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1998 IIHF World Championship

1998 IIHF World Championship
Tournament details
Host country   Switzerland
Dates 1–17 May
Teams 16
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions   Sweden (7th title)
Runner-up   Finland
Third place   Czech Republic
Fourth place  Switzerland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 49
Goals scored 276 (5.63 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Peter Forsberg (11 pts)
1997
1999

The 1998 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships were held in Switzerland from 1–17 May 1998. The format expanded to 16 teams for the first time. The teams were divided into four groups of four with the top two teams in each advancing to the next round. The two groups of four then played a round robin with the top two teams in each moving on to the semi-finals. The semi-finals were a two game total goals for series as was the final.

Contents

  • Qualifying Round (Austria) 1
  • First Round 2
    • Group 1 2.1
    • Group 2 2.2
    • Group 3 2.3
    • Group 4 2.4
  • Consolation Round 9-12 Place 3
  • Second Round 4
    • Group 5 4.1
    • Group 6 4.2
  • Final Round 5
    • Semifinals 5.1
    • Match for third place 5.2
    • Final 5.3
  • Ranking and statistics 6
    • Tournament Awards 6.1
    • Final standings 6.2
    • Scoring leaders 6.3
    • Leading goaltenders 6.4
  • See also 7
  • Citations 8
  • References 9

Qualifying Round (Austria)

Played 6–9 November 1997 in Klagenfurt. The Kazakhs, Austrians, and Norwegians finished virtually even. In head-to-head match-ups they each had one win and one loss, they each had scored as many as they had allowed. The Kazakhs scored six goals, the other two both five, pushing them to first. The Norwegians had beat Poland by three, on the final day the Austrians pushed their advantage over Poland to four, giving them the final spot in the World Championship.[1]
Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Kazakhstan 3 2 0 1 12 - 07 4
2  Austria 3 2 0 1 09 - 05 4
3  Norway 3 2 0 1 08 - 05 4
4  Poland 3 0 0 3 01 - 13 0
Kazakhstan and Austria advanced to Group A, Norway and Poland competed in Group B.
6 November 1997 Kazakhstan  6-1
 Poland
6 November 1997 Austria  1-3
 Norway
8 November 1997 Norway  3-0
 Poland
8 November 1997 Austria  4-2
 Kazakhstan
9 November 1997 Kazakhstan  4-2
 Norway
9 November 1997 Austria  4-0
 Poland

First Round

In each group, the top two nations advanced to the next round. Third place teams played a final round against each other to determine who escaped having to qualify for next year's tournament. Fourth place teams did not play further, they were automatically entered in qualifiers for next year's tournament. The highlight of the round was the French victory of the USA, the first ever in an official match.[2]

Group 1

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Czech Republic 3 3 0 0 20 - 05 6
2  Belarus 3 2 0 1 12 - 10 4
3  Germany 3 1 0 2 08 - 13 2
4  Japan 3 0 0 3 07 - 19 0
Japan was relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.
1 May Czech Republic  8-2
 Japan
1 May Belarus  4-2
 Germany
3 May Belarus  2-4
 Czech Republic
3 May Germany  5-1
 Japan
5 May Japan  4-6
 Belarus
5 May Czech Republic  8-1
 Germany

Group 2

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Canada 3 2 1 0 12 - 05 5
2  Slovakia 3 2 1 0 09 - 04 5
3  Italy 3 1 0 2 08 - 08 2
4  Austria 3 0 0 3 03 - 15 0
Austria was relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.
1 May Canada  5-1
 Austria
1 May Italy  1-2
 Slovakia
3 May Slovakia  2-2
 Canada
3 May Italy  5-1
 Austria
5 May Austria  1-5
 Slovakia
5 May Canada  5-2
 Italy

Group 3

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Sweden 3 3 0 0 16 - 04 6
2  Switzerland 3 1 0 2 09 - 10 2
3  United States 3 1 0 2 07 - 11 2
4  France 3 1 0 2 05 - 12 2
France was relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.
2 May United States  5-2
 Switzerland
2 May Sweden  6-1
 France
4 May France  3-1
 United States
4 May Sweden  4-2
 Switzerland
6 May United States  1-6
 Sweden
6 May Switzerland  5-1
 France

Group 4

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Russia 3 3 0 0 19 - 11 6
2  Finland 3 2 0 1 12 - 04 4
3  Latvia 3 1 0 2 12 - 15 2
4  Kazakhstan 3 0 0 3 06 - 19 0
Kazakhstan was relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.
2 May Russia  8-4
 Kazakhstan
2 May Finland  6-0
 Latvia
4 May Latvia  5-7
 Russia
4 May Finland  4-0
 Kazakhstan
6 May Kazakhstan  2-7
 Latvia
6 May Russia  4-2
 Finland

Consolation Round 9-12 Place

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
9  Latvia 3 2 1 0 09 - 03 5
10  Italy 3 1 2 0 09 - 05 4
11  Germany 3 0 2 1 05 - 10 2
12  United States 3 0 1 2 03 - 08 1
Germany and the USA were relegated to the qualifiers for the 1999 IIHF World Championship.
8 May United States  1-1
 Germany
8 May Italy  1-1
 Latvia
10 May Italy  4-0
 United States
10 May Germany  0-5
 Latvia
11 May Germany  4-4
 Italy
11 May Latvia  3-2
 United States

Second Round

Group 2 and 3 first place teams played against group 1 and 4 second place teams in group 5, group 1 and 4 first place teams played against group 2 and 3 second place teams. The top two, from each group, advanced to the semi-finals.

Group 5

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Sweden 3 3 0 0 10 - 02 6
2  Finland 3 1 1 1 08 - 06 3
3  Canada 3 1 1 1 10 - 12 3
4  Belarus 3 0 0 3 05 - 13 0
7 May Sweden  1-0
 Finland
7 May Belarus  2-6
 Canada
9 May Canada  3-3
 Finland
9 May Sweden  2-1
 Belarus
10 May Canada  1-7
 Sweden
10 May Finland  5-2
 Belarus

Group 6

Team Games Won Drawn Lost Points difference Points
1  Czech Republic 3 2 1 0 06 - 03 5
2  Switzerland 3 1 1 1 06 - 06 3
3  Russia 3 1 1 1 10 - 07 3
4  Slovakia 3 0 1 2 02 - 08 1
7 May Slovakia  0-1
 Czech Republic
7 May Russia  2-4
 Switzerland
9 May Czech Republic  3-1
 Switzerland
9 May Russia  6-1
 Slovakia
10 May Czech Republic  2-2
 Russia
10 May Switzerland  1-1
 Slovakia

Final Round

Semifinals

12 May Sweden  4-1
(1–0, 0–0, 3–1)
 Switzerland Zurich
12 May Czech Republic  1-4
(1–1, 0–1, 0–2)
 Finland Zurich
14 May Switzerland  2-7
(0–3, 0–1, 2–2)
 Sweden Zurich
14 May Finland  2-2
(0–0, 0–1, 2–1)
 Czech Republic Zurich

Match for third place

15 May Czech Republic  4-0
(0-0, 3-0, 1-0)
 Switzerland Zurich

Final

16 May Finland  0-1
(0-0, 0-0, 0-1)
 Sweden Zurich
Attendance: 9,300

17 May Sweden  0-0
(0-0, 0-0, 0-0)
 Finland Zurich
Attendance: 12,500

Ranking and statistics

 


 1998 IIHF World Championship Winners 

Sweden
7th title

Tournament Awards

Final standings

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:
 Sweden
 Finland
 Czech Republic
4  Switzerland
5  Russia
6  Canada
7  Slovakia
8  Belarus
9  Latvia
10  Italy
11  Germany
12  United States
13  France
14  Japan
15  Austria
16  Kazakhstan

Scoring leaders

List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals.
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM POS
Peter Forsberg 7 5 6 11 +9 0 F
Mats Sundin 10 5 6 11 +13 6 F
Raimo Helminen 10 2 9 11 0 0 F
Ville Peltonen 10 4 6 10 0 8 F
Radek Bělohlav 9 6 3 9 +7 2 F
Pavel Patera 9 6 3 9 +6 12 F
Viktor Kozlov 6 4 5 9 +5 0 F
Sergei Berezin 6 6 2 8 +2 2 F
Oleg Znaroks 6 5 3 8 +4 2 F
Mikael Renberg 10 5 3 8 +6 6 F
Source: [1]

Leading goaltenders

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 40% of their team's minutes are included in this list.
Player MIP GA GAA SVS% SO
Tommy Salo 540 7 0.78 .959 3
Ari Sulander 477 10 1.26 .956 2
Mike Rosati 299 8 1.61 .950 1
Milan Hnilička 430 10 1.40 .940 2
François Gravel 94 4 2.55 .938 0
Source: [2]

See also

Citations

  1. ^ Qualifier explanation
  2. ^ Tournament summary at Passionhockey.com

References

  • Complete results
  • Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports. pp. 498–528.  
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. pp. 161–3. 
  • Archive Switzerland 1998
  • Qualifying tournament details
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