Ice hockey at the 1968 Winter Olympics

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Ice hockey at the 1968 Winter Olympics
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Tournament details
Host countryFlag of France.svg  France
Dates6–17 February
Teams14
Final positions
Champions  Gold medal blank.svg Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union (3rd title)
Runner-up  Silver medal blank.svg Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Third place  Bronze medal blank.svg Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Fourth placeFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played43
Goals scored316 (7.35 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Anatoli Firsov 16 points

The men's ice hockey tournament at the 1968 Winter Olympics held in Grenoble, France, was the 11th Olympic Championship, also serving as the 35th World Championships and the 46th European Championships. This was the last Olympic tournament to include the World and European titles. Games were held at the Palais des Sports. The Soviet Union won their third Olympic gold medal, eighth World Championship and twelfth European Championship. Czechoslovakia won the silver, followed by Canada taking the bronze. [1]

Contents

For the first (and only) time, not all qualifiers were given the opportunity to play for medals, as the lowest two ranked qualifiers (Japan and Austria), together with host France were placed directly into the Consolation Group. Poland and Italy qualified but declined to participate. [2] [3]

Teams

Fourteen nations participated:

Highlights

In their penultimate match of the tournament, the USSR team lost to the Czechoslovakian team, which gave a tie-breaking advantage to the latter as each team had a record of 5 wins, 1 loss (10 points) with one game remaining. Yet the USSR team was also tied with Canada and would play the Canadians in the final game of the tournament. For teams finishing with identical records, it is games between those against each other that determines the placings. [4] [5] To win the championship, Czechoslovakia needed to win its game against Sweden and for Canada to lose or tie its match with USSR. Had Canada won against USSR and Czechoslovakia won its game over Sweden, Canada would have tied Czechoslovakia with 12 points but prevailed in the tie breaker to win the championship. [2] [5] [6] In their final matches of the tournament, Sweden tied with Czechoslovakia, while the USSR won its game against Canada, and the gold medal.

Firsts

East Germany participated for the first and only time in these games and played its final game with rival West Germany. The West prevailed 4-2. [5] Finland pulled off a historic first, defeating Canada in the second day of competition. For the USSR, their loss broke a record tying streak of 39 straight World Championship games without a loss. [5]

Medalists

PosTeam
GoldFlag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
SilverFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
BronzeFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada

First round

Flag of East Germany.svg East Germany - Flag of Norway.svg Norway 3:1 (2:1, 1:0, 0:0)

4. February 1968 - Grenoble
Goalscorers: Joachim Ziesche, Lothar Fuchs, Peter Prusa - Odd Syversen.

Flag of Finland.svg Finland - Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia 11:2 (3:0, 6:0, 2:2)

4. February 1968 - Grenoble
Goalscorers: Lasse Oksanen 2, Esa Peltonen 2, Matti Reunamaki 2, Juhani Wahlsten, Veli-Pekka Ketola, Matti Keinonen, Matti Harju, Pekka Leimu - Albin Felc, Franc Smolej.

Flag of Germany.svg West Germany - Flag of Romania.svg Romania 7:0 (1:0, 3:0, 3:0)

4. February 1968 - Grenoble
Goalscorers: Gustav Hanig 2, Alois Schloder, Ernst Kopf, Otto Schneitberger, Horst Meindl, Heinz Weisenbach.

Finland, East Germany and West Germany qualify for Group A medal round. Romania, Yugoslavia and Norway participate in Group B for 9th-14th place.

World Championship Group A (France)

Final Round

First place team wins gold, second silver and third bronze.

RankTeamPldWLTGFGAPts
1Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 7610481012
2Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 7511331711
3Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 7520281510
4Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 742123189
5Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 733117237
6Flag of the United States.svg  United States 724123285
7Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 716013392
8Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 707013480


Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia – Flag of the United States.svg USA 5:1 (1:1, 2:0, 2:0)

6. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Suchý, Havel, Jiřík, Hejma, Jiří Holík – Volmar.
Referees: Dahlberg, Wiking (SWE)

Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR – Flag of Finland.svg Finland 8:0 (3:0, 2:0, 3:0)

6. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Starshinov 2, Mishakov 2, Zimin 2, Firsov, Polupanov.
Referees: Bucala, Kořínek (TCH)

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada – Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 6:1 (0:0, 4:1, 2:0)

6. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Bourbonnais 2, Cadieux, Dinnen, Mott, Huck – Kopf.
Referees: Seglin, Snietkov (URS)

Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden – Flag of the United States.svg USA 4:3 (0:0, 4:2, 0:1)

7. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Nilsson, Wickberg, Hedlund, Bengsston – Falkman, Lilyholm, Nanne.
Referees: McEvoy, Kubinec (CAN)

Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR – Flag of East Germany.svg East Germany 9:0 (4:0, 2:0, 3:0)

7. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Firsov 3, Vikulov 2, Mishakov, Starshinov, Alexandrov, Zaytsev.
Referees: Wycisk (POL), Johannessen (NOR)

Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia – Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 5:1 (1:0, 2:0, 2:1)

8. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Hrbatý, Golonka, Havel, Hejma, Ševčík – Lax.
Referees: Kubinec, McEvoy (CAN)

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada – Flag of Finland.svg Finland 2:5 (1:2, 0:1, 1:2)

8. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: O’Shea, McMillan – Keinonen, Oksanen, J. Peltonen, Koskela, Wahlsten.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Seglin (URS)

Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden – Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 5:4 (4:3, 0:0, 1:1)

9. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Svedberg, Lundström, Nordlander, Olsson, Öberg – Kuhn, Hanig, Reif, Kopf.
Referees: Kořínek, Bucala (TCH)

Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR – Flag of the United States.svg USA 10:2 (6:0, 4:2, 0:0)

9. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Firsov 3, Blinov 2, Polupanov 2, Kuzkin, Starshinov, Moyseyev – Ross, Morrison.
Referees: Dahlberg (SWE), Kubinec (CAN)

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada – Flag of East Germany.svg East Germany 11:0 (4:0, 4:0, 3:0)

9. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Mott 4, Huck 2, Hargreaves, O’Shea, Bourbonnais, Monteith, H. Pinder.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Sillankorva (FIN)

Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia – Flag of Finland.svg Finland 4:3 (0:1, 3:0, 1:2)

10. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Nedomanský 2, Golonka, Havel – Keinonen, Ketola, Oksanen.
Referees: Wiking (SWE), Snětkov (URS)

Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden – Flag of East Germany.svg East Germany 5:2 (1:0, 2:1, 2:1)

10. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Hedlund 2, Wickberg, Lundström, Henriksson – Plotka, Fuchs.
Referees: Seglin (URS), Wycisk (POL)

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada – Flag of the United States.svg USA 3:2 (1:2, 0:0, 2:0)

11. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Cadieux 2, Johnston – Pleau, Riutta.
Referees: Snietkov, Seglin (URS)

Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR – Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 9:1 (4:1, 4:0, 1:0)

11. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Polupanov 2, Alexandrov 2, Ionov, Starshinov, Mayorov, Moyseyev, Firsov – Funk.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Valentin (AUT)

Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia – Flag of East Germany.svg East Germany 10:3 (5:2, 1:0, 4:1)

12. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Horešovský 4, Nedomanský 2, Jiřík, Suchý, Kochta, Ševčík – Karrenbauer, Novy, Peters.
Referees: Dahlberg (SWE), Sillankorva (FIN)

Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden – Flag of Finland.svg Finland 5:1 (1:0, 2:1, 2:0)

12. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Wickberg 2, Granholm, Nillsson, Bengsston – Oksanen.
Referees: Kubinec (CAN), Kořínek (TCH)

Flag of the United States.svg USA – Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 8:1 (2:1, 4:0, 2:0)

12. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Volmar 2, Ross, Morrison, Nanne, Pleau, Cunnoff, P. Hurley – Funk.
Referees: McEvoy (CAN), Seglin (URS)

Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR – Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 3:2 (1:1, 0:0, 2:1)

13. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Firsov 2, Blinov – Öberg, Svedberg.
Referees: Kubinec (CAN), Kořínek (TCH)

Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia – Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada 2:3 (0:0, 0:3, 2:0)

13. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Havel, Nedomanský – Huck, Bourbonnais, Cadieux.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Sillankorva (FIN)

Flag of East Germany.svg East Germany – Flag of Finland.svg Finland 2:3 (1:2, 0:1, 1:0)

14. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: R. Noack, Peters – Harju 2, Keinonen.
Referees: Bucala (TCH), Dahlberg (SWE)

Flag of East Germany.svg East Germany – Flag of the United States.svg USA 4:6 (1:3, 1:1, 2:2)

15. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Fuchs 2, Karrenbauer 2 – Stordahl 2, P. Hurley 2, Volmar, Lilyholm.
Referees: Kubinec (CAN), Seglin (URS)

Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden – Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada 0:3 (0:2, 0:0, 0:1)

15. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Johnston, G. Pinder, O‘Shea.
Referees: Sillankorva (FIN), Kořínek (TCH)

Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia – Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR 5:4 (3:1, 1:1, 1:2)

15. February 1968 - Grenoble
Goal scorers: Ševčík, Hejma, Havel, Golonka, Jiřík – Mayorov 2, Blinov, Polupanov.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Dahlberg (SWE)

Flag of Finland.svg Finland– Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 4:1 (2:1, 1:0, 1:0)

16. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Leimu 2, Ketola, J. Peltonen – Schloder.
Referees: Kořínek, Bucala (TCH)

Flag of East Germany.svg East Germany – Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 2:4 (0:1, 1:2, 1:1)

17. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Hiller, Fuchs – Funk, Waitl, Hanig, Lax.
Referees: McEvoy (CAN), Kořínek (TCH)

Flag of the United States.svg USA – Flag of Finland.svg Finland 1:1 (1:1, 0:0, 0:0)

17. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Volmar – Wahlsten.
Referees: Kubinec (CAN), Seglin (URS)

Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia – Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 2:2 (1:1, 1:0, 0:1)

17. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Golonka, Hrbatý – Bengtsson, Henriksson.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Sillankorva (FIN)

Flag of the Soviet Union.svg USSR – Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada 5:0 (1:0, 1:0, 3:0)

17. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goal scorers: Firsov 2, Mishakov, Starshinov, Zimin.
Referees: Trumble (USA), Dahlberg (SWE)

World Championship Group B (France)

Consolation Round

Teams in this group play for 9th-14th places.

RankTeamPldWLTGFGAPts
9Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 550033910
10Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 541027128
11Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 532015156
12Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania 523022234
13Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 514012272
14Flag of France.svg  France 50509320


Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia – Flag of Japan.svg Japan 5:1 (2:0, 0:0, 3:1)

7. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Tisler 2, Beravs, Felc, Mlakar – Iwamoto.

Flag of Romania.svg Romania – Flag of Austria.svg Austria 3:2 (2:1, 1:1, 0:0)

7. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Fagarasi, Calamar, Mois – Schupp, Samonig.

Flag of Norway.svg Norway – Flag of France.svg France 4:1 (1:1, 2:0, 1:0)

8. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Hagensen, Smefjell, Dalsören, Mikkelsen – Liberman.

Flag of France.svg France – Flag of Romania.svg Romania 3:7 (0:2, 0:2, 3:3)

9. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Itzicsohn, Mazza, Lacarriere – Iuliu Szabo 2, Florescu 2, Pana, Geza Szabo, Stefan.

Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia – Flag of Austria.svg Austria 6:0 (2:0, 2:0, 2:0)

9. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Ivo Jan 3, Roman Smolej, Tisler, Klinar.

Flag of Japan.svg Japan – Flag of Norway.svg Norway 4:0 (2:0, 2:0, 0:0)

10. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Okajima 2, Ebina, Araki.

Flag of France.svg France – Flag of Austria.svg Austria 2:5 (0:1, 2:3, 0:1)

11. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Faucomprez, Caux – Puschnig 2, Kirchbaumer, St. John, Schupp.

Flag of Japan.svg Japan – Flag of Romania.svg Romania 5:4 (3:0, 1:3, 1:1)

12. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Hikigi 2, Araki, Itoh, Kudo – Florescu, Pana, Mois, Ionescu.

Flag of Norway.svg Norway – Flag of Austria.svg Austria 5:4 (3:1, 2:1, 0:2)

12. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Dalsören 2, Bjölbak, Olsen, Hansen – Schupp 2, Weingärtner, St. John.

Flag of France.svg France – Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia 1:10 (0:6, 0:1, 1:3)

13. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Itzicsohn – Tisler 3, Ivo Jan 2, Felc 2, Beravs, Roman Smolej, Hiti.

Flag of Norway.svg Norway – Flag of Romania.svg Romania 4:3 (2:2, 1:1, 1:0)

14. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Bergeid, Olsen, Syversen, Mikkelsen – Pana, Iuliu Szabo, Czaka.

Flag of Japan.svg Japan – Flag of Austria.svg Austria 11:1 (1:0, 6:0, 4:1)

15. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Itoh 2, Okajima 2, Hikigi 2, Araki, Kudo, Takashima, Toriyabe, Iwamoto – Puschnig.

Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia – Flag of Romania.svg Romania 9:5 (5:3, 1:1, 3:1)

16. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Roman Smolej 2, Tisler 2, Felc 2, Ivo Jan, Hiti, Jug – Iuliu Szabo 2, Tekei, Florescu, Geza Szabo.

Flag of France.svg France – Flag of Japan.svg Japan 2:6 (0:0, 0:4, 2:2)

17. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Mazza, Faucomprez – Ebina 2, Hikigi, Itoh, Okajima, Araki.

Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia – Flag of Norway.svg Norway 3:2 (1:1, 0:0, 2:1)

17. February 1968 – Grenoble
Goalscorers: Hiti, Franz Smolej, Ivo Jan - Dalsören, Bjölbak.

Statistics

Average age

Gold medalists team USSR was the oldest team in the tournament, averaging 26 years and 9 months. Team France was the youngest team in the tournament, averaging 22 years and 5 months. Tournament average was 24 years and 10 months.1

Leading scorers

RkTeamPlayerGPGAPts
1 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Anatoli Firsov 712416
2 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Viktor Polupanov 76612
2 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Viacheslav Starshinov 76612
4 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Vladimir Vikulov 721012
5 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jozef Golonka 74610
6 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Fran Huck 7459
7 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jan Hrbatý 7279
8 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Marshall Johnston 7268
8 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Morrison 7268
10 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Václav Nedomanský 7527

Leading scorers–Consolation Round

RkTeamPlayerGPGAPts
1 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Albin Felc 55611
2 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Viktor Tišler 58210
2 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Ivo Jan 5628
4 Flag of Japan.svg Takao Hikigi 5538
5 Flag of Romania.svg Gyula Szabó 5448

Final ranking

  1. Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
  2. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
  3. Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
  4. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
  5. Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
  6. Flag of the United States.svg  United States
  7. Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
  8. Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
  9. Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
  10. Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
  11. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
  12. Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
  13. Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
  14. Flag of France.svg  France

European Championship final ranking

  1. Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
  2. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
  3. Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
  4. Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
  5. Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
  6. Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany
  7. Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
  8. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
  9. Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
  10. Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
  11. Flag of France.svg  France

IIHF Awards

Best Goaltender Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ken Broderick
Best Defenceman Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Josef Horešovský
Best Forward Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Anatoli Firsov

Citations

  1. "Ice Hockey at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  2. 1 2 Duplacey p. 505
  3. 1967 summary that notes qualifiers
  4. Podneiks p. 110
  5. 1 2 3 4 Olympic summary
  6. Wallechinsky p. 614

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