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1995 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships

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Host country  Sweden
Teams  12
Champions  Finland (1st title)
Dates  23 April – 7 May
Venue(s)  2 (in 2 host cities)
Runner-up  Sweden
1995 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships

The 1995 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships was played in Stockholm and Gävle Sweden, from 23 April to 7 May 1995. In the tournament finals, Finland won the gold medal by winning over Sweden 4–1 at the Globen arena in Stockholm. The Finnish goals were scored by Timo Jutila and Ville Peltonen, who scored a hat trick.

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The gold medal was the first in Finland's history. Sweden had written a fight song, "Den glider in", which also was intended to be the official song of the championships. After the finals, the song became very popular in Finland.

Because of the 1994–95 NHL lockout, it originally created a dream scenario for the tournament hosts. With a cancelled NHL season, all NHL players free from injuries would have been available. But when the NHL season began in late January 1995, it instead created a scenario where less NHL players than usual became available. The Canadian and American teams would logically be hit the hardest, but the Americans found a way to lead their group in the first round. The Canadians, who struggled in the early tournament, beat the Americans in the quarter-finals, lost in overtime to the Swedes, and then beat the Czechs for the bronze. Andrew McKim, playing in the minors for the Adirondack Red Wings ended up being the tournament scoring leader.

Consolation round 11–12 place

Switzerland was relegated to Group B.

Final

Time is local (UTC+2).

World Championship Group B (Slovakia)

Played in Bratislava, 12–21 April. The hosts bettered their Group C record of the previous year, this time winning all their games. Thirty-eight-year-old Peter Stastny led the tournament in scoring.

Slovakia was promoted to Group A while Romania was relegated to Group C.

World Championship Group C1 (Bulgaria)

Played in Sofia 20–26 March. Nine teams took part this year because Yugoslavia was given the right to return to the group that they had last played in as the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The consequence was that two teams were relegated. They played in three groups of three where the first place teams contested promotion and the third place teams contested relegation. Two years after failing to qualify for Group C, Belarus got a rematch against Ukraine and Kazakhstan, this time coming out on top.

Final round 21–23 place

Belarus was promoted to Group B.

Consolation round 27–29 place

Both Yugoslavia and Bulgaria were relegated to group C2.

World Championship Group C2 (South Africa)

Played in Johannesburg and Krugersdorp in South Africa from 21–30 March. Two groups of five played round robins where the top two from each contested promotion. The bottom five teams were relegated to qualification tournaments for 1996 Group D. Belgian player Joris Peusens was only fifteen years old.

Group 1

Greece was relegated to Group D qualification.

Group 2

New Zealand was relegated to Group D qualification.

Final round 30–33 place

Croatia only needed to tie Lithuania in their final game to earn promotion to Group C1, and they did so.

Consolation round 34–37 place

Israel, Australia, and South Africa, all were relegated to Group D qualification.

Final standings

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

Scoring leaders

List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals.

Source: [1]

Leading goaltenders

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 50% of their team's minutes are included in this list.

Source: [2]

References

1995 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships Wikipedia


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