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1957 World Championship

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Game at the Central Lenin Stadium

The 1957 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships were held between February 24 and March 5, 1957 at the Palace of Sports of the Central Lenin Stadium in Moscow, USSR.

This was the last World Championships played on natural ice; and were the first World Championships held in the USSR and they are remembered for the political circumstances surrounding the games. Hungary had been recently occupied by the Soviet Army (to suppress the Hungarian Revolution in October and November 1956), and as a result, the United States and Canada boycotted the World Championships in protest. Joining them were Norway, West Germany, Italy and Switzerland. East Germany was participating for the first time.


With the boycott, the home team USSR was heavily favoured to win the tournament, but Sweden surprised the world by pulling off an upset. The first step was taken in their third game, when they beat Czechoslovakia 2-0. This important victory was saved by the head of Leksands IF defenseman Vilgot Larsson. He literally headed the puck away from the Swedish net to save a goal, and in the days before mandatory helmets, received several stitches for his heroics. In the final game, Sweden opened with two goals, but the dynamic Soviets responded with 4 goals of their own. Down by two in the third period, goals by Eilert Määttä and Erling Lindström tied the game, and the goaltending of Thord Flodqvist and play of Sven Tumba Johansson guaranteed the final draw. The USSR had previously only tied Czechoslovakia, so all Sweden needed was one point, or a tie, for gold.

Karel Straka, of Czechoslovakia, was named best goalkeeper. Nikolaï Sologubov, of the USSR was best defenseman, and Sven Tumba Johansson of Sweden was best forward. Konstantin Loktev, of the USSR, led all scorers with 18 points (on 11 goals and 7 assists), followed by Nils Nilsson and Ronald Pettersson of Sweden, both with 16 points. Vsevolod Bobrov, of the USSR, led all scorers with 13 goals. Japan, competed for the first time since 1930, and finished last with one point in the standings.

Standings Edit

GoldFlag of Sweden Sweden7601621113
SilverFlag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union750277912
BronzeFlag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia751166911
4thFlag of Finland Finland743028338
5thFlag of East Germany East Germany734023486
6thFlag of Poland Poland725025454
7thFlag of Austria Austria70618611
8thFlag of Japan Japan706111841

Games Edit

24 February
Finland 5–3 Poland
24 February
Soviet Union 16–0 Japan
24 February
Sweden 11–1 East Germany
24 February
Czechoslovakia 9–0 Austria
25 February
Soviet Union 11–1 Finland
25 February
Czechoslovakia 15–1 East Germany
25 February
Sweden 8–3 Poland
26 February
Austria 3–3 Japan
27 February
Sweden 2–0 Czechoslovakia
27 February
Poland 8–3 Japan
27 February
Soviet Union 22–1 Austria
27 February
Finland 5–3 East Germany
28 February
Czechoslovakia 3–0 Finland
28 February
Soviet Union 10–1 Poland
1 March
Sweden 10–0 Austria
1 March
East Germany 9–2 Japan
2 March
Finland 9-2 Austria
2 March
Soviet Union 2–2 Czechoslovakia
2 March
East Germany 6-2 Poland
2 March
Sweden 18–0 Japan
3 March
Poland 5-1 Austria
4 March
Czechoslovakia 25-1 Japan
4 March
Sweden 9-3 Finland
4 March
East Germany 0-12 Soviet Union
5 March
East Germany 3–1 Austria
5 March
Finland 5-2 Japan
5 March
Czechoslovakia 12-3 Poland
5 March
Soviet Union 4-4 Sweden

Attendance recordEdit

The final game (USSR versus Sweden for the championship) was played on the football field of the Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Stadium. It is reputed that over 50,000 fans (or 55,000, depending on sources) fans saw the game, the most ever for an international hockey game. This stood as the world record until October 6, 2001, when 74,544 fans saw Michigan State University and the University of Michigan play an American NCAA Hockey game outdoors at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.

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