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At the 1972 Winter Olympics held in Sapporo, Japan, one ice hockey event was held: men's ice hockey. Games were held at the Makomanai Ice Arena and at the Tsukisamu Indoor Skating Rink.


Medalists[]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
Vladislav Tretiak
Alexander Pashkov
Vitaly Davydov
Viktor Kuzkin
Alexander Ragulin
Gennadiy Tsygankov
Vladimir Lutchenko
Valeri Vasiliev
Igor Romishevsky
Yevgeny Mishakov
Alexander Maltsev
Alexander Yakushev
Vladimir Vikulov
Anatoli Firsov
Valeri Kharlamov
Yury Blinov
Boris Mikhailov
Vladimir Petrov
Vladimir Shadrin
Yevgeny Zimin
Flag of the United States.png United States of America
Mike Curran
Pete Sears
Wally Olds
Tom Mellor
Frank Sanders
Jim McElmury
Charles Brown
Dick McGlynn
Ron Naslund
Robbie Ftorek
Stu Irving
Kevin Ahearn
Henry Boucha
Craig Sarner
Timothy Sheehy
Keith Christiansen
Mark Howe
Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia
Vladimír Dzurilla
Jiří Holeček
Vladimír Bednář
Rudolf Tacjnár
Oldřich Machač
František Pospíšil
Josef Horešovský
Karel Vohralík
Václav Nedomanský
Jiří Holík
Jaroslav Holík
Jiří Kochta
Eduard Novák
Richard Farda
Josef Černý
Vladimír Martinec
Ivan Hlinka
Bohuslav Šťastný

Qualification matches[]

Winners (in bold) as well as the gold medalist at the previous Olympics (USSR) qualify for the Group A to play for 1st-6th places. Other teams played in Group B for 7th-11th places.

  • February 3
    • Japan 2-8 Czechoslovakia
    • Sweden 8-1 Yugoslavia
  • February 4
    • USA 5-3 Switzerland
    • Poland 4-0 West Germany
    • Finland 13-1 Norway


Group A[]

First place team wins gold, second silver and third bronze.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union 5 4 0 1 33 13 9
2 Flag of the United States.png United States of America 5 3 2 0 18 15 6
3 Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia 5 3 2 0 26 13 6
4 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 5 2 2 1 17 13 5
5 Flag of Finland.png Finland 5 2 3 0 14 24 4
6 Flag of Poland.png Poland 5 0 5 0 9 39 0


  • February 5
    • Sweden 5-1 USA
    • Czechoslovakia 14-1 Poland
    • USSR 9-3 Finland
  • February 7
    • USSR 3-3 Sweden
    • USA 5-1 Czechoslovakia
    • Finland 5-1 Poland
  • February 8
    • Czechoslovakia 7-1 Finland
  • February 9
    • Sweden 5-3 Poland
    • USSR 7-2 USA
  • February 10
    • USSR 9-3 Poland
    • Czechoslovakia 2-1 Sweden
    • USA 4-1 Finland
  • February 12
    • USA 6-1 Poland
  • February 13
    • Finland 4-3 Sweden
    • USSR 5-2 Czechoslovakia

Group B[]

Teams, which lost their games in the qualification round, played in this group.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
7 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany 4 3 1 0 22 10 6
8 Flag of Norway.png Norway 4 3 1 0 16 14 6
9 Flag of Japan.gif Japan 4 2 1 1 17 16 5
10 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 4 0 2 2 9 16 2
11 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia 4 0 3 1 9 17 1


  • February 6
    • Norway 5-2 Yugoslavia
    • West Germany 5-0 Switzerland
  • February 7
    • Japan 3-3 Switzerland
    • West Germany 6-2 Yugoslavia
  • February 9
    • Japan 3-2 Yugoslavia
    • West Germany 5-1 Norway
  • February 10
    • Japan 4-5 Norway
    • Switzerland 3-3 Yugoslavia
  • February 12
    • Japan 7-6 West Germany
    • Norway 5-3 Switzerland


1972 Olympics leading scorer Valeri Kharlamov

Leading scorers[]

Player GP G A Pts
Valeri Kharlamov (Flag of Soviet Union) 5 9 6 15
Václav Nedomanský (Flag of Czechoslovakia) 5 6 3 9
Vladimir Vikulov (Flag of Soviet Union) 5 5 4 9
Craig Sarner (Flag of the United States) 5 4 5 9
Aleksandr Maltsev (Flag of Soviet Union) 5 4 3 7
Kevin Ahearn (Flag of the United States) 5 4 3 7
Anatoli Firsov (Flag of Soviet Union) 5 2 5 7
Yury Blinov(Flag of Soviet Union) 5 3 3 6
Jiří Kochta (Flag of Czechoslovakia) 5 3 3 6
Richard Farda (Flag of Czechoslovakia) 5 1 5 6

Final Ranking[]

  1. USSR
  2. United States
  3. Czechoslovakia
  4. Sweden
  5. Finland
  6. Poland
  7. West Germany
  8. Norway
  9. Japan
  10. Switzerland
  11. Yugoslavia

Team Photos[]

See Also[]

References[]

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