Alternative History

The 1997 IIHF Men's World Ice Hockey Championships was hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Teams participated at three levels of competition.

Pool A

The Pool A tournament was contested from in

Pool B (Poland)

Pool B was contested from 2 to 11 May 1997 in Katowice and Sosnowiec. Austria won the tournament and were promoted to Pool A for 1997. With the announcement that Group A would be expanding from 12 to 16 nations, Group B would also undergo significant changes. The winner (Austria) were promoted. In addition, the remaining three best teams would win the opportunity to play in a qualifying tournament against the last place team from Pool A. Meanwhile, Japan would get the opportunity to play a Far Eastern qualifying tournament. No teams were relegated.

  • AUT P
  • POL Q
  • GBR Q
  • DEN Q
  • NED
  • JAP Q
  • YUG
  • EST

Pool C (Hungary)

Pool C was contested from _____ in Hungary.

  • ROM P
  • HUN P
  • CHI P, Q
  • LIT P
  • KOR Q
  • BEL
  • SPA
  • ARG

Pool D (Australia)

Pool D was contested from _________ in Australia.

  • ISR P
  • AUS P
  • BUL P
  • RFA P
  • NZL
  • TUR

See also