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The 2003 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships were held in Helsinki, Turku and Tampere in Finland from April 26 to May 11.

In the quarterfinals, between Sweden and Finland, the Swedes completed an outstanding comeback, being down 4 goals 5–1 7 minutes into the second period. At that time, Sweden decided to change goalie, from Tommy Salo to Mikael Tellqvist. After the change, the Swedes scored 3 goals in a row in the second period to reduce the lead to 5–4. In the third period, Peter Forsberg scored a notable goal, when he skated from his own half of the rink all the way to Finland's offensive zone, scoring on a wrap around. Per Johan Axelsson scored the game winning goal in the third period to win the game 6–5 for the Swedes.

Preliminary round[]

Group A[]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 3 3 0 0 22 5 6
Flag of Germany.png Germany 3 2 1 0 9 8 4
Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 3 1 2 0 9 13 2
Flag of Japan.gif Japan 3 0 3 0 6 20 0

Group B[]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Russia.png Russia 3 3 0 0 14 5 6
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 3 2 1 0 9 7 4
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 3 1 2 0 8 14 2
Flag of the United States.png United States of America 3 0 3 0 4 9 0

Group C[]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Canada.png Canada 3 3 0 0 12 2 6
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 3 2 1 0 6 5 4
Flag of Latvia.png Latvia 3 1 2 0 6 9 2
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 3 0 3 0 1 9 0

Group D[]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 3 3 0 0 15 4 6
Flag of Finland.png Finland 3 2 1 0 18 3 4
Flag of Austria.png Austria 3 1 2 0 8 15 2
Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 3 0 3 0 4 23 0

Qualification round[]

Group E[]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 5 4 0 1 27 9 9
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 5 4 0 1 22 7 9
Flag of Finland.png Finland 5 2 2 1 18 10 5
Flag of Germany.png Germany 5 2 2 1 11 11 5
Flag of Austria.png Austria 5 1 4 0 9 27 2
Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 5 0 5 0 8 31 0

Group F[]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Canada.png Canada 5 4 0 1 18 6 9
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 5 4 1 0 20 9 8
Flag of Russia.png Russia 5 2 3 0 16 14 4
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 5 2 3 0 14 16 4
Flag of Latvia.png Latvia 5 2 3 0 10 16 4
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 5 0 4 1 8 25 1

Final round[]

Quarter finals Semi finals Final
                   
May 7 - Elysee Arena        
 Flag of Canada.png Canada  3
May 9 - Hartwall Areena
 Flag of Germany.png Germany   2  
 Flag of Canada.png Canada  8
May 7 - Elysee Arena
   Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic  4  
 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic   3
May 11 – Hartwall Areena
 Flag of Russia.png Russia   0  
 Flag of Canada.png Canada  3
May 7 - Hartwall Areena
   Flag of Sweden.png Sweden  2
 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia   3
May 9 - Hartwall Areena
 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland   1  
 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia  1 Third place
May 7 - Hartwall Areena
   Flag of Sweden.png Sweden  4  
 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden  6  Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic  2
 Flag of Finland.png Finland  5    Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia  4
May 10 – Hartwall Areena


Relegation round[]

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of the United States.png United States of America 3 3 0 0 19 5 6
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 3 2 1 0 9 8 4
Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 3 0 2 1 8 14 1
Flag of Japan.gif Japan 3 0 2 1 5 14 1

Flag of Japan.gif Japan avoids relegation by defeating Flag of Korea.gif South Korea 4-1 in the 2004 IIHF World Championship Far East Qualification game.
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus and Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia are demoted to Division I at the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.

Scoring leaders[]

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Flag of Slovakia Žigmund Pálffy 9 7 8 15 18
Flag of Slovakia Jozef Stümpel 9 4 11 15 0
Flag of Slovakia Ľubomír Višňovský 9 4 8 12 2
Flag of Finland Teemu Selänne 7 8 3 11 2
Flag of Finland Saku Koivu 7 1 10 11 4
Flag of Canada Dany Heatley 9 7 3 10 10
Flag of Sweden Mats Sundin 7 6 4 10 10
Flag of Slovakia Miroslav Šatan 9 6 4 10 2
Flag of the Czech Republic Martin Straka 9 6 4 10 4
Flag of Finland Kimmo Rintanen 7 5 4 9 0

Goaltending leaders[]

Player MINS GA GAA SO Sv%
Flag of Canada Sean Burke 328 7 1.28 1 .955
Flag of Germany Oliver Jonas 180 4 1.33 0 .960
Flag of Sweden Mikael Tellqvist 393 9 1.37 0 .940
Flag of Switzerland Marco Bührer 297 9 1.82 1 .934
Flag of Slovakia Ján Lašák 359 11 1.84 0 .935

Division I[]

Group A[]

Played at Budapest, Hungary April 15-21

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 5 5 0 0 34 9 10
Flag of Poland.png Poland 5 4 1 0 24 9 8
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 5 2 2 1 14 13 5
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands 5 1 3 1 17 22 3
Flag of Romania.gif Romania 5 1 3 1 13 26 3
Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania 5 0 4 1 7 30 1

Group B[]

Played at Zagreb, Croatia April 13-20

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of France.png France 5 4 0 1 21 5 9
Flag of Norway.png Norway 5 4 1 0 19 9 8
Flag of Estonia.png Estonia 5 2 3 0 12 20 4
Flag of Italy.png Italy 5 2 3 0 16 11 4
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom 5 1 3 1 16 14 3
Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia 5 1 4 0 10 35 2

Flag of France.png France and Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan are promoted to the 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia and Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania are demoted to Division II.

Division II[]

Group A[]

Played at Seoul, South Korea April 5-12

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Korea.gif South Korea 5 5 0 0 50 10 10
Flag of FR Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia 5 4 1 0 46 11 8
Flag of Spain.gif Spain 5 3 2 0 27 23 6
Flag of Australia.jpg Australia 5 2 3 0 25 26 4
Flag of South Africa.gif South Africa 5 1 4 0 19 32 2
Flag of Mexico.gif Mexico 5 0 5 0 5 70 0

Group B[]

Played at Sofia, Bulgaria March 24-30

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of Belgium.gif Belgium 5 4 1 0 29 8 8
Flag of China.gif China 5 4 1 0 19 13 8
Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 5 2 2 1 15 10 5
Flag of North Korea.gif North Korea 5 2 2 1 16 13 5
Flag of Israel.gif Israel 5 1 2 2 11 19 4
Flag of Iceland.gif Iceland 5 0 5 0 4 31 0

Flag of Belgium.gif Belgium and Flag of Korea.gif South Korea are promoted to Division I, Flag of Iceland.gif Iceland and Flag of Mexico.gif Mexico are demoted to Division III.

Division III[]

Played at Auckland, New Zealand April 3-6

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Flag of New Zealand.gif New Zealand 2 2 0 0 14 3 4
Flag of Luxembourg.gif Luxembourg 2 1 1 0 7 10 2
Flag of Turkey.gif Turkey 2 0 2 0 4 12 0

Flag of Luxembourg.gif Luxembourg and Flag of New Zealand.gif New Zealand are promoted to Division II.

Ice Hockey World Championships 2003 commemorative coin

See also[]

To celebrate the games, the Finnish government issued a high value commemorative coin: the 2003 Ice Hockey World Championships commemorative coin, minted also in 2003. On the reverse, three ice hockey sticks with a puck can be seen.

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