The Ice Hockey World Championships is an annual event held by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It was preceded by the European Championship which was held from 1910 to 1932. The first World Championship tournament was decided at the 1920 Summer Olympics. Subsequently, ice hockey was featured at the Winter Olympics, where the World Championship was decided when the two events occurred concurrently, until the 1968 Winter Olympics. The first three championships were contested at the Olympics, while the first World Championships that were an individual event were held in 1930.
From the 1920 Olympics until the 1976 World Championships, only amateur athletes were allowed to compete in the tournament. Because of this, players from the National Hockey League were not allowed to compete. In 1970, after a disagreement over the definition of amateur players, Canada withdrew from the tournament. Starting in 1977, professional athletes were allowed to compete in the tournament and Canada re-entered.
As of 2010, 74 tournaments have been staged. From 1920 to 1930, the Winter Olympics Ice Hockey Tournaments held counted as the World Championships and no tournaments in between were held. No championships were held from 1940 to 1946 due to World War II, nor during the Olympic years 1980, 1984 and 1988. Ten nations have won a gold medal at the World Championships and a total of fourteen have won medals. Canada has won 45 medals, including 24 gold, the most of any nation. The Soviet Union, which began competing in 1954 and last competed in 1991, captured a medal in every tournament they entered. In winning the 2006 World Championships, Sweden became the first nation in history to win an Olympic Gold as well as a separate World Championship in the same season.
|*||The Summer Olympics Ice Hockey Tournaments held that year counted as the World Championships.|
|*||The Winter Olympics Ice Hockey Tournaments held that year counted as the World Championships.|
|(#)||Number of tournaments won at the time. Second number indicates total while country was part of the Soviet Union or Czechoslovakia.|
These tournaments have been announced, but have not been played yet.
|Year||Host cities||Host country|
|2011||Bratislava and Košice||Slovakia|
|2015||Prague and Ostrava||Czech Republic|
Medal table Edit
Countries in italics no longer compete at the World Championships.
| Czech Republic|
|United States of America||2||9||5||16|
Federal Republic of Germany
- List of IIHF World Championship directorate award winners
- List of IIHF World Under-20 Championship medalists
- "Past medalists", IIHF.com. Retrieved on 2008-05-12.
- "World Men's History", TSN.ca. Retrieved on 2008-05-12.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "International hockey timeline", International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2008-05-12.
- ↑ "Summit Series '72 Summary", Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2008-05-12.
- ↑ "IIHF World Men's Championship", Hockey Canada. Retrieved on 2008-05-12.
- ↑ All Medalists: Men: IIHF World Championships. International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2010-03-02.
- ↑ If the total medals won by Russia and the Soviet Union are combined, then they would have won 25 gold medals.
- ↑ Associated Press. "Sweden Completes 'Double' at IIHF Worlds", The Sports Network, 2006-05-21. Retrieved on 2008-05-12.
- ↑ "IIHF Calendar of Events" (PDF), International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2008-05-12.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "[backPid=2717&cHash=5da4636324 FIN-SWE to co-host two Worlds]", International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved on 2009-05-09.
- ↑ Merk, Martin. "Belarus lands 2014 Worlds", International Ice Hockey Federation, 2009-05-08. Retrieved on 2009-05-08.
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