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The 1972 World Ice Hockey Championships was the 39th edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Prague, Czechoslovakia from April 7 to April 22, 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] For the first time, a separate tournament is held for both the World Championships and the Winter Olympics. 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]

World Championship Group A (Czechoslovakia)Edit

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

World Championship Group B (Romania)Edit

Played in Bucharest from March 24th to April 2nd.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
7 Flag of Poland Poland 6 6 0 0 41 12 12
8 Flag of the United States United States of America 6 5 1 0 39 22 10
9 Flag of East Germany East Germany 6 4 2 0 31 18 8
10 Flag of Romania (1965-1989) Romania 6 3 3 0 25 26 6
11 Flag of Japan Japan 6 1 4 1 20 49 3
12 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 6 1 5 0 25 28 2
13 Flag of Norway 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 of America Flag of the United States 5-3
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
24 March Poland Flag of Poland 9-1
Flag of Norway Norway
24 March East Germany Flag of East Germany 7-1
Flag of Japan Japan
25 March Romania Flag of Romania 3-2
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
26 March East Germany Flag of East Germany 5-2
Flag of Norway Norway
26 March United States of America Flag of the United States 14-5
Flag of Japan Japan
27 March Romania Flag of Romania 7-2
Flag of Norway Norway
27 March Poland Flag of Poland 11-1
Flag of Japan Japan
27 March East Germany Flag of East Germany 4-3
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
29 March United States of America Flag of the United States 6-5
Flag of East Germany East Germany
29 March Japan Flag of Japan 4-4
Flag of Norway Norway
29 March Romania Flag of Romania 0-7
Flag of Poland Poland
30 March Romania Flag of Romania 3-8
Flag of East Germany East Germany
30 March United States of America Flag of the United States 5-1
Flag of Norway Norway
30 March Poland Flag of Poland 5-3
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
01 April Romania Flag of Romania 10-3
Flag of Japan Japan
01 April Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 11-5
Flag of Norway Norway
01 April Poland Flag of Poland 6-5
Flag of the United States United States of America
02 April Japan Flag of Japan 6-3
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
02 April Romania Flag of Romania 2-4
Flag of the United States United States of America
02 April Poland Flag of Poland 3-2
Flag of East Germany East Germany

World Championship Group C (Romania)Edit

Played in Miercurea-Ciuc from March 3rd 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 Flag of Austria Austria 6 5 0 1 21 12 11
15 Flag of Italy Italy 6 4 1 1 31 13 9
16 Flag of Hungary Hungary 6 2 2 2 31 24 6
17 Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990) Bulgaria 6 3 3 0 20 19 6
18 Flag of China China 6 2 2 2 19 20 6
19 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 6 1 5 0 13 25 2
20 Flag of Denmark Denmark 6 1 5 0 11 33 2

Both Austria and Italy were promoted to Group B.

03 March China Flag of China 4-3
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
03 March Hungary Flag of Hungary 11-4
Flag of Denmark Denmark
04 March Italy Flag of Italy 3-1
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
04 March Austria Flag of Austria 4-2
Flag of Denmark Denmark
05 March Italy Flag of Italy 6-2
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
05 March Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands 4-3
Flag of China China
06 March Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria 6-2
Flag of Hungary Hungary
06 March China Flag of China 6-1
Flag of Denmark Denmark
06 March Austria Flag of Austria 4-2
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
08 March Italy Flag of Italy 7-1
Flag of China China
08 March Austria Flag of Austria 4-3
Flag of Hungary Hungary
08 March Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria 5-3
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
09 March Italy Flag of Italy 8-0
Flag of Denmark Denmark
09 March Austria Flag of Austria 4-2
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
09 March Hungary Flag of Hungary 6-1
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
11 March China Flag of China 2-2
Flag of Austria Austria
11 March Denmark Flag of Denmark 4-2
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
11 March Hungary Flag of Hungary 6-6
Flag of Italy Italy
12 March Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria 2-0
Flag of Denmark Denmark
12 March Hungary Flag of Hungary 3-3
Flag of China China
03 March Austria Flag of Austria 3-1
Flag of Italy Italy

NotesEdit

Team PhotosEdit

ReferencesEdit

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