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2016 IIHF World Championship
2015 IIHF World Championship (Munich Goes Sour)
Tournament details
Host country Czechoslovakia
Dates 16 September – 2 October 2016
Teams 16
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank Canada Canada (21st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank Soviet Union Soviet Union
Third place Bronze medal blank Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Fourth place Finland Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 64
Scoring leader(s) Canada Sidney Crosby
(14 points)
MVP Czechoslovakia Jaromír Jágr
2012
2020

The 2016 IIHF World Championship will be hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), and held in Prague and Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, between 26 August – 11 September 2016. The tournament is the top division of the 2016 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.

Qualification

Date Vacancies Qualified
Host N/A 1 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Ranked 1−14 at the
2012 IIHF World Championship
13 Austria Austria
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg Yugoslavia
Canada Canada
Denmark Denmark
Finland Finland
France France
Germany Germany
Latvia Latvia
Norway Norway
Soviet Union Soviet Union
Switzerland Switzerland
Sweden Sweden
United States United States
Promoted from the
2012 IIHF World Championship Division I A
2 Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary
Japan Japan
Total 16

Venues

Prague Bratislava
O2 Arena
Capacity: 17,383
Ondrej Nepela Arena
Capacity: 12,512
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Seeding

The seeding in the preliminary round was based on the 2015 IIHF World Ranking:

Group A (Prague) Group B (Bratislava)
Canada Canada (2) Soviet Union Soviet Union (1)
Finland Finland (3) Sweden Sweden (4)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia (6) United States United States (5)
Norway Norway (7) Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (8)
Germany Germany (10) Latvia Latvia (9)
France France (11) Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg Yugoslavia (12)
Austria Austria (14) Denmark Denmark (13)
Flag of Japan.svg Japan (16) Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary (17)

Rosters

Each teams roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship consisted of at least 15 skaters (forwards, and defencemen) and 2 goaltenders, and at most 22 skaters and 3 goaltenders.

Officials

The IIHF selected 16 referees and 16 linesmen to work the tournament.

Referees Linesmen

  • Sweden Tobias Björk
  • Canada Gord Dwyer
  • Czechoslovakia Martin Fraňo
  • Canada Eric Furlatt
  • Soviet Union Roman Gofman
  • Czechoslovakia Antonín Jeřábek
  • Czechoslovakia Jozef Kubuš
  • United States Brad Meier

  • Sweden Linus Öhlund
  • Soviet Union Konstantin Olenin
  • Germany Daniel Piechaczek
  • Finland Aleksi Rantala
  • Finland Anssi Salonen
  • Canada Kelly Sutherland
  • Switzerland Tobias Wehrli
  • Switzerland Marc Wiegand

  • Canada Michel Cormier
  • Switzerland Nicolas Fluri
  • Canada Shane Heyer
  • Switzerland Roman Kaderli
  • Norway Jon Killian
  • Soviet Union Gleb Lazarev
  • Czechoslovakia Vit Lederer
  • Czechoslovakia Miroslav Lhotský

  • Sweden Andreas Malmqvist
  • Finland Pasi Nieminen
  • Soviet Union Alexander Otmakhov
  • Sweden Henrik Pihlblad
  • Germany Nikolaj Ponomarjow
  • United States Brian Murphy
  • Czechoslovakia Peter Šefčík
  • Finland Sakari Suominen

Preliminary round

Group A

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
Canada Canada 7 1 0 0 0 38 11 +27 21 Advances to the quarter finals
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 7 5 1 0 1 27 13 +14 17
Finland Finland 7 4 1 0 2 26 15 +11 14
Norway Norway 7 3 1 2 1 16 11 +5 13
Germany Germany 7 2 1 0 4 18 11 +9 8
France France 7 1 1 1 4 15 16 –1 6
Austria Austria 7 0 1 2 4 11 26 –15 4
Japan Japan 7 0 0 1 6 7 34 –27 1 Relegation to Division I A
16 September 2016
16:15
Canada Canada 6 – 0
(2–0, 3–1, 1–0)
Austria Austria O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 16,013
16 September 2016
20:15
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 3 – 2
(1–0, 1–1, 1–1)
Finland Finland O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,383

17 September 2016
12:15
Norway Norway 6 – 1
(1–0, 2–0, 2–1)
Japan Japan O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 13,953
17 September 2016
16:15
Germany Germany 4 – 3 GWS
(–, –, –, –)
(SO: –)
France France O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 14,903
17 September 2016
20:15
Austria Austria 1 – 5
(1–0, 1–3, 0–1)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,383

18 September 2016
12:15
Japan Japan 0 – 6
(2–0, 3–0, 1–0)
Finland Finland O2 Arena, Prague
18 September 2016
16:15
Canada Canada 6 – 2
(4–0, 5–0, 1–0)
Germany Germany O2 Arena, Prague
18 September 2016
20:15
France France 1 – 3
(0–1, 1–1, 0–1)
Norway Norway O2 Arena, Prague

19 September 2016
16:15
Austria Austria 3 – 7
(1–3, 1–2, 1–2)
Finland Finland O2 Arena, Prague
19 September 2016
20:15
Canada Canada 6 – 4
(2–1, 1–1, 3–2)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,383

20 September 2016
16:15
Norway Norway 1 – 0
(0–0, 1–0, 1–0)
Germany Germany O2 Arena, Prague
20 September 2016
20:15
Japan Japan 2 – 4
(0–1, 1–2, 1–1)
France France O2 Arena, Prague

21 September 2016
16:15
Norway Norway 3 – 2 OT
(2–0, 0–0, 0–2, 1–0)
Austria Austria O2 Arena, Prague
21 September 2016
20:15
Finland Finland 1 – 3
(0–1, 1–1, 0–1)
Canada Canada O2 Arena, Prague

22 September 2016
16:15
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 5 – 1
France France O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,383
22 September 2016
20:15
Finland Finland 4 – 3
Germany Germany O2 Arena, Prague

23 September 2016
16:15
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 4 – 0
Japan Japan O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,110
23 September 2016
20:15
Germany Germany 2 – 1
Austria Austria O2 Arena, Prague

24 September 2016
12:15
France France 3 – 4
(0–2, 1–1, 2–1)
Canada Canada O2 Arena, Prague
24 September 2016
16:15
Japan Japan 2 – 3 OT
Austria Austria O2 Arena, Prague
24 September 2016
20:15
Finland Finland 2 – 1 OT
(1–0, 0–0, 0–1, 0–0)
(SO: )
Norway Norway O2 Arena, Prague

25 September 2016
16:15
Germany Germany 2 – 4
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,383
25 September 2016
20:15
Norway Norway 1 – 3
(0–1, 1–1, 0–1)
Canada Canada O2 Arena, Prague

26 September 2016
16:15
Germany Germany 5 – 2
Japan Japan O2 Arena, Prague
26 September 2016
20:15
Finland Finland 4 – 2
France France O2 Arena, Prague

27 September 2016
12:15
Germany Germany 10 – 0
Japan Japan O2 Arena, Prague
27 September 2016
16:15
Austria Austria 2 – 3 GWS
France France O2 Arena, Prague
27 September 2016
20:15
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 2 – 1 GWS
(1–0, 0–0, 0–1, 0–0)
(SO: 1–0)
Norway Norway O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,383

Group B

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
Soviet Union Soviet Union 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advances to the quarter finals
Sweden Sweden 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States United States 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 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
Latvia Latvia 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flag of Hungary Hungary 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to Division I A

Playoff round

  Quarterfinal                    
  A1  Canada Canada 6  
  B4  Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 1   Semifinal
      A1  Canada Canada 2  
  Quarterfinal   A3  Finland Finland 0  
  B2  Sweden Sweden 2
  A3  Finland Finland 3         Final
              A1  Canada Canada 2
  Quarterfinal             B1  Soviet Union Soviet Union 1
  B1  Soviet Union Soviet Union 5      
  A4  Norway Norway 2   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      B1  Soviet Union Soviet Union 4   A2  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 4
  Quarterfinal   A2  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 3     A3  Finland Finland 2
  A2  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 5
  B3  United States United States 3  

Quarter finals

The first quarterfinal of the day was the closest one as Finland faced their rival and defending world champions Sweden. The first period ended in a 1–1 tie after Sweden took the lead. In the third period Erik Karlsson cut into the lead at the 45 minute mark before Mikael Granlund tied the game with five minutes left of the period, forcing the game into overtime. Olli Määttä scored the winner on a wrist shot that went in off the post with 42.9 seconds to go in overtime, securing the win for the Finns. became the first team since Czechoslovakia in 2004 to eliminate Sweden in a World Championship quarterfinal.

In the second quarterfinal Canada faced Denmark. The Canadians were in full control and never let up and ended up winning convincingly 6–1 while putting up 43 shots. The undefeated Soviet Union faced Norway in the third quarter final. The game looked decided in favour of the Soviets, but Norwegians managed to stay in the game and the Soviets were only ahead 3–2 after 50 minutes. With three minutes left of the game Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin scored the go-ahead goals for the Soviets 48 seconds apart to secure the 5–2 win.

In the last quarterfinal of the day Czechoslovakia and the United States matched up. The teams went toe to toe until it was 3–3 with 15 minutes to go. Jágr became the hero as he recorded three points to help the Czechs win the game 5–3.

29 September 2016
12:30
Sweden Sweden 2 – 3 OT
(0–0, 1–1, 1–1, 0–1)
Finland Finland SLOVNAFT Aréna, Bratislava
Attendance: 10,272
29 September 2016
16:30
Canada Canada 6 – 1
(1–0, 2–1, 3–0)
Denmark Denmark O2 Arena, Prague
29 September 2016
18:00
Soviet Union Soviet Union 5 – 2
(2–0, 1–1, 2–1)
Norway Norway SLOVNAFT Aréna, Bratislava
29 September 2016
20:15
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 5 – 3
(1–1, 1–2, 1–2)
United States United States O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,383

Semi finals

1 October 2016
15:15
Soviet Union Soviet Union 4 – 3
(1–1, 0–2, 2–1)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,383
1 October 2016
19:15
Canada Canada 2 – 0
(1–0, 0–0, 1–0)
Finland Finland O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 16,938

Bronze medal game

2 October 2016
16:15
Bronze medal blank Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 4 – 2
(1–1, 1–1, 2–0)
Finland Finland O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,104

Gold medal game

Canada faced the Soviet Union in the final, and the matchup was the fifth time that the countries met in an IIHF World Championship Final.

Ovechkin scored the first goal of the game six minutes into the first period. The Canadians were stymied by the Soviets' smart, responsible style in the final and struggled at times to establish a big, heavy presence in the offensive zone and needed Carey Price to save the day more than usual. At the 57 minute mark Patrice Bergeron tied the game 1–1 on Canada’s fifth power play of the game, but Canada was back on its heels just over a minute later when Drew Doughty assessed a minor penalty for high-sticking.

After Ovechkin rung a shot off the post, an open Tarasenko was stopped by Price. It was 20 seconds or so later that Jonathan Toews entered the offensive zone, sucked in a slew of Russian defenders before dropping to Brad Marchand, whose shot beat Sergei Bobrovsky for the game-winner. With 43 seconds left in regulation Marchand's short-handed game-winner had capped a wild comeback, and Canada claimed the world championship title with a 2–1 victory.

2 October 2016
20:45
Gold medal blank Canada Canada 2 – 1
(0–0, 0–1, 2–0)
Soviet Union Soviet Union Silver medal blank O2 Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,383

Final ranking

The official IIHF final ranking of the tournament:

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

2016 IIHF World Championship Winners
Flag of Canada
Canada
20th title

Statistics

Scoring leaders

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Sidney Crosby Canada Canada 10 6 8 14 2
Brad Marchand Canada Canada 0 0 0 0 0
Patrice Bergeron Canada Canada 0 0 0 0 0
Alexander Ovechkin Soviet Union Soviet Union 0 0 0 0 0
Sergei Mozyakin Soviet Union Soviet Union 0 0 0 0 0
Erik Karlsson Sweden Sweden 0 0 0 0 0
Jakub Voráček Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 0 0 0 0 0
Phil Kessel United States United States 0 0 0 0 0
Nicklas Bäckström Sweden Sweden 0 0 0 0 0
Jonathan Toews Canada Canada 0 0 0 0 0

Goaltending leaders

Awards

Directorate awards

Best players selected by the IIHF directorate:

Best Goaltender Best Defenceman Best Forward
Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Halák (Czechoslovakia) Canada Brent Burns (Canada) Canada Sidney Crosby (Canada)

All-Star team

The tournament All-Star team voted by the media:

Goaltender Defencemen Forwards Tournament MVP
Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Halák (Czechoslovakia) Canada Brent Burns (Canada)
Sweden Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden)
Soviet Union Alexander Ovechkin (Soviet Union)
Canada Sidney Crosby (Canada)
Czechoslovakia Jaromír Jágr (Czechoslovakia)
Czechoslovakia Jaromír Jágr (Czechoslovakia)

Best Players of each Team Selected by Coaches

Team Player
Austria Austria
Canada Canada
Denmark Denmark
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Finland Finland
France France
Germany Germany
Japan Japan
Latvia Latvia
Norway Norway
Soviet Union Soviet Union
Sweden Sweden
United States United States

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