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The 1998 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1998 WJHC) were held in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland. The championships began on December 25, 1997 and finished on January 3, 1998. Home team Finland was the winner, defeating Russia 2-1 in the gold medal game, thanks to the goaltending of Mika Noronen and the overtime heroics of Niklas Hagman. Switzerland defeated the Czech Republic 4-3 to capture the bronze medal.

Also worth noting was that Canada had its five year title streak broken with its worst placing to date (8th). Canada also suffered perhaps one of the most shocking losses in hockey history during the tournament, losing 6-3 at the hands of Kazakhstan. The Kazakhstanis were considered the "joke" of the tourney, using borrowed equipment from other teams for one game. Canada would miss out on gold seven years in a row before beginning their current streak of five straight championships. As of 2009, this tournament is the only one since 1992 in which Canada failed to medal.

Championship resultsEdit

Pool AEdit

Group AEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Finland Finland 430117107
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 421116125
Flag of Sweden Sweden 42201664
Flag of Canada Canada 4220974
Flag of Germany Germany 40401240

Group BEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Russia Russia 43012267
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 42111755
Flag of the United States United States 422017124
Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 41308302
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 41308302

Final RoundEdit

  Quarterfinal                    
  B1  Flag of Russia Russia 2  
  A4  Flag of Canada Canada 1   Semifinal
      QF1  Flag of Russia Russia  
  Quarterfinal   QF2  Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic '  
  A2  Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
  B3  Flag of the United States United States of America         Final
              SF1  Flag of Russia Russia 1
  Quarterfinal             SF2  Flag of Finland Finland 2
  A1  Flag of Finland Finland 14      
  B4  Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 1   Semifinal   Bronze Medal Game
      QF3  Flag of Finland Finland '   SF1  Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 4
  Quarterfinal   QF4  Flag of Switzerland Switzerland     SF2  Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 3
  B2  Flag of Switzerland Switzerland '
  A3  Flag of Sweden Sweden  

Relegation RoundEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 22001734
Flag of Germany Germany 20203170

Germany relegated to Pool B for 1999.

Final RankingEdit

Rank Country
Gold medal icon Flag of Finland Finland
Silver medal icon Flag of Russia Russia
Bronze medal icon Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
4 Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
5 Flag of the United States United States of America
6 Flag of Sweden Sweden
7 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
8 Flag of Canada Canada
9 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
10 Flag of Germany Germany

Scoring leadersEdit

Player Country GP G A Pts
Jeff Farkas Flag of the United States United States 7 6 4 10
Olli Jokinen Flag of Finland Finland 7 4 6 10
Eero Somervuori Flag of Finland Finland 7 3 6 9
Ladislav Nagy Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 6 6 2 8
Brian Gionta Flag of the United States United States 7 5 3 8
Timo Vertala Flag of Finland Finland 7 4 4 8
Marián Hossa Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 6 4 4 8
Marcus Nilson Flag of Sweden Sweden 7 3 5 8
Andrej Podkonický Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 6 3 5 8
Maxim Balmochnykh Flag of Russia Russia 7 2 6 8

Tournament awardsEdit

All-star team

Team PhotosEdit


External linksEdit

Preceded by
1997 World Juniors
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

See also: 1998 World Championships
Succeeded by
1999 World Juniors


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