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25 Years of Ice Hockey

  1. The lead scoring title went to Canadian Eric Lindros, but that’s the only trophy “The Next One" would take home from the World Championships, never winning the tournament. He did, however, win gold at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002, when Canada topped the podium.

    Official Mascot

    Germany

     

    Leading Scorer

    Eric Lindros

    Goals scored

    235

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Russia

    Runner-up

    Sweden

    Third place

    Czech Republic

  2. This was the last time Great Britain appeared among hockey’s elite. The U.K. had an illustrious history from the 1930s when they would regularly bring home medals from major tournaments and even won gold at the 1932 Olympics in Lake Placid.

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    Italy

     

    Leading Scorer

    Magnus Svensson

    Goals scored

    267

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Canada

    Runner-up

    Finland

    Third place

    Sweden

  3. Stockholm’s Globen Arena was the venue where the legendary Saku Koivu won his only gold medal, though he would go on to collect medals with the Finnish team up to 2010 when he won a bronze at the Olympics.

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    Sweden

    Leading Scorer

    Sergej Berezin

    Goals scored

    229

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Finland

    Runner-up

    Sweden

    Third place

    Canada

  4. Czech forward David Výborný debuted at the World Championships and would attend every tournament with the Czech team until 2007. He won 5 titles, including this one in Vienna.

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    Austria

     

    Leading Scorer

    Yannick Perreault

    Goals scored

    249

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Czech Republic

    Runner-up

    Canada

    Third place

    United States

  5. It’s not often that two players from hockey’s minnows are near the top of the points list, but in 1997 two Italians, Bruna Zarrilo and Gaetano Orlando, were both in the top ten with 9 points each.

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    Finland

     

    Leading Scorer

    Martin Procházka

    Vladimír Vůjtek

    Roger Dube

    Goals scored

    302

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Canada

    Runner-up

    Sweden

    Third place

    Czech Republic

  6. All-time great Peter Forsberg led Sweden to the title, helping his personal haul reach two world championships, two Olympic golds and two Stanley Cup rings.

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    Switzerland

     

    Leading Scorer

    Radek Bělohlav

    Pavel Patera

    Peter Forsberg

    Goals scored

    276

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Sweden

    Runner-up

    Finland

    Third place

    Czech Republic

  7. The first of the Czech Republic’s “Golden Hat-trick” of championships, this tournament in Norway set up the next two titles.

    Official Mascot

    Norway

     

    Leading Scorer

    Alexej Jašin

    Goals scored

    302

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Czech Republic

    Runner-up

    Finland

    Third place

    Sweden

  8. The final became historic as Czechs faced off against Slovaks. Slovakia’s silver was its first-ever medal from the world championships, while Slovak legend Miroslav Šatan also managed to win the scoring title.

    Official Mascot

    Russia

     

    Leading Scorer

    Miroslav Šatan

    Goals scored

    327

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Czech Republic

    Runner-up

    Slovakia

    Third place

    Finland

  9. The Czechs were down 0-2 in the finals against the Finns, but two scores and an overtime goal from David Moravec meant the third straight gold medal for the Czech team. That is still far from the USSR record of 9 wins in a row during the 1960s.

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    Germany

     

    Leading Scorer

    Sami Kapanen

    Goals scored

    318

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Czech Republic

    Runner-up

    Finland

    Third place

    Sweden

  10. Slovakia took home its first ever world championship and Miroslav Šatan outscored all the others to win his second leading scoring crown.

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    Sweden

     

    Leading Scorer

    Peter Bondra

    Goals scored

    340

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Slovakia

    Runner-up

    Russia

    Third place

    Sweden

  11. Canadian goalie Sean Burke stood on his head to win the gold medal. It was a fantastic finale for Burke, who never again played for the Canadian national team.

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    Finland

     

    Leading Scorer

    Teemu Selänne

    Goals scored

    349

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Canada

    Runner-up

    Sweden

    Third place

    Slovakia

  12. Canada won the final played in Prague, and tournament star Dany Heatley scored 8 goals. Interestingly enough, he was born in Freiburg, Germany and has a German passport to accompany his Canadian citizenship.

    Official Mascot

    Czech Republic

     

    Leading Scorer

    Dany Heatley

    Goals scored

    286

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Canada

    Runner-up

    Sweden

    Third place

    United States

  13. Jaromír Jágr’s broken pinky became the lasting image from this tournament. Despite the injury at the beginning, he was able to lead the Czech team to the gold medal. Fans in the stands even wrapped their pinkies in solidarity. The win also meant that Jágr joined the Triple Gold Club for those who have lifted the Stanley Cup and have gold medals from the Olympics and the World Championships.

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    Austria 

     

    Leading Scorer

    Rick Nash

    Goals scored

    289

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Czech Republic

    Runner-up

    Canada

    Third place

    Russia

  14. For the first time in modern history, a single team won gold at both the World Championships and the Olympics in the same year. Sweden scored the impressive double, led by tournament MVP Niklas Kronwall.

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    Latvia

    Leading Scorer

    Sidney Crosby

    Goals scored

    329

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Sweden

    Runner-up

    Czech Republic

    Third place

    Finland

  15. Rick Nash led Canada to the title by scoring in every elimination game and netting two in the final. This was also the first tournament to use the three point system, meaning that each group stage game had a winner.

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    Russia

     

    Leading Scorer

    Alexej Morozov

    Goals scored

    361

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Canada

    Runner-up

    Finland

    Third place

    Russia

  16. It was the first time in the 80-plus year history of the World Championships that the tournament took place in the sport’s birthplace: Canada. It was also the first time in 40 years that narrower rinks according to NHL standards were used. Despite the line-up of stars fielded by the home team, Russia took home the gold.

    Official Mascot

    Canada

    Leading Scorer

    Dany Heatley

    Goals scored

    357

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Russia

    Runner-up

    Canada

    Third place

    Finland

  17. The final saw a rematch between hockey titans Russia and Canada, with Russia taking home gold again, along with its record 25th title.

    Official Mascot

    Switzerland

    Leading Scorer

    Jason Spezza

    Steven Stamkos

    Niko Kapanen

    Goals scored

    323

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Russia

    Runner-up

    Canada

    Third place

    Sweden

  18. The opening game was played in a specially prepared Gelsenkirchen football arena, home to Schalke 04. An amazing 77,803 fans attended the Germany vs USA match, which still stands as a one-game World Championship record.

    Official Mascot

    Germany

     

    Leading Scorer

    John Tavares

    Goals scored

    277

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Czech Republic

    Runner-up

    Russia

    Third place

    Sweden

  19. Finland triumphed in the first tournament held by an independent Slovakia, led by scoring champ Jarkko Immonen. This was also the last tournament with a round of 16 group stage. The next year saw a new system with two 8-member groups with the 4 best in each group advancing directly to the quarter finals.

    Official Mascot

    Slovakia

    Leading Scorer

    Jarkko Immonen

    Goals scored

    325

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Finland

    Runner-up

    Sweden

    Third place

    Czech Republic

  20. 2012 was a year of experiments. There were two host countries - Finland and Sweden - with the semi finals and finals held in Helsinki. The two countries then swapped semis and finals the following year.

    Official Mascot

    Finland & Sweden

    Leading Scorer

    Jevgenij Malkin

    Goals scored

    376

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Russia

    Runner-up

    Slovakia

    Third place

    Czech Republic

  21. Switzerland became the surprise of the tournament, reaching the finals before falling to the hosts Sweden. The fact that this was the first medal the alpine country won in 60 years only underscores the magnitude of the success.

    Official Mascot

    Sweden & Finland

    Leading Scorer

    Petri Kontiola

    Ilja Kovalčuk

    Goals scored

    332

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Sweden

    Runner-up

    Switzerland

    Third place

    United States

  22. The first-ever championship to be held in Minsk, Belarus, saw more unexpected results from underdogs. France beat Canada in the group stage (for only the second time in history), gave other favourites tough games, and advanced to the quarter finals. France’s left wing Antoine Roussel scored 6 goals, the second-highest in the tournament.

    Official Mascot

    Belarus

    Leading Scorer

    Viktor Tichonov

    Goals scored

    352

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Russia

    Runner-up

    Finland

    Third place

    Sweden

  23. The last World Championship saw a new attendance record; this time going to the hosts Czech Republic. The tournament was watched by a total of 741,690 fans, exceeding the 2014 record by more than 100,000.

    Official Mascot

    Czech Republic

    Leading Scorer

    Tyler Seguin

    Goals scored

    354

    Medals

     

    Champion

    Canada

    Runner-up

    Russia

    Third place

    United States

  24. Canada successfully defended its championship title after defeating Finland 2-0 in the final. That was sweet revenge for the Canadians who were beaten by the Finns 4-0 during the group stage. 19-year-old Connor McDavid was the hero of the match, scoring a vital goal – his first of the Championship. 

    Official Mascot

    Space dog Laika

    RUSSIA

     

    Leading Scorer

    Spielführer

    GOALS SCORED

    363

    MEDALS

     

    Champion

    Canada

    Runner-up

    Finland

    Third place

    Russia