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1971 IIHF European Championship (Munich Goes Sour)

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1971 IIHF European Championship
Europamästerskapet i ishockey 1971
1971 IIHF Euro Championship logo (Munich Goes Sour)
Tournament details
Host country Flag of Sweden Sweden
Teams 8
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank Soviet Union Soviet Union (13th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Third place Bronze medal blank Sweden Sweden
Fourth place Finland Finland
(as part of the
World Championship)

The 1960 IIHF European Championship was the 47th European ice hockey championships arranged by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the first independent tournament since the 1932 edition. The tournament was held in Stockholm, Sweden.

As the World Championships, teams participated at three levels of competition.


Between 1910–1914 and 1921–1932, the Ice Hockey European Championship had existed as an annual ice hockey tournament for European countries associated to the International Ice Hockey Federation. Independent championship tournaments were organized between 1910 and 1927, and European Championships medals were awarded to the European participants of the World Championships until 1969. There were independent championships again in 1929 and 1932.

Following Canada's wish to allow any player to represent their team regardless of amateur or professional status, the IIHF announced several changes at the 54th IIHF Congress on 24–28 May 1970: the World Championships moved to an open format that allowed professionals to participate, while the Olympic ice hockey tournament would remain an amateur tournament. Taking inspiration from soccer's FIFA World Cup, Šubrt proposed that the tournament should be played every four years, and arrange them in alternating even-numbered years with the Winter Olympics. To keep competitiveness of the major European hockey nations as well as advance the game in smaller countries, an European Championship would be played every two years in alternating uneven-numbered years between the World Championships and the Winter Olympics.


Qualified teams

The five teams of the 1969 was automatically qualified for the tournament, along with the United States, who had originally been relegated Pool B after losing all ten games. As Pool A was expanded from six to eight teams, the 1969 Pool B winner West Germany and runner-up Norway were also qualified for the 1970 Pool A tournament.

Date Vacancies Qualified
Host N/A 1 Sweden Sweden
Best six European countries at the
1970 IIHF World Championship
5 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Finland Finland
Norway Norway
Soviet Union Soviet Union
Germany West Germany
Best two European countries at the
1970 IIHF World Championship Pool B
2 Flag of East Germany.svg East Germany
Flag of Poland.svg Poland
Total 8

Preliminary round

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
Soviet Union Soviet Union 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advances to the quarter finals
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sweden Sweden 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finland Finland 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of East Germany.svg East Germany 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germany West Germany 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Norway Norway 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Poland.svg Poland 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to Pool B

Playoff round

  1  Soviet Union Soviet Union 6  
  3  Sweden Sweden 3   Final
      1  Soviet Union Soviet Union 4
  Semifinal   2  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 3
  2  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 4
  4  Finland Finland 2   Bronze Medal Game
    3  Sweden Sweden 2
    4  Finland Finland 1


September 1971 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 4 – 2
(2–1, 1–1, 1–0)
Finland Finland Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm
Attendance: 12,105
September 1971 Soviet Union Soviet Union 6 – 3
(2–1, 0–2, 4–0)
Sweden Sweden Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm
Attendance: 14,081

Bronze medal game

Finland Finland 1 – 2
(0–0, 0–2, 1–0)
Sweden Sweden Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm
Attendance: 13,984

Gold medal game

September 1971
Gold medal blank Soviet Union Soviet Union 4 – 3 OT
(1–1, 1–1, 1–1, 1–0)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Silver medal blank Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm
Attendance: 14,022

Final ranking

The official IIHF final ranking of the tournament:

Gold medal blank Soviet Union Soviet Union
Silver medal blank Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Bronze medal blank Sweden Sweden
4 Finland Finland
5 Germany West Germany
6 Flag of East Germany.svg West Germany
7 Norway Norway
8 Flag of Poland.svg Poland

1970 IIHF European Championship Winners
Flag of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
13th title

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