Ice hockey at the 1948 Winter Olympics
|Dates||30 January–8 February|
|Venue(s)||St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink, Suvretta, Kulm (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Canada (5th title)|
|Goals scored||482 (13.39 per match)|
|Scoring leader(s)|| Walter Halder|
The men's ice hockey tournament at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, was the 6th Olympic Championship, also serving as the 15th World Championships and the 26th European Championships. Canada, represented by the Ottawa RCAF Flyers team of Canadian Armed Forces personnel, won its fifth Olympic gold medal and 12th World Championship. Highest finishing European team Czechoslovakia won the silver medal and its eighth European Championship.
Rival United States teams
The tournament was marred by controversy before the Games began. The United States sent two hockey teams to compete in St. Moritz, which nearly caused the cancellation of the entire tournament. At the center of the issue was amateurism. One team was sponsored by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The USOC was responsible for determining American participation in the Games. The other team was sponsored by the Amateur Hockey Association (AHA) and the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace (LIHG). The LIHG, under the guidance of founder Wilhelm "Willie" Bernfeld, was responsible for approving the participation of national hockey teams at the Olympics.
The AAU refused to support the AHA's team because they believed that AHA players were "openly paid salaries" and at the time, the Olympics were strictly for amateur players. No resolution was reached before the Games and both teams arrived at St. Moritz ready to play. This created a tense showdown between the future IOC president Avery Brundage, the LIHG, the Swiss organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC was responsible for the overall running of the Games. The IOC initially ruled that neither team could compete. This incensed the LIHG, which threatened to boycott the Olympics, effectively ending the hockey tournament. The Swiss organizing committee, fearing this eventuality, ignored the IOC's ruling and allowed the AHA team to play in the tournament and the AAU team to march in the opening ceremony.
Eventually the parties agreed to allow the AHA team to play but they would receive no official ranking in the Olympic tournament, and they would not be eligible to win a medal. Because this tournament was also the LIHG (forerunner of the IIHF) World Championship, they maintained a fourth place in that ranking.
The tournament was run in a round-robin format with nine teams participating. The Canadians had seven wins and one tie against the team from Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia also won seven games. The tournament was decided on goal average. Canada outscored their opponents 69:5 (a 13.8 goal average). The Czechoslovakia team outscored their opponents 80:18 (a 4.44 goal average). On the final day the Swiss watched the Czechoslovaks beat the Americans dashing their gold medal aspirations, and then lost their opportunity for silver in a loss to Canada, finishing with a bronze.
|United States *||8||5||3||0||86||33||10|
* United States team was not eligible for a final ranking. Only eight teams are officially ranked.
- January 30
- Switzerland 5–4 USA
- Canada 3–1 Sweden
- Poland 7–5 Austria
- Czechoslovakia 22–3 Italy
- January 31
- USA 23–4 Poland
- Czechoslovakia 6–3 Sweden
- Switzerland 16–0 Italy
- United Kingdom 5–4 Austria
- February 1
- Canada 3–0 United Kingdom
- USA 31–1 Italy
- Switzerland 11–2 Austria
- Czechoslovakia 13–1 Poland
- February 2
- Sweden 7–1 Austria
- Canada 15–0 Poland
- Czechoslovakia 11–4 United Kingdom
- February 3
- Canada 21–1 Italy
- USA 5–2 Sweden
- February 4
- Czechoslovakia 17–3 Austria
- Poland 13–7 Italy
- Switzerland 12–3 United Kingdom
- February 5
- Austria 16–5 Italy
- United Kingdom 7–2 Poland
- Switzerland 8–2 Sweden
- Canada 12–3 USA
- February 6
- Switzerland 14–0 Poland
- Canada 0–0 Czechoslovakia
- Sweden 4–3 United Kingdom
- USA 13–2 Austria
- February 7
- USA 4–3 United Kingdom
- Czechoslovakia 7–1 Switzerland
- Canada 12–0 Austria
- Sweden 23–0 Italy
- February 8
- United Kingdom 14–7 Italy
- Czechoslovakia 4–3 USA
- Canada 3–0 Switzerland
- Sweden 13–2 Poland
|CAN||Murray Dowey, Frank Dunster, Andre Laperriere, Louis Lecompte, Jean Gravelle, Patrick Guzzo, Walter Halder, Ted Hibberd, George Mara, Ab Renaud, Reg Schroeter, Irving Taylor; Coach: Frank Boucher|
European Championship medal table
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- Results and commentary in french
- "Rapport General sur les Ves Jeux Olympiques D'Hiver St Moritz 1948" (PDF). la84foundation.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2012-05-22.