Ice hockey at the 1960 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey at the 1960 Winter Olympics
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Tournament details
Host country United States
Dates19–28 February
Teams9
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg United States (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Soviet Union
Fourth place Czechoslovakia
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored334 (11.13 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Canada Fred Etcher (21 points)

The men's ice hockey tournament at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, United States, was the 9th Olympic Championship, also serving as the 27th World Championships and the 38th European Championships. The United States won its first Olympic gold medal and second World Championship. Canada, represented for the second time by the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen, won the silver and its ninth consecutive Olympic ice hockey medal (a feat not matched until the Soviet Union won its ninth consecutive medal in 1988). Highest finishing European team Soviet Union won the bronze medal and its sixth European Championship. The tournament was held at the Blyth Arena.

Canada, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Sweden were the top four teams heading into the Games. All four were defeated by the American team, which won all seven games it played.[1] On the 50th anniversary of these Games, a documentary entitled Forgotten Miracle was produced by Northland Films, making reference to the more famous 1980 gold medal known as the Miracle on Ice; these are the only two Olympic gold medals won by USA men's ice hockey.[2] Herb Brooks, the coach of the 1980 US team, was the last player cut from the 1960 team by coach Jack Riley.[3]

Medalists[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
 United States
Jack McCartan
John Mayasich
John Kirrane
Paul Johnson
Weldon Olson
Eugene Grazia
Richard Rodenheiser
Edwyn Owen
Rodney Paavola
Richard Meredith
William Christian
Tommy Williams
Roger Christian
Robert McVey
Lawrence Palmer
Bill Cleary
Bob Cleary
 Canada
Harold Hurley
Harry Sinden
Jack Douglas
Bob Attersley
Fred Etcher
George Samolenko
Donald Charles Head
Darryl Sly
Ken Laufman
Floyd Martin
James Connelly
Robert Forhan
Donald Rope
Maurice Benoit
Bobby Rousseau
Cliff Pennington
Robert McKnight
 Soviet Union
Yuri Tsitsinov
Vladimir Grebennikov
Mikhail Bychkov
Viktor Pryazhnikov
Nikolai Karpov
Nikolai Puchkov
Yevgeni Groshev
Viktor Yakushev
Stanislav Petukhov
Yevgeny Yorkin
Nikolai Sologubov
Yuri Baulin
Aleksandr Almetov
Konstantin Loktev
Veniamin Alexandrov
Genrikh Sidorenkov
Alfred Kuchevsky

Qualification[edit]

The two German teams played a qualification round to determine which team would participate at the Olympics. West Germany won both games.

December 9, 1959West Germany 5–2
(2–1, 1–1, 2–0)
 East GermanyGarmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany
December 12, 1959East Germany 3–5
(1–2, 2–0, 0–3)
 West GermanyWeißwasser, East Germany

First round[edit]

Top two teams (shaded ones) from each group advanced to the final round and played for 1st-6th places, other teams played in the consolation round.

Group A[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Canada 2 2 0 0 24 3 4
2  Sweden 2 1 1 0 21 5 2
3  Japan 2 0 2 0 1 38 0
February 19, 1960.Canada 5–2
(2–1, 1–1, 2–0)
 Sweden
February 20, 1960.Canada 19–1
(5–0, 7–1, 7–0)
 Japan
February 21, 1960.Sweden 19–0
(8–0, 5–0, 6–0)
 Japan

Group B[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 2 2 0 0 16 4 4
2  Germany 2 1 1 0 4 9 2
3  Finland 2 0 2 0 5 12 0
February 19, 1960.Soviet Union 8–0
(3–0, 3–0, 2–0)
 Germany
February 20, 1960.Soviet Union 8–4
(2–1, 4–0, 2–3)
 Finland
February 21, 1960Germany 4–1
(1–0, 2–0, 1–1)
 Finland

Group C[edit]

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  United States 2 2 0 0 19 6 4
2  Czechoslovakia 2 1 1 0 23 8 2
3  Australia 2 0 2 0 2 30 0
February 19, 1960.United States 7–5
(2–1, 1–3, 4–1)
 Czechoslovakia
February 20, 1960.Czechoslovakia 18–1
(7–1, 3–0, 8–0)
 Australia
February 21, 1960.United States 12–1
(6–0, 3–0, 3–1)
 Australia

Consolation round[edit]

Teams that didn't qualify for the final round played here. Sources differ on which Finland-Japan game took place on the 23rd, and which game took place on the 26th.

Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 Finland 4 3 0 1 50 11 7
 Japan 4 2 1 1 32 22 5
 Australia 4 0 4 0 8 57 0
February 22, 1960Australia 1–14
(1–8, 0–4, 0–2)
 Finland
February 23, 1960Finland 6–6
(2–1, 3–2, 1–3)
 Japan
February 24, 1960Australia 2–13
(0–3, 0–4, 2–6)
 Japan
February 25, 1960Australia 2–19
(6–1, 5–1, 8–0)
 Finland
February 26, 1960Finland 11–2
(2–1, 6–0, 3–1)
 Japan
February 27, 1960Japan 11–3
(6–0, 2–1, 3–2)
 Australia

Final round[edit]

Match between the United States and Soviet Union. The United States won the game, 3–2.

First place team wins gold, second silver and third bronze.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  United States 5 5 0 0 29 11 10
2  Canada 5 4 1 0 31 12 8
3  Soviet Union 5 2 2 1 24 19 5
4  Czechoslovakia 5 2 3 0 21 23 4
5  Sweden 5 1 3 1 19 19 3
6  Germany 5 0 5 0 5 45 0
February 22, 1960Soviet Union 8–5
(3–2, 2–1, 3–2)
 Czechoslovakia
February 22, 1960United States 6–3
(4–0, 1–2, 1–1)
 Sweden
February 22, 1960Canada 12–0
(6–0, 1–0, 5–0)
 Germany
February 24, 1960United States 9–1
(2–0, 3–1, 4–0)
 Germany
February 24, 1960Soviet Union 2–2
(0–0, 0–0, 2–2)
 Sweden
February 24, 1960Canada 4–0
(3–0, 1–0, 0–0)
 Czechoslovakia
February 25, 1960Soviet Union 7–1
(0–1, 4–0, 3–0)
 Germany
February 25, 1960United States 2–1
(1–0, 1–0, 0–1)
 Canada
February 25, 1960Czechoslovakia 3–1
(3–0, 0–1, 0–0)
 Sweden
February 27, 1960Czechoslovakia 9–1
(3–1, 4–0, 2–0)
 Germany
February 27, 1960United States 3–2
(1–2, 1–0, 1–0)
 Soviet Union
February 27, 1960Canada 6–5
(1–4, 1–0, 4–1)
 Sweden
February 28, 1960United States 9–4
(3–3, 0–1, 6–0)
 Czechoslovakia
February 28, 1960Sweden 8–2
(2–0, 2–2, 4–0)
 Germany
February 28, 1960Canada 8–5
(3–0, 1–3, 4–2)
 Soviet Union

Leading scorers[4][edit]

Rk Team GP G A Pts
1 Canada Fred Etcher 7 9 12 21
2 Canada Bob Attersley 7 6 12 18
3 United States Bill Cleary 7 7 7 14
4 Soviet Union Veniamin Aleksandrov 7 7 6 13
5 United States Bill Christian 7 2 11 13
6 Finland Raimo Kilpiö 6 9 3 12
7 Finland Jouni Seistamo 5 8 4 12
T8 Canada George Samolenko 7 8 4 12
T8 Sweden Lars-Eric Lundvall 7 8 4 12
T10 Czechoslovakia Václav Pantůček 7 7 5 12
T10 United States John Mayasich 7 7 5 12
T10 Sweden Nisse Nilsson 7 7 5 12

Tournament awards[edit]

Final ranking[edit]

  1.  United States
  2.  Canada
  3.  Soviet Union
  4.  Czechoslovakia
  5.  Sweden
  6.  Germany
  7.  Finland
  8.  Japan
  9.  Australia

European Championship final ranking[edit]

  1.  Soviet Union
  2.  Czechoslovakia
  3.  Sweden
  4.  Germany
  5.  Finland

References[edit]

  1. ^ Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew (2008). "Story #16–USA's original but unheralded "Miracle on Ice"". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  2. ^ "Forgotten Miracle". 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  3. ^ Calio, Jim (3 October 1980). "A Solitary Soul on Ice, Coach Herb Brooks Drove His Young Olympians to Glory : People.com". People. People Magazine. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
  4. ^ Leading scorers