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1998 IIHF World U20 Championship
Tournament details
Host country  Finland
Dates December 25 - January 3
Teams 10
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Finland (2nd title)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 30
Goals scored 196 (6.53 per match)
Scoring leader(s) United States Jeff Farkas & Finland Olli Jokinen (10 points)

The 1998 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (1998 WJHC) were held in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland. The championships began on December 25, 1997 and finished on January 3, 1998. Home team Finland was the winner, defeating Russia 2-1 in the gold medal game, thanks to the goaltending of Mika Noronen and the overtime heroics of Niklas Hagman. Switzerland defeated the Czech Republic 4-3 to capture the bronze medal.

Also worth noting was that Canada had its five year title streak broken with its worst placing to date (8th). Canada also suffered perhaps one of the most shocking losses in hockey history during the tournament, losing 6-3 at the hands of Kazakhstan. The Kazakhstanis were considered the "joke" of the tourney, using borrowed equipment from other teams for one game. Canada would miss out on gold seven years in a row before beginning their 2005-2009 streak of five straight championships. As of 2009, this tournament is the only one since 1992 in which Canada failed to medal.

Contents

Championship results

Pool A

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Finland 4 3 0 1 17 10 7
 Czech Republic 4 2 1 1 16 12 5
 Sweden 4 2 2 0 16 6 4
 Canada 4 2 2 0 9 7 4
 Germany 4 0 4 0 1 24 0

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Russia 4 3 0 1 22 6 7
 Switzerland 4 2 1 1 17 5 5
 United States 4 2 2 0 17 12 4
 Kazakhstan 4 1 3 0 8 30 2
 Slovakia 4 1 3 0 8 30 2

Final round

  Quarterfinal                    
  B1   Russia 2  
  A4   Canada 1   Semifinal
      QF1   Russia 5  
  Quarterfinal   QF2   Czech Republic 1  
  A2   Czech Republic 4
  B3   United States 1         Final
              SF1   Russia 1
  Quarterfinal             SF2   Finland 2
  A1   Finland 14      
  B4   Kazakhstan 1   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      QF3   Finland 2   SF1   Switzerland 4
  Quarterfinal   QF4   Switzerland 1     SF2   Czech Republic 3
  B2   Switzerland 2
  A3   Sweden 1  

Relegation Round

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
 Slovakia 2 2 0 0 17 3 4
 Germany 2 0 2 0 3 17 0

Germany relegated to Pool B for 1999.

Final ranking

Rank Country
Gold medal icon.svg  Finland
Silver medal icon.svg  Russia
Bronze medal icon.svg  Switzerland
4  Czech Republic
5  United States
6  Sweden
7  Kazakhstan
8  Canada
9  Slovakia
10  Germany

Scoring leaders

Player Country GP G A Pts
Jeff Farkas  United States 7 6 4 10
Olli Jokinen  Finland 7 4 6 10
Eero Somervuori  Finland 7 3 6 9
Ladislav Nagy  Slovakia 6 6 2 8
Brian Gionta  United States 7 5 3 8
Timo Vertala  Finland 7 4 4 8
Marián Hossa  Slovakia 6 4 4 8
Marcus Nilson  Sweden 7 3 5 8
Andrej Podkonický  Slovakia 6 3 5 8
Maxim Balmochnykh  Russia 7 2 6 8

Tournament awards

All-star team[1]

References

  1. ^ "All-Star Teams". Hockey Canada. http://www.hockeycanada.ca/3/5/7/2/index1.shtml. Retrieved 2007-04-13.  

[1]- Kazakhstan's upset win over Canada mentioned

External links

Preceded by
1997 World Juniors
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

See also: 1998 World Championships
Succeeded by
1999 World Juniors
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