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1959 World Ice Hockey Championships

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Host country  Czechoslovakia
Arena(s)  (in 7 host cities)
Fourth place  United States
Teams  12
Goals scored  397
Dates  5–15 March
Runner-up  Soviet Union
Scoring leader(s)  Red Berenson 13 points
Attendance  406,601
Matches played  48
1959 World Ice Hockey Championships
Champion  Canadian National Men's Hockey Team
Third place  Czechoslovakia men's national ice hockey team
Similar  1957 World Ice Hockey Championships, 1991 Men's World Ice Hockey C, 1987 World Ice Hockey Championships, 2004 Men's World Ice Hockey C, 2014 Men's World Ice Hockey C

The 1959 Ice Hockey World Championships were held between March 5 and March 15, 1959, in Prague, and six other cities in Czechoslovakia. Canada, represented by the Belleville McFarlands, won their eighteenth World championship, winning every game but their last. The Soviet Union finished second, claiming their fifth European title followed by the host Czechs. In the consolation round, West Germany played against East Germany for the first time in a World Championship, with the west winning easily, 8 - 0.


First Round

Twelve teams played in three groups where first and second place advanced to the final round, while the 3rd and 4th place teams competed in a consolation round.

Group 1

Played in Bratislava.

Group 2

Played in Brno.

Group 3

Played in Ostrava.

Final Round

Played in Prague. Canada finished first by virtue of a better goal differential, 14 to 10. The Czechs captured bronze in dramatic fashion, they needed to win against the previously undefeated Canadians in the final game and by enough of a margin to beat out the Americans on tie-breakers. By scoring an empty net goal in the dying moments of the final game the Czechs equaled the Americans on points (6 each), and goal differential (8 each). The final tie-breaker was goal average, in which the Czechs had the advantage 1.57 to 1.53.

Consolation Round

Played in Kladno, Mladá Boleslav and Kolín.

World Championship Group B (Czechoslovakia)

Three other nations played a secondary tournament in Plzen. A Czechoslovakia 'B' (junior) team also participated in the tournament. Had their games counted, they would've finished first.

Tournament awards

  • Best players selected by the directorate:
  • Best Goaltender: Nikolai Puchkov
  • Best Defenceman: Jean Lamirande
  • Best Forward: Bob Cleary
  • References

    1959 World Ice Hockey Championships Wikipedia

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