These events occured in 1953 in the world of ice hockey:
- World Hockey Championship
- Men's champion: Sweden defeated the heavily favoured Soviet Union
- Canada did not participate in the World Hockey Championship, the government claiming it was not worth the expense.
- Stanley Cup – Montreal Canadiens win 4 games to 1 over the Boston Bruins
- Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
- Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship – University of Michigan Wolverines defeat University of Minnesota Golden Gophers 7–3 in Colorado Springs, CO