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2012 IIHF World Championship
2012 IIHF World Championship logo (MGS)
Tournament details
Host country Sweden Sweden
Teams 16
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank Sweden Sweden (4th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank Finland Finland
Third place Bronze medal blank Norway Norway
Fourth place Soviet Union Soviet Union
MVP Sweden Henrik Lundqvist
2008
2016

The 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships was the 47th edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), and was played between 7 and 23 September 2012 in the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Malmö. The two venues were the Globen and the Malmö Arena.

The tournament served as the last and most important stage in selecting nine automatic qualifiers for the men's hockey competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Soviet Union, a process that uses the IIHF World Ranking standings after the tournament.

The host team Sweden won the team's fourth title in history by defeating their rival Finland in the final 3–1, and became the first host team to win the tournament since the Czechoslovak team won the 2000 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Norway sent a clear message about their improved hockey program by defeating Canada in the quarterfinal and defeating the Soviet Union in the bronze medal game, earning their first ever world championship medal as well as the team's first medal since 1990. Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist was named the most valuable player of the tournament.

Qualified teams

Date Vacancies Qualified
Host N/A 1 Sweden Sweden
Ranked 1−14 at the
2008 IIHF World Championship
9 – 28 September 2008 13 Austria Austria
Canada Canada
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Denmark Denmark
Finland Finland
France France
Germany Germany
Flag of Italy.svg Italy
Latvia Latvia
Norway Norway
Soviet Union Soviet Union
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland
United States United States
Promoted from the
2008 IIHF World Championship Division I
2 United Kingdom Great Britain
Japan Japan
Total 16

Seeding

The seeding in the preliminary round is based on the 2011 IIHF World Ranking. The teams were grouped according to seeding (in parenthesis is the corresponding world ranking). However, Canada and Czechoslovakia swapped their slots between their groups to optimize the seeding for the Swedish organizers.

Group A (Prague) Group B (Bratislava)
Canada Canada (1) United States United States (2)
Sweden Sweden (4) Finland Finland (3)
Soviet Union Soviet Union (5) Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia (6)
Norway Norway (8) Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (7)
Germany Germany (9) Latvia Latvia (10)
Denmark Denmark (12) France France (11)
Austria Austria (13) Flag of Italy.svg Italy (14)
Flag of Japan.svg Japan (20) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (17)

Rosters

Each teams roster for the 2012 IIHF World Championship consisted of at least 15 skaters (forwards, and defencemen) and 2 goaltenders, and at most 22 skaters and 3 goaltenders.

Preliminary round

Group A

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
Soviet Union Soviet Union 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 Advances to the quarter finals
Sweden Sweden 7 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 16
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 7 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 14
Norway Norway 7 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 14
Germany Germany 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Denmark Denmark 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Austria Austria 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Japan.svg Japan 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to Division I A
2012
12:15
Germany Germany 3 – 0
(1–0, 1–0, 1–0)
Flag of Japan.svg Japan Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
16:15
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 2 – 0
(1–0, 0–0, 1–0)
Denmark Denmark Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
20:15
Sweden Sweden 2 – 1
(0–0, 1–1, 1–0)
Norway Norway Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

2012
16:15
Austria Austria 2 – 5
(1–0, 0–2, 1–3)
Soviet Union Soviet Union Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
20:15
Sweden Sweden 4 – 1
(1–0, 1–0, 2–1)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

2012
12:15
Denmark Denmark 4 – 3 OT
(0–2, 3–1, 0–0, 1–0)
Flag of Japan.svg Japan Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
16:15
Soviet Union Soviet Union 4 – 2
(0–0, 3–2, 1–0)
Norway Norway Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
20:15
Germany Germany 3 – 2
(1–0, 1–2, 1–0)
Austria Austria Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

2012
16:15
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 4 – 3 GWS
(1–1, 1–1, 1–1, 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
Norway Norway Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
20:15
Denmark Denmark 4 – 6
(1–4, 1–2, 2–0)
Sweden Sweden Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

2012
16:15
Austria Austria 5 – 2
(1–1, 3–1, 1–0)
Flag of Japan.svg Japan Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
20:15
Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 – 0
(1–0, 0–0, 2–0)
Germany Germany Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

2012
16:15
Norway Norway 6 – 2
(2–1, 2–1, 2–0)
Flag of Japan.svg Japan Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
20:15
Sweden Sweden 5 – 2
(1–1, 2–0, 2–0)
Germany Germany Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

2012
16:15
Denmark Denmark 1 – 3
(1–2, 0–1, 0–0)
Soviet Union Soviet Union Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
20:15
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 3 – 1
(0–0, 1–1, 2–0)
Austria Austria Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

2012
16:15
Japan Flag of Japan.svg 0 – 6
(0–2, 0–3, 0–1)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
20:15
Soviet Union Soviet Union 7 – 3
(1–2, 2–1, 4–0)
Sweden Sweden Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

2012
12:15
Norway Norway 3 – 1
(1–0, 2–0, 0–1)
Austria Austria Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
16:15
Germany Germany 2 – 1
(0–0, 1–1, 1–0)
Denmark Denmark Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
20:15
Japan Flag of Japan.svg 0 – 7
(0–4, 0–3, 0–0)
Sweden Sweden Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

2012
16:15
Soviet Union Soviet Union 2 – 1
(1–0, 0–0, 1–1)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
20:15
Germany Germany 4 – 12
(0–3, 1–6, 3–3)
Norway Norway Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

2012
16:15
Austria Austria 2 – 4
(1–1, 0–3, 1–0)
Denmark Denmark Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
20:15
Japan Flag of Japan.svg 0 – 8
(0–2, 0–4, 0–2)
Soviet Union Soviet Union Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

2012
12:15
Norway Norway 6 – 2
(0–0, 5–0, 1–2)
Denmark Denmark Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
16:15
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 8 – 1
(3–1, 3–0, 2–0)
Germany Germany Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
2012
20:15
Sweden Sweden 4 – 0
(2–0, 1–0, 1–0)
Austria Austria Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

Group B

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
Canada Canada 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advances to the quarter finals
Finland Finland 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States United States 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
France France 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg Yugoslavia 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Italy.svg Italy 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to Division I A

Playoff round

  Quarterfinal                    
  A1  Soviet Union Soviet Union  
  B4  Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland   Semifinal
      A1  Soviet Union Soviet Union  
  Quarterfinal   A3  Sweden Sweden  
  B2  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
  A3  Sweden Sweden         Final
              B3  Finland Finland
  Quarterfinal             A2  Sweden Sweden
  B1  United States United States 2      
  A4  Norway Norway 3   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      A4  Norway Norway 1   A1  Soviet Union Soviet Union 3
  Quarterfinal   B3  Finland Finland 3     A4  Norway Norway 4
  A2  Canada Canada
  B3  Finland Finland  

Quarterfinals

September 2012 Canada Canada 2 – 3
(0–1, 2–0, 0–2)
Norway Norway Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
Attendance: 9,882

Semifinals

September 2012
15:00
Soviet Union Soviet Union 0 – 3
(0–1, 2–0, 0–2)
Finland Finland Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
Attendance: 11,487
September 2012
19:00
Sweden Sweden 3 – 1
(1–0, 1–1, 1–0)
Norway Norway Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
Attendance: 11,674

Bronze medal game


September 2012
20:00
Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 – 4 OT
(2–0, 1–1, 0–2, 0–1)
Norway Norway Bronze medal blank Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
Attendance: 10,236

Gold medal game

Final ranking

The official IIHF final ranking of the tournament:

Gold medal blank Sweden Sweden
Silver medal blank Finland Finland
Bronze medal blank Norway Norway
4 Soviet Union Soviet Union
5 United States United States
6 Canada Canada
7 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
8 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland
9 France France
10 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia
11 Germany Germany
12 Denmark Denmark
13 Austria Austria
14 Flag of Italy.svg Italy
15 Flag of Japan.svg Japan
16 United Kingdom Great Britain

2012 IIHF World Championship Winners
Flag of Sweden
Sweden
4th title

Statistics

Scoring leaders

Goaltending leaders

Awards

Directorate awards

Best players selected by the IIHF directorate:

Best Goaltender Best Defenceman Best Forward
Sweden Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden) Sweden Erik Karlsson (Sweden) Soviet Union Evgeni Malkin (Soviet Union)

All-Star team

The tournament All-Star team voted by the media:

Goaltender Defencemen Forwards Tournament MVP
Sweden Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden) Sweden Erik Karlsson (Sweden)
Finland Kimmo Timonen (Finland)
Norway Patrick Thoresen (Norway)
Soviet Union Evgeni Malkin (Soviet Union)
Sweden Loui Eriksson (Sweden)
Sweden Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden)

Three best players of each team

Team Player
Austria Austria Bernhard Starkbaum
Matthias Trattnig
Michael Grabner
Canada Canada Sidney Crosby
Steven Stamkos
Claude Giroux
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Zdeno Chára
Tomáš Plekanec
David Krejčí
Denmark Denmark Philip Larsen
Lars Eller
Frans Nielsen
Finland Finland Kimmo Timonen
Mikko Koivu
Valtteri Filppula
France France Cristobal Huet
Kévin Hecquefeuille
Pierre-Édouard Bellemare
Germany Germany Dennis Endras
Dennis Seidenberg
Philip Gogulla
United Kingdom Great Britain Stephen Murphy
Corey Neilson
Robert Dowd
Flag of Italy.svg Italy Daniel Bellissimo
Matt De Marchi
Giulio Scandella
Flag of Japan.svg Japan Masahito Haruna
Shinya Yanadori
Shuhei Kuji
Latvia Latvia Miks Indrašis
Georgijs Pujacs
Ronalds Ķēniņš
Norway Norway Lars Haugen
Jonas Holøs
Patrick Thoresen
Soviet Union Soviet Union Semyon Varlamov
Ilya Nikulin
Evgeni Malkin
Sweden Sweden Henrik Lundqvist
Erik Karlsson
Henrik Sedin
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Mark Streit
Nino Niederreiter
Félicien Du Bois
United States United States Ryan Suter
Phil Kessel
Patrick Kane

See also

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