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The 1978 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1978 WJHC) was the 2nd edition World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and was held from December 22, 1977 until January 3, 1978. The tournament was held in Canada, mainly in Montreal and Quebec City. The Soviet Union won its second consecutive gold medal, while Sweden won the silver, and Canada the bronze.

Tournament format[edit | edit source]

The 1978 tournament divided participants into two divisions of four teams, each playing three games. The top two teams in each division advanced to the medal round, while the bottom two were placed in a "B pool". Each division played another round robin. The top two teams in the medal round played a one game final for the gold medal.

Overall standings[edit | edit source]

This is the aggregate standings, ordered according to final placing. The four teams in the medal round were ranked one through four, while the four teams in the B pool were ranked five through eight regardless of overall record.

Rank Team GP W L T GF GA
Gold medal icon.svg Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union 7 6 1 0 50 16
Silver medal icon.svg Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 7 4 2 1 28 24
Bronze medal icon.svg Flag of Canada.png Canada 6 4 2 0 36 18
4 Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia 6 2 4 0 21 32
5 Flag of the United States.png United States of America 6 4 2 0 41 30
6 Flag of Finland.png Finland 6 3 2 1 45 25
7 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany 6 1 5 0 20 33
8 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 6 0 6 0 7 70

Switzerland was relegated to Pool B for 1979.

Preliminary round[edit | edit source]

Gold Division
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 3 2 0 1 18 8 5
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 31 11 4
Flag of Finland.png Finland 3 1 1 1 26 15 3
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 3 0 3 0 3 44 0
December 22, 1977
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 18 – 1 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Cornwall, Ontario
December 22, 1977
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 4 – 4 Flag of Finland.png Finland Chicoutimi, Quebec
December 23, 1977
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 6 – 3 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Quebec City, Quebec
December 23, 1977
Finland Flag of Finland.png 18 – 1 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Chicoutimi, Quebec
December 26, 1977
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 8 – 1 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Cornwall, Ontario
December 26, 1977
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 10 – 4 Flag of Finland.png Finland Montreal, Quebec
Blue Division
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Canada.png Canada 3 3 0 0 23 6 6
Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia 3 2 1 0 16 18 4
Flag of the United States.png United States of America 3 1 2 0 16 18 2
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany 3 0 3 0 8 21 0
December 22, 1977
Canada Flag of Canada.png 6 – 3 Flag of the United States.png United States of America Montreal, Quebec
December 22, 1977
Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 5 – 4 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany Quebec City, Quebec
December 23, 1977
Canada Flag of Canada.png 8 – 0 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany Cornwall, Ontario
December 23, 1977
Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 8 – 5 Flag of the United States.png United States of America Hull, Quebec
December 26, 1977
Canada Flag of Canada.png 9 – 3 Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia Montreal, Quebec
December 26, 1977
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 8 – 4 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany Hull, Quebec

Medal round[edit | edit source]

A Division
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union 3 3 0 0 14 3 6
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 3 2 1 0 8 11 4
Flag of Canada.png Canada 3 1 2 0 13 12 2
Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia 3 0 3 0 5 14 0
December 28, 1977
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 3 – 2 Flag of Canada.png Canada Quebec City, Quebec
December 28, 1977
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 2 – 1 Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia Montreal, Quebec
December 31, 1977
Canada Flag of Canada.png 6 – 3 Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia Montreal, Quebec
December 31, 1977
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 5 – 0 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Quebec City, Quebec
January 1, 1978
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 6 – 5 Flag of Canada.png Canada Montreal, Quebec
January 1, 1978
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 6 – 1 Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia Quebec City, Quebec
B Division
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of the United States.png United States of America 3 3 0 0 25 12 6
Flag of Finland.png Finland 3 2 1 0 19 10 4
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany 3 1 2 0 12 12 2
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 3 0 3 0 4 26 0
December 28, 1977
Finland Flag of Finland.png 4 – 1 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany Chicoutimi, Quebec
December 28, 1977
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 11 – 1 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Cornwall, Ontario
December 31, 1977
Finland Flag of Finland.png 9 – 1 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Cornwall, Ontario
December 31, 1977
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 6 – 5 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany Hull, Quebec
January 1, 1978
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 8 – 6 Flag of Finland.png Finland Hull, Quebec
January 1, 1978
Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany.png 6 – 2 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland Cornwall, Ontario

Gold medal game[edit | edit source]

January 3, 1978
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 5 – 2 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Montreal, Quebec

Leading scorers[edit | edit source]

  GP G A Pts PIM
Flag of Canada Wayne Gretzky 8 9 17
Flag of Soviet Union Victor Skurdyuk 10 6 16
Flag of Soviet Union Sergei Makarov 8 7 15
Flag of the United States Bobby Crawford 4 9 13
Flag of Finland Jorma Sevon 7 5 12
Flag of the United States Mark Green 7 5 12

Tournament all-stars[edit | edit source]

Game Ads[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]


Preceded by
1977 World Juniors
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

See also: 1978 World Championships
Succeeded by
1979 World Juniors
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