1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

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1996 IIHF World U20 Championship
1996 WJHC logo.svg
Tournament details
Host country United States
DatesDecember 26, 1995 – January 4, 1996
Teams10
Venue(s)7 (in 6[1] host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada (9th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Russia
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored218 (7.03 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Canada Jarome Iginla
(12 points)
1995
1997

The 1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1996 WJHC) was the 20th edition of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, hosted in Massachusetts. The tournament was won by Canada—defeating Sweden 4-1 in the gold-medal game—earning Canada their fourth straight gold medal and ninth overall, tying the Soviet team's record in both regards.

Attendance was less than spectacular for the championships in the United States. It would be the last time the US would host the tournament until 2005 in Grand Forks.

Among this edition of the tournament's future NHL stars were Milan Hejduk, Miikka Kiprusoff, Chris Drury, Marco Sturm, José Théodore, Mattias Öhlund, Daymond Langkow, Sergei Samsonov and tournament scoring leader Jarome Iginla.

This was the first World Juniors tournament to implement the two groups, round-robin/preliminaries and playoff format. It was also Slovakia's first appearance at the top level in the junior tournament.

Round robin[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Canada 4 4 0 0 19 4 8
 United States 4 2 2 0 13 17 4
 Finland 4 2 2 0 14 10 4
  Switzerland 4 1 3 0 10 14 2
 Ukraine 4 1 3 0 9 20 2
December 26, 1995Canada 6 – 1 United StatesWorcester
December 26, 1995Finland 5 – 1  SwitzerlandMarlborough
December 27, 1995Canada 2 – 1  SwitzerlandAmherst
December 27, 1995Ukraine 4 – 3 United StatesBoston
December 28, 1995Finland 4 – 1 UkraineBoston
December 29, 1995Canada 3 – 1 FinlandBoston
December 29, 1995United States 4 – 3  SwitzerlandSpringfield
December 30, 1995Switzerland  5 – 3 UkraineMarlborough
December 31, 1995Canada 8 – 1 UkraineBoston
December 31, 1995United States 5 – 4 FinlandAmherst

Group B[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Czech Republic 4 2 0 2 15 10 6
 Russia 4 2 1 1 19 12 5
 Sweden 4 2 1 1 14 7 5
 Slovakia 4 0 1 3 11 17 3
 Germany 4 0 3 1 11 24 1
December 26, 1995Czech Republic 5 – 3 RussiaAmherst
December 26, 1995Sweden 6 – 0 SlovakiaWorcester
December 27, 1995Slovakia 3 – 3 RussiaBoston
December 27, 1995Czech Republic 6 – 3 GermanyAmherst
December 28, 1995Sweden 6 – 2 GermanyBoston
December 29, 1995Czech Republic 4 – 4 SlovakiaBoston
December 29, 1995Russia 5 – 2 SwedenSpringfield
December 30, 1995Germany 4 – 4 SlovakiaMarlborough
December 31, 1995Czech Republic 0 – 0 SwedenBoston
December 31, 1995Russia 8 – 2 GermanyAmherst

Relegation round[edit]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
 Slovakia 3 2 0 1 17 10 5
 Germany 3 1 0 2 12 7 4
  Switzerland 3 1 1 1 11 13 3
 Ukraine 3 0 3 0 6 16 0
December 30, 1995Switzerland  5 – 3 UkraineMarlborough
December 30, 1995Germany 4 – 4 SlovakiaMarlborough
January 2, 1996Switzerland  3 – 3 GermanyMarlborough
January 2, 1996Ukraine 3 – 6 SlovakiaMarlborough
January 3, 1996Switzerland  3 – 7 SlovakiaMarlborough
January 3, 1996Ukraine 0 – 5 GermanyMarlborough

 Ukraine was relegated for the 1997 World Junior Championships.

Playoffs[edit]

  Quarter finals     Semi finals     Final
                           
      QF1  Sweden 8  
  A2  United States 0     B1  Czech Republic 2    
  B3  Sweden 3         SF1  Sweden 1
      SF2  Canada 4
      QF2  Russia 3    
  B2  Russia 6     A1  Canada 4   Third place
  A3  Finland 2   QF1  Czech Republic 1
  QF2  Russia 4

Quarterfinals[edit]

January 1, 1996United States 0 – 3
(0–1, 0–1, 0–1)
 SwedenAmherst
January 1, 1996Russia 6 – 2
(0–1, 5–1, 1–0)
 FinlandAmherst

Semifinals[edit]

January 3, 1996Canada 4 – 3
(1–1, 2–1, 1–1)
 RussiaBoston
January 3, 1996Sweden 8 – 2
(0–0, 6–1, 2–1)
 Czech RepublicBoston

5th place game[edit]

January 4, 1996Finland 7 – 8
(3–1, 3–4, 1–2, 0-1)
 United StatesMarlborough

Bronze medal game[edit]

January 4, 1996Czech Republic 1 – 4
(1–0, 0–2, 0–2)
 Russia 3rd, bronze medalist(s)Chestnut Hill

Gold medal game[edit]

January 4, 19962nd, silver medalist(s) Sweden 1 – 4
(1–1, 0–2, 0–1)
 Canada 1st, gold medalist(s)Chestnut Hill

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Country GP G A Pts
Jarome Iginla  Canada 6 5 7 12
Florian Keller  Germany 6 4 8 12
Marco Sturm  Germany 6 4 6 10
Miika Elomo  Finland 6 4 5 9
Johan Davidsson  Sweden 7 3 6 9
Ruslan Shafikov  Russia 7 1 8 9
Alexei Morozov  Russia 7 5 3 8
Juho Jokinen  Finland 6 3 5 8
Dmitri Nabokov  Russia 7 3 5 8
Marcus Nilson  Sweden 7 3 5 8

Goaltending leaders[edit]

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Player Country MINS GA GAA SO W L T
José Théodore  Canada 240 6 1.50 0 4 0 0
Per-Ragnar Bergkvist  Sweden 240 6 1.50 1 2 1 1
Magnus Wennström  Sweden 180 7 2.33 0 2 1 1
Alexei Yegorov  Russia 358.9 17 2.84 0 3 2 1
Miikka Kiprusoff  Finland 159.3 9 3.39 0 1 2 0

Tournament awards[edit]

All-star team[2]
IIHF best player awards

Final standings[edit]

Team
1st, gold medalist(s)  Canada
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Sweden
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Russia
4th  Czech Republic
5th  United States
6th  Finland
7th  Slovakia
8th  Germany
9th   Switzerland
10th  Ukraine

Pool B[edit]

The second tier was held in Sosnowiec and Tychy Poland, from December 28 to January 4. Two groups of four played round robins, and then the top three played each of the top three teams from the other group. All scores carried forward except the results against the lone eliminated team from each group.

Preliminary Round[edit]

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Poland Hungary Japan Austria
 Poland 3 3 0 0 32 2 6 7 - 2 9 - 0 16 - 0
 Hungary 3 2 1 0 14 12 4 2 - 7 7 - 1 5 - 4
 Japan 3 1 2 0 4 17 2 0 - 9 1 - 7 3 - 1
 Austria 3 0 3 0 5 24 0 0 - 16 4 - 5 1 - 3
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Latvia Italy Norway France
 Latvia 3 3 0 0 15 9 6 5 - 1 5 - 4 5 - 4
 Italy 3 1 2 0 8 11 2 1 - 5 3 - 4 4 - 2
 Norway 3 1 2 0 8 9 2 4 - 5 4 - 3 0 - 1
 France 3 1 2 0 7 9 2 4 - 5 2 - 4 1 - 0

Final Round[edit]

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Poland Latvia Norway Hungary Italy Japan
1  Poland 5 5 0 0 31 7 10 5 - 3 3 - 2 7 - 2 7 - 0 9 - 0
2  Latvia 5 4 1 0 22 16 8 3 - 5 5 - 4 5 - 4 5 - 1 4 - 2
3  Norway 5 3 2 0 18 15 6 2 - 3 4 - 5 3 - 1 4 - 3 5 - 3
4  Hungary 5 2 3 0 19 16 4 2 - 7 4 - 5 1 - 3 5 - 0 7 - 1
5  Italy 5 1 4 0 9 25 2 0 - 7 1 - 5 3 - 4 0 - 5 5 - 4
6  Japan 5 0 5 0 10 30 0 0 - 9 2 - 4 3 - 5 1 - 7 4 - 5

 Poland was promoted to Pool A for 1997.

Relegation Round[edit]

France 4 – 2 Austria
France 7 – 3 Austria

 Austria was relegated to Pool C for 1997.

Pool C[edit]

Played in Jesenice, Bled, and Kranj Slovenia from December 30 to January 3.

Preliminary Round[edit]

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Slovenia Denmark Romania Netherlands
 Slovenia 3 3 0 0 22 5 6 2 - 1 10 - 4 10 - 0
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 18 5 4 1 - 2 13 - 0 4 - 3
 Romania 3 1 2 0 10 26 2 4 - 10 0 - 13 6 - 3
 Netherlands 3 0 3 0 6 20 0 0 - 10 3 - 4 3 - 6
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Kazakhstan Belarus United Kingdom Spain
 Kazakhstan 3 3 0 0 25 11 6 7 - 6 7 - 2 11 - 3
 Belarus 3 2 1 0 23 11 4 6 - 7 6 - 4 11 - 0
 Great Britain 3 1 2 0 14 14 2 2 - 7 4 - 6 8 - 1
 Spain 3 0 3 0 4 30 0 3 - 11 0 - 11 1 - 8

Placement Games[edit]

 Kazakhstan was promoted to Pool B, and  Spain was relegated to Pool D for 1997.

Pool D[edit]

Played in Tallinn Estonia from December 31 to January 4.

Preliminary Round[edit]

Group A
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Estonia Federal Republic of Yugoslavia South Africa
 Estonia 2 2 0 0 24 3 4 4 - 2 20 - 1
 Yugoslavia 2 1 1 0 10 5 2 2 - 4 8 - 1
 South Africa 2 0 2 0 2 28 0 1 - 20 1 - 8
Group B
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS Croatia Lithuania Bulgaria
 Croatia 2 2 0 0 20 4 4 5 - 2 15 - 2
 Lithuania 2 1 1 0 21 7 2 2 - 5 19 - 2
 Bulgaria 2 0 2 0 4 34 0 2 - 15 2 - 19

Placement Games[edit]

 Croatia was promoted to Pool C for 1997.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. pp. 198–99.
  2. ^ http://www.passionhockey.com/hockeyarchives/U-20_1996.htm