1997 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

The 1997 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships were held in Geneva and Morges, Switzerland. The tournament was won by Canada, who won their record fifth-straight gold medal with a 2–0 victory over the United States in the gold medal match. Mike York of the United States was the top scorer in the tournament, with five goals and five assists for ten points.

The tournament all-star team selected upon the conclusion of the tournament included forwards Mike York (United States), Sergei Samsonov (Russia) and Christian Dube (Canada); defencemen Mark Streit (Switzerland) and Chris Phillips (Canada); and goaltender Brian Boucher (United States).

Notable future National Hockey League (NHL) stars that played in this year's tournament included Joe Thornton (Canada), Daniel Brière (Canada) and Marián Hossa (Slovakia).

Round robin

Group A

December 26, 1996United States 4 – 0  SwitzerlandPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
December 26, 1996Czech Republic 8 – 2 GermanyMorges
December 27, 1996Canada 4 – 1
(1-1, 1-0, 2-0)
 GermanyPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
Attendance: 850
December 27, 1996Czech Republic 1 – 1  SwitzerlandMorges
December 28, 1996Canada 4 – 4
(2-2, 1-0, 1-2)
 United StatesPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
Attendance: 2,769
December 29, 1996Switzerland  6 – 2 GermanyPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
December 29, 1996United States 2 – 1 Czech RepublicPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
December 30, 1996Canada 4 – 1
(0-1, 2-0, 2-0)
  SwitzerlandPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
Attendance: 3,353
December 31, 1996Canada 3 – 3
(1-1, 1-1, 1-1)
 Czech RepublicPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
Attendance: 515
December 31, 1996United States 8 – 0 GermanyPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva

Group B

December 26, 1996Russia 4 – 3 SlovakiaPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
December 26, 1996Finland 7 – 0 PolandMorges
December 27, 1996Slovakia 4 – 1 SwedenPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
December 27, 1996Russia 12 – 0 PolandMorges
December 28, 1996Finland 4 – 2 SwedenMorges
December 29, 1996Slovakia 7 – 4 PolandMorges
December 29, 1996Russia 4 – 2 FinlandMorges
December 30, 1996Sweden 7 – 2 PolandMorges
December 31, 1996Finland 4 – 3 SlovakiaMorges
December 31, 1996Russia 0 – 0 SwedenMorges

Relegation round

December 29, 1996Switzerland  6 – 2 GermanyPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
December 30, 1996Sweden 7 – 2 PolandMorges
January 2, 1997Switzerland  6 – 1 PolandMorges
January 2, 1997Sweden 8 – 2 GermanyMorges
January 3, 1997Switzerland  6 – 2 SwedenMorges
January 3, 1997Germany 7 – 0 PolandMorges

 Poland was relegated for the 1998 World Junior Championships.

Medal Rounds

 Quarter finals  Semi finals  Final
              
   QF1 Canada3 
 A2 Canada7  B1 Russia2  
 B3 Slovakia2    SF1 Canada2
   SF2 United States0
   QF2 Czech Republic2  
 B2 Finland2  A1 United States5 Third place
 A3 Czech Republic3 QF1 Russia4
 QF2 Czech Republic1

Quarterfinals

January 1, 1997Canada 7 – 2
(0-0, 3-1, 4-1)
 SlovakiaPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
Attendance: 1,101
January 1, 1997Czech Republic 3 – 2 GWS
(0–1, 1–0, 1–1, 0-0, 3-1)
 FinlandPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva

Semifinals

January 3, 1997Canada 3 – 2
(1-1, 0-1, 2-0)
 RussiaPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
Attendance: 1,976
January 3, 1997United States 5 – 2
(2–2, 1–0, 2–0)
 Czech RepublicPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva

5th place game

January 3, 1997Finland 6 – 4
(4–1, 0–1, 2–2)
 SlovakiaMorges

Bronze Medal Game

4 January 19973rd place, bronze medalist(s)Russia 4-1
(2-0, 1-1, 1-0)
 Czech RepublicPatinoire des Vernets, Geneva
Attendance: 855

Gold Medal Game

4 January 19971st place, gold medalist(s)Canada 2-0
(0-0, 1-0, 1-0)
 United States 2nd place, silver medalist(s)Patinoire des Vernets, Geneva
Attendance: 4,269

Final standings

 Poland was relegated for the 1998 World Juniors

Scoring leaders

Goaltending leaders

(minimum 40% team's total ice time)

Tournament awards

Pool B

This tournament was played in Kyiv Ukraine, from December 27 to January 5.

Standings

 Kazakhstan was promoted to Pool A, and  Italy was relegated to Pool C, for 1998.

Pool C

Played in Gheorgheni and Miercurea Ciuc, Romania from December 30 to January 3.

Preliminary Round

Group A
Group B

Placement Games

 Belarus was promoted to Pool B, and  Netherlands was relegated to Pool D for 1998.

Pool D

Played in Sofia Bulgaria from December 30 to January 3.

Preliminary Round

Group A
Group B

Placement Games

 Estonia was promoted to Pool C for 1998.

External links

  • 1997 World Junior Hockey Championships at TSN.ca
  • Complete details in French at Passionhockey.com
  • Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press.

References


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