section for more details.

Punch-up in Piestany[edit]

With 6:07 left in the second period of the final game of the tournament between Canada and the Soviet Union, Pavel Kostichkin took a two-handed slash at Theoren Fleury, sparking a fight between the two; the USSR's Evgeny Davydov left the bench to assist Valeri Zelepukin in the fight, who was already playing the game with a separated shoulder, and was being pummeled by Canadian forward Mike Keane. Davydov's intervention sparked one of the most infamous bench-clearing brawls in international hockey history.

The officials, unable to break up the brawl, walked off the ice and tournament officials eventually tried shutting off the arena lights, but the brawl lasted for 20 minutes before the International Ice Hockey Federation declared the contest null and void. An emergency meeting was held following the brawl that ended with the delegates voting 7–1 to eject both teams from the tournament, with the sole dissenter being Canadian Dennis McDonald. The Canadian team, disgusted at what they perceived to be a conspiracy against them, chose to leave rather than stay for the end-of-tournament dinner, from which the Soviet team were banned.

While the Soviets were out of medal contention, Canada was playing for the gold medal, and were leading 4–2 at the time of the brawl (they needed to win by at least five goals to claim the gold). [1] Even had they lost the game, they were assured at least the bronze medal. Afterwards, Soviet hockey official Anatoly Kastriukov claimed that the hostilities were fueled by a Canadian trainer who he alleged had punched one of the Soviet assistant coaches in the stomach. Some Canadians maintained that the Soviets had started the brawl by leaving their bench first, and had deliberately done so with the intention of getting Canada ejected.

The ejections of the Canadian and Soviet teams had the retroactive effect of making the Finland-Czechoslovakia game (played earlier the same day) the gold medal game, while the Sweden-United States game became the bronze medal contest, and the Poland-Switzerland game determined who placed fifth. The loser of the latter game (Switzerland) was relegated, just as they would have been had the brawl not occurred.

Final standings[edit]

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
1st, gold medalist(s)  Finland 7 5 1 1 45 23 11
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Czechoslovakia 7 5 2 0 36 23 10
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Sweden 7 4 2 1 45 11 9
4  United States 7 4 3 0 42 30 8
5  Poland 7 1 6 0 21 80 2
6   Switzerland 7 0 7 0 15 62 0
DQ  Canada1 6 4 1 1 41 23 9
DQ  Soviet Union1 6 2 3 1 27 18 5

  Switzerland was relegated to Pool B for the 1988 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

1 The game between  Canada and the  Soviet Union was declared null and void, and is excluded from the final standings.

Results[edit]

December 26, 1986Canada 6–4  SwitzerlandTopolcany
December 26, 1986Soviet Union 7–3 PolandTrencin
December 26, 1986Czechoslovakia 4–1 SwedenNitra
December 26, 1986Finland 4–1 United StatesPiestany
December 27, 1986Canada 6–6 FinlandTrencin
December 27, 1986Soviet Union 8–0  SwitzerlandPiestany
December 27, 1986Sweden 15–0 PolandTopolcany
December 27, 1986United States 8–2 CzechoslovakiaNitra
December 29, 1986Czechoslovakia 5–1 CanadaNitra
December 29, 1986Sweden 8–0  SwitzerlandPiestany
December 29, 1986United States 15–2 PolandTrencin
December 29, 1986Finland 5–4 Soviet UnionTopolcany
December 30, 1986Canada 18–3 PolandNitra
December 30, 1986Sweden 5–0 FinlandPiestany
December 30, 1986United States 12–6  SwitzerlandTopolcany
December 30, 1986Czechoslovakia 5–3 Soviet UnionTrencin
January 1, 1987Canada 6–2 United StatesPiestany
January 1, 1987Czechoslovakia 9–2 PolandTopolcany
January 1, 1987Finland 12–1  SwitzerlandTrencin
January 1, 1987Soviet Union 3–3 SwedenNitra
January 2, 1987Canada 4–3 SwedenTrencin
January 2, 1987Czechoslovakia 8–1  SwitzerlandPiestany
January 2, 1987Finland 13–3 PolandNitra
January 2, 1987United States 4–2 Soviet UnionTopolcany
January 4, 1987Finland 5–3 CzechoslovakiaNitra
January 4, 1987Poland 8–3  SwitzerlandTopolcany
January 4, 1987Sweden 8–0 United StatesTrencin
January 4, 1987 (1987-01-04)Canada Game declared null and void
(3–1, 1–1, Not Played)
 Soviet UnionPiestany


Scoring leaders[edit]

Rank Player Country G A Pts
1 Ulf Dahlén  Sweden 7 8 15
2 Teppo Kivelä  Finland 6 7 13
3 Janne Ojanen  Finland 3 9 12
3 Jukka Seppo  Finland 3 9 12
5 Scott Young  United States 7 4 11
6 Pär Edlund  Sweden 5 6 11
7 Roger Öhman  Sweden 5 6 11
8 Sami Wahlsten  Finland 4 7 11
9 Bo Svanberg  Sweden 7 3 10
9 Martin Hosták  Czechoslovakia 7 3 10
  • Canada and the USSR were disqualified from the final scoring standings; Canada's Pat Elynuik had 11 points.[1]

Tournament awards[edit]

IIHF Directorate Awards Media All-Star Team
Goaltender Finland Markus Ketterer Sweden Sam Lindstahl
Defencemen Sweden Calle Johansson Czechoslovakia Jiří Látal
United States Brian Leetch
Forwards Czechoslovakia Robert Kron Czechoslovakia Juraj Jurik
Sweden Ulf Dahlén
United States Scott Young

Pool B[edit]

Took place from March 15 to 21 in Rouen France. Two groups of four played round robins, the top two and bottom two from the respective groups met up in two final round robins to determine placement. Teams did not replay opponents they were grouped with previously, their scores were carried forward to the final rounds.

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS West Germany Japan France Romania
 West Germany 3 2 0 1 24 8 5 6–3 2–2 16–3
 Japan 3 2 1 0 17 14 4 3–6 3–1 11–7
 France 3 1 1 1 7 8 3 2–2 1–3 4–3
 Romania 3 0 3 0 13 31 0 3–16 7–11 3–4
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Norway Austria Netherlands Italy
 Norway 3 2 0 1 28 7 5 11–1 5–5 12–1
 Austria 3 1 1 1 11 19 3 1–11 6–4 4–4
 Netherlands 3 1 1 1 16 16 3 5–5 4–6 7–5
 Italy 3 0 2 1 10 23 1 1–12 4–4 5–7

Final Round[edit]

Promotion Group
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS West Germany Norway Japan Austria
 West Germany 3 3 0 0 30 6 6 13–3 6–3 11–0
 Norway 3 2 1 0 21 19 4 3–13 7–5 11–1
 Japan 3 1 2 0 14 16 2 3–6 5–7 6–3
 Austria 3 0 3 0 4 28 0 0–11 1–11 3–6

West Germany was promoted to Pool A for 1988.

Relegation Group
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS France Romania Netherlands Italy
 France 3 3 0 0 18 11 6 4–3 7–5 7–3
 Romania 3 2 1 0 15 9 4 3–4 7–4 5–1
 Netherlands 3 1 2 0 16 19 2 5–7 4–7 7–5
 Italy 3 0 3 0 9 19 0 3–7 1–5 5–7

Italy was Demoted to Pool C for 1988.

Pool C[edit]

Pool C was played in Esbjerg, Denmark from March 16 to 22.

Standings
Rank Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Denmark United Kingdom Bulgaria Spain Australia
1  Yugoslavia 5 5 0 0 56 12 10 13–4 6–4 5–1 11–2 21–1
2  Denmark 5 4 1 0 44 24 8 4–13 11–4 8–3 7–3 14–1
3  Great Britain 5 3 2 0 25 21 6 4–6 4–11 4–2 6–2 7–0
4  Bulgaria 5 2 3 0 21 23 4 1–5 3–8 2–4 8–5 7–1
5  Spain 5 1 4 0 19 34 2 2–11 3–7 2–6 5–8 7–2
6  Australia 5 0 5 0 5 56 0 1–21 1–14 0–7 1–7 2–7

Yugoslavia was promoted to Pool B for 1988.

References[edit]

  • Joyce, Gare (2006). When the Lights Went Out. Random House. ISBN 978-0-385-66275-8.
  • 1987 World Junior Hockey Championships capsule at tsn.ca
  • Results at Passionhockey.com