Alternative History
1986 IIHF World Championship
1986 IIHF World Championship logo (WFAC).svg
Tournament details
Host country Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union
Dates 7 – 23 February 1986
Teams 8
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Soviet Union Soviet Union (16th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Sweden Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Canada Canada
Fourth place Finland Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 38
Scoring leader(s) Soviet Union Sergei Makarov
(18 points)
MVP Sweden Peter Lindmark

The 1986 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships was the 48th edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The tournament also doubled as the 59th European Championships. It took place between 7 and 23 February 1986 in Moscow, Soviet Union. The venues were the Luzhniki Palace of Sports and the CSKA Ice Palace. Czechoslovakia was the defending champion, having won the previous championship.

The reigning world champions from Czechoslovakia finished fifth, and the Soviet Union became world champions for the sixteenth time, and also won their 21st European Championship. In the European Championship, only mutual games between European teams in the first round were counted. In the final the Soviets defeated Sweden 3–2. Canada defeated Finland 4–3 in the bronze medal game. For the disappointing Czechoslovaks, this was the second time since 1967 that they had finished out of the medals (as in 1983), and their worst result outside the Olympics since 1937. Sergei Makarov was the leading scorer and goaltender Peter Lindmark was named the most valuable player of the tournament.

Attracting little notice at the time, Brett Hull made his debut in international hockey for the United States. It would appear that if Canadian coach Dave King had invited him to play in Moscow, the College student with dual citizenship, would have happily chosen a different path. Instead he chose to accept coach Dave Peterson's offer to compete for the Americans.

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