The 1979 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1979 WJHC) was the 3rd edition of the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and was held from December 20, 1978 until January 3, 1979. The tournament was held in Karlstad and Karlskoga, Sweden. The Soviet Union won its third consecutive gold medal, while Czechoslovakia won the silver, and Sweden the bronze.

Tournament format[edit | edit source]

The 1979 tournament divided participants into two divisions of four teams, each playing three games. The top two teams in each division advanced to the A division in the medal round, while the bottom two were placed in a B division. Each division played another round robin. The top three teams in the A division won the gold, silver and bronze medals. In the B division, teams results between teams that faced each other in the preliminary round carried over.

Overall standings[edit | edit source]

This is the aggregate standings, ordered according to final placing. The four teams in A division in the medal round were ranked one through four, while the four teams in the B division 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 6 5 0 1 46 11
Silver medal icon.svg Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia 6 3 1 2 19 23
Bronze medal icon.svg Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 6 4 1 1 19 13
4 Flag of Finland.png Finland 6 2 4 0 20 19
5 Flag of Canada.png Canada 5 3 2 0 23 10
6 Flag of the United States.png United States of America 5 2 3 0 21 23
7 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany 5 1 4 0 17 26
8 Flag of Norway.png Norway 5 0 5 0 6 46

Norway was relegated to Pool B for 1980.

Preliminary round[edit | edit source]

Gold Division
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 3 3 0 0 8 3 6
Flag of Finland.png Finland 3 2 1 0 11 4 4
Flag of Canada.png Canada 3 1 2 0 7 6 2
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany 3 0 3 0 5 18 0
December 27, 1978
Finland Flag of Finland.png 3 – 1 Flag of Canada.png Canada Karlstad
December 27, 1978
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 5 – 2 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany Karlstad
December 28, 1978
Canada Flag of Canada.png 6 – 2 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany Karlstad
December 28, 1978
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 2 – 1 Flag of Finland.png Finland Karlskoga
December 30, 1978
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 1 – 0 Flag of Canada.png Canada Karlskoga
December 30, 1978
Finland Flag of Finland.png 7 – 1 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany Karlskoga
Blue Division
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union 3 3 0 0 33 2 6
Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia 3 2 1 0 10 15 4
Flag of the United States.png United States of America 3 1 2 0 10 11 2
Flag of Norway.png Norway 3 0 3 0 5 30 0
December 27, 1978
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 17 – 0 Flag of Norway.png Norway Karlskoga
December 27, 1978
Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 3 – 2 Flag of the United States.png United States of America Karlskoga
December 28, 1978
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 7 – 1 Flag of the United States.png United States of America Karlskoga
December 28, 1978
Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 6 – 4 Flag of Norway.png Norway Karlstad
December 30, 1978
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 9 – 1 Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia Karlstad
December 30, 1978
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 7 – 1 Flag of Norway.png Norway Karlstad

Medal round[edit | edit source]

Championship round
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union 3 2 0 1 13 9 5
Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia 3 1 0 2 9 8 4
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 3 1 1 1 11 10 3
Flag of Finland.png Finland 3 0 3 0 9 15 0
December 31, 1978
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 4 – 2 Flag of Finland.png Finland Karlstad
December 31, 1978
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 1 – 1 Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia Karlskoga
January 2, 1979
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 5 – 2 Flag of Finland.png Finland Karlstad
January 2, 1979
Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 2 – 2 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Karlskoga
January 3, 1979
Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 6 – 5 Flag of Finland.png Finland Karlskoga
January 3, 1979
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 7 – 5 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden Karlstad
Consolation round
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Canada.png Canada 3 3 0 0 22 6 6
Flag of the United States.png United States of America 3 2 1 0 18 13 4
Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany 3 1 2 0 14 14 2
Flag of Norway.png Norway 3 0 3 0 2 23 0
December 31, 1978
Canada Flag of Canada.png 10 – 1 Flag of Norway.png Norway Karlstad
December 31, 1978
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 8 – 6 Flag of Germany.png Federal Republic of Germany Karlskoga
January 2, 1979
Canada Flag of Canada.png 6 – 3 Flag of the United States.png United States of America Karlskoga
January 2, 1979
Federal Republic of Germany Flag of Germany.png 6 – 0 Flag of Norway.png Norway Karlstad

Plus United States 7 Norway 1 & Canada 6 West Germany 2 from previous round.

Leading scorers[edit | edit source]

  GP G A Pts PIM
Flag of Soviet Union Vladimir Krutov 8 6 14
Flag of Soviet Union Anatoli Tarasov 5 5 10
Flag of Soviet Union Vjatcheslav Rjanov 6 3 9
Flag of Federal Republic of Germany Georg Holzmann 4 4 8
Flag of Soviet Union Alexander Gerasimov 2 6 8

Tournament all-stars[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]


Preceded by
1978 World Juniors
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

See also: 1979 World Championships
Succeeded by
1980 World Juniors
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