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2003 IIHF World Championship
Tournament details
Dates Top Division: 8 – 23 February 2003
Division I:
Division II:
Teams 41
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada Canada (23rd title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Sweden Sweden
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg United States United States
Fourth place Soviet Union Soviet Union
2001
2004

The 2003 IIHF Men's World Ice Hockey Championships was the the 61st tournament hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Teams participated at several levels of competition. The competition also served as qualifications for the 2004 competition.

Overview

Level Number of
teams
Host Period
Top Division 16 Sweden Gothenburg, Karlstad and Jönköping, Sweden 8 – 23 February 2003
Divison I Group A 6 Eindhoven, The Netherlands 4 – 11 May 2003
Divison I Group B 6 Seoul, South Korea 4 – 11 May 2003
Divison II Group A 6 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand 13 – 20 April 2003
Divison II Group B 6 Mexico City, Mexico 13 – 20 April 2003

Final standings

The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:

Top Division

The Top Division tournament was contested from 10 and 25 February 2003 in Gothenburg, Karlstad and Jönköping, Sweden. Canada won the gold medal after defeating Sweden 3–2 in a tightly fought final. Over 14 minutes into the overtime, Canadian forward Jarome Iginla beat Swedish goaltender Mikael Tellqvist with a wraparound goal. The goal was contested for several minutes before replays confirmed that Tellqvist had stopped the puck behind the goal line. It was Canada's first World Championship win since 1991. The United States defeated the Soviet Union 4–2 for the bronze medal.

2003 IIHF World Championship Winners
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Canada
23rd title

Division I

Division I was held from 5 to 11 May 2003. Participants in this tournament were separated into two separate tournament groups. The Group A tournament was contested in Seoul, South Korea. Group B's games were played in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Group A

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
France France 5 0 0 0 21 5 +16 10 Promotion to Top Division
Estonia Estonia 5 4 0 1 19 9 +10 8
Hungary 5 3 0 2 12 20 –8 6
South Korea 5 2 0 3 16 11 +5 4
Romania 5 1 0 4 16 14 +2 2
Spain Spain 5 0 0 5 10 35 –25 0 Relegation to 2004 Division II

Group B

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
Netherlands 5 5 0 0 26 11 +15 10 Promotion to Top Division
United Kingdom Great Britain 5 4 0 1 24 9 +15 8
Lithuania Lithuania 5 0 0 0 14 13 +1 5
China 5 1 1 3 18 22 –4 3
Belgium Belgium 5 1 1 3 14 26 –12 3
Bulgaria Bulgaria 5 0 1 4 7 30 –23 1 Relegation to 2004 Division II

Division II

Qualification tournament

The Division II qualification tournament was played in Dundalk, Ireland, from 8 to 10 November 2002.

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
North Korea 2 2 0 0 14 3 +11 4 Advanced to the Main tournament
Ireland 2 1 0 1 7 10 –3 2
Armenia 2 0 0 2 4 12 –8 0

Group A

The Division II main tournament was held from 13 to 20 April 2003. Participants in this tournament were separated into two separate tournament groups. The Group A tournament was contested in Auckland, New Zealand. Group B's games were played in Mexico City, Mexico.

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
Israel Israel 5 5 0 0 50 10 +40 10 Promotion to 2004 Division I
New Zealand New Zealand 5 4 0 1 46 11 +35 8
South Africa South Africa 5 3 0 2 27 33 –6 6
Mexico 5 2 0 3 25 26 –1 4
Luxembourg Luxembourg 5 1 0 4 19 32 –13 2
Ireland 5 0 0 5 5 70 –65 0 2004 Division II qualification

Group B

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
Australia Australia 5 4 0 1 29 8 +21 8 Promotion to 2004 Division I
Argentina Argentina 5 4 0 1 19 13 +6 8
Turkey Turkey 5 2 1 2 15 10 +5 5
Iceland Iceland 5 2 1 2 16 13 +3 5
Greece 5 1 2 2 11 39 –28 4
Armenia 5 0 0 5 4 31 –27 0

See also


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