The 1997 Ice Hockey World Championships took place in Finland from 21 April to 5 May 1997. The matches were played in Helsinki, Tampere and Turku.

Twelve teams took part, with the first round being split into two teams of six, and the six best teams going to a further group stage. This was the 61st World Championships, and Canada beat Sweden in the final game, best of three, where they won 2-1 in games, and became world champions for the 21st time


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

First Round[edit | edit source]

Group 1[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 5 4 0 1 18 - 09 8
2 Flag of Finland.png Finland 5 4 0 1 25 - 09 8
3 Flag of Russia.png Russia 5 3 1 1 19 - 16 7
4 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 5 1 1 3 10 - 14 3
5 Flag of France.png France 5 1 0 4 13 - 26 2
6 Flag of Germany.png Germany 5 1 0 4 04 - 15 2
26 April
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 2-1 Flag of Germany.png Germany
26 April
Finland Flag of Finland.png 6-1 Flag of France.png France
27 April
Russia Flag of Russia.png 2-2 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
27 April
Finland Flag of Finland.png 1-2 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
28 April
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.png 5-3 Flag of France.png France
28 April
Germany Flag of Germany.png 1-5 Flag of Russia.png Russia
29 April
Finland Flag of Finland.png 6-0 Flag of Germany.png Germany
30 April
Russia Flag of Russia.png 5-4 Flag of France.png France
30 April
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 3-1 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
01 May
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 2-3 Flag of Russia.png Russia
02 May
France Flag of France.png 2-1 Flag of Germany.png Germany
02 May
Finland Flag of Finland.png 5-2 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
03 May
France Flag of France.png 3-9 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
03 May
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.png 0-1 Flag of Germany.png Germany
03 May
Finland Flag of Finland.png 7-4 Flag of Russia.png Russia

Group 2[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 5 4 1 0 20 - 08 9
2 Flag of Canada.png Canada 5 3 1 1 23 - 11 7
3 Flag of the United States.png United States of America 5 3 0 2 14 - 15 6
4 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia 5 1 2 2 18 - 17 4
5 Flag of Italy.png Italy 5 1 1 3 12 - 21 3
6 Flag of Norway.png Norway 5 0 1 4 07 - 22 1
26 April
Canada Flag of Canada.png 7-0 Flag of Norway.png Norway
26 April
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 5-3 Flag of Italy.png Italy
27 April
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 5-4 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia
27 April
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 7-2 Flag of Canada.png Canada
28 April
Italy Flag of Italy.png 5-4 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia
28 April
Norway Flag of Norway.png 1-3 Flag of the United States.png United States of America
29 April
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 4-1 Flag of Norway.png Norway
30 April
Canada Flag of Canada.png 3-3 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia
30 April
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 4-2 Flag of Italy.png Italy
01 May
Canada Flag of Canada.png 5-1 Flag of the United States.png United States of America
02 May
Italy Flag of Italy.png 2-2 Flag of Norway.png Norway
02 May
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 1-1 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia
03 May
Italy Flag of Italy.png 0-6 Flag of Canada.png Canada
03 May
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 1-3 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
03 May
Latvia Flag of Latvia.png 6-3 Flag of Norway.png Norway

Second Round 1-6 Place[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 5 4 0 1 17 - 09 8
2 Flag of Canada.png Canada 5 3 0 2 13 - 14 6
3 Flag of Russia.png Russia 5 2 1 2 13 - 13 5
4 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 5 2 0 3 12 - 12 4
5 Flag of Finland.png Finland 5 2 0 3 12 - 12 4
6 Flag of the United States.png United States of America 5 1 1 3 07 - 14 3
05 May
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 3-4 Flag of the United States.png United States of America
05 May
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 1-4 Flag of Russia.png Russia
06 May
Finland Flag of Finland.png 0-1 Flag of Canada.png Canada
06 May
Russia Flag of Russia.png 1-1 Flag of the United States.png United States of America
07 May
Canada Flag of Canada.png 3-5 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
07 May
Finland Flag of Finland.png 2-5 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
08 May
Czech Republic Flag of the Czech Republic.png 0-1 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
09 May
Canada Flag of Canada.png 2-1 Flag of Russia.png Russia
09 May
United States of America Flag of the United States.png 0-2 Flag of Finland.png Finland

Consolation Round 7-12 Place[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
7 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia 5 4 0 1 29 - 14 8
8 Flag of Italy.png Italy 5 3 1 1 23 - 13 7
9 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 5 3 0 2 15 - 13 6
10 Flag of France.png France 5 2 0 3 12 - 23 4
11 Flag of Germany.png Germany 5 2 0 3 08 - 17 4
12 Flag of Norway.png Norway 5 0 1 4 11 - 18 1
06 May
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.png 2-1 Flag of Norway.png Norway
06 May
Latvia Flag of Latvia.png 8-0 Flag of Germany.png Germany
07 May
Norway Flag of Norway.png 3-4 Flag of France.png France
07 May
Italy Flag of Italy.png 5-2 Flag of Germany.png Germany
08 May
Italy Flag of Italy.png 3-4 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
08 May
Latvia Flag of Latvia.png 6-2 Flag of France.png France
09 May
Germany Flag of Germany.png 4-2 Flag of Norway.png Norway
10 May
Slovakia Flag of Slovakia.png 4-5 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia
10 May
France Flag of France.png 1-8 Flag of Italy.png Italy

Final Round[edit | edit source]

Match for third place[edit | edit source]

10 May
Russia Flag of Russia.png 3-4 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic

Final[edit | edit source]

11 May
Canada Flag of Canada.png 2-3 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
13 May
Sweden Flag of Sweden.png 1-3 Flag of Canada.png Canada
14 May
Canada Flag of Canada.png 2-1 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden

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

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
13 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 7 7 0 0 48 - 21 14
14 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 7 5 1 1 31 - 21 11
15 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 7 3 2 2 26 - 22 8
16 Flag of Austria.png Austria 7 2 3 2 22 - 22 7
17 Flag of Poland.png Poland 7 2 2 3 19 - 24 6
18 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom 7 2 1 4 28 - 22 5
19 Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands 7 2 1 4 21 - 38 5
20 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 7 0 0 7 19 - 44 0
12 April
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 8-3 Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
12 April
Poland Flag of Poland.png 4-3 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
12 April
Kazakhstan Flag of Kazakhstan.png 5-3 Flag of Austria.png Austria
12 April
Belarus Flag of Belarus.png 9-3 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
13 April
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 6-4 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
13 April
Kazakhstan Flag of Kazakhstan.png 4-2 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
13 April
Austria Flag of Austria.png 2-2 Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
13 April
Poland Flag of Poland.png 2-7 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus
15 April
Belarus Flag of Belarus.png 4-3 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan
15 April
Poland Flag of Poland.png 0-0 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
15 April
Austria Flag of Austria.png 3-1 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
15 April
United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain.gif 8-2 Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
16 April
Kazakhstan Flag of Kazakhstan.png 5-2 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
16 April
United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain.gif 9-1 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
16 April
Poland Flag of Poland.png 4-6 Flag of Austria.png Austria
16 April
Belarus Flag of Belarus.png 10-2 Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
18 April
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 5-6 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus
18 April
Poland Flag of Poland.png 3-3 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan
18 April
Austria Flag of Austria.png 2-2 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
18 April
Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.png 6-4 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
20 April
Belarus Flag of Belarus.png 6-4 Flag of Austria.png Austria
20 April
Kazakhstan Flag of Kazakhstan.png 6-4 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark
20 April
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 3-2 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
20 April
Poland Flag of Poland.png 1-3 Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
21 April
Belarus Flag of Belarus.png 6-2 Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
21 April
Kazakhstan Flag of Kazakhstan.png 5-3 Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands
21 April
Switzerland Flag of Switzerland.png 2-2 Flag of Austria.png Austria
21 April
Poland Flag of Poland.png 5-2 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark

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

First Round[edit | edit source]

Group 1[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1 Flag of Japan.gif Japan 3 2 1 0 11 - 03 5
2 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia 3 1 2 0 18 - 12 4
3 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 3 1 1 1 11 - 11 3
4 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania 3 0 0 3 05 - 19 0
22 March
Japan Flag of Japan.gif 3-0 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania
22 March
Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 5-5 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia
23 March
Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 5-0 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania
23 March
Estonia Flag of Estonia.png 2-2 Flag of Japan.gif Japan
25 March
Japan Flag of Japan.gif 6-1 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary
25 March
Lithuania Flag of Lithuania.png 5-11 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia

Group 2[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 3 3 0 0 17 - 03 6
2 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 3 2 0 1 18 - 04 4
3 Flag of Romania.svg Romania 3 1 0 2 06 - 17 2
4 Flag of China.gif China 3 0 0 3 07 - 24 0
22 March
Ukraine Flag of Ukraine.png 7-1 Flag of China.gif China
22 March
Romania Flag of Romania.svg 0-5 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia
23 March
Slovenia Flag of Slovenia.png 11-1 Flag of China.gif China
23 March
Romania Flag of Romania.svg 0-7 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine
25 March
China Flag of China.gif 5-6 Flag of Romania.svg Romania
25 March
Ukraine Flag of Ukraine.png 3-2 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia

Final Round 21-24 Place[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
21 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 3 2 1 0 07 - 05 5
22 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 3 1 1 1 09 - 07 3
23 Flag of Estonia.png Estonia 3 0 2 1 06 - 07 2
24 Flag of Japan.gif Japan 3 0 2 1 05 - 08 2
27 March
Japan Flag of Japan.gif 1-4 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia
27 March
Estonia Flag of Estonia.png 1-2 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine
28 March
Japan Flag of Japan.gif 2-2 Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine
28 March
Estonia Flag of Estonia.png 3-3 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia

Consolation Round 25-28 Place[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
25 Flag of Romania.svg Romania 3 3 0 0 15 - 08 6
26 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 3 2 0 1 12 - 05 4
27 Flag of China.gif China 3 1 0 2 14 - 16 2
28 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania 3 0 0 3 06 - 18 0
27 March
Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 7-3 Flag of China.gif China
27 March
Romania Flag of Romania.svg 7-3 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania
28 March
China Flag of China.gif 6-3 Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania
28 March
Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 0-2 Flag of Romania.svg Romania

World Championship Group D (Andorra)[edit | edit source]

First Round[edit | edit source]

Group 1[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1 Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia 3 2 0 1 10 - 04 4
2 Flag of Korea.gif South Korea 3 2 0 1 12 - 08 4
3 Flag of Belgium.gif Belgium 3 2 0 1 07 - 07 4
4 Flag of Australia.jpg Australia 3 0 0 3 09 - 19 0
07 April
Australia Flag of Australia.jpg 2-7 Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia
08 April
Belgium Flag of Belgium.gif 1-4 Flag of Korea.gif South Korea
10 April
Belgium Flag of Belgium.gif 4-2 Flag of Australia.jpg Australia
10 April
Croatia Flag of Croatia.gif 2-0 Flag of Korea.gif South Korea
11 April
Australia Flag of Australia.jpg 5-8 Flag of Korea.gif South Korea
11 April
Belgium Flag of Belgium.gif 2-1 Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia

Group 2[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1 Flag of Spain.gif Spain 3 2 0 1 17 - 13 4
2 Flag of FR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia 3 1 1 1 11 - 11 3
3 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 3 1 1 1 10 - 10 3
4 Flag of Israel.gif Israel 3 1 0 2 10 - 14 2
07 April
Spain Flag of Spain.gif 4-5 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria
08 April
Israel Flag of Israel.gif 3-4 Flag of FR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
10 April
Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.png 2-2 Flag of FR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
10 April
Spain Flag of Spain.gif 7-3 Flag of Israel.gif Israel
11 April
Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.png 3-4 Flag of Israel.gif Israel
11 April
Spain Flag of Spain.gif 6-5 Flag of FR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia

Final Round 29-32 Place[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
29 Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia 3 2 1 0 08 - 05 5
30 Flag of Korea.gif South Korea 3 2 0 1 07 - 03 4
31 Flag of Spain.gif Spain 3 1 0 2 10 - 11 2
32 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia 3 0 1 2 07 - 13 1
13 April
Spain Flag of Spain.gif 3-4 Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia
13 April
Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png 0-5 Flag of Korea.gif South Korea
14 April
Croatia Flag of Croatia.gif 2-2 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia
14 April
Spain Flag of Spain.gif 1-2 Flag of Korea.gif South Korea

Consolation Round 33-36 Place[edit | edit source]

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
33 Flag of Israel.gif Israel 3 2 0 1 12 - 14 4
34 Flag of Australia.jpg Australia 3 1 1 1 13 - 10 3
35 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 3 1 1 1 10 - 09 3
36 Flag of Belgium.gif Belgium 3 1 0 2 09 - 11 2
13 April
Bulgaria Flag of Bulgaria.png 3-3 Flag of Australia.jpg Australia
13 April
Belgium Flag of Belgium.gif 3-5 Flag of Israel.gif Israel
14 April
Israel Flag of Israel.gif 3-8 Flag of Australia.jpg Australia
14 April
Belgium Flag of Belgium.gif 2-4 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria
VM 1997 Land
Gold Flag of Canada Canada
Silver Flag of Sweden Sweden
Bronze Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
4 Flag of Russia Russia
5 Flag of Finland Finland
6 Flag of the United States United States
7 Flag of Latvia Latvia
8 Flag of Italy Italy
9 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
10 Flag of France France
11 Flag of Germany Germany
12

Flag of Norway Norway


Team Photos[edit | edit source]

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