1998 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships

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1998 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships
DatesMarch – May 1998
1997
1999

The 1998 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships was the 62nd such event sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Teams representing 40 countries participated in several levels of competition. The competition also served as qualifications for group placements in the 1999 competition.

World Championship Group A[edit]

The Championship took place between sixteen teams in Switzerland.

World Championship Group B (Slovenia)[edit]

Played April 15–26 in Ljubljana and Jesenice. Norway, as the next year's host, had already been awarded a spot in Group A. In addition, the top three other finishers advanced to qualifying tournaments for inclusion in Group A. The Estonians came into the final game knowing they could lose by four and still advance. Trailing by three after two, they hung on to edge the Danish team in the standings.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
17  Ukraine 7 7 0 0 38 - 13 14
18  Slovenia 7 5 1 1 28 - 15 11
19  Estonia 7 3 1 3 15 - 19 7
20  Denmark 7 2 3 2 18 - 24 7
21  Norway 7 3 0 4 21 - 19 6
22  Great Britain 7 3 0 4 32 - 27 6
23  Poland 7 2 1 4 21 - 28 5
24  Netherlands 7 0 0 7 12 - 40 0

The Ukraine, Slovenia, and Estonia all advanced to qualifiers for Group A, the Netherlands was relegated to Group C. Norway was promoted to Group A as hosts.

15 AprilEstonia 2-1 Norway
15 AprilSlovenia 3-0 Poland
15 AprilGreat Britain 1-6 Ukraine
15 AprilNetherlands 0-1 Denmark
16 AprilNetherlands 2-4 Estonia
16 AprilDenmark 1-7 Great Britain
17 AprilUkraine 6-3 Poland
17 AprilSlovenia 4-3 Norway
18 AprilPoland 5-5 Denmark
18 AprilNorway 2-5 Ukraine
19 AprilSlovenia 6-1 Netherlands
19 AprilGreat Britain 4-5 Estonia
20 AprilUkraine 10-1 Netherlands
20 AprilDenmark 2-1 Norway
21 AprilPoland 3-0 Estonia
21 AprilSlovenia 5-3 Great Britain
22 AprilEstonia 3-3 Denmark
22 AprilPoland 3-4 Great Britain
23 AprilSlovenia 3-4 Ukraine
23 AprilNorway 4-1 Netherlands
24 AprilGreat Britain 3-4 Norway
24 AprilEstonia 1-3 Ukraine
25 AprilSlovenia 4-4 Denmark
25 AprilNetherlands 4-5 Poland
26 AprilGreat Britain 10-3 Netherlands
26 AprilDenmark 2-4 Ukraine
26 AprilNorway 6-2 Poland
26 AprilSlovenia 3-0 Estonia

World Championship Group C (Hungary)[edit]

Played March 22–28 in Budapest, Székesfehérvár and Dunaújváros.

First Round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Romania 3 3 0 0 20 - 07 6
2  Lithuania 3 2 0 1 08 - 11 4
3  Yugoslavia 3 0 1 2 04 - 08 1
4  Croatia 3 0 1 2 04 - 10 1
22 MarchRomania 5-3 Yugoslavia
22 MarchLithuania 3-2 Croatia
23 MarchLithuania 2-0 Yugoslavia
23 MarchCroatia 1-6 Romania
25 MarchCroatia 1-1 Yugoslavia
25 MarchLithuania 3-9 Romania

Group 2[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Hungary 3 3 0 0 19 - 02 6
2  China 3 2 0 1 14 - 11 4
3  South Korea 3 1 0 2 01 - 12 2
4  Spain 3 0 0 3 05 - 14 0
22 MarchHungary 7-1 China
22 MarchSpain 0-1 South Korea
23 MarchHungary 6-1 Spain
23 MarchChina 6-0 South Korea
25 MarchHungary 6-0 South Korea
25 MarchChina 7-4 Spain

Final Round 25-28 Place[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
25  Hungary 3 3 0 0 24 - 03 6
26  Romania 3 2 0 1 20 - 09 4
27  Lithuania 3 1 0 2 08 - 27 2
28  China 3 0 0 3 08 - 21 0

Hungary was promoted to Group B.

27 MarchRomania 9-3 China
27 MarchHungary 14-0 Lithuania
28 MarchChina 4-5 Lithuania
28 MarchHungary 3-2 Romania

Consolation Round 29-32 Place[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
29  Croatia 3 1 2 0 08 - 06 4
30  Yugoslavia 3 1 2 0 07 - 06 4
31  South Korea 3 1 0 2 04 - 06 2
32  Spain 3 0 2 1 07 - 08 2

Spain was relegated to Group D. The Spanish led by two in both their final games, but tied them, and their earlier loss to South Korea sealed their fate.[1]

27 MarchSouth Korea 1-3 Croatia
27 MarchYugoslavia 3-3 Spain
28 MarchSpain 4-4 Croatia
28 MarchYugoslavia 3-2 South Korea

World Championship Group D (South Africa)[edit]

Played March 27 to April 2 in Krugersdorp and Pretoria.

First Round[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Israel 3 3 0 0 29 - 06 6
2  Belgium 3 2 0 1 22 - 10 4
3  South Africa 3 1 0 2 15 - 15 2
4  Greece 3 0 0 3 06 - 41 0
27 MarchIsrael 16-2 Greece
27 MarchSouth Africa 3-5 Belgium
28 MarchBelgium 14-2 Greece
28 MarchSouth Africa 1-8 Israel
30 MarchIsrael 5-3 Belgium
30 MarchSouth Africa 11-2 Greece

Group 2[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Bulgaria 3 2 1 0 42 - 05 5
2  Australia 3 2 1 0 28 - 06 5
3  Turkey 3 1 0 2 05 - 37 2
4  New Zealand 3 0 0 3 05 - 32 0
27 MarchAustralia 14-1 Turkey
27 MarchBulgaria 18-1 New Zealand
28 MarchBulgaria 20-0 Turkey
28 MarchNew Zealand 1-10 Australia
30 MarchTurkey 4-3 New Zealand
30 MarchAustralia 4-4 Bulgaria

Final Round 33-36 Place[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
33  Bulgaria 3 2 1 0 12 - 06 5
34  Australia 3 1 1 1 11 - 13 3
35  Israel 3 1 0 2 10 - 13 2
36  Belgium 3 1 0 2 09 - 10 2

Bulgaria was promoted to Group C.

1 AprilBulgaria 4-0 Belgium
1 AprilIsrael 3-6 Australia
2 AprilAustralia 1-6 Belgium
2 AprilIsrael 2-4 Bulgaria

Consolation Round 37-40 Place[edit]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
37  South Africa 3 3 0 0 28 - 07 6
38  New Zealand 3 1 0 2 13 - 11 2
39  Turkey 3 1 0 2 11 - 22 2
40  Greece 3 1 0 2 11 - 23 2
1 AprilSouth Africa 5-2 New Zealand
1 AprilTurkey 4-7 Greece
2 AprilGreece 2-8 New Zealand
2 AprilSouth Africa 12-3 Turkey

Citations[edit]

References[edit]

  • Complete results
  • Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports. pp. 498–528. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9.
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. pp. 161–3.
  • Archive Switzerland 1998

See also[edit]