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* Teams are listed by final ranking. W-L-T-PTS are calculated from all games
   played including preliminary, medal and consolation rounds. Often teams
   with superior W-L-T marks finish with inferior rankings due to early
   tournament losses that seed them in a lower bracket.
 
 
 

          WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS - 1970 to 2000
 
 
 

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1970        Stockholm, Sweden

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   10      9       1       0       68      11      18
2  Sweden         10      7       2       1       45      21      15
3  Czechoslovakia 10      5       4       1       47      30      11
4  Finland        10      5       5       0       31      40      10
5  East Germany   10      2       7       1       20      50      5
6  Poland         10      0       9       1       11      70      1

* -Canada was to host their first World Championship, with games set
   for Montreal and Winnipeg. Canadian officials however were convinced
   that their top amateurs could not compete with the other National teams.
   The IIHF agreed to have Canada select 9 professionals to play.
   However, meetings later in Geneva produced so many reciprocal claims
   that Canada was forbidden to allow professionals at all.
   With so many players playing from the NHL, AHL, IHL, Western Hockey League,
   Central Hockey League and Eastern Hockey League, Canada was losing close to
   their top 600 players.
   Meanwhile, all other countries routinely sent their best players, while
   still calling them amateurs.
   The result, Canada withdrew from WC competition until 1977. The tournament
   was quickly moved to Stockholm.

  Soviet Union vs Czechoslovakia

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1971        Berne, Switzerland

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   10      8       1       1       77      24      17
2  Czechoslovakia 10      7       2       1       44      20      15
3  Sweden         10      5       4       1       29      33      11
4  Finland        10      4       5       1       31      42      9
5  Germany        10      2       8       0       22      62      4
6  USA            10      2       8       0       31      53      4

* -World and European chamionships were counted seperately. Games involving
   North American teams did not count for European title. USSR won WC, but
   Czechoslovakia won European title after games involving USA were removed.

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1972        Prague, Czechoslovakia

                  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  Germany        10      2       8       0       21      76      4
6  Switzerland    10      1       9       0       19      96      2

* -First time World and European chamionship was played seperately
   from Olympics. This was a first step in bringing Canada back to the
   WC's, since separation from the Olympics made it possible to allow
   participation by professionals.

  -It was this tournament in Prague that the final arrangements were made
   for the Summit Series between USSR and Canada. Canadians long believed
   NHL players would easily beat the Soviets.
   The NHL pros scored 2 fast goals in the first game of the 8 game series,
   but lost 7-3 and were shocked.
   Canada regrouped, and had to win the last 3 games in Moscow to win the series
   4-3-1.

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1973        Moscow, USSR

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   10      10      0       0       100     18      20
2  Sweden         10      7       2       1       53      23      15
3  Czechoslovakia 10      6       3       1       48      20      13
4  Finland        10      3       6       1       24      39      7
5  Poland         10      1       8       1       14      76      3
6  Germany        10      1       9       0       19      82      2

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1974        Helsinki, Finland

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   10      9       1       0       64      18      18
2  Czechoslovakia 10      7       3       0       57      20      14
3  Sweden         10      5       4       1       38      24      11
4  Finland        10      4       4       2       34      39      10
5  Poland         10      1       7       2       22      64      4
6  East Germany   10      1       8       1       21      71      3

* -Drug testing was introduced by the IIHF in 1969, but made it's first
   headlines in the 1974 WC's.
   Ulf Nilsson from Sweden was tested positive for ephedrine, which was
   on the IOC's banned substance list. Sweden's 4-1 win over Poland was
   changed to a 5-0 loss, thus keeping Poland in Pool A for 1975.
   Finland goalie Stig Wetzell also tested postive for ephedrine, and again,
   a 5-2 win over Czechoslovakia was changed to a 5-0 loss.

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1975       Germany

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   10      10      0       0       90      23      20
2  Czechoslovakia 10      8       2       0       55      19      16
3  Sweden         10      5       5       0       51      34      10
4  Finland        10      5       5       0       36      34      10
5  Poland         10      2       8       0       18      78      4
6  USA            10      0       10      0       22      84      0

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1976        Katowice, Poland

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Czechoslovakia 10      9       0       1       67      14      19
2  Soviet Union   10      6       3       1       50      23      13
3  Sweden        10      6       4       0       36      29      12
4  USA            10      3       6       1       24      42      7
5  Finland        10      2       4       4       35      41      8
6  Germany        10      3       5       2       26      41      8
7  Poland         10      3       5       2       32      47      8
8  East Germany   10      2       7       1       19      52      5

* -Dr.Gunther Sabetski was apointed president of the IIHF, and declared
   that professional players would be allowed to play in the WC's in 1976.
   This was to allow Canada back in, which they did the following year.

  -With 8 teams in Pool A, a new format was introduced splitting the
   nations in 2 groups of 4. The top 2 nations of each division would
   then continue to the medal round.
   The USA used the new rules by getting 7 players from the NHL and WHA,
   and after going winless the previous year, finished in the top 4 for
   the first time since 1962.

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1977        Vienna, Austria

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Czechoslovakia 10      7       2       1       54      32      15
2  Sweden         10      7       3       0       43      19      14
3  Soviet Union   10      7       3       0       77      24      14
4  Canada         10      6       3       1       47      35      13
5  Finland        10      5       5       0       45      43      10
6  USA            10      3       6       1       29      43      7
7  Germany        10      2       7       1       23      58      5
8  Romania        10      1       9       0       20      84      2

* -Canada returns to WC's. The players were selected from 6 NHL clubs
   that failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

  -The tournament starts 2 weeks later than other WC's, played in mid-April.

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1978        Prague, Czechoslovakia

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   10      9       1       0       61      26      18
2  Czechoslovakia 10      9       1       0       54      21      18
3  Canada         10      5       5       0       38      36      10
4  Sweden         10      4       6       0       39      37      8
5  Germany        10      3       4       3       35      43      9
6  USA            10      2       6       2       38      58      6
7  Finland        10      2       6       2       37      44      6
8  East Germany   10      1       6       3       20      57      5

* -The start date was pushed back more, from late April to early May.
   This allowed for more professionals to attend from the NHL. For the
   first time, teamates from NHL clubs were now opponents when they
   joined their respective nation. ie: Minnesota North Stars had 2
   Canadians, 3 played for Sweden, 4 played for USA.
   Previously, this had only happened in soccer's (football) World Cup.

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1979        Moscow, Soviet Union

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   8       8       0      0       61      14      16
2  Czechoslovakia 8       4       2       2       32      32      10
3  Sweden         8       3       4       1       33      46      7
4  Canada         8       3       5       0       31      43      6
5  Finland        8       4       3       1       27      27      9
6  Germany        8       3       4       1       32      31      7
7  USA            8       2       3       3       27      28      7
8  Poland         8       0       6       2       20      42      2

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1981        Sweden

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   8       6       0       2       55      14      14
2  Sweden         8       5       2       1       24      30      11
3  Czechoslovakia 8       4       2       2       37      26      10
4  Canada         8       2       5       1       28      34      5
5  USA            8       4       3       1       39      43      9
6  Finland        8       3       3       2       37      32      8
7  Germany        8       3       4       1       44      40      7
8  Holland        8       0       8       0       24      69      0

* -Holland jumped from Pool C to Pool A in just 2 seasons.

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1982        Helsinki, Finland

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   10      9       0       1       58      20      19
2  Czechoslovakia 10      5       3       2       38      20      12
3  Canada         10      5       3       2       46      30      12
4  Sweden         10      3       4       3       26      35      9
5  Finland        7       3       3       1       21      31      7
6  Germany        7       2       4       1       19      30      5
7  Italy          7       1       5       1       20      44      3
8  USA            7       0       6       1       21      39      1

* -Canada cried foul and rightfully so. The WC turned into a farce as

   Canada needed the Soviet Union to defeat Czechoslovakia to claim
   a Silver medal. The Soviets and Czechoslovakia played to a 0-0 tie with
   both teams getting under 10 shots on net each. Canada settled for the
   Bronze medal.

* -Canada stocked it's team with junior players, and waited for NHL teams
   to be eliminated from Stanley Cup playoffs to get players.
   It gave Canada it's strongest team since rejoining in 1977, although
   they only had one practice before play began.








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1983        Germany

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   10      9       0       1       54      10      19
2  Czechoslovakia 10      6       2       2       40      21      14
3  Canada         10      6       4       0       35      30      12
4  Sweden         10      4       5       1       28      32      9
5  Germany        10      5       4       1       31      34      11
6  East Germany   10      3       7       0       29      40      6
7  Finland        10      2       6       2       30      40      6
8  Italy          10      1       8       1       16      56      3

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1985        Czechoslovakia

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Czechoslovakia 10      7       2       1       48      22      15
2  Canada         10      6       3       1       42      31      13
3  Soviet Union   10      8       2       0       64      16      16
4  USA            10      4       5       1       31      58      9
5  Finland        10      4       4       2       39      33      10
6  Sweden         10      4       6       0       37      40      8
7  Germany        10      3       6       1       28      41      7
8  East Germany   10      0       8       2       16      64      2

* -Sweden's 6th place finish worst since 1931.

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1986        Moscow, Soviet Union

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   10      10      0       0       50      15      20
2  Sweden         10      6       2       2       46      30      14
3  Canada         10      4       6       0       37      38      8
4  Finland        10      4       3       3       35      34      11
5  Czechoslovakia 10      5       4       1       38      21      11
6  USA            10      4       6       0       41      43      8
7  Germany        10      2       7       1       23      52      5
8  Poland         10      1       8       1       26      63      3

* -Czechoslovakia failed to make the medal round, first time since 1967 they
   finished out of the medals.

  -Brett Hull makes international debut for USA. This would cause an uproar
   in later years as he turned into one of the best snipers in NHL history,
   and would play against his native Canada in World Cup's and Olympic games.
   Hull was born in Belleville,Ontario but has dual citizenship.

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1987        Vienna, Austria

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Sweden         10      5       3       2       44      22      12
2  Soviet Union   10      8       0       2       52      15      18
3  Czechoslovakia 10      6       2       2       32      22      14
4  Canada         10      3       5       2       27      30      8
5  Finland        10      5       4       1       32      34      11
6  Germany        10      4       5       1       31      37      9
7  USA            10      4       6       0       36      49      8
8  Switzerland    10      0       10      0       26      71      0

* -With more nations entering the IIHF, Pool D makes it's debut.

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1989        Stockholm, Sweden

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   10      10      0       0       47      16      20
2  Canada         10      7       3       0       57      29      14
3  Czechoslovakia 10      4       4       2       38      21      10
4  Sweden         10      4       4       2       34      32      10
5  Finland        10      5       4       1       35      27      11
6  USA            10      4       5       1       37      40      9
7  Germany        10      1       7       2       22      41      4
8  Poland         10      1       9       0       12      76      2

* -1989 marked the last appearance of the "Green Unit", the USSR's
   famous line of Viacheslav Fetisov, Alexei Kasatonov, Sergei Makarov,
   Igor Larionov and Vladimir Krutov. All went on to play in the NHL
   the following year.

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1990        Berne, Switzerland

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Soviet Union   10      8       1       1       53      13      17
2  Sweden         10      7       2       1       40      23      15
3  Czechoslovakia 10      5       4       1       36      30      11
4  Canada         10      6       3       1       43      32      13
5  USA            10      6       4       0       35      43      12
6  Finland        10      2       6       2       29      32      6
7  Germany        10      1       8       1       19      42      3
8  Norway         10      1       8       1       21      61      3

* -Czechoslovak Dominik Hasek named to the tournament's all-star team for
   the 3rd consecutive season. He joined the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks the
   next season. It would take a few more season's before he established
   himself as one of the best goaltenders of all-time with the Buffalo
   Sabres. Hasek also carried his team to Gold in the 1998 Olympics.

  -Norway returns to Pool A for the first time since 1965.

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1991        Turku, Finland

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Sweden         10      5       0       5       43      29      15
2  Canada         10      5       2       3       29      30      13
3  Soviet Union   10      7       1       2       51      25      16
4  USA            10      3       5       2       35      51      8
5  Finland        10      6       3       1       35      21      13
6  Czechoslovakia 10      4       6       0       28      27      8
7  Switzerland    10      2       7       1       22      38      5
8  Germany        10      0       8       2       19      51      2

* -Last year where 8 teams played. Tournament to grow to 12 teams for
   1992.

  -The hockey world changed drastically during this time. With the breakup
   of the Soviet Union, the longtime hockey power would play as Russia,
   with many other countries playing independently, ie; Belarus, Kazakhstan
   to name a few. These new countries had no choice but to start play in
   the lower Pool C and D of international hockey, and work their way up. This
   caused very mismatched tourneys, since most of these nations were already
   Pool A and B teams.
   East and West Germany also merged during this time, giving them a stronger
   team also.
   More nations now faced the same problem Canada had always faced. They
   had to wait until NHL clubs were eliminated from Stanley Cup play to
   join their respective nations. This was an especially new problem for
   Russia, and somewhat for the Czechs. Sweden and Finland had NHL players
   for years, but now Russia was losing players at an early age.
   There would be no more "Big Red Machine", as they could not keep an all-star
   team year-round.
 

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1992        Prague, Czechoslovakia

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Sweden         8       4       2       2       25      15      10
2  Finland        8       7       1       0       41      18      14
3  Czechoslovakia 8       6       2       0       33      13      12
4  Switzerland    8       3       3       2       18     21      8
5  Russia         6       4       1       1       23      12      9
6  Germany        6       4       2       0       31      17      8
7  Canada         6       2       3       1       18      22      5
8  USA            6       2       3       1       15      23      5
9  Italy          5       1       3       1       10      18      3
10 Norway         5       1       4       0       8       16      2
11 France         6       1       5       0       11      23      2
12 Poland         6       0       6       0       9       44      0

* -A 1 game elimination playoff system was introduced. Both Canada and
   Russia were eliminated.

  -Greece, Luxembourg, Israel and Turkey made their international debut
   in Pool C.

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1993        Germany

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Russia         8       5       2       1       30      18      11
2  Sweden         8       5       3       0       27      22      10
3  Czech Rep.     8       6       1       1       33      10      13
4  Canada         8       6       2       0       41      17      12
5  Germany        6       4       2       0       21      17      8
6  USA            6       2       2       2       16      15      6
7  Finland        6       2       3       1       8       12      5
8  Italy          6       1       3       2       9       28      4
9  Norway         7       2       5       0       13      25      5
10 Switzerland    7       2       5       0       14      22      4
11 Austria        6       1       4       1       10      24      2
12 France         6       1       5       0       13      25      2

* -Old and new faces; Viktor Tikhonov was replaced as coach of Soviet/Russia
   after 15 years.. A 20 year old Eric Lindros led the tournament in goals
   and points for Canada, was named best forward and voted to the all-star team.

  -Czech Republic replaced Czechoslovakia.. Former Soviet republics make their
   debut; Slovenia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, along with Latvia. Latvia had previously played
   independently, last in 1939. All start play in Pool C.

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1994        Italy

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Canada         8       8       0       0       35      10      16
2  Finland        8       6       1       1       48      11      13
3  Sweden         8       5       2       1       36      21      11
4  USA            8       4       4       0       24      35      8
5  Russia         6       4       2       0       31      10      8
6  Italy          6       3       3       0       19      22      6
7  Czech Rep.     6       1       3       2       17      20      4
8  Austria        6       1       4       1       15      25      3
9  Germany        5       1       3       1       9       14      3
10 France         5       1       4       0       8      25      2
11 Norway         6       1       3       2       14      23      4
12 Great Britain  6       0       6      0       9       49      0

* -Canada's first WC win since the Trail Smoke Eaters won in 1961.
   Luc Robitaille scores shootout goal versus Finland for title.

  -Great Britain's first appearance in Pool A since 1951.

  -Slovakia, Belarus, Estonia and Croatia make their debut in Pool C.

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1995        Sweden

                  GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Finland        8       6       1       1       34      15      13
2  Sweden         8       6       1       1       28      12      13
3  Canada         8       4       3       1       27      23      9
4  Czech Rep.     8       4       5       0       17      16      8
5  Russia         6       5       1       0       26      12      10
6  USA            6       3       1       2       18      15      8
7  Italy          6       3       2       1       14      18      7
8  France         6       3       3       0       14      16      6
9  Germany        5       1       4       0       11      20      2
10 Norway         5       1       4       0       9       18      2
11 Austria        7       1       5       1       17      31      3
12 Switzerland    7       0       6       1       14      32      1

* -For the first time in 20 years, no NHL players played in the WC's.
   A lock-out forced the NHL season to start much later, and teams
   were still playing and were unable to release players.

  -Lithuania returns to the World Championships for the first time
   since 1938, competing in Pool C.

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1996        Austria

                 GP      W       L       T       GF      GA      PTS
1  Czech Rep.    8       7       0       1       37      12      15
2  Canada        8       4       3       1       25      22      9
3  USA           8       5       2       1       22      22      11
4  Russia        8       5       2       1       31      17      10
5  Finland       6       2       2       2       24      18      6
6  Sweden        6       2       2       2       16      15      6
7  Italy         6       2       3       1       19      26      5
8  Germany       6       2       4       0       13      18      4
9  Slovakia      5       1       3       1       14      16      3
10 Norway        5       1       2       2       6       11      4
11 France        7       2       5       0       24      33      4
12 Austria       7       1       6       0       9       31      2

* -A new winner for the 5th consecutive year.

  -First win for players representing Czech Republic. (Czechoslovakia
   last won in 1985) Slovakia also makes first appearance in Pool A.

  -With the growth of hockey worldwide, and with political change,
   36 nations now play in the 4 groups: Pools A, B, C and D.
 

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1997   Finland
 

GROUP A
                     G    W    L    T    GF    GA    PTS
*Czech Republic      5    4    1    0    18    9     8
*Finland             5    4    1    0    25    9     8
*Russia              5    3    1    1    19    16    7
Slovakia             5    1    3    1    10    14    3
France               5    1    4    0    13    26    2
Germany              5    1    4    0    4     15    2

GROUP B
*Sweden              5    4    0    1    20    8     9
*Canada              5    3    1    1    23    11    7
*USA                 5    3    2    0    14    15    6
Latvia               5    1    2    2    15    16    4
Italy                5    1    3    1    12    18    3
Norway               5    0    4    1    7     22    1
 

*Top 3 teams in each group go to playoff round, bottom 3 to relegation.
Games between the top and bottom 3 teams carry over.

                 PLAYOFF ROUND
Sweden               5    4    1    0    17    9     8
Canada               5    3    2    0    13    14    6
Russia               5    2    2    1    13    13    5
Czech Republic       5    2    3    0    13    11    4
Finland              5    2    3    0    12    12    4
USA                  5    1    3    1    7     14    3
*Top 2 teams play best-of-3 final.

May 5
Russia 4, Sweden 1
USA 4, Czech Rep. 3             (Not in standings) Medal games

May 6                              May 10  BRONZE
Canada 1, Finland 0                 --Czech Rep. 4, Russia 3
Russia 1, USA 1
                                     GOLD  (Best-of-3)
May 7                               May 11 --Sweden 3, Canada 2
Czech Rep. 5, Canada 3                  13 --Canada 3, Sweden 1
Sweden 5, Finland 2                     14 --Canada 2, Sweden 1
                                       (Canada wins 2-1)
May 8
Sweden 1, Czech Rep. 0

May 9
Canada 2, Russia 1
Finland 2, USA 0
 

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                  RELEGATION
Latvia               5    4    1    0    29    14    8
Slovakia             5    3    2    0    15    13    6
Italy                5    2    1    2    23    16    6
Germany              5    2    2    1    11    17    5
France               5    2    3    0    12    23    4
Norway               5    0    4    1    11    18    1

May 6
Slovakia 2, Norway 1
Latvia 8, Germany 0

May 7
France 4, Norway 3
Italy 5, Germany 5

May 8
Slovakia 4, Italy 3
Latvia 6, France 2

May 9
Germany 4, Norway 2

May 10
Latvia 5, Slovakia 4
Italy 8, France 1

* -Latvia returns to play with world's best hockey nations for the first
   time since 1939.

Attendance: 526,000* (attendance record)

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1998
Round Robin

Group A
                    G    W    L    T    GF    GA    PTS
*Czech Republic     3    3    0    0    20     5     6
*Belarus            3    2    1    0    12    10     4
Germany             3    1    2    0     8    13     2
Japan               3    0    3    0     7    19     0

Group B
*Canada             3    2    0    1    12     5     5
*Slovakia           3    2    0    1     9     4     5
Italy               3    1    2    0     8     8     2
Austria             3    0    3    0     3    15     0

Group C
*Sweden             3    3    0    0    16     4     6
*Switzerland        3    1    2    0     9    10     2
USA                 3    1    2    0     7    11     2
France              3    1    2    0     5    12     2

Group D
*Russia             3    3    0    0    19    11     6
*Finland            3    2    1    0    12     4     4
Latvia              3    1    2    0    12    15     2
Kazakhstan          3    0    3    0     6    19     0

*Top 2 teams in each group advance to Groups E & F.
 

Group E
                    G    W    L    T    GF    GA    PTS
*Sweden             3    3    0    0    10     2     6
*Finland            3    1    1    1     8     6     3
Canada              3    1    1    1    10    12     3
Belarus             3    0    3    0     5    13     0

Group F
*Czech Republic     3    2    0    1     6     3     5
*Switzerland        3    1    1    1     6     6     3
Russia              3    1    1    1    10     7     3
Slovakia            3    0    2    1     2     8     1
*Top 2 teams in each group advance in playoffs

2-game total point series;
-Sweden 4, Switzerland 1
-Sweden 7, Switzerland 2   (Sweden wins 4-0)

-Finland 4, Czech Rep 1
-Finland 2, Czech Rep 2    (Finland wins 3-1)

BRONZE MEDAL
-Czech Rep 4, Switzerland 0

GOLD MEDAL
-Sweden 1, Finland 0
-Sweden 0, Finland 0  (Sweden wins 3-1)

RELEGATION
Group G
Latvia              3    2    0    1     9     3     5
Italy               3    1    0    2     9     5     4
Germany             3    0    1    2     5    10     2
USA                 3    0    2    1     3     8     1
 

* -Tournament expanded to 16 teams.

  -Parity continues during the 1990's as Switzerland defeats Russia 4-2
   in the quarter-final pool. This would have been unheard of just
   a few years ago. Switzerland had finished 3rd in Pool B in 1997

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1999  Oslo, Hamar, Lillehammer, Norway
Round Robin

Group A
                    G    W    L    T    GF    GA    PTS
*Canada             3    3    0    0    12     6     6
*Slovakia           3    2    1    0    17     9     4
 Norway             3    1    2    0     9    14     2
 Italy              3    0    3    0     8    17     0

Group B
*Sweden             3    3    0    0    14     5     6
*Switzerland        3    2    1    0    12     9     4
 Latvia             3    1    2    0    14    14     2
 France             3    0    3    0     6    18     0

Group C
*Czech Republic     3    3    0    0    23     5     6
*USA                3    2    1    0    15     7     4
 Austria            3    1    2    0     6    14     2
 Japan              3    0    3    0     5    23     0

Group D
*Finland            3    2    0    1    10     5     5
*Russia             3    1    0    2     9     6     4
 Belarus            3    1    1    1     9     7     3
 Ukraine            3    0    3    0     3    13     0

*Top 2 teams in each pool advance to Groups E & F.
 

Group E
                    G    W    L    T    GF    GA    PTS
*Finland            3    3    0    0    13     6     6
*Canada             3    2    1    0    14     7     4
 USA                3    1    2    0     7     8     2
 Switzerland        3    0    3    0     3    16     0

Group F
*Czech Republic     3    2    1    0    11     8     4
*Sweden             3    2    1    0     6     4     4
 Russia             3    1    1    1     9     7     3
 Slovakia           3    0    2    1     5    12     1

2-Game total point series;
-Finland 3, Sweden 1
-Sweden 2, Finland 1
-Tiebreaker: Finland 1, Sweden 0  (Finland wins OT, 1-0, to advance)

-Canada 2, Czech Rep. 1
-Czech Rep. 6, Canada 4
-Tiebreaker: Czech Rep. 1, Canada 0
             (0-0 OT, Czech wins shootout 4-3 to advance)
 

BRONZE MEDAL
-Sweden 3, Canada 2

GOLD MEDAL (2 game series)
-Czech Rep. 3, Finland 1
-Finland 4, Czech Rep. 1
-Czech Rep. 1, Finland 0 (20 minute OT mini-game) (Czech Rep. wins series)
 
 

Group G
Belarus             3    3    0    0     7     3     6
Austria             3    2    1    0    10     5     4
Latvia              3    1    2    0    10     8     2
Norway              3    0    3    0     1    12     0
 

* -As the tournament nations are now more evenly matched, many playoff
   games featured a 20 minute overtime, which was in fact a 1 period mini-game.
   If still tied, then a shootout decided the winner.
 

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2000   St.Petersburg, Russia
Round Robin

Group A
                    G    W    L    T    GF    GA    PTS
*Sweden             3    3    0    0    17     3     6
*Latvia             3    2    1    0     9     7     4
*Belarus            3    1    2    0    10    16     2
 Ukraine            3    0    3    0     6    16     0

Group B
*Slovakia           3    2    0    1    10     4     5
*Finland            3    1    0    2    11     4     4
*Italy              3    1    2    0     5    12     2
 Austria            3    0    2    1     3     8     1

Group C
*Czech Republic     3    3    0    0    12     4     6
*Norway             3    2    1    0    13     7     4
*Canada             3    1    2    0    10     6     2
 Japan              3    0    3    0     3    21     0

Group D
*USA                3    2    0    1     9     5     5
*Switzerland        3    1    1    1     8     9     3
*Russia             3    1    2    0    10     7     2
 France             3    1    2    0     7    13     2

*Top 3 teams in each Group advance to 2nd round.
 

(Note: Team record carries forward to second round, minus result
 against team that failed to qualify)
 

Group E
April 6
Latvia 3, Russia 2
USA 1, Belarus 0
Sweden 1, Switzerland 1
April 7
Belarus 1, Russia 0
USA 1, Latvia 1
April 8
Switzerland 4, Latvia 1
USA 5, Sweden 3
April 9
Belarus 5, Switzerland 3
Russia 4, Sweden 2

Group E
                    G    W    L    T    GF    GA    PTS
*USA                5    3    0    2    13     7     8
*Switzerland        5    2    1    2    14    12     6
*Sweden             5    2    2    1    16    11     5
*Latvia             5    2    2    1    12    13     5
Belarus             5    2    3    0     9    17     4
Russia              5    1    4    0     8    12     2
 

Group F
April 6
Canada 5, Finland 1
Czech Rep. 9, Italy 2
Slovakia 9, Norway 1
April 7
Canada 6, Italy 0
Finland 6, Czech Rep. 4
April 8
Finland 7, Norway 4
Czech Rep. 6, Slovakia 2
April 9
Norway 1, Italy 1
Canada 4, Slovakia 3

Group F
                    G    W    L    T    GF    GA    PTS
*Czech Republic     5    4    1    0    25    11     8
*Finland            5    3    1    1    22    15     7
*Canada             5    3    2    0    19    10     6
*Slovakia           5    2    2    1    22    15     5
Norway              5    1    3    1    10    24     3
Italy               5    0    4    1     5    28     1

Playoffs
Quarter-finals:
Slovakia 4, USA 1
Finland 2, Sweden 1
Canada 5, Switzerland 3
Czech Rep. 3, Latvia 1

Semi-finals:
Slovakia 3, Finland 1
Czech Rep. 2, Canada 1

Bronze Medal:
Finland 2, Canada 1

Gold Medal:
Czech Rep. 5, Slovakia 3

Attendance: 318,449

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Group G
April 6
Ukraine 4, Japan 0
France 3, Austria 3
April 7
Ukraine 3, France 2
Austria 5, Japan 3
April 9
France 7, Japan 2
Austria 3, Ukraine 2

Group G
                    G    W    L    T    GF    GA    PTS
Austria             3    2    0    1    11     8     5
Ukraine             3    2    1    0     9     5     4
France              3    1    1    1    12     8     3
Japan               3    0    3    0     5    16     0
 
 
 

Some notes from a strange 2000 World Championship; (tournament closer every year)
-France defeats Switzeerland 4-2, and appears to be assured of remaining in the A Pool. Of course, Switzerland had
 to lose the next game against the Russians. Nobody doubted that would happen.
 Switzerland beat the Russians (3-2) and France had to play the relegation round.

-Austria ties Finland 3-3. It was their first point ever in history against this opponent, and it ranked as one of
 the ten biggest upsets in hockey history. If you can hold the Finns to a tie, you should also be able to win easily
 against Italy and move on to the Qualifying Round... Italy defated Austria 3-0, and moved to Relegation.

-Norway defeats Canada 4-3 for the first time ever.

-Russia. Where to start... Russia started the tournament with an 8-1 win versus France, and all seemed normal
 enough. This was suposed to be a "Russian Dream Team", with Pavel Bure, Alexei Yashin, Valery Kamenski and
 Alexei Zhitnik among other NHL stars, playing as host country.
 Russia then lost 4 straight; 3-0 USA, 3-2 Switzerland, 3-2 Latvia, 1-0 Belarus.
 Team USA frustrated the Russians, but they just lost the game. Then, against the
 Swiss, the Russians lost their motivation, against the Latvians their courage and
 against Belarus their honor.
On April 8, having a 1-4 record with one game remaining versus Sweden, Russian officials held a news
conference with the entire team to apologize for their poor showing.
Russian Head Coach Alexander Yakushev said: "On behalf of the team, I
apologize for the pain caused by our miserable performance. As for the reasons
why, it is hard to pinpoint. Hopefully, through your questions and our answers, we
will hear reasons and not excuses."

Russia will have posted it's worst record ever. This year marks the first time Russia will miss the quarter-finals
since it began competing at the World Championships in 1954.

Sources; http://www.ihwc.net/  (official tournament website)
 

                    Is this the craziest tournament of all time?

                    The history of the Ice Hockey World Championships
                    began 1920 in Antwerp. Since then, hockey fans have
                    experienced a million emotions and sensations while
                    watching the tournament. But no tournament has seen
                    as many surprising results as we've seen in only the
                    first week of this year's competition. I went through the
                    history of the World Championships and Olympics and
                    found out that the fans in St. Petersburg have
                    witnessed three of the ten most unexpected results of
                    all times.

                    1) USA - Soviet Union 4:3. The 1980 Olympics in Lake
                    Placid. Of course, the "Miracle on Ice" is number one
                    for me. No other hockey game has ever produced so
                    many emotions. For the first and only time in history, every American patriot
                    waved the Star Spangled Banner because of a hockey event. For a few days,
                    hockey was the number one sport in the United States. That's what NHL
                    commissioner Gary Bettman dreams about.

                    2) Poland - Soviet Union 6:4. The 1976 World Championships in Katowice. In the
                    opening game of the tournament, the Big Red Machine lost a game against a
                    lightweight for the first time. But this sensational win did not help the underdog.
                    Poland was relegated to the B Pool.

                    3) Great Britain - Canada 2:1. The 1936 Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
                    The first loss by Canada to a team from the Old World cost them the gold medal.

                    4) Italy - Canada 3:3. The 1982 World Championships in Helsinki. Some of the
                    biggest guns of all time like Wayne Gretzky, Darryl Sittler, Bobby Smith, Mike
                    Gartner, Dale Hawerchuk, Bob Gainey and Bobby Clarke were not good enough
                    to produce a win against the brave Italian netminder Jim Corsi.

                    5) Switzerland - Russia 4:2. The 1998 World Championships in Basel. The first
                    win for Team Switzerland against the Russians in a world championship
                    tournament put them into the semifinals, while the Russians had to travel home.

                    6) Norway - Canada 4:3. The 2000 World Championships in St. Petersburg. Was
                    Goaltender Fred Brathwaite's glove hand too fast? Three fluke goals allowed
                    Norway their first win ever over Canada in a world championship.

                    7) Poland - Czechoslovakia 2:1. The 1986 World Championships in Moscow.
                    Another stunning but useless win for Poland. They beat the defending world
                    champions but finished last and were relegated to the B Pool.

                    8) Austria-Finland 3:3. The 2000 World Championships in St. Petersburg. The
                    Finns gave up a point against the Austrians for the first time in hockey history.
                    But the Austrians lost their next game against Italy and now have to play in the
                    relegation round.

                    9) Switzerland - Russia 3:2. The 2000 World Championships in St. Petersburg.
                    The Swiss celebrated this sensational win which came only 48 hours after a 4-2
                    loss against France.

                    10) Austria-Sweden 2:1. The 1947 World Championships in Prague. Sweden's 2-1
                    victory over Czechoslovakia was marked by a cable of greetings from King
                    Gustav, but hardly had they finished celebrating when the unexpectedly bowed to
                    Austria and lost the gold medal.

                    I hope I have to rewrite this list after the tournament to add some more
                    sensational results. Who knows? Some might say that before Latvia beats
                    Russia, a descendant of the Zarewitsch family will become governor of St.
                    Petersburg. Nobody should say that. The 2000 World Championships is the
                    craziest tournament of all time and on May 14th, the final day of this tournament,
                    the governor has to be reelected...

                    Klaus Zaugg



Beginning in 2001, the IIHF World Championships will be played using a new system.
The A Pool will be called the World Championships.
The B, C and D Pools will be changed into Division I and Division II.

Sixteen teams will take part at the World Championships. Every year two teams
will get relegated to Division I. Division I and Division II will both contain 12 teams.
Each division will be played in two groups containing six teams. The winners of
the two groups will be promoted, a total of two teams, and the worst teams
relegated. Both groups will be played in different countries.

The whole World Championships system will contain 40 teams. If other countries
want to participate, they will have to play a qualification tournament to enter Division II.
 

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