1997 IIHF European U18 Championship

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The 1997 IIHF European U18 Championship was the thirtieth playing of the IIHF European Junior Championships.

Group A[edit]

Played April 12 to the 20th, in Znojmo and Trebic, Czech Republic. Switzerland shocked everyone by opening the tournament with wins over the Czechs and the Russians. Although they tired by the end of the tournament, their win over Slovakia assured them of their first (and only) medal in the European Juniors.

First round[edit]

Group 1
Team SUI CZE RUS UKR GF/GA Points
1.   Switzerland 4:3 6:2 2:4 12:09 4
2.  Czech Republic 3:4 4:4 8:1 15:09 3
3.  Russia 2:6 4:4 8:2 14:12 3
4.  Ukraine 4:2 1:8 2:8 07:18 2
Group 2
Team FIN SWE SVK GER GF/GA Points
1.  Finland 3:3 5:0 3:0 11:03 5
2.  Sweden 3:3 6:2 6:3 15:08 5
3.  Slovakia 0:5 2:6 7:2 09:13 2
4.  Germany 0:3 3:6 2:7 05:16 0

Final round[edit]

Championship round
Team FIN SWE SUI RUS CZE SVK GF Points
1.  Finland (3:3) 8:1 4:2 3:2 (5:0) 23:08 9
2.  Sweden (3:3) 4:2 4:4 4:1 (6:2) 21:12 8
3.   Switzerland 1:8 2:4 (6:2) (4:3) 3:0 16:17 6
4.  Russia 2:4 4:4 (2:6) (4:4) 8:3 20:21 4
5.  Czech Republic 2:3 1:4 (3:4) (4:4) 4:2 14:17 3
6.  Slovakia (0:5) (2:6) 0:3 3:8 2:4 07:26 00
7th place
Ukraine  2:1
(1:0, 0:1, 1:0)
2:5
(0:3, 2:0, 0:2)
2:1 o.t.
(1:0, 0:1, 0:0, 1:0)
 Germany

Germany, losing the best of three series in overtime, was relegated to Group B for 1998.

Tournament Awards[edit]

Kauppinen, a defensman, set a record for the lowest point total to lead a tournament.

Group B[edit]

Played March 21 to the 30th, in Maribor and Celje, Slovenia.

First round[edit]

Group 1
Team NOR POL BLR SLO GF/GA Points
1.  Norway 4:2 5:2 3:4 12:08 4
2.  Poland 2:4 7:3 4:2 13:09 4
3.  Belarus 2:5 3:7 5:4 10:16 2
4.  Slovenia 4:3 2:4 4:5 10:12 2
Group 2
Team DEN HUN FRA ITA GF/GA Points
1.  Denmark 4:3 6:4 6:0 16:07 6
2.  Hungary 3:4 5:3 6:5 14:12 4
3.  France 4:6 3:5 6:5 13:16 2
4.  Italy 0:6 5:6 5:6 10:18 0

Final round[edit]

Championship round
Team NOR POL HUN BLR DEN FRA Team Points
1.  Norway (4:2) 2:2 (5:2) 4:3 2:2 17:11 8
2.  Poland (2:4) 5:5 (7:3) 6:4 3:1 23:17 7
3.  Hungary 2:2 5:5 1:1 (3:4) (5:3) 16:15 5
4.  Belarus (2:5) (3:7) 1:1 4:2 8:6 18:21 5
5.  Denmark 3:4 4:6 (4:3) 2:4 (6:4) 19:21 4
6.  France 2:2 1:3 (3:5) 6:8 (4:6) 16:24 1
7th place
Italy  7:3
(3:1, 3:0, 1:2)
7:2
(3:0, 4:1, 0:1)
 Slovenia

Norway was promoted to Group A, and Slovenia was relegated to Group C, for 1998.

Group C[edit]

Played March 12 to the 16th in Miercurea-Ciuc and Gheorgheni, Romania.

First round[edit]

Group 1
Team GBR EST ROM NED GF/GA Points
1.  Great Britain 8:0 5:2 3:1 16:03 6
2.  Estonia 0:8 3:2 8:4 11:14 4
3.  Romania 2:5 2:3 5:0 09:08 2
4.  Netherlands 1:3 4:8 0:5 05:16 0
Group 2
Team LAT AUT LTU CRO GF/GA Points
1.  Latvia 3:3 10:2 5:1 18:06 5
2.  Austria 3:3 6:1 1:0 10:04 5
3.  Lithuania 2:10 1:6 5:2 08:18 2
4.  Croatia 1:5 0:1 2:5 03:11 0

Placing round[edit]

7th place Croatia  2:1
(1:0, 1:0, 0:1)
 Netherlands
5th place Romania  4:2
(1:0, 1:2, 2:0)
 Lithuania
3rd place Estonia  4:3 o.t.
(2:1, 0:0, 1:2, 1:0)
 Austria
Final Great Britain  4:3
(0:2, 3:0, 1:1)
 Latvia

Great Britain was promoted to Group B and the Netherlands was relegated to Group D, for 1998.

Group D[edit]

Played in Belgrade, Yugoslavia from March 4th to 9th. The hosts completely dominated, with forward Csaba Prokec scoring 29 points in their 5 games.[1]

Team YUG ESP BUL ISR ISL TUR GF/GA Points
1.  Yugoslavia 11:0 16:2 14:2 21:0 52:1 114:05 10
2.  Spain 0:11 5:3 3:3 11:6 20:3 039:26 07
3.  Bulgaria 2:16 3:5 5:3 5:2 7:0 022:26 06
4.  Israel 2:14 3:3 3:5 9:5 13:0 030:27 05
5.  Iceland 0:21 6:11 2:5 5:9 4:2 017:48 02
6.  Turkey 1:52 3:20 0:7 0:13 2:4 006:96 00

Yugoslavia was promoted to Group C for 1998.

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