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2004 IIHF World Championship
2004 IIHF World Championship logo (WFAC).svg
Tournament details
Host country Flag of Finland.svg Finland
Dates 7 – 22 February 2004
Teams 16
Venue(s) (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada Canada (24th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Finland Finland
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg United States
Fourth place Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 56
Goals scored 294 (5.25 per match)
Attendance 462,431 (8,258 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Sweden Fredrik Modin
(13 points)
MVP Canada Vincent Lecavalier
2003
2005

The 2004 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships was the 62nd edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It took place between 7 and 22 February 2004 in Helsinki, Tampere and Turku, Finland. Canada was the defending champion.

Canada won their second consecutive title after defeating Sweden 3–2 in the final. The United States won bronze by defeating Czechoslovakia 1–0 in game-winning shots after the score was tied 0-0 following regulation time and a 20-minute overtime period.

Host selection

Four nations, all located in Europe placed formal bids to host the 2004 IIHF World Championship. Those nations were:

Finland withdrew from bidding before voting began in order to apply for the 2005 World Championship. All three nations to bid on the 2004 World Championship later received winning bids.

After one round of voting, the winning bid was announced by IIHF president René Fasel on 23 February 2001 at the IIHF Annual Congress in Hanover, Germany. The Czechoslovak bid of Prague and Bratislava received 77 votes of 102 votes. Finland was awarded the hosting rights for the 2005 World Championship.

Voting results
Country Votes
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 77
Latvia Latvia 25

Due to unforeseen complications with investors and the fact that the plot the arena was to be built on had to be expropriated, the IIHF threatened with removing the championship from Czechoslovakia. In order to give the Czechoslovak Organizing Committee more time to complete the necessary facilities, the Czechoslovak and Finnish ice hockey federations agreed to swap the world championships. This was approved by the IIHF at the annual congress on 10 May 2002 with the support of the Latvian federation. The Czechoslovakia was given a deadline of 31 October 2002 to begin construction of the arena or present a contract for the construction. If the deadline was not met, the IIHF would give the 2004 tournament to Finland and let the Czechoslovaks host the 2005 tournament. The president of Hockey Canada, Bob Nicholson, said that Canada was interested in being standby hosts if none of the scenarios became relevant. The next day, the president of the Czech Ice Hockey Federation, Karel Gut, announced that they had entered into an agreement to swap the World Championship with Finland and would not even consider hosting in 2004 due to the complications of obtaining building permits.

Venues

Finland Finland
Helsinki.vaakuna.svg Helsinki File:2004 IIHF World Championship arena map (WFAC).svg Turku.vaakuna.svg Turku
Hartwall Areena Elysée Arena
Capacity: 13,349 Capacity: 11,820
Hartwall Areena Helsinki.jpg Elysée Arena Turku.jpg
Tampere.vaakuna.svg Tampere
Tampere Ice Hall
Capacity: 7,800
Tampere Ice Hall.jpg

Preliminary round

In the preliminary round, the top 3 teams from each group progressed to the qualification round, whilst the last placed team progressed to the relegation round.

All times are local (UTC+2).

Group A

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Canada Canada 3 2 1 0 10 4 +6 5 Qualifying round
Switzerland 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 4
Norway Norway 3 1 1 1 9 8 +1 3
Hungary 3 0 0 3 5 17 –12 0 Relegation round


8 February 2004
16:00
Norway Norway 2 – 2
(2–0, 0–0, 0–2)
Canada Canada Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 10,192
8 February 2004
20:00
Switzerland 6 – 0
(0–0, 4–0, 2–0)
Hungary Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 10,145

9 February 2004
20:00
Switzerland 2 – 1
(0–0, 2–0, 0–1)
Norway Norway Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 6,050

10 February 2004
16:00
Canada Canada 5 – 1
(2–0, 1–0, 2–1)
Hungary Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 7,596

11 February 2004
16:00
Canada Canada 3 – 1
(0–0, 2–0, 1–1)
Switzerland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 7,594
11 February 2004
20:00
Hungary 4 – 6
(3–2, 0–0, 1–4)
Norway Norway Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 4,833

Group B

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Finland Finland 3 3 0 0 11 2 +9 6 Qualifying round
Latvia Latvia 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 3 A
Germany Germany 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 3 A
Yugoslavia 3 0 0 3 4 14 –10 0 Relegation round

A Latvia GD +1, Germany GD 0.

7 February 2004
16:00
Germany Germany 4 – 2
(0–0, 2–1, 2–1)
Yugoslavia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 12,001
7 February 2004
20:00
Latvia Latvia 0 – 3
(0–1, 0–1, 0–1)
Finland Finland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 13,022

9 February 2004
19:00
Finland Finland 5 – 1
(2–1, 1–0, 2–0)
Yugoslavia Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 7,724
9 February 2004
16:00
Germany Germany 1 – 1
(0–1, 1–0, 0–0)
Latvia Latvia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 7,780

10 February 2004
20:00
Yugoslavia 1 – 3
(0–0, 1–0, 0–3)
Latvia Latvia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 6,237

11 February 2004
16:00
Finland Finland 2 – 1
(0–0, 1–0, 1–1)
Germany Germany Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 11,618

Group C

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Sweden Sweden 3 3 0 0 14 5 +9 6 Qualifying round
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 14 9 +5 4
Denmark Denmark 3 1 0 2 7 14 –7 2
Japan 3 0 0 3 7 14 –7 0 Relegation round


7 February 2004
16:15
Denmark Denmark 1 – 5
(1–2, 0–1, 0–2)
Sweden Sweden Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 3,681
7 February 2004
20:00
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 5 – 3
(0–1, 3–1, 2–1)
Japan Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 4,057

8 February 2004
16:00
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 6 – 2
(2–0, 1–1, 3–2)
Denmark Denmark Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 3,887
8 February 2004
20:15
Sweden Sweden 5 – 1
(2–1, 2–0, 1–0)
Japan Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 5,960

10 February 2004
16:15
Japan 3 – 4
(2–2, 1–1, 0–1)
Denmark Denmark Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 7208
10 February 2004
20:00
Sweden Sweden 4 – 3
(1–0, 3–0, 0–3)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 7,806

Group D

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 6 Qualifying round
United States 3 2 0 1 10 6 +4 4
Austria Austria 3 1 0 2 9 10 –1 2
France 3 0 0 3 2 14 –12 0 Relegation round


7 February 2004
16:00
Austria Austria 2 – 6
(1–1, 1–2, 0–2)
Soviet Union Soviet Union Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 6,370
7 February 2004
20:00
United States 5 – 2
(2–1, 1–1, 2–0)
France Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 6,759

8 February 2004
16:00
Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 – 0
(0–0, 3–0, 0–0)
France Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 4,849
8 February 2004
20:00
United States 4 – 1
(2–1, 1–0, 1–0)
Austria Austria Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 6,782

10 February 2004
16:00
France 0 – 6
(0–2, 0–1, 0–3)
Austria Austria Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 6,250
10 February 2004
20:00
Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 – 1
(0–0, 1–1, 2–0)
United States Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 7,590

Qualification round

In the Qualification round, the top 4 teams from each group progressed to the playoff round, whilst the bottom 2 teams were eliminated. The Tables below include meetings between teams during the First Round.

All times are local (UTC+2).

Group E

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Canada Canada 5 4 1 0 16 7 +9 9 Advances to the quarterfinals
United States 5 3 0 2 12 8 4 6
Switzerland 5 2 1 2 9 12 –3 5 A
Soviet Union Soviet Union 5 2 1 2 11 8 +3 5 A
Norway Norway 5 1 2 2 9 7 +2 4
Austria Austria 5 0 1 4 9 20 –11 1

A Switzerland 2–1 Soviet Union.


13 February 2004
16:00
Switzerland 4 – 4
(0–0, 1–4, 3–0)
Austria Austria Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 5,804
13 February 2004
20:00
United States 3 – 2
(1–0, 0–2, 2–0)
Norway Norway Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 6,268

14 February 2004
16:00
Soviet Union Soviet Union 0 – 0
(0–0, 0–0, 0–0)
Norway Norway Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 4,598
14 February 2004
20:00
Austria Austria 2 – 6
(1–3, 1–2, 0–1)
Canada Canada Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 5,061

15 February 2004
16:00
United States 3 – 0
(2–0, 0–0, 1–0)
Switzerland Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 6,721
15 February 2004
20:00
Canada Canada 3 – 1
(0–0, 2–0, 1–1)
Soviet Union Soviet Union Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 8,634

16 February 2004
16:00
Norway Norway 4 – 0
(1–0, 1–0, 2–0)
Austria Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 5,464

17 February 2004
16:00
Switzerland 2 – 1
(0–0, 2–0, 0–1)
Soviet Union Soviet Union Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 5,426
17 February 2004
20:00
Canada Canada 2 – 1
(1–0, 1–1, 0–0)
United States Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 8,703

Group F

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
Finland Finland 5 3 2 0 18 11 +7 8 Advances to the quarterfinals
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 5 3 1 1 21 13 +8 7
Sweden Sweden 5 2 2 1 19 11 +8 6
Latvia Latvia 5 1 2 2 8 10 –2 3
Germany Germany 5 1 1 3 9 16 –7 3
Denmark Denmark 5 0 0 5 9 25 –16 0


13 February 2004
16:00
Sweden Sweden 5 – 2
(1–1, 4–1, 0–0)
Germany Germany Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 11,786
13 February 2004
20:00
Denmark Denmark 3 – 6
(3–2, 0–2, 0–2)
Finland Finland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 12,517

14 February 2004
16:00
Latvia Latvia 5 – 2
(0–1, 3–1, 2–0)
Denmark Denmark Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 12,510
14 February 2004
20:00
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 7 – 2
(0–0, 5–0, 2–2)
Germany Germany Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 12,152

15 February 2004
16:00
Sweden Sweden 1 – 1
(0–0, 0–0, 1–1)
Latvia Latvia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 12,860
15 February 2004
20:00
Finland Finland 3 – 3
(2–1, 0–2, 1–0)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 13,209

16 February 2004
20:00
Germany Germany 3 – 1
(1–0, 1–0, 1–1)
Denmark Denmark Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 11,786

17 February 2004
16:00
Latvia Latvia 1 – 3
(0–3, 0–0, 1–0)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 12,326
17 February 2004
20:00
Finland Finland 4 – 4
(3–3, 0–1, 1–0)
Sweden Sweden Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 13,289

Relegation round

The bottom team in the standings from each group of the preliminary round played in the relegation round. The bottom two teams in the Relegation Round moved down to Division I for the 2005 World Championship.

All times are local (UTC+2).

Group G

Team GP W T L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
France 3 2 1 0 13 7 +6 5
Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 12 10 +2 4
Japan 3 0 2 1 7 9 –2 2 Relegated to Division I
Hungary 3 0 1 2 6 12 –6 1


13 February 2004
12:00
Japan 2 – 2
(0–0, 0–1, 2–1)
Hungary Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 2,402
13 February 2004
16:00
Yugoslavia 0 – 5
(0–2, 0–3, 0–0)
France Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 2,681

14 February 2004
12:00
Yugoslavia 5 – 3
(1–2, 3–0, 1–1)
Japan Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 3,620

15 February 2004
12:00
Hungary 2 – 6
(1–2, 0–0, 1–4)
France Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 4,203

16 February 2004
12:00
Hungary 2 – 4
(1–2, 0–0, 1–2)
Yugoslavia Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 3,100

17 February 2004
12:00
France 2 – 2
(0–2, 2–0, 0–0)
Japan Tampere Ice Hall, Tampere
Attendance: 3,050

Playoff round

All times are local (UTC+2).

Bracket

  Quarterfinal                    
  E1  Canada Canada 5  
  F4  Latvia Latvia 0   Semifinal
      E1  Canada Canada 4  
  Quarterfinal   F2  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 3  
  F2  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 3
  E3   Switzerland 1         Final
              E1  Canada Canada 3
  Quarterfinal             E2  Finland Finland 2
  E2  Finland Finland 2      
  F3  Soviet Union Soviet Union 1   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      E2  Finland Finland 2   F2  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 0
  Quarterfinal   F1   United States 1     F1   United States 1
  F1   United States 5
  E4  Sweden Sweden 3  

Quarterfinals

19 February 2004
16:00
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 3 – 1
(0–0, 2–1, 0–1)
Switzerland Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 8,953
19 February 2004
17:00
Canada Canada 5 – 0
(0–0, 4–0, 1–0)
Latvia Latvia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 12,723
19 February 2004
20:00
United States 5 – 1
(1–0, 1–0, 3–1)
Sweden Sweden Elysée Arena, Turku
Attendance: 10,401
19 February 2004
21:00
Finland Finland 4 – 3
(0–0, 1–1, 3–2)
Soviet Union Soviet Union Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 13,441

Semifinals

21 February 2004
14:00
United States 1 – 2
(0–0, 1–0, 0–2)
Finland Finland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 13,117
21 February 2004
19:00
Canada Canada 4 – 3 OT
(0–0, 2–1, 1–2, 1–0)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 12,924

Bronze medal game

22 February 2004
15:15
Bronze medal blank.svg United States 1 – 0 GWS
(0–0, 0–0)
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 13,324

Gold medal game

The final had barely started when Joe Sakic took a beautiful pass from Mario Lemieux in the slot and fired a shot past Kiprusoff 52 seconds after the opening faceoff. The Finns regrouped as Tomi Kallio tied it at 6:34 when he deflected Toni Lydman's shot from the point past Martin Brodeur. The first period set a tone not expected in this matchup. Finland had reached the finals by playing tight defense and waiting to capitalize on mistakes.

Canada recorded its first shot of the second period 3:15 in. Niedermayer lifted a relatively harmless-looking shot from the left circle, but it managed to get between Miikka Kiprusoff's pads and put Finland behind 2-1. A superb individual effort by Tuomo Ruutu got Finland into another tie just before the second period ended. Ruutu took a pass from Lydman at center ice and beat Brad Richards to get into the Canada zone. He worked the puck down the right boards, eluded Niedermayer and Simon Gagné in succession, cut to the middle and fired a shot past Brodeur's glove side to tie it with one minute left in the second period. The equalizer gave the Finns hope again, but Canada quickly regained the advantage at the beginning of the third period.

Shane Doan clinched the game just 34 seconds into the third period when he cut from the corner and came in front to take Joe Thornton's no-look, backhand pass from behind the goal and give Canada a 3-2 lead. Finland never recovered as the Canadians controlled the game well and neutralized the Finnish first line of Teemu SelänneSaku KoivuJere Lehtinen.

28 February 2004
19:00
Gold medal blank.svg Canada Canada 3 – 2
(1–1, 1–1, 1–0)
Finland Finland Silver medal blank.svg Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
Attendance: 13,387

Final standings


Awards

Directorate awards

Best players selected by the IIHF directorate:

Position Player
Best Goaltender Canada Martin Brodeur (CAN)
Best Defenceman Finland Kimmo Timonen (FIN)
Best Forward Canada Vincent Lecavalier (CAN)
Most Valuable Player Canada Vincent Lecavalier (CAN)

All-Star team

The tournament All-Star team voted by the media:

Goaltender Defencemen Forwards
Canada Martin Brodeur (CAN) Finland Kimmo Timonen (FIN)
Canada Adam Foote (CAN)
Keith Tkachuk (USA)
Finland Saku Koivu (FIN)
Canada Vincent Lecavalier (CAN)

Best Players of each Team Selected by Coaches

Team Player
Austria Austria
Canada Canada Martin Brodeur
Adam Foote
Vincent Lecavalier
Denmark Denmark
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Finland Finland Miikka Kiprusoff
Kimmo Timonen
Olli Jokinen
France France
Germany Germany
Hungary
Japan
Latvia Latvia
Norway Norway Espen Knutsen
Øystein Olsen
Patrick Thoresen
Soviet Union Soviet Union
Sweden Sweden
Switzerland
United States United States Robert Esche
Mike Modano
Keith Tkachuk
Yugoslavia

Statistics

Scoring leaders

# Player GP G A Pts PIM +/− Pos.
1 Sweden Fredrik Modin (SWE) 7 8 5 13 2 +1 FW
2 Canada Vincent Lecavalier (CAN) 9 5 6 11 8 +1 FW
3 United States Keith Tkachuk (USA) 9 6 4 10 28 +2 FW
4 Finland Ville Peltonen (FIN) 9 4 6 10 2 +6 FW
5 Finland Olli Jokinen (FIN) 9 6 3 9 6 +5 FW
6 Czechoslovakia Martin Straka (TCH) 9 3 6 9 0 +3 FW
7 Sweden Daniel Alfredsson (SWE) 7 2 7 9 8 +5 FW
8 Finland Kimmo Timonen (FIN) 9 1 8 9 2 +5 D
Mike Modano (USA) 9 1 8 9 0 +4 FW
10 United States Bill Guerin (USA) 9 4 4 8 8 +5 FW

Goaltending leaders

Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 40% of their team's minutes are included in this list.

# Player GP MIN SOG GA SVS% GAA SO
1 Canada Martin Brodeur (CAN) 7 420:00 165 8 95.15% 1.14 1
2 Robert Esche (USA) 7 430:00 184 10 94.57% 1.40 2
3 Martin Gerber (SUI) 7 420:00 226 15 93.36% 2.14 1
4 Czechoslovakia Tomáš Vokoun (TCH) 8 493:45 214 18 91.59% 2.19 0
5 Latvia Artūrs Irbe (LAT) 6 331:48 139 12 91.37% 2.14 0

See also


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