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At the 1972 Winter Olympics held in Sapporo, Japan, one ice hockey event was held: men's ice hockey. Games were held at the Makomanai Ice Arena and at the Tsukisamu Indoor Skating Rink.


MedalistsEdit

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
Vladislav Tretiak
Alexander Pashkov
Vitaly Davydov
Viktor Kuzkin
Alexander Ragulin
Gennadiy Tsygankov
Vladimir Lutchenko
Valeri Vasiliev
Igor Romishevsky
Yevgeny Mishakov
Alexander Maltsev
Alexander Yakushev
Vladimir Vikulov
Anatoli Firsov
Valeri Kharlamov
Yury Blinov
Boris Mikhailov
Vladimir Petrov
Vladimir Shadrin
Yevgeny Zimin
Flag of the United States United States of America
Mike Curran
Pete Sears
Wally Olds
Tom Mellor
Frank Sanders
Jim McElmury
Charles Brown
Dick McGlynn
Ron Naslund
Robbie Ftorek
Stu Irving
Kevin Ahearn
Henry Boucha
Craig Sarner
Timothy Sheehy
Keith Christiansen
Mark Howe
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Vladimír Dzurilla
Jiří Holeček
Vladimír Bednář
Rudolf Tacjnár
Oldřich Machač
František Pospíšil
Josef Horešovský
Karel Vohralík
Václav Nedomanský
Jiří Holík
Jaroslav Holík
Jiří Kochta
Eduard Novák
Richard Farda
Josef Černý
Vladimír Martinec
Ivan Hlinka
Bohuslav Šťastný

Qualification matchesEdit

Winners (in bold) as well as the gold medalist at the previous Olympics (USSR) qualify for the Group A to play for 1st-6th places. Other teams played in Group B for 7th-11th places.

  • February 3
    • Japan 2-8 Czechoslovakia
    • Sweden 8-1 Yugoslavia
  • February 4
    • USA 5-3 Switzerland
    • Poland 4-0 West Germany
    • Finland 13-1 Norway


Group AEdit

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

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1 Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 540133139
2 Flag of the United States United States of America 532018156
3 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 532026136
4 Flag of Sweden Sweden 522117135
5 Flag of Finland Finland 523014244
6 Flag of Poland Poland 50509390


  • February 5
    • Sweden 5-1 USA
    • Czechoslovakia 14-1 Poland
    • USSR 9-3 Finland
  • February 7
    • USSR 3-3 Sweden
    • USA 5-1 Czechoslovakia
    • Finland 5-1 Poland
  • February 8
    • Czechoslovakia 7-1 Finland
  • February 9
    • Sweden 5-3 Poland
    • USSR 7-2 USA
  • February 10
    • USSR 9-3 Poland
    • Czechoslovakia 2-1 Sweden
    • USA 4-1 Finland
  • February 12
    • USA 6-1 Poland
  • February 13
    • Finland 4-3 Sweden
    • USSR 5-2 Czechoslovakia

Group BEdit

Teams, which lost their games in the qualification round, played in this group.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
7 Flag of Germany Federal Republic of Germany 431022106
8 Flag of Norway Norway 431016146
9 Flag of Japan Japan 421117165
10 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 40229162
11 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 40319171


  • February 6
    • Norway 5-2 Yugoslavia
    • West Germany 5-0 Switzerland
  • February 7
    • Japan 3-3 Switzerland
    • West Germany 6-2 Yugoslavia
  • February 9
    • Japan 3-2 Yugoslavia
    • West Germany 5-1 Norway
  • February 10
    • Japan 4-5 Norway
    • Switzerland 3-3 Yugoslavia
  • February 12
    • Japan 7-6 West Germany
    • Norway 5-3 Switzerland


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1972 Olympics leading scorer Valeri Kharlamov

Leading scorersEdit

Player GP G A Pts
Valeri Kharlamov (Flag of the Soviet Union) 59615
Václav Nedomanský (Flag of Czechoslovakia) 5639
Vladimir Vikulov (Flag of the Soviet Union) 5549
Craig Sarner (Flag of the United States) 5459
Aleksandr Maltsev (Flag of the Soviet Union) 5437
Kevin Ahearn (Flag of the United States) 5437
Anatoli Firsov (Flag of the Soviet Union) 5257
Yury Blinov(Flag of the Soviet Union) 5336
Jiří Kochta (Flag of Czechoslovakia) 5336
Richard Farda (Flag of Czechoslovakia) 5156

Final RankingEdit

  1. USSR
  2. United States
  3. Czechoslovakia
  4. Sweden
  5. Finland
  6. Poland
  7. West Germany
  8. Norway
  9. Japan
  10. Switzerland
  11. Yugoslavia

Team PhotosEdit

ReferencesEdit

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