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1938 World Ice Hockey Championships (An Earlier World Cup of Football)

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1938 World Ice Hockey Championships
Tournament details
Host country Czechoslovakia
Dates 11–20 February 1938
Teams 14
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Germany (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fourth place Flag of Sweden Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 39
Goals scored 171 (4.38 per match)
1937
1939

The 1938 Ice Hockey World Championships were held between February 11 to 20, 1938 in Prague. It marked the 30th anniversary of the IIHF, and a special celebration was held with famous hockey players from all over Europe in attendance.

Germany would shock the ice hockey world after they defeated the Canadians in the final. The Germans would also claim the European Championship after finishing ahead of the United Kingdom who would finish in 3rd place.

First Round

Group A

11 February 1938 Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 1 – 0
(0–0, 1–0, 0–0)
Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946; 3-2 aspect ratio) Hungary

11 February 1938 Lithuania Flag of Lithuania 2 – 0
(0–0, 0–0, 2–0)
Flag of Romania Romania

12 February 1938 Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 9 – 1
(3–0, 1–1, 5–0)
Flag of Romania Romania

12 February 1938 Poland Flag of Poland 7 – 2
(3–0, 2–2, 2–0)
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania

13 February 1938 Poland Flag of Poland 3 – 0
(2–0, 0–0, 1–0)
Flag of Romania Romania

13 February 1938 Hungary Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946; 3-2 aspect ratio) 8 – 0
(3–0, 2–0, 2–0)
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania

14 February 1938 Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 13 – 0
(6–0, 4–0, 3–0)
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania

14 February 1938 Hungary Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946; 3-2 aspect ratio) 2 – 1
(1–0, 0–1, 1–0)
Flag of Poland Poland

15 February 1938 Hungary Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946; 3-2 aspect ratio) 3 – 1
(1–0, 1–1, 1–0)
Flag of Romania Romania

15 February 1938 Switzerland Flag of Switzerland 6 – 0
(2–0, 3–0, 1–0)
Flag of Poland Poland
Rank Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
1 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 4 4 0 0 29 1 8
2 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946; 3-2 aspect ratio) Hungary 4 3 0 1 13 3 6
3 Flag of Poland Poland 4 2 0 2 11 10 4
4 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 4 1 0 3 4 28 2
5 Flag of Romania Romania 4 0 0 4 1 17 0

Group B

11 February 1938 Latvia Flag of Latvia 2 – 2 (OT)
(0–0, 1–0, 0–1, 1–1, 0–0)
Flag of Norway Norway

11 February 1938 Germany Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) 2 – 0
(2–0, 0–0, 0–0)
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom

12 February 1938 Latvia Flag of Latvia 1 – 0
(0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick United States

12 February 1938 United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 7 – 0
(3–0, 2–0, 2–0)
Flag of Norway Norway

13 February 1938 United States US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick 6 – 2
(2–1, 2–0, 2–1)
Flag of Norway Norway

13 February 1938 Germany Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) 2 – 1
(1–1, 1–0, 0–0)
Flag of Latvia Latvia

14 February 1938 United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 6 – 0
(2–0, 1–0, 3–0)
Flag of Latvia Latvia

14 February 1938 Germany Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) 1 – 0 (OT)
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick United States

15 February 1938 Germany Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) 7 – 1
(2–1, 3–0, 2–0)
Flag of Norway Norway

15 February 1938 United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 1 – 0
(0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick United States
Rank Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
1 Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Germany 4 4 0 0 12 2 8
2 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom 4 3 0 1 14 2 6
3 Flag of Latvia Latvia 4 1 1 2 4 10 3
4 US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick United States 4 1 0 3 6 5 2
5 Flag of Norway Norway 4 0 1 3 5 22 1

Group C

11 February 1938 Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 3 – 1
(0–0, 2–0, 1–1)
Flag of Sweden Sweden

11 February 1938 Austria Flag of Austria 1 – 0
(0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia

13 February 1938 Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 4 – 0
(2–0, 2–0, 0–0)
Flag of Austria Austria

13 February 1938 Czechoslovakia Flag of Czechoslovakia 0 – 0 (OT)
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 0–0)
Flag of Sweden Sweden

15 February 1938 Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 4 – 0
(2–0, 1–0, 1–0)
Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia

15 February 1938 Sweden Flag of Sweden 1 – 0
(0–0, 1–0, 0–0)
Flag of Austria Austria
Rank Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
1 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 Canada 3 3 0 0 11 1 6
2 Flag of Sweden Sweden 3 1 1 1 2 3 3
3 Flag of Austria Austria 3 1 0 2 1 5 2
4 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 3 0 1 2 0 5 1

Second Round

Group A

16 February 1938 Sweden Flag of Sweden 5 – 0
(2–0, 3–0, 0–0)
Flag of Latvia Latvia

17 February 1938 Latvia Flag of Latvia 2 – 1
(1–1, 1–0, 0–0)
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland

18 February 1938 Sweden Flag of Sweden 2 – 1
(0–1, 1–0, 1–0)
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Rank Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
1 Flag of Sweden Sweden 2 2 0 0 8 1 4
2 Flag of Latvia Latvia 2 1 0 1 2 6 2
3 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 2 0 0 2 2 5 0

Group B

16 February 1938 Austria Flag of Austria 2 – 0
(2–0, 0–0, 0–0)
Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946; 3-2 aspect ratio) Hungary

17 February 1938 Germany Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) 6 – 1
(3–1, 2–0, 1–0)
Flag of Austria Austria

18 February 1938 Germany Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) 3 – 0
(1–0, 2–0, 0–0)
Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946; 3-2 aspect ratio) Hungary
Rank Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
1 Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Germany 2 2 0 0 9 1 4
2 Flag of Austria Austria 2 1 0 1 3 6 2
3 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946; 3-2 aspect ratio) Hungary 2 0 0 2 0 5 0

Group C

16 February 1938 United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 8 – 0
(3–0, 3–0, 2–0)
Flag of Poland Poland

17 February 1938 Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 7 – 2
(2–2, 4–0, 1–0)
Flag of Poland Poland

18 February 1938 Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 2 – 1
(2–0, 0–0, 0–1)
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Rank Team GP W T L GF GA Pts
1 Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 Canada 2 2 0 0 9 3 4
2 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom 2 1 0 1 9 2 2
3 Flag of Poland Poland 2 0 0 2 2 15 0

Final Round

Semi Finals

19 February 1938 Germany Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) 3 – 2
(1–0, 0–2, 2–0)
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom

19 February 1938 Canada Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 4 – 0
(2–0, 2–0, 0–0)
Flag of Sweden Sweden

Third Place

20 February 1938 United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom 3 – 1
(3–0, 0–0, 0–1)
Flag of Sweden Sweden

Final

20 February 1938 Germany Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) 1 – 0 (OT)
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0, 1–0)
Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 Canada

Final Rankings

Gold medal blank Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Germany
Silver medal blank Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 Canada
Bronze medal blank Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
4 Flag of Sweden Sweden
5 Flag of Austria Austria
5 Flag of Latvia Latvia
7 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946; 3-2 aspect ratio) Hungary
7 Flag of Poland Poland
7 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
10 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
10 US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick United States
12 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
12 Flag of Norway Norway
14 Flag of Romania Romania
1938 World Ice Hockey Championships Winners
Flag of German Reich (1935–1945)
Germany
1st title

European Rankings

Gold medal blank Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Germany
Silver medal blank Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Bronze medal blank Flag of Sweden Sweden
4 Flag of Austria Austria
4 Flag of Latvia Latvia
6 Flag of Hungary (1915-1918, 1919-1946; 3-2 aspect ratio) Hungary
6 Flag of Poland Poland
6 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
9 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
10 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
10 Flag of Norway Norway
12 Flag of Romania Romania
1938 European Ice Hockey Championships Winners
Flag of German Reich (1935–1945)
Germany
3rd title

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