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Ice hockey at the 1948 Winter Olympics

Ice hockey at the 1948 Winter Olympics
Tournament details
Host country   Switzerland
Dates 30 January–8 February
Teams 9
Venue(s) St. Moritz Olympic Ice Rink, Suvretta, Kulm (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions   Canada (5th title)
Runner-up   Czechoslovakia
Third place    Switzerland
Fourth place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 36
Goals scored 482 (13.39 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Walter Halder
(29 points)

The men's ice hockey tournament (women's was added in 1998) at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, was the 6th Olympic Championship, also serving as the 15th World Championships and the 26th European Championships. Canada, represented by the Ottawa RCAF Flyers team of Canadian Armed Forces personnel, won its fifth Olympic gold medal and 12th World Championship. Highest finishing European team Czechoslovakia won the silver medal and its eighth European Championship.

Contents

  • Rival United States teams 1
  • Final tournament 2
  • Results 3
  • Top scorer 4
    • Team Members 4.1
  • European Championship medal table 5
  • References 6

Rival United States teams

The tournament was marred by controversy before the Games began. The United States sent two hockey teams to compete in St. Moritz, which nearly caused the cancellation of the entire tournament.[1][2] At the center of the issue was amateurism.[3] One team was sponsored by the opening ceremony. Eventually the parties agreed to allow the AHA team to play but they would receive no official ranking in the Olympic tournament, and they would not be eligible to win a medal.[4] Because this tournament was also the LIHG (forerunner of the IIHF) World Championship, they maintained a fourth place in that ranking.[5]

Final tournament

The tournament was run in a round-robin format with nine teams participating. The Canadians had seven wins and one tie against the team from Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia also won seven games. The tournament was decided on goal average. Canada outscored their opponents 69:5 (a 13.8 goal average). The Czechoslovakia team outscored their opponents 80:18 (a 4.44 goal average). On the final day the Swiss watched the Czechoslovaks beat the Americans dashing their gold medal aspirations, and then lost their opportunity for silver in a loss to Canada, finishing with a bronze.[6]

Medal Team
Gold  Canada
Silver  Czechoslovakia
Bronze   Switzerland
Pld W L T GF GA Pts
 Canada 8 7 0 1 69 5 15
 Czechoslovakia 8 7 0 1 80 18 15
  Switzerland 8 6 2 0 67 21 12
 Sweden 8 4 4 0 55 28 8
 Great Britain 8 3 5 0 39 47 6
 Poland 8 2 6 0 29 97 4
 Austria 8 1 7 0 33 77 2
 Italy 8 0 8 0 24 156 0
 United States * 8 5 3 0 86 33 10

* United States team was disqualified. Only eight teams are officially ranked.

Results

  • January 30
    • Switzerland 5-4 USA
    • Canada 3-1 Sweden
    • Poland 7-5 Austria
    • Czechoslovakia 22-3 Italy
  • January 31
    • USA 23-4 Poland
    • Czechoslovakia 6-3 Sweden
    • Switzerland 16-0 Italy
    • United Kingdom 5-4 Austria
  • February 1
    • Canada 3-0 United Kingdom
    • USA 31-1 Italy
    • Switzerland 11-2 Austria
    • Czechoslovakia 13-1 Poland
  • February 2
    • Sweden 7-1 Austria
    • Canada 15-0 Poland
    • Czechoslovakia 11-4 United Kingdom
  • February 3
    • Canada 21-1 Italy
    • USA 5-2 Sweden
  • February 4
    • Czechoslovakia 17-3 Austria
    • Poland 13-7 Italy
    • Switzerland 12-3 United Kingdom
  • February 5
    • Austria 16-5 Italy
    • United Kingdom 7-2 Poland
    • Switzerland 8-2 Sweden
    • Canada 12-3 USA
  • February 6
    • Switzerland 14-0 Poland
    • Canada 0-0 Czechoslovakia
    • Sweden 4-3 United Kingdom
    • USA 13-2 Austria
  • February 7
    • USA 4-3 United Kingdom
    • Czechoslovakia 7-1 Switzerland
    • Canada 12-0 Austria
    • Sweden 23-0 Italy
  • February 8
    • United Kingdom 14-7 Italy
    • Czechoslovakia 4-3 USA
    • Canada 3-0 Switzerland
    • Sweden 13-2 Poland

Top scorer

Team GP G A Pts
Walter Halder 8 21 8 29

Team Members

RCAF Flyers
Country Members
CAN Ab Renaud, Reg Schroeter, Irving Taylor; Trainer: Frank Boucher

European Championship medal table

 Czechoslovakia
  Switzerland
 Sweden
4  Great Britain
5  Poland
6  Austria
7  Italy

References

  • Findling, John E.; Pelle, Kimberly D. (2004). Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement. Westport CT.: Greenwood Press.  
  • Jeux Olympiques de Saint-Moritz 1948
  • Ishockey VM OS 1947-1954
  1. ^ "1948-Winter Olympics V (St. Moritz, Switzerland)". CTV global media. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Storms over St. Moritz". Time Magazine (Time Inc.). 1948-02-09. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  3. ^ a b Findling & Pelle (2004), p. 316
  4. ^ a b c d Findling & Pelle (2004), p. 317
  5. ^ Results and commentary in french
  6. ^ "Rapport General sur les Ves Jeux Olympiques D'Hiver St Moritz 1948" (PDF). la84foundation.org. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
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