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1976 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships

The 1976 World Ice Hockey Championships were the 43rd Ice Hockey World Championships and the 54th European Championships in ice hockey. The tournament took place in Poland from 8 April to 25 April, and the games were played in Katowice. Eight teams took part in the main tournament, with each team first playing each other once. The four best teams then took part in a medal play off, and the teams placed 5-8 took part in a relegation play-off. The teams took the results from the first round through to the second round with them.

The 1976 IHWC tournament was first to feature major league professionals from the NHL and WHA although in the end only the United States made use of the new rule, recalling eight pros from the Minnesota North Stars and Minnesota Fighting Saints.[1][2] The Americans promptly made the medal play off for the first time since 1962 after beating Sweden and tying Finland in the first round.

The Czechoslovakia national ice hockey team won nine games and were unbeaten, becoming world champions for the fourth time. The defending champions from the USSR finished 2nd after sensationally losing the opening game 4-6 to hosts Poland. Sweden won the bronze after beating the Americans 7-3 in the medal round. In the European standings Sweden moved up one position leaving the Soviets with the bronze for the first time ever.

World Championship Group A (Poland)

First round

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points Difference Points
1  Czechoslovakia 7 7 0 0 54 - 07 14
2  Soviet Union 7 5 0 2 37 - 15 10
3  Sweden 7 4 0 3 22 - 18 8
4  United States 7 3 1 3 19 - 23 7
5  Poland 7 2 1 4 21 - 36 5
6  West Germany 7 2 0 5 19 - 35 4
7  Finland 7 1 2 4 17 - 29 4
8  East Germany 7 2 0 5 11 - 37 4
8 April West Germany  1-4
 Sweden
8 April Czechoslovakia  10-0
 East Germany
8 April United States  3-3
 Finland
8 April Poland  6-4
 Soviet Union
9 April Poland  0-12
 Czechoslovakia
9 April Soviet Union  4-0
 East Germany
10 April West Germany  2-5
 Finland
10 April Sweden  0-2
 United States
11 April Poland  6-4
 East Germany
11 April Finland  1-8
 Soviet Union
11 April Czechoslovakia  3-1
 Sweden
12 April Poland  3-5
 West Germany
12 April East Germany  2-1
 United States
13 April Czechoslovakia  7-1
 Finland
13 April Soviet Union  6-1
 Sweden
14 April Poland  2-4
 United States
14 April East Germany  1-7
 West Germany
15 April Finland  3-4
 Sweden
15 April United States  2-10
 Czechoslovakia
15 April West Germany  2-8
 Soviet Union
17 April Sweden  8-2
 East Germany
17 April Poland  3-3
 Finland
17 April Soviet Union  2-3
 Czechoslovakia
18 April United States  5-1
 West Germany
18 April Finland  1-2
 East Germany
19 April Czechoslovakia  9-1
 West Germany
19 April Poland  1-4
 Sweden
19 April Soviet Union  5-2
 United States

Final Round 1-4 place

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Czechoslovakia 10 9 1 0 67 - 14 19
2  Soviet Union 10 6 1 3 50 - 23 13
3  Sweden 10 6 0 4 36 - 29 12
4  United States 10 3 1 6 24 - 42 7
21 April Czechoslovakia  5-1
 United States
21 April Soviet Union  3-4
 Sweden
23 April Sweden  3-5
 Czechoslovakia
23 April United States  1-7
 Soviet Union
25 April Sweden  7-3
 United States
25 April Czechoslovakia  3-3
 Soviet Union

Consolation Round 5-8 place

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points Tie
H2H Points
5  Finland 10 2 4 4 35 - 41 8 5
6  West Germany 10 3 2 5 26 - 41 8 5
7  Poland 10 3 2 5 32 - 47 8 2
8  East Germany 10 2 1 7 19 - 52 5

East Germany was relegated to Group B. Poland, despited defeating the USSR to open the tournament, is also relegated to make room for the return of team Canada.

20 April Poland  5-4
 East Germany
20 April Finland  4-4
 West Germany
22 April Poland  5-5
 Finland
22 April East Germany  1-1
 West Germany
24 April Finland  9-3
 East Germany
24 April Poland  1-2
 West Germany

World Championship Group B (Switzerland)

Played in Aarau and Bienne March 18–27.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
9  Romania 7 5 1 1 40 - 23 11
10  Japan 7 5 0 2 34 - 17 10
11  Norway 7 4 0 3 29 - 21 8
12   Switzerland 7 4 0 3 25 - 28 8
13  Yugoslavia 7 4 0 3 37 - 26 8
14  Netherlands 7 3 0 4 22 - 30 6
15  Italy 7 2 1 4 23 - 41 5
16  Bulgaria 7 0 0 7 23 - 47 0

Romania was promoted to Group A, and both Italy and Bulgaria were relegated to Group C.

18 March Netherlands  4-3
 Norway
18 March Switzerland   5-1
 Bulgaria
18 March Italy  2-8
 Yugoslavia
18 March Romania  7-5
 Japan
19 March Italy  8-3
 Bulgaria
19 March Switzerland   5-4
 Yugoslavia
20 March Japan  4-0
 Netherlands
20 March Romania  2-1
 Norway
21 March Yugoslavia  5-2
 Romania
21 March Switzerland   4-2
 Netherlands
21 March Italy  4-2
 Norway
21 March Bulgaria  3-4
 Japan
22 March Yugoslavia  9-7
 Bulgaria
22 March Switzerland   4-1
 Italy
23 March Romania  8-1
 Netherlands
23 March Norway  3-2
 Japan
24 March Romania  5-5
 Italy
24 March Japan  3-2
 Yugoslavia
24 March Netherlands  5-3
 Bulgaria
24 March Switzerland   3-7
 Norway
26 March Japan  10-0
 Italy
26 March Norway  7-2
 Bulgaria
26 March Netherlands  1-5
 Yugoslavia
26 March Switzerland   2-7
 Romania
27 March Norway  6-4
 Yugoslavia
27 March Switzerland   2-6
 Japan
27 March Romania  9-4
 Bulgaria
27 March Netherlands  9-3
 Italy

World Championship Group C (Poland)

Played in Gdansk March 8–13.

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
17  Austria 4 4 0 0 38 - 09 8
18  Hungary 4 3 0 1 30 - 09 6
19  France 4 2 0 2 14 - 18 4
20  Denmark 4 1 0 3 16 - 24 2
21  Great Britain 4 0 0 4 06 - 44 0

Both Austria and Hungary were promoted to Group B.

08 March Austria  4-3
 Denmark
08 March Hungary  11-0
 Great Britain
09 March Great Britain  2-21
 Austria
09 March Hungary  6-1
 France
10 March France  7-4
 Denmark
11 March Denmark  7-3
 Great Britain
11 March Austria  6-3
 Hungary
12 March France  5-1
 Great Britain
13 March Hungary  10-2
 Denmark
13 March Austria  7-1
 France

World Championship medal table

1976 World Championships Country
Gold  Czechoslovakia
Silver  Soviet Union
Bronze  Sweden
4  United States
5  Finland
6  West Germany
7  Poland
8  East Germany

European Championship medal table

European Championships 1976 Country
Gold  Czechoslovakia
Silver  Sweden
Bronze  Soviet Union
4  West Germany
5  Poland
6  Finland
7  East Germany

Tournament awards

References

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