The 1972 World Ice Hockey Championships was the 39th edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Prague, Czechoslovakia from April 7 to April 22, 1972, and the Czechoslovakia national team won the tournament, the third time they had done so and first since 1949, ending the Soviet Union's streak of nine consecutive titles.[1] For the first time, a separate tournament is held for both the World Championships and the Winter Olympics. Previously, the Winter Olympics tournament was held in lieu of a world championships, with the winner being declared world champion for that year.[1] It also marked the first time in international ice hockey that all goaltenders were required to wear face masks.[1]

World Championship Group A (Czechoslovakia)[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia 10 9 0 1 72 16 19
2 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union 10 7 1 2 78 17 16
3 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 10 5 4 1 49 33 11
4 Flag of Finland.png Finland 10 4 6 0 47 48 8
5 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany 10 2 8 0 21 76 4
6 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 10 1 9 0 19 96 2
07 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 19-1
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
07 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 11-0
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany
08 April Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 1-12
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
08 April Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany.png 5-8
Flag of Finland.png Finland
09 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 4-1
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
09 April Finland Flag of Finland.png 2-10
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
10 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 8-1
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany
10 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 10-2
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
11 April Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany.png 0-10
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
11 April Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 3-2
Flag of Finland.png Finland
12 April Finland Flag of Finland.png 1-2
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
12 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 3-3
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
13 April Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 3-6
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany
14 April Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 2-11
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
14 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 5-3
Flag of Finland.png Finland
15 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 12-2
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
15 April Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany.png 0-7
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
16 April Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 8-5
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
16 April Finland Flag of Finland.png 13-3
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany
17 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 7-2
Flag of Finland.png Finland
17 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 2-0
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
18 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 8-1
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany
18 April Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 0-14
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
19 April Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 7-1
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany
19 April Finland Flag of Finland.png 9-1
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
20 April Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 4-5
Flag of Finland.png Finland
20 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 3-2
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
21 April Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany.png 4-1
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
22 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 8-2
Flag of Finland.png Finland
22 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 3-3
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden

World Championship Group B (Romania)[edit | edit source]

Played in Bucharest from March 24th to April 2nd.

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
7 Flag of Poland.png Poland 6 6 0 0 41 12 12
8 Flag of the United States.png United States of America 6 5 1 0 39 22 10
9 Flag of East Germany.png East Germany 6 4 2 0 31 18 8
10 Flag of Romania (1965-1989).png Romania 6 3 3 0 25 26 6
11 Flag of Japan.gif Japan 6 1 4 1 20 49 3
12 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia 6 1 5 0 25 28 2
13 Flag of Norway.png Norway 6 0 5 1 15 41 1

Poland was promoted to Group A, both Norway and France were relegated to Group C. The French team boycotted the tournament in a protest over their federation's failure to finance the team's participation in the Sapporo Olympics[2][3]

24 March United States of America Flag of the United States.png 5-3
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
24 March Poland Flag of Poland.png 9-1
Flag of Norway.png Norway
24 March East Germany Flag of East Germany.png 7-1
Flag of Japan.gif Japan
25 March Romania Flag of Romania.svg 3-2
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
26 March East Germany Flag of East Germany.png 5-2
Flag of Norway.png Norway
26 March United States of America Flag of the United States.png 14-5
Flag of Japan.gif Japan
27 March Romania Flag of Romania.svg 7-2
Flag of Norway.png Norway
27 March Poland Flag of Poland.png 11-1
Flag of Japan.gif Japan
27 March East Germany Flag of East Germany.png 4-3
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
29 March United States of America Flag of the United States.png 6-5
Flag of East Germany.png East Germany
29 March Japan Flag of Japan.gif 4-4
Flag of Norway.png Norway
29 March Romania Flag of Romania.svg 0-7
Flag of Poland.png Poland
30 March Romania Flag of Romania.svg 3-8
Flag of East Germany.png East Germany
30 March United States of America Flag of the United States.png 5-1
Flag of Norway.png Norway
30 March Poland Flag of Poland.png 5-3
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
01 April Romania Flag of Romania.svg 10-3
Flag of Japan.gif Japan
01 April Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png 11-5
Flag of Norway.png Norway
01 April Poland Flag of Poland.png 6-5
Flag of the United States.png United States of America
02 April Japan Flag of Japan.gif 6-3
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
02 April Romania Flag of Romania.svg 2-4
Flag of the United States.png United States of America
02 April Poland Flag of Poland.png 3-2
Flag of East Germany.png East Germany

World Championship Group C (Romania)[edit | edit source]

Played in Miercurea-Ciuc from March 3rd to the 12th. The Chinese won their first game ever played in a World Championship.[4]

Team GP W L T GF GA Pts
14 Flag of Austria.png Austria 6 5 0 1 21 12 11
15 Flag of Italy.png Italy 6 4 1 1 31 13 9
16 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 6 2 2 2 31 24 6
17 Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).png Bulgaria 6 3 3 0 20 19 6
18 Flag of China.gif China 6 2 2 2 19 20 6
19 Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands 6 1 5 0 13 25 2
20 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 6 1 5 0 11 33 2

Both Austria and Italy were promoted to Group B.

03 March China Flag of China.gif 4-3
Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria
03 March Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 11-4
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
04 March Italy Flag of Italy.png 3-1
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
04 March Austria Flag of Austria.png 4-2
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
05 March Italy Flag of Italy.png 6-2
Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria
05 March Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.png 4-3
Flag of China.gif China
06 March Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.png 6-2
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary
06 March China Flag of China.gif 6-1
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
06 March Austria Flag of Austria.png 4-2
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
08 March Italy Flag of Italy.png 7-1
Flag of China.gif China
08 March Austria Flag of Austria.png 4-3
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary
08 March Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.png 5-3
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
09 March Italy Flag of Italy.png 8-0
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
09 March Austria Flag of Austria.png 4-2
Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria
09 March Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 6-1
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
11 March China Flag of China.gif 2-2
Flag of Austria.png Austria
11 March Denmark Flag of Denmark.png 4-2
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
11 March Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 6-6
Flag of Italy.png Italy
12 March Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.png 2-0
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
12 March Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 3-3
Flag of China.gif China
03 March Austria Flag of Austria.png 3-1
Flag of Italy.png Italy

Notes[edit | edit source]

Team Photos[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Szemberg, Szymon & Podnieks, Andrew, eds. (2007), World of Hockey: Celebrating a Century of the IIHF, Bolton, Ontario: Fenn Publishing, ISBN 1-55168-307-5
  • Complete results at Passionhockey.com
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