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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.

Medal table[]

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

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