Ice hockey at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey at the 1968 Winter Olympics
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates6–17 February
Teams14
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Soviet Union (3rd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Czechoslovakia
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Canada
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played43
Goals scored316 (7.35 per match)
Scoring leader(s)Soviet Union Anatoli Firsov 16 points

The men's ice hockey tournament at the 1968 Winter Olympics held in Grenoble, France, was the 11th Olympic Championship, also serving as the 35th World Championships and the 46th European Championships. This was the last Olympic tournament to include the World and European titles. Games were held at the Palais des Sports. The Soviet Union won their third Olympic gold medal, eighth World Championship and twelfth European Championship. Czechoslovakia won the silver, followed by Canada taking the bronze.[1]

For the first (and only) time, not all qualifiers were given the opportunity to play for medals, as the lowest two ranked qualifiers (Japan and Austria), together with host France were placed directly into the Consolation Group. Poland and Italy qualified but declined to participate.[2][3]

Teams[edit]

Fourteen nations participated:

Highlights[edit]

In their penultimate match of the tournament, the USSR team lost to the Czechoslovak team, which gave a tie-breaking advantage to the latter as each team had a record of 5 wins, 1 loss (10 points) with one game remaining. Yet the USSR team was also tied with Canada and would play the Canadians in the final game of the tournament. For teams finishing with identical records, it is games between the against each other that determines placings.[4][5] To win the championship, Czechoslovakia needed to win its game against Sweden and for Canada to lose or tie its match with USSR. Had Canada won against USSR and Czechoslovakia won its game over Sweden, Canada would have tied Czechoslovakia with 12 points but prevailed in the tie breaker to win the championship.[2][5][6] In their final matches of the tournament, Sweden tied with Czechoslovakia, while the USSR won its game against Canada, and the gold medal.

Firsts[edit]

East Germany participated for the first and only time in these games and played its final game with rival West Germany. The West prevailed 4-2.[5] Finland pulled off an historic first, defeating Canada in the second day of competition. For the USSR, their loss broke a record tying streak of 39 straight World Championship games without a loss.[5]

Medalists[edit]

Pos Team
Gold  Soviet Union
Silver  Czechoslovakia
Bronze  Canada

First round[edit]

East Germany East Germany - Norway Norway 3:1 (2:1, 1:0, 0:0)

4. February 1968 - Grenoble
Goalscorers: Joachim Ziesche, Lothar Fuchs, Peter Prusa - Odd Syversen.

Finland Finland - Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 11:2 (3:0, 6:0, 2:2)

4. February 1968 - Grenoble
Goalscorers: Lasse Oksanen 2, Esa Peltonen 2, Matti Reunamаki 2, Juhani Wahlsten, Veli-Pekka Ketola, Matti Keinonen, Matti Harju, Pekka Leimu - Albin Felc, Franc Smolej.

Germany West Germany - Romania Romania 7:0 (1:0, 3:0, 3:0)

4. February 1968 - Grenoble
Goalscorers: Gustav Hanig 2, Alois Schloder, Ernst Kopf, Otto Schneitberger, Horst Meindl, Heinz Weisenbach.

Finland, East Germany and West Germany qualify for Group A medal round. Romania, Yugoslavia and Norway participate in Group B for 9th-14th place.

World Championship Group A (France)[edit]

Final Round[edit]

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

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 7 6 1 0 48 10 12
2  Czechoslovakia 7 5 1 1 33 17 11
3  Canada 7 5 2 0 28 15 10
4  Sweden 7 4 2 1 23 18 9
5  Finland 7 3 3 1 17 23 7
6  United States 7 2 4 1 23 28 5
7  West Germany 7 1 6 0 13 39 2
8  East Germany 7 0 7 0 13 48 0


Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia – United States USA 5:1 (1:1, 2:0, 2:0)

6. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Suchý, Havel, Jiřík, Hejma, Jiří Holík – Volmar.
Referees: Dahlberg, Wiking (SWE)

Soviet Union USSR – Finland Finland 8:0 (3:0, 2:0, 3:0)

6. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Starshinov 2, Mishakov 2, Zimin 2, Firsov, Polupanov.
Referees: Bucala, Kořínek (TCH)

Canada Canada – Germany West Germany 6:1 (0:0, 4:1, 2:0)

6. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Bourbonnais 2, Cadieux, Dinnen, Mott, Huck – Kopf.
Referees: Seglin, Snietkov (URS)

Sweden Sweden – United States USA 4:3 (0:0, 4:2, 0:1)

7. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Nilsson, Wickberg, Hedlund, Bengsston – Falkman, Lilyholm, Nanne.
Referees: McEvoy, Kubinec (CAN)

Soviet Union USSR – East Germany East Germany 9:0 (4:0, 2:0, 3:0)

7. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Firsov 3, Vikulov 2, Mishakov, Starshinov, Alexandrov, Zaytsev.
Referees: Wycisk (POL), Johannessen (NOR)

Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia – Germany West Germany 5:1 (1:0, 2:0, 2:1)

8. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Hrbatý, Golonka, Havel, Hejma, Ševčík – Lax.
Referees: Kubinec, McEvoy (CAN)

Canada Canada – Finland Finland 2:5 (1:2, 0:1, 1:2)

8. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: O’Shea, McMillan – Keinonen, Oksanen, J. Peltonen, Koskela, Wahlsten.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Seglin (URS)

Sweden Sweden – Germany West Germany 5:4 (4:3, 0:0, 1:1)

9. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Svedberg, Lundström, Nordlander, Olsson, Öberg – Kuhn, Hanig, Reif, Kopf.
Referees: Kořínek, Bucala (TCH)

Soviet Union USSR – United States USA 10:2 (6:0, 4:2, 0:0)

9. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Firsov 3, Blinov 2, Polupanov 2, Kuzkin, Starshinov, Moyseyev – Ross, Morrison.
Referees: Dahlberg (SWE), Kubinec (CAN)

Canada Canada – East Germany East Germany 11:0 (4:0, 4:0, 3:0)

9. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Mott 4, Huck 2, Hargreaves, O’Shea, Bourbonnais, Monteith, H. Pinder.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Sillankorva (FIN)

Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia – Finland Finland 4:3 (0:1, 3:0, 1:2)

10. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Nedomanský 2, Golonka, Havel – Keinonen, Ketola, Oksanen.
Referees: Wiking (SWE), Snětkov (URS)

Sweden Sweden – East Germany East Germany 5:2 (1:0, 2:1, 2:1)

10. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Hedlund 2, Wickberg, Lundström, Henriksson – Plotka, Fuchs.
Referees: Seglin (URS), Wycisk (POL)

Canada Canada – United States USA 3:2 (1:2, 0:0, 2:0)

11. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Cadieux 2, Johnston – Pleau, Riutta.
Referees: Snietkov, Seglin (URS)

Soviet Union USSR – Germany West Germany 9:1 (4:1, 4:0, 1:0)

11. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Polupanov 2, Alexandrov 2, Ionov, Starshinov, Mayorov, Moyseyev, Firsov – Funk.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Valentin (AUT)

Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia – East Germany East Germany 10:3 (5:2, 1:0, 4:1)

12. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Horešovský 4, Nedomanský 2, Jiřík, Suchý, Kochta, Ševčík – Karrenbauer, Novy, Peters.
Referees: Dahlberg (SWE), Sillankorva (FIN)

Sweden Sweden – Finland Finland 5:1 (1:0, 2:1, 2:0)

12. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Wickberg 2, Granholm, Nillsson, Bengsston – Oksanen.
Referees: Kubinec (CAN), Kořínek (TCH)

United States USA – Germany West Germany 8:1 (2:1, 4:0, 2:0)

12. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Volmar 2, Ross, Morrison, Nanne, Pleau, Cunnoff, P. Hurley – Funk.
Referees: McEvoy (CAN), Seglin (URS)

Soviet Union USSR – Sweden Sweden 3:2 (1:1, 0:0, 2:1)

13. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Firsov 2, Blinov – Öberg, Svedberg.
Referees: Kubinec (CAN), Kořínek (TCH)

Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia – Canada Canada 2:3 (0:0, 0:3, 2:0)

13. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Havel, Nedomanský – Huck, Bourbonnais, Cadieux.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Sillankorva (FIN)

East Germany East Germany – Finland Finland 2:3 (1:2, 0:1, 1:0)

14. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: R. Noack, Peters – Harju 2, Keinonen.
Referees: Bucala (TCH), Dahlberg (SWE)

East Germany East Germany – United States USA 4:6 (1:3, 1:1, 2:2)

15. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Fuchs 2, Karrenbauer 2 – Stordahl 2, P. Hurley 2, Volmar, Lilyholm.
Referees: Kubinec (CAN), Seglin (URS)

Sweden Sweden – Canada Canada 0:3 (0:2, 0:0, 0:1)

15. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Johnston, G. Pinder, O‘Shea.
Referees: Sillankorva (FIN), Kořínek (TCH)

Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia – Soviet Union USSR 5:4 (3:1, 1:1, 1:2)

15. February 1968 - Grenoble
Goal scorers: Ševčík, Hejma, Havel, Golonka, Jiřík – Mayorov 2, Blinov, Polupanov.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Dahlberg (SWE)

Finland Finland– Germany West Germany 4:1 (2:1, 1:0, 1:0)

16. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Leimu 2, Ketola, J. Peltonen – Schloder.
Referees: Kořínek, Bucala (TCH)

East Germany East Germany – Germany West Germany 2:4 (0:1, 1:2, 1:1)

17. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Hiller, Fuchs – Funk, Waitl, Hanig, Lax.
Referees: McEvoy (CAN), Kořínek (TCH)

United States USA – Finland Finland 1:1 (1:1, 0:0, 0:0)

17. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Volmar – Wahlsten.
Referees: Kubinec (CAN), Seglin (URS)

Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia – Sweden Sweden 2:2 (1:1, 1:0, 0:1)

17. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Golonka, Hrbatý – Bengtsson, Henriksson.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Sillankorva (FIN)

Soviet Union USSR – Canada Canada 5:0 (1:0, 1:0, 3:0)

17. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Firsov 2, Mishakov, Starshinov, Zimin.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Dahlberg (SWE)

World Championship Group B (France)[edit]

Consolation Round[edit]

Teams in this group play for 9th-14th places.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
9  Yugoslavia 5 5 0 0 33 9 10
10  Japan 5 4 1 0 27 12 8
11  Norway 5 3 2 0 15 15 6
12  Romania 5 2 3 0 22 23 4
13  Austria 5 1 4 0 12 27 2
14  France 5 0 5 0 9 32 0


Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia – Japan Japan 5:1 (2:0, 0:0, 3:1)

7. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Tisler 2, Beravs, Felc, Mlakar – Iwamoto.

Romania Romania – Austria Austria 3:2 (2:1, 1:1, 0:0)

7. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Fagarasi, Calamar, Mois – Schupp, Samonig.

Norway Norway – France France 4:1 (1:1, 2:0, 1:0)

8. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Hagensen, Smefjell, Dalsören, Mikkelsen – Liberman.

France France – Romania Romania 3:7 (0:2, 0:2, 3:3)

9. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Itzicsohn, Mazza, Lacarriere – Iuliu Szabo 2, Florescu 2, Pana, Geza Szabo, Stefan.

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia – Austria Austria 6:0 (2:0, 2:0, 2:0)

9. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Ivo Jan 3, Roman Smolej, Tisler, Klinar.

Japan Japan – Norway Norway 4:0 (2:0, 2:0, 0:0)

10. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Okajima 2, Ebina, Araki.

France France – Austria Austria 2:5 (0:1, 2:3, 0:1)

11. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Faucomprez, Caux – Puschnig 2, Kirchbaumer, St. John, Schupp.

Japan Japan – Romania Romania 5:4 (3:0, 1:3, 1:1)

12. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Hikigi 2, Araki, Itoh, Kudo – Florescu, Pana, Mois, Ionescu.

Norway Norway – Austria Austria 5:4 (3:1, 2:1, 0:2)

12. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Dalsören 2, Bjölbak, Olsen, Hansen – Schupp 2, Weingärtner, St. John.

France France – Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1:10 (0:6, 0:1, 1:3)

13. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Itzicsohn – Tisler 3, Ivo Jan 2, Felc 2, Beravs, Roman Smolej, Hiti.

Norway Norway – Romania Romania 4:3 (2:2, 1:1, 1:0)

14. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Bergeid, Olsen, Syversen, Mikkelsen – Pana, Iuliu Szabo, Czaka.

Japan Japan – Austria Austria 11:1 (1:0, 6:0, 4:1)

15. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Itoh 2, Okajima 2, Hikigi 2, Araki, Kudo, Takashima, Toriyabe, Iwamoto – Puschnig.

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia – Romania Romania 9:5 (5:3, 1:1, 3:1)

16. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Roman Smolej 2, Tisler 2, Felc 2, Ivo Jan, Hiti, Jug – Iuliu Szabo 2, Tekei, Florescu, Geza Szabo.

France France – Japan Japan 2:6 (0:0, 0:4, 2:2)

17. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Mazza, Faucomprez – Ebina 2, Hikigi, Itoh, Okajima, Araki.

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia – Norway Norway 3:2 (1:1, 0:0, 2:1)

17. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Hiti, Franz Smolej, Ivo Jan - Dalsören, Bjölbak.

Leading scorers[edit]

Rk Team Player GP G A Pts
1 Soviet Union Anatoli Firsov 7 12 4 16
2 Soviet Union Viktor Polupanov 7 6 6 12
2 Soviet Union Viacheslav Starshinov 7 6 6 12
4 Soviet Union Vladimir Vikulov 7 2 10 12
5 Czechoslovakia Jozef Golonka 7 4 6 10
6 Canada Fran Huck 7 4 5 9
7 Czechoslovakia Jan Hrbatý 7 2 7 9
8 Canada Marshall Johnston 7 2 6 8
8 United States Jack Morrison 7 2 6 8
10 Czechoslovakia Václav Nedomanský 7 5 2 7

Leading scorers–Consolation Round[edit]

Rk Team Player GP G A Pts
1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Albin Felc 5 5 6 11
2 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Viktor Tišler 5 8 2 10
2 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivo Jan 5 6 2 8
4 Japan Takao Hikigi 5 5 3 8
5 Romania Gyula Szabó 5 4 4 8

Final ranking[edit]

  1.  Soviet Union
  2.  Czechoslovakia
  3.  Canada
  4.  Sweden
  5.  Finland
  6.  United States
  7.  West Germany
  8.  East Germany
  9.  Yugoslavia
  10.  Japan
  11.  Norway
  12.  Romania
  13.  Austria
  14.  France

European Championship final ranking[edit]

  1.  Soviet Union
  2.  Czechoslovakia
  3.  Sweden
  4.  Finland
  5.  West Germany
  6.  East Germany
  7.  Yugoslavia
  8.  Norway
  9.  Romania
  10.  Austria
  11.  France

IIHF Awards[edit]

Best Goaltender Canada Ken Broderick
Best Defenceman Czechoslovakia Josef Horešovský
Best Forward Soviet Union Anatoli Firsov

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Ice Hockey at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b Duplacey p. 505
  3. ^ 1967 summary that notes qualifiers
  4. ^ Podneiks p. 110
  5. ^ a b c d Olympic summary
  6. ^ Wallechinsky p. 614

References[edit]