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The 1976 World Ice Hockey Championships were the 43rd Ice Hockey World Championships and the 54th European Championships in ice hockey. The tournament took place in Poland from 8 April to 25 April, and the games were played in Katowice. Eight teams took part in the main tournament, with each team first playing each other once. The four best teams then took part in a medal play off, and the teams placed 5-8 took part in a relegation play-off. The teams took the results from the first round through to the second round with them.

The 1976 IHWC tournament was first to feature major league professionals from the NHL and WHA although in the end only the United States made use of the new rule, recalling eight pros from the Minnesota North Stars and Minnesota Fighting Saints.[1][2] The Americans promptly made the medal play off for the first time since 1962 after beating Sweden and tying Finland in the first round.

The Czechoslovakia national ice hockey team won nine games and were unbeaten, becoming world champions for the fourth time. The defending champions from the USSR finished 2nd after sensationally losing the opening game 4-6 to hosts Poland. Sweden won the bronze after beating the Americans 7-3 in the medal round.

World Championship Group A (Poland)Edit

First roundEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points Difference Points
1 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 7 7 0 0 54 - 07 14
2 Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 7 5 0 2 37 - 15 10
3 Flag of Sweden Sweden 7 4 0 3 22 - 18 8
4 Flag of the United States United States 7 3 1 3 19 - 23 7
5 Flag of Poland Poland 7 2 1 4 21 - 36 5
6 Flag of Germany West Germany 7 2 0 5 19 - 35 4
7 Flag of Finland Finland 7 1 2 4 17 - 29 4
8 Flag of East Germany East Germany 7 2 0 5 11 - 37 4
08 April Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany 1-4
Flag of Sweden Sweden
08 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia 10-0
Flag of East Germany East Germany
08 April United States of America Flag of the United States 3-3
Flag of Finland Finland
08 April Poland Flag of Poland 6-4
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
09 April Poland Flag of Poland 0-12
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
09 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union 4-0
Flag of East Germany East Germany
10 April Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany 2-5
Flag of Finland Finland
10 April Sweden Flag of Sweden 0-2
Flag of the United States United States of America
11 April Poland Flag of Poland 6-4
Flag of East Germany East Germany
11 April Finland Flag of Finland 1-8
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
11 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia 3-1
Flag of Sweden Sweden
12 April Poland Flag of Poland 3-5
Flag of Germany Federal Republic of Germany
12 April East Germany Flag of East Germany 2-1
Flag of the United States United States of America
13 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia 7-1
Flag of Finland Finland
13 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union 6-1
Flag of Sweden Sweden
14 April Poland Flag of Poland 2-4
Flag of the United States United States of America
14 April East Germany Flag of East Germany 1-7
Flag of Germany Federal Republic of Germany
15 April Finland Flag of Finland 3-4
Flag of Sweden Sweden
15 April United States of America Flag of the United States 2-10
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
15 April Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany 2-8
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
17 April Sweden Flag of Sweden 8-2
Flag of East Germany East Germany
17 April Poland Flag of Poland 3-3
Flag of Finland Finland
17 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union 2-3
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
18 April United States of America Flag of the United States 5-1
Flag of Germany Federal Republic of Germany
18 April Finland Flag of Finland 1-2
Flag of East Germany East Germany
19 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia 9-1
Flag of Germany Federal Republic of Germany
19 April Poland Flag of Poland 1-4
Flag of Sweden Sweden
19 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union 5-2
Flag of the United States United States of America

Final Round 1-4 placeEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 10 9 1 0 67 - 14 19
2 Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 10 6 1 3 50 - 23 13
3 Flag of Sweden Sweden 10 6 0 4 36 - 29 12
4 Flag of the United States United States 10 3 1 6 24 - 42 7
21 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia 5-1
Flag of the United States United States of America
21 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union 3-4
Flag of Sweden Sweden
23 April Sweden Flag of Sweden 3-5
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
23 April United States of America Flag of the United States 1-7
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
25 April Sweden Flag of Sweden 7-3
Flag of the United States United States of America
25 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia 3-3
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union

Consolation Round 5-8 placeEdit

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points Tie
H2H Points
5 Flag of Finland Finland 10 2 4 4 35 - 41 8 5
6 Flag of Germany West Germany 10 3 2 5 26 - 41 8 5
7 Flag of Poland Poland 10 3 2 5 32 - 47 8 2
8 Flag of East Germany East Germany 10 2 1 7 19 - 52 5

East Germany was relegated to Group B. Poland, despited defeating the USSR to open the tournament, is also relegated to make room for the return of team Canada.

20 April Poland Flag of Poland 5-4
Flag of East Germany East Germany
20 April Finland Flag of Finland 4-4
Flag of Germany Federal Republic of Germany
22 April Poland Flag of Poland 5-5
Flag of Finland Finland
22 April East Germany Flag of East Germany 1-1
Flag of Germany Federal Republic of Germany
24 April Finland Flag of Finland 9-3
Flag of East Germany East Germany
24 April Poland Flag of Poland 1-2
Flag of Germany Federal Republic of Germany

World Championship Group B (Switzerland)Edit

Played in Aarau and Bienne March 18-27.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
9 Flag of Romania (1965-1989) Romania 7 5 1 1 40 - 23 11
10 Flag of Japan Japan 7 5 0 2 34 - 17 10
11 Flag of Norway Norway 7 4 0 3 29 - 21 8
12 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 7 4 0 3 25 - 28 8
13 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 7 4 0 3 37 - 26 8
14 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 7 3 0 4 22 - 30 6
15 Flag of Italy Italy 7 2 1 4 23 - 41 5
16 Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990) Bulgaria 7 0 0 7 23 - 47 0

Romania was promoted to Group A, and both Italy and Bulgaria were relegated to Group C.

18 March Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands 4-3
Flag of Norway Norway
18 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 5-1
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990) Bulgaria
18 March Italy Flag of Italy 2-8
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
18 March Romania Flag of Romania (1965-1989) 7-5
Flag of Japan Japan
19 March Italy Flag of Italy 8-3
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990) Bulgaria
19 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 5-4
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
20 March Japan Flag of Japan 4-0
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
20 March Romania Flag of Romania (1965-1989) 2-1
Flag of Norway Norway
21 March Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 5-2
Flag of Romania (1965-1989) Romania
21 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 4-2
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
21 March Italy Flag of Italy 4-2
Flag of Norway Norway
21 March Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990) 3-4
Flag of Japan Japan
22 March Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 9-7
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990) Bulgaria
22 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 4-1
Flag of Italy Italy
23 March Romania Flag of Romania (1965-1989) 8-1
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
23 March Norway Flag of Norway 3-2
Flag of Japan Japan
24 March Romania Flag of Romania (1965-1989) 5-5
Flag of Italy Italy
24 March Japan Flag of Japan 3-2
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
24 March Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands 5-3
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990) Bulgaria
24 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 3-7
Flag of Norway Norway
26 March Japan Flag of Japan 10-0
Flag of Italy Italy
26 March Norway Flag of Norway 7-2
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990) Bulgaria
26 March Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands 1-5
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
26 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 2-7
Flag of Romania (1965-1989) Romania
27 March Norway Flag of Norway 6-4
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia Yugoslavia
27 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 2-6
Flag of Japan Japan
27 March Romania Flag of Romania (1965-1989) 9-4
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990) Bulgaria
27 March Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands 9-3
Flag of Italy Italy

World Championship Group C (Poland)Edit

Played in Gdansk March 8-13.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
17 Flag of Austria Austria 4 4 0 0 38 - 09 8
18 Flag of Hungary (1957-1989) Hungary 4 3 0 1 30 - 09 6
19 Flag of France France 4 2 0 2 14 - 18 4
20 Flag of Denmark Denmark 4 1 0 3 16 - 24 2
21 Flag of Great Britain United Kingdom 4 0 0 4 06 - 44 0

Both Austria and Hungary were promoted to Group B.

08 March Austria Flag of Austria 4-3
Flag of Denmark Denmark
08 March Hungary Flag of Hungary (1957-1989) 11-0
Flag of Great Britain United Kingdom
09 March United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain 2-21
Flag of Austria Austria
09 March Hungary Flag of Hungary (1957-1989) 6-1
Flag of France France
10 March France Flag of France 7-4
Flag of Denmark Denmark
11 March Denmark Flag of Denmark 7-3
Flag of Great Britain United Kingdom
11 March Austria Flag of Austria 6-3
Flag of Hungary (1957-1989) Hungary
12 March France Flag of France 5-1
Flag of Great Britain United Kingdom
13 March Hungary Flag of Hungary (1957-1989) 10-2
Flag of Denmark Denmark
13 March Austria Flag of Austria 7-1
Flag of France France

World Championship medal tableEdit

1976 World Championships Country
Gold Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Silver Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
Bronze Flag of Sweden Sweden
4 Flag of the United States United States
5 Flag of Finland Finland
6 Flag of Germany Germany
7 Flag of Poland Poland
8 Flag of East Germany East Germany

European Championship medal tableEdit

European Championships 1976 Country
Gold Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Silver Flag of Sweden Sweden
Bronze Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
4 Flag of Germany West Germany
5 Flag of Poland Poland
6 Flag of Finland Finland
7 Flag of East Germany East Germany

ReferencesEdit

  1. Podnieks page 145
  2. Duplacey page 506
  • Complete results
  • Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports, 498–528. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press, 145. 

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