1976 World Champions Czechoslovakia

The 1976 World Ice Hockey Championships were the 43rd Ice Hockey World Championships and the 54th European Championships in ice hockey. The tournament took place in Poland from 8 April to 25 April, and the games were played in Katowice. Eight teams took part in the main tournament, with each team first playing each other once. The four best teams then took part in a medal play off, and the teams placed 5-8 took part in a relegation play-off. The teams took the results from the first round through to the second round with them.

The 1976 IHWC tournament was first to feature major league professionals from the NHL and WHA although in the end only the United States made use of the new rule, recalling eight pros from the Minnesota North Stars and Minnesota Fighting Saints.[1][2] The Americans promptly made the medal play off for the first time since 1962 after beating Sweden and tying Finland in the first round.

The Czechoslovakia national ice hockey team won nine games and were unbeaten, becoming world champions for the fourth time. The defending champions from the USSR finished 2nd after sensationally losing the opening game 4-6 to hosts Poland. Sweden won the bronze after beating the Americans 7-3 in the medal round.

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

First round[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points Difference Points
1 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 7 7 0 0 54 - 07 14
2 Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union 7 5 0 2 37 - 15 10
3 Flag of Sweden Sweden 7 4 0 3 22 - 18 8
4 Flag of the United States United States 7 3 1 3 19 - 23 7
5 Flag of Poland Poland 7 2 1 4 21 - 36 5
6 Flag of West Germany West Germany 7 2 0 5 19 - 35 4
7 Flag of Finland Finland 7 1 2 4 17 - 29 4
8 Flag of East Germany East Germany 7 2 0 5 11 - 37 4
08 April Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany.png 1-4
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
08 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 10-0
Flag of East Germany.png East Germany
08 April United States of America Flag of the United States.png 3-3
Flag of Finland.png Finland
08 April Poland Flag of Poland.png 6-4
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
09 April Poland Flag of Poland.png 0-12
Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia
09 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 4-0
Flag of East Germany.png East Germany
10 April Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany.png 2-5
Flag of Finland.png Finland
10 April Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 0-2
Flag of the United States.png United States of America
11 April Poland Flag of Poland.png 6-4
Flag of East Germany.png East Germany
11 April Finland Flag of Finland.png 1-8
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
11 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 3-1
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
12 April Poland Flag of Poland.png 3-5
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany
12 April East Germany Flag of East Germany.png 2-1
Flag of the United States.png United States of America
13 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 7-1
Flag of Finland.png Finland
13 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 6-1
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
14 April Poland Flag of Poland.png 2-4
Flag of the United States.png United States of America
14 April East Germany Flag of East Germany.png 1-7
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany
15 April Finland Flag of Finland.png 3-4
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
15 April United States of America Flag of the United States.png 2-10
Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia
15 April Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany.png 2-8
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
17 April Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 8-2
Flag of East Germany.png East Germany
17 April Poland Flag of Poland.png 3-3
Flag of Finland.png Finland
17 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 2-3
Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia
18 April United States of America Flag of the United States.png 5-1
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany
18 April Finland Flag of Finland.png 1-2
Flag of East Germany.png East Germany
19 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 9-1
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany
19 April Poland Flag of Poland.png 1-4
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
19 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 5-2
Flag of the United States.png United States of America

Final Round 1-4 place[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 10 9 1 0 67 - 14 19
2 Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union 10 6 1 3 50 - 23 13
3 Flag of Sweden Sweden 10 6 0 4 36 - 29 12
4 Flag of the United States United States 10 3 1 6 24 - 42 7
21 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 5-1
Flag of the United States.png United States of America
21 April Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 3-4
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
23 April Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 3-5
Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia
23 April United States of America Flag of the United States.png 1-7
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
25 April Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 7-3
Flag of the United States.png United States of America
25 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 3-3
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union

Consolation Round 5-8 place[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points Tie
H2H Points
5 Flag of Finland Finland 10 2 4 4 35 - 41 8 5
6 Flag of West Germany West Germany 10 3 2 5 26 - 41 8 5
7 Flag of Poland Poland 10 3 2 5 32 - 47 8 2
8 Flag of East Germany East Germany 10 2 1 7 19 - 52 5

East Germany was relegated to Group B. Poland, despited defeating the USSR to open the tournament, is also relegated to make room for the return of team Canada.

20 April Poland Flag of Poland.png 5-4
Flag of East Germany.png East Germany
20 April Finland Flag of Finland.png 4-4
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany
22 April Poland Flag of Poland.png 5-5
Flag of Finland.png Finland
22 April East Germany Flag of East Germany.png 1-1
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany
24 April Finland Flag of Finland.png 9-3
Flag of East Germany.png East Germany
24 April Poland Flag of Poland.png 1-2
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany

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

Played in Aarau and Bienne March 18-27.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
9 Flag of Romania (1965-1989).png Romania 7 5 1 1 40 - 23 11
10 Flag of Japan.gif Japan 7 5 0 2 34 - 17 10
11 Flag of Norway.png Norway 7 4 0 3 29 - 21 8
12 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 7 4 0 3 25 - 28 8
13 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia 7 4 0 3 37 - 26 8
14 Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands 7 3 0 4 22 - 30 6
15 Flag of Italy.png Italy 7 2 1 4 23 - 41 5
16 Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).png Bulgaria 7 0 0 7 23 - 47 0

Romania was promoted to Group A, and both Italy and Bulgaria were relegated to Group C.

18 March Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.png 4-3
Flag of Norway.png Norway
18 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 5-1
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).png Bulgaria
18 March Italy Flag of Italy.png 2-8
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
18 March Romania Flag of Romania (1965-1989).png 7-5
Flag of Japan.gif Japan
19 March Italy Flag of Italy.png 8-3
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).png Bulgaria
19 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 5-4
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
20 March Japan Flag of Japan.gif 4-0
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
20 March Romania Flag of Romania (1965-1989).png 2-1
Flag of Norway.png Norway
21 March Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png 5-2
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).png Romania
21 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 4-2
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
21 March Italy Flag of Italy.png 4-2
Flag of Norway.png Norway
21 March Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).png 3-4
Flag of Japan.gif Japan
22 March Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png 9-7
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).png Bulgaria
22 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 4-1
Flag of Italy.png Italy
23 March Romania Flag of Romania (1965-1989).png 8-1
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
23 March Norway Flag of Norway.png 3-2
Flag of Japan.gif Japan
24 March Romania Flag of Romania (1965-1989).png 5-5
Flag of Italy.png Italy
24 March Japan Flag of Japan.gif 3-2
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
24 March Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.png 5-3
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).png Bulgaria
24 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 3-7
Flag of Norway.png Norway
26 March Japan Flag of Japan.gif 10-0
Flag of Italy.png Italy
26 March Norway Flag of Norway.png 7-2
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).png Bulgaria
26 March Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.png 1-5
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
26 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 2-7
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).png Romania
27 March Norway Flag of Norway.png 6-4
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
27 March Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 2-6
Flag of Japan.gif Japan
27 March Romania Flag of Romania (1965-1989).png 9-4
Flag of Bulgaria (1971-1990).png Bulgaria
27 March Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.png 9-3
Flag of Italy.png Italy

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

Played in Gdansk March 8-13.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
17 Flag of Austria.png Austria 4 4 0 0 38 - 09 8
18 Flag of Hungary (1957-1989).png Hungary 4 3 0 1 30 - 09 6
19 Flag of France.png France 4 2 0 2 14 - 18 4
20 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 4 1 0 3 16 - 24 2
21 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom 4 0 0 4 06 - 44 0

Both Austria and Hungary were promoted to Group B.

08 March Austria Flag of Austria.png 4-3
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
08 March Hungary Flag of Hungary (1957-1989).png 11-0
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
09 March United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain.gif 2-21
Flag of Austria.png Austria
09 March Hungary Flag of Hungary (1957-1989).png 6-1
Flag of France.png France
10 March France Flag of France.png 7-4
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
11 March Denmark Flag of Denmark.png 7-3
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
11 March Austria Flag of Austria.png 6-3
Flag of Hungary (1957-1989).png Hungary
12 March France Flag of France.png 5-1
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
13 March Hungary Flag of Hungary (1957-1989).png 10-2
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
13 March Austria Flag of Austria.png 7-1
Flag of France.png France

World Championship medal table[edit | edit source]

1976 World Championships Country
Gold Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Silver Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union
Bronze Flag of Sweden Sweden
4 Flag of the United States United States
5 Flag of Finland Finland
6 Flag of Germany Germany
7 Flag of Poland Poland
8 Flag of East Germany East Germany

European Championship medal table[edit | edit source]

European Championships 1976 Country
Gold Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Silver Flag of Sweden Sweden
Bronze Flag of Soviet Union Soviet Union
4 Flag of West Germany West Germany
5 Flag of Poland Poland
6 Flag of Finland Finland
7 Flag of East Germany East Germany

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Podnieks page 145
  2. Duplacey page 506
  • Complete results
  • Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports, 498–528. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9. 
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press, 145. 
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