1992 World Championship
Tournament details
Host nation Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia

The 1992 Ice Hockey World Championships took place in Czechoslovakia from the 28 April to 10 May. The games were played in Prague and Bratislava. Twelve teams took part, with the first round consisting of two groups of six, with the four best teams from each group advancing to the quarter-finals. This was the 56th World Championships, and Sweden retained their title, beating Finland 5-2 in the final, and becoming world champions for the sixth time. This was Finland's first medal in a World Championship, but should have come as no surprise with their success in Calgary and the most recent Canada Cup.

The pools were drawn the same as the Olympics in Albertville, but yielded much different results. The Swiss were able to tie both the Russians and the Canadians to earn their way into the quarterfinals. The Germans, after an opening loss to Finland, won four straight to earn a second place finish. More importantly, they earned a single game elimination against Switzerland with the winner going to the semi-finals. The Swiss prevailed, and moved on to meet a Swedish team that had shut-out the Russians. The Swedes led by three after the first and easily moved on to the gold medal game. There was nothing easy about the other semi-final. Tying it at two in the third, the Finns clinched their first World medal in a shootout. The Czechoslovaks, playing for the last time as a unified nation, beat the Swiss to settle for bronze, while Sweden, led by Mats Sundin, beat Finland for gold.[1][2]

A record thirty-two nations competed in 1992, with new entrants Greece, Israel, Luxembourg and Turkey icing teams in a secondary tier of Group C. Yugoslavia made their final World Championship appearance, before their dissolution. Both Slovenia and Croatia began competing for themselves, in Group C qualifiers in 1993, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia resumed Yugoslavia's former position in Group C in 1995.

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

First Round[edit | edit source]

Group 1[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1 Flag of Finland.png Finland 5 5 0 0 32 - 08 10
2 Flag of Germany.png Germany 5 4 0 1 30 - 14 8
3 Flag of the United States.png United States of America 5 2 1 2 14 - 15 5
4 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 5 1 2 2 14 - 12 4
5 Flag of Italy.png Italy 5 1 1 3 10 - 18 3
6 Flag of Poland.png Poland 5 0 0 5 08 - 41 0
28 April Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 7-0
Flag of Poland.png Poland
28 April Germany Flag of Germany.png 3-6
Flag of Finland.png Finland
28 April Italy Flag of Italy.png 0-1
Flag of the United States.png United States of America
29 April Finland Flag of Finland.png 11-2
Flag of Poland.png Poland
29 April United States of America Flag of the United States.png 3-5
Flag of Germany.png Germany
29 April Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 0-0
Flag of Italy.png Italy
01 May Poland Flag of Poland.png 5-7
Flag of Italy.png Italy
01 May Germany Flag of Germany.png 5-2
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
01 May United States of America Flag of the United States.png 1-6
Flag of Finland.png Finland
03 May United States of America Flag of the United States.png 5-0
Flag of Poland.png Poland
03 May Italy Flag of Italy.png 2-6
Flag of Germany.png Germany
03 May Finland Flag of Finland.png 3-1
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
04 May Poland Flag of Poland.png 1-11
Flag of Germany.png Germany
04 May Finland Flag of Finland.png 6-1
Flag of Italy.png Italy
04 May Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 4-4
Flag of the United States.png United States of America

Group 2[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1 Flag of Russia.png Russia 5 4 1 0 23 - 10 9
2 Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia 5 4 0 1 18 - 07 8
3 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 5 2 2 1 12 - 11 6
4 Flag of Canada.png Canada 5 2 1 2 15 - 18 5
5 Flag of Norway.png Norway 5 1 0 4 08 - 16 2
6 Flag of France.png France 5 0 0 5 08 - 22 0
28 April Canada Flag of Canada.png 4-3
Flag of France.png France
28 April Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 2-2
Flag of Russia.png Russia
28 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 6-1
Flag of Norway.png Norway
30 April Canada Flag of Canada.png 1-1
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
30 April Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 3-0
Flag of France.png France
30 April Russia Flag of Russia.png 3-2
Flag of Norway.png Norway
01 May France Flag of France.png 5-6
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
01 May Norway Flag of Norway.png 3-4
Flag of Canada.png Canada
01 May Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 2-4
Flag of Russia.png Russia
03 May Russia Flag of Russia.png 8-0
Flag of France.png France
03 May Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 3-1
Flag of Norway.png Norway
03 May Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 5-2
Flag of Canada.png Canada
04 May France Flag of France.png 0-1
Flag of Norway.png Norway
04 May Canada Flag of Canada.png 4-6
Flag of Russia.png Russia
04 May Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 2-0
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland

Consolation Round 11-12 Place[edit | edit source]

06 May France Flag of France.png 3-1
Flag of Poland.png Poland

Poland was relegated to Group B.

Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

06 May Finland Flag of Finland.png 4-3
Flag of Canada.png Canada
06 May Russia Flag of Russia.png 0-2
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
07 May Germany Flag of Germany.png 1-3
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
07 May Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 8-1
Flag of the United States.png United States of America

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

09 May Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 2-2
0-2 s.o.

Flag of Finland.png Finland
09 May Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 4-1
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland

Match for third place[edit | edit source]

10 May Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia.png 5-2
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland

Final[edit | edit source]

10 May Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 5-2
Flag of Finland.png Finland

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

Played in Klagenfurt April 2-12. The hosts went undefeated to return to Group A for the first time since 1957.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
13 Flag of Austria.png Austria 7 7 0 0 73 - 04 14
14 Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands 7 5 1 1 53 - 16 11
15 Flag of Japan.gif Japan 7 4 0 3 30 - 24 8
16 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 7 4 0 3 23 - 24 8
17 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 7 3 0 4 14 - 38 6
18 Flag of Romania.svg Romania 7 1 3 3 13 - 26 5
19 Flag of China.gif China 7 1 1 5 15 - 50 3
20 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia 7 0 1 6 07 - 46 1

Austria was promoted to Group A, while Yugoslavia was relegated to Group C but would not play there until 1995.

02 April Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.png 12-2
Flag of China.gif China
02 April Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png 3-3
Flag of Romania.svg Romania
02 April Austria Flag of Austria.png 18-0
Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria
02 April Japan Flag of Japan.gif 4-2
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
03 April China Flag of China.gif 4-1
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
03 April Austria Flag of Austria.png 9-0
Flag of Romania.svg Romania
04 April Denmark Flag of Denmark.png 0-8
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
04 April Japan Flag of Japan.gif 2-5
Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria
05 April Austria Flag of Austria.png 16-0
Flag of China.gif China
05 April Japan Flag of Japan.gif 5-1
Flag of Romania.svg Romania
05 April Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png 2-4
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
06 April Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.png 7-1
Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria
06 April China Flag of China.gif 3-3
Flag of Romania.svg Romania
07 April Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png 1-4
Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria
07 April Austria Flag of Austria.png 5-1
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
08 April Romania Flag of Romania.svg 2-2
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
08 April China Flag of China.gif 3-10
Flag of Japan.gif Japan
09 April Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.png 1-7
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
09 April Austria Flag of Austria.png 3-0
Flag of Japan.gif Japan
09 April Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png 0-11
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
10 April Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.png 3-1
Flag of China.gif China
10 April Romania Flag of Romania.svg 2-4
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
11 April Japan Flag of Japan.gif 6-0
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
11 April Austria Flag of Austria.png 8-3
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
12 April Denmark Flag of Denmark.png 5-2
Flag of China.gif China
12 April Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.png 10-3
Flag of Japan.gif Japan
12 April Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.png 0-2
Flag of Romania.svg Romania
12 April Austria Flag of Austria.png 14-0
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia

World Championship Group C1 (Great Britain)[edit | edit source]

Played in Hull Great Britain March 18-24. The hosts, led by Scot Tony Hand and Canadian Kevin Conway, won all five games easily.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
21 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom 5 5 0 0 62 - 10 10
22 Flag of North Korea.gif North Korea 5 3 0 2 25 - 28 6
23 Flag of Australia.jpg Australia 5 2 1 2 24 - 26 5
24 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 5 2 0 3 18 - 33 4
25 Flag of Belgium.gif Belgium 5 2 0 3 17 - 24 4
26 Flag of Korea.gif South Korea 5 0 1 4 18 - 43 1

Great Britain was promoted to Group B while no team was relegated.

18 March Belgium Flag of Belgium.gif 5-4
Flag of North Korea.gif North Korea
18 March South Korea Flag of Korea.gif 6-10
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary
18 March United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain.gif 10-2
Flag of Australia.jpg Australia
19 March Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 3-1
Flag of Belgium.gif Belgium
19 March North Korea Flag of North Korea.gif 8-3
Flag of Australia.jpg Australia
19 March United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain.gif 15-0
Flag of Korea.gif South Korea
21 March Australia Flag of Australia.jpg 5-5
Flag of Korea.gif South Korea
21 March Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 1-4
Flag of North Korea.gif North Korea
21 March Belgium Flag of Belgium.gif 3-7
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
22 March Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 1-8
Flag of Australia.jpg Australia
22 March South Korea Flag of Korea.gif 4-6
Flag of Belgium.gif Belgium
22 March North Korea Flag of North Korea.gif 2-16
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
24 March North Korea Flag of North Korea.gif 7-3
Flag of Korea.gif South Korea
24 March Australia Flag of Australia.jpg 6-2
Flag of Belgium.gif Belgium
24 March United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain.gif 14-3
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary

World Championship Group C2 (South Africa)[edit | edit source]

Played in Johannesburg March 21-28. Though called 'C2' it was no different than being in 'Group D'. Spain completely dominated, playing against five essentially new hockey nations. Only South Africa had participated before, and they last played in 1966.[1]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
27 Flag of Spain.gif Spain 5 5 0 0 114 - 05 10
28 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.png South Africa 5 4 0 1 49 - 17 8
29 Flag of Greece.png Greece 5 3 0 2 36 - 31 6
30 Flag of Israel.gif Israel 5 1 1 3 22 - 42 3
31 Flag of Luxembourg.gif Luxembourg 5 1 1 3 20 - 73 3
32 Flag of Turkey.gif Turkey 5 0 0 5 10 - 83 0

Spain and later South Africa qualified for 1993 Group C. The others had to play in qualification tournaments in November 1992.

21 March South Africa Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.png 23-0
Flag of Luxembourg.gif Luxembourg
21 March Turkey Flag of Turkey.gif 3-15
Flag of Greece.png Greece
22 March Israel Flag of Israel.gif 4-23
Flag of Spain.gif Spain
22 March South Africa Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.png 18-1
Flag of Turkey.gif Turkey
23 March Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg.gif 5-9
Flag of Greece.png Greece
24 March Israel Flag of Israel.gif 8-2
Flag of Turkey.gif Turkey
24 March Spain Flag of Spain.gif 10-1
Flag of Greece.png Greece
25 March South Africa Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.png 5-1
Flag of Israel.gif Israel
25 March Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg.gif 0-31
Flag of Spain.gif Spain
26 March Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg.gif 10-5
Flag of Turkey.gif Turkey
26 March South Africa Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.png 9-4
Flag of Greece.png Greece
27 March Greece Flag of Greece.png 7-4
Flag of Israel.gif Israel
27 March Turkey Flag of Turkey.gif 0-38
Flag of Spain.gif Spain
28 March South Africa Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.png 0-12
Flag of Spain.gif Spain
28 March Israel Flag of Israel.gif 5-5
Flag of Luxembourg.gif Luxembourg

Medal table[edit | edit source]

1992 World Championships Country
Gold Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
Silver Flag of Finland.png Finland
Bronze Flag of Czechoslovakia.png Czechoslovakia
4 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
5 Flag of Russia.png Russia
6 Flag of Germany.png Germany
7 Flag of the United States.png United States of America
8 Flag of Canada.png Canada
9 Flag of Italy.png Italy
10 Flag of Norway.png Norway
11 Flag of France.png France
12 Flag of Poland.png Poland

Team Photos[edit | edit source]

Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Summary at Passionhockey.com
  2. Duplacey page 508

References[edit | edit source]

  • 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, 155–6. 
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