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The 1953 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships were held between March 7 and March 15, 1953 in Basel and Zurich, Switzerland.

This was the first world championship tournament with only European teams.

World Championships Group A (Switzerland)Edit

Date Matches A World Championships 1953 Result Period.
07 March Czechoslovakia - West Germany 11 - 2 (annulired) 4-1,5-0,2-1
07 March Switzerland - Sweden 2 - 9 1-2,1-5,0-2
08 March Switzerland - Czechoslovakia 4 - 9 (annulired) 0-4,1-2,3-3
08 March Sweden - West Germany 8 - 6 4-1,3-3,1-2
10 March Sweden - Czechoslovakia 5 - 3 (annulired) 5-1,0-1,0-1
10 March West Germany - Switzerland 2 - 3 0-1,2-1,0-1
12 March Sweden - Switzerland 9 - 1 5-1,1-0,3-0
12 March West Germany - Czechoslovakia 4 - 9 (annulired) 2-4,1-2,1-3
13 March Czechoslovakia - Switzerland 0 - 0 (annulired) 0-0,0-0,0-0
13 March West Germany - Sweden 2 - 12 0-2,1-5,1-5
15 March Czechoslovakia - Sweden 0 - 0 (annulired) 0-0,0-0,0-0
15 March Switzerland - West Germany 3 - 7 2-4,0-1,1-2

TableEdit

Place Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Flag of Sweden Sweden 4 4 0 0 38 11 8
2 Flag of Germany West Germany 4 1 3 0 17 26 2
3 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 4 1 3 0 9 27 2
4 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

World Championships Group B (Switzerland)Edit

Date Matches B World Championships 1953 Result Period.
07 March Italy - Austria 9 - 5 3-1,4-3,2-1
08 March Austria - Netherlands 5 - 3 2-0,2-3,1-0
10 March Great Britain - Netherlands 8 - 4 4-2,1-2,3-0
11 March Austria - France 8 - 1 2-1,2-0,4-0
11 March Italy - Netherlands 7 - 0 4-0,1-0,2-0
12 March Great Britain - France 8 - 3 3-0,3-1,2-2
13 March Great Britain - Austria 3 - 0 1-0,1-0,1-0
14 March Italy - France 5 - 2 2-1,1-0,2-1
15 March Netherlands - France 8 - 3 4-1,2-1,2-1
15 March Italy - Great Britain 3 - 2 3-0,0-0,0-2

TableEdit

Place Team Matches Won Drawn Lost Difference Points
5 Flag of Italy Italy 4 4 0 0 24 - 09 8
6 Flag of Great Britain Great Britain 4 3 0 1 21 - 10 6
7 Flag of Austria Austria 4 2 0 2 18 - 16 4
8 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 4 1 0 3 13 - 26 2
9 Flag of France France 4 0 0 4 11 - 26 0

Team PhotosEdit


Background InfoEdit

Czechoslovakia withdrew from the tournament when it became obvious that their President, Klement Gottwald, was going to die from pneumonia he contracted at Stalin's funeral. General František Janda, the Chairman of the State Committee for the Physical Education and Sport ordered the team home, and Gottwald died the next day, March 14, 1953. The team was disqualified, their results annulled and their remaining games cancelled.

On January 12, 1953, Canadian Amateur Hockey Association president W.B. George stated Canada would not be sending a team to the 1953 World Championships. George told the press: "Every year we spend $10,000 to send a Canadian hockey team to Europe to play 40 exhibition games. All these games are played to packed houses that only enrich European hockey coffers. In return we are subjected to constant, unnecessary abuse over our Canadian style of play."

It was hoped that the USSR would participate but they did not, sending observers, including legendary coach Anatoli Tarasov to scout the tournament. It is believed that an injury to their star player Vsevolod Bobrov was the reason behind the decision.


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