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The 1987 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1987 WJHC) was the 11th edition of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and was held in Piešťany, Trenčin, Nitra, and Topoľčany, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). Finland captured its first World Junior gold medal. Czechoslovakia captured the silver, and Sweden the bronze.

Punch-up in PiestanyEdit

Main article: Punch-up in Piestany

This tournament featured one of the most infamous brawl in international hockey history as Canada and the Soviet Union engaged in a wild melee after both benches cleared in the second period of the final game of the tournament.

It began when Pavel Kostichkin took a two-handed slash at Theoren Fleury, sparking a fight between the two. The benches cleared after the USSR's Evgeny Davydov left his bench to join the melee. The officials, unable to break up the fight, walked off the ice and eventually tried shutting off the arena lights, but the brawl lasted for 20 minutes before the International Ice Hockey Federation abandoned the contest. An emergency meeting was held following the brawl that ended with the delegates voting 7-1 to disqualify both teams from the tournament, the sole dissenter being Canadian Dennis McDonald. Both teams were also banned from attending the players' banquet at the end of the tournament.

While the Soviets were out of medal contention, Canada was playing for the gold medal, and were leading 4-2 at the time of the brawl (they needed to win by at least five goals to claim the gold). Even had they lost the game, they were assured at least the bronze medal. Afterwards, Soviet hockey official Anatoly Kastriukov claimed that the hostilities were fueled by a Canadian trainer, alleging that he assaulted one of the Soviet assistant coaches. Some Canadians maintained that the Soviets had started the brawl by leaving their bench first, and had done so with the intention of getting Canada disqualified.

The elimination of the Canadian team had the retroactive effect of making the Finland-Czechoslovakia game, played earlier the same day, essentially the gold medal game.

Final standingsEdit

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Gold medal iconFlag of Finland Finland 7511452311
Silver medal iconFlag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 7520362310
Bronze medal icon Flag of Sweden Sweden 742145119
4Flag of the United States United States of America 743042308
5Flag of Poland Poland 716021802
6Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 707015620
DSQFlag of Canada Canada 641141239
DSQFlag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 623127185

Switzerland was relegated to Pool B for 1988.

Totals do not include the suspended game between Canada and the Soviet Union.

ResultsEdit

December 26, 1986
Flag of Canada Canada 6 – 4 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
December 26, 1986
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 7 – 1 Flag of Poland Poland
December 26, 1986
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 4 – 1 Flag of Sweden Sweden
December 26, 1986
Flag of Finland Finland 4 – 1 Flag of the United States United States
December 27, 1986
Flag of Canada Canada 6 – 6 Flag of Finland Finland
December 27, 1986
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 8 – 0 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
December 27, 1986
Flag of Sweden Sweden 15 – 0 Flag of Poland Poland
December 27, 1986
Flag of the United States United States 8 – 2 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
December 29, 1986
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 5 – 1 Flag of Canada Canada
December 29, 1986
Flag of Sweden Sweden 8 – 0 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
December 29, 1986
Flag of the United States United States 15 – 2 Flag of Poland Poland
December 29, 1986
Flag of Finland Finland 5 – 4 Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
December 30, 1986
Flag of Canada Canada 18 – 3 Flag of Poland Poland
December 30, 1986
Flag of Sweden Sweden 5 – 0 Flag of Finland Finland
December 30, 1986
Flag of the United States United States 12 – 6 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
December 30, 1986
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 5 – 3 Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
January 1, 1987
Flag of Canada Canada 6 – 2 Flag of the United States United States
January 1, 1987
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 9 – 2 Flag of Poland Poland
January 1, 1987
Flag of Finland Finland 12 – 1 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
January 1, 1987
Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 – 3 Flag of Sweden Sweden
January 2, 1987
Flag of Canada Canada 4 – 3 Flag of Sweden Sweden
January 2, 1987
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 8 – 1 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
January 2, 1987
Flag of Finland Finland 13 – 3 Flag of Poland Poland
January 2, 1987
Flag of the United States United States 4 – 2 Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union
January 4, 1987
Flag of Finland Finland 5 – 3 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
January 4, 1987
Flag of Poland Poland 8 – 3 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
January 4, 1987
Flag of Sweden Sweden 8 – 0 Flag of the United States United States
January 4, 1987
Flag of Canada Canada Abandoned Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union

Leading scorersEdit

  GP G A Pts PIM
Flag of Sweden Pär Edlund 5611
Flag of Sweden Ulf Dahlén 4711
Flag of Finland Jukka Seppo 369
Flag of the United States Scott Young 369
  • Canada and the USSR disqualified from final scoring standings. (Canada's Pat Elynuik had 11 points and David Latta had 10.)

Tournament all-starsEdit

ReferencesEdit


Preceded by
1986 World Juniors
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

See also: 1987 World Championships
Succeeded by
1988 World Juniors


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