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1972 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host nation  Czechoslovakia
Dates 7–22 April
Teams 6
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Champions  Czechoslovakia (3 titles)
Tournament statistics
Games played 30
Goals scored 288  (9.6 per game)
Attendance 285,564  (9,519 per game)
Scoring leader(s) Flag of Soviet Union Alexander Maltsev 22 points

The 1972 World Ice Hockey Championships was the 39th edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Prague, Czechoslovakia from 7 to 22 April 1972, and the Czechoslovakia national team won the tournament, the third time they had done so and first since 1949, ending the Soviet Union's streak of nine consecutive titles.[1] In addition it was the Czech's 12th European title.

For the first time, a separate tournament is held for both the World Championships and the Olympic Games. Previously, the Winter Olympics tournament was held in lieu of a world championships, with the winner being declared world champion for that year.[1] It also marked the first time in international ice hockey that all goaltenders were required to wear face masks.[1]

The American team, who had won the Silver medal earlier in the year at the Olympics, could not even win the 'B' pool, losing to Poland in their final match.

World Championship Group A (Czechoslovakia)[]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
1  Czechoslovakia 10 9 0 1 72 16 19
2  Soviet Union 10 7 1 2 78 17 16
3  Sweden 10 5 4 1 49 33 11
4  Finland 10 4 6 0 47 48 8
5  West Germany 10 2 8 0 21 76 4
6  Switzerland 10 1 9 0 19 96 2
7 April Czechoslovakia  19-1
 Switzerland
7 April Soviet Union  11-0
 West Germany
8 April Switzerland  1-12
 Sweden
8 April West Germany  5-8
 Finland
9 April Czechoslovakia  4-1
 Sweden
9 April Finland  2-10
 Soviet Union
10 April Czechoslovakia  8-1
 West Germany
10 April Soviet Union  10-2
 Switzerland
11 April West Germany  0-10
 Sweden
11 April Switzerland  3-2
 Finland
12 April Finland  1-2
 Sweden
12 April Czechoslovakia  3-3
 Soviet Union
13 April Switzerland  3-6
 West Germany
14 April Sweden  2-11
 Soviet Union
14 April Czechoslovakia  5-3
 Finland
15 April Czechoslovakia  12-2
 Switzerland
15 April West Germany  0-7
 Soviet Union
16 April Sweden  8-5
 Switzerland
16 April Finland  13-3
 West Germany
17 April Soviet Union  7-2
 Finland
17 April Czechoslovakia  2-0
 Sweden
18 April Czechoslovakia  8-1
 West Germany
18 April Switzerland  0-14
 Soviet Union
19 April Sweden  7-1
 West Germany
19 April Finland  9-1
 Switzerland
20 April Sweden  4-5
 Finland
20 April Czechoslovakia  3-2
 Soviet Union
21 April West Germany  4-1
 Switzerland
22 April Czechoslovakia  8-2
 Finland
22 April Soviet Union  3-3
 Sweden

World Championship Group B (Romania)[]

Played in Bucharest from 24 March to 2 April.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
7  Poland 6 6 0 0 41 12 12
8  United States 6 5 1 0 39 22 10
9  East Germany 6 4 2 0 31 18 8
10  Romania 6 3 3 0 25 26 6
11  Japan 6 1 4 1 20 49 3
12  Yugoslavia 6 1 5 0 25 28 2
13  Norway 6 0 5 1 15 41 1

Poland was promoted to Group A, both Norway and France were relegated to Group C. The French team boycotted the tournament in a protest over their federation's failure to finance the team's participation in the Sapporo Olympics[2][3]

24 March United States  5-3
 Yugoslavia
24 March Poland  9-1
 Norway
24 March East Germany  7-1
 Japan
25 March Romania  3-2
 Yugoslavia
26 March East Germany  5-2
 Norway
26 March United States  14-5
 Japan
27 March Romania  7-2
 Norway
27 March Poland  11-1
 Japan
27 March East Germany  4-3
 Yugoslavia
29 March United States  6-5
 East Germany
29 March Japan  4-4
 Norway
29 March Romania  0-7
 Poland
30 March Romania  3-8
 East Germany
30 March United States  5-1
 Norway
30 March Poland  5-3
 Yugoslavia
1 April Romania  10-3
 Japan
1 April Yugoslavia  11-5
 Norway
1 April Poland  6-5
 United States
2 April Japan  6-3
 Yugoslavia
2 April Romania  2-4
 United States
2 April Poland  3-2
 East Germany

World Championship Group C (Romania)[]

Played in Miercurea-Ciuc from 3 March to the 12th. The Chinese won their first game ever played in a World Championship.[4]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
14  Austria 6 5 0 1 21 12 11
15  Italy 6 4 1 1 31 13 9
16  China 6 2 2 2 19 20 6
17  Bulgaria 6 3 3 0 20 19 6
18  Hungary 6 2 2 2 31 24 6
19  Denmark 6 1 5 0 13 25 2
20  Netherlands 6 1 5 0 11 33 2

Both Austria and Italy were promoted to Group B.

3 March China  4-3
 Bulgaria
3 March Hungary  11-4
 Denmark
4 March Italy  3-1
 Netherlands
4 March Austria  4-2
 Denmark
5 March Italy  6-2
 Bulgaria
5 March Netherlands  4-3
 China
6 March Bulgaria  6-2
 Hungary
6 March China  6-1
 Denmark
6 March Austria  4-2
 Netherlands
8 March Italy  7-1
 China
8 March Austria  4-3
 Hungary
8 March Bulgaria  5-3
 Netherlands
9 March Italy  8-0
 Denmark
9 March Austria  4-2
 Bulgaria
9 March Hungary  6-1
 Netherlands
11 March China  2-2
 Austria
11 March Denmark  4-2
 Netherlands
11 March Hungary  6-6
 Italy
12 March Bulgaria  2-0
 Denmark
12 March Hungary  3-3
 China
12 March Austria  3-1
 Italy

Ranking and statistics[]

 


 1972 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Czechoslovakia
3rd title

Final standings[]

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

Gold medal icon.png  Czechoslovakia
Silver medal icon.png  Soviet Union
Bronze medal icon.png  Sweden
4  Finland
5  West Germany
6  Switzerland

European championships final standings[]

The final standings of the European championships according to IIHF:

Gold medal icon.png  Czechoslovakia
Silver medal icon.png  Soviet Union
Bronze medal icon.png  Sweden
4  Finland
5  West Germany
6  Switzerland

Team Photos[]

Notes[]

References[]

  • Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports, 498–528. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press, 142–3. 
  • Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew, eds. (2007), World of Hockey: Celebrating a Century of the IIHF, Bolton, Ontario: Fenn Publishing, Template:Citation/identifier 
  • Complete results at Passionhockey.com
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