Alternative History
2016 IIHF World Championship
2016 IIHF World Championship logo (WFAC).svg
Tournament details
Host country Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Dates 5 – 21 February 2016
Teams 16
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg Canada Canada (25th title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Soviet Union Soviet Union
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg Sweden Sweden
Fourth place Finland Finland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 64
Scoring leader(s) Canada Sidney Crosby
(15 points)
MVP Canada Sidney Crosby

The 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships was the 71st edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships hosted by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It took place from 5 February – 21 February 2016 in the Canadian cities of Montreal (Quebec) and Toronto (Ontario). The two venues were the Bell Centre and the Air Canada Centre. Czechoslovakia was the defending champions.

Canada won their 25th title by defeating the Soviet Union 2–1 in the final. Canada went undefeated at the tournament to win its first IIHF championship since 2004. With the win, Canadian captain Sidney Crosby became a member of the Triple Gold Club and the first to be the team captain for all three events. After the final game, most Soviet players walked out of the medal ceremony before the Canadian anthem was played. The Soviets were fined 80,000 CHF for leaving the ice early, and chose not to appeal the penalty. Sweden won against Finland 5–2 for the bronze medal.

Playoff round

All times are local (UTC–5).


  A1  Canada Canada 4  
  B4   United States 2   Semifinal
      A1  Canada Canada 5  
  Quarterfinal   A3  Finland Finland 3  
  B2  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1
  A3  Finland Finland 2 GWS         Final
              A1  Canada Canada 2
  Quarterfinal             A2  Soviet Union Soviet Union 1
  A2  Soviet Union Soviet Union 4      
  B3  Germany Germany 1   Semifinal   Bronze medal game
      A2  Soviet Union Soviet Union 3   A3  Finland Finland 0
  Quarterfinal   B1  Sweden Sweden 2     B1  Sweden Sweden 2
  B1  Sweden Sweden 5
  A4  Denmark Denmark 2  


18 February 2016
Soviet Union Soviet Union 4 – 1
(0–1, 3–0, 1–0)
Germany Germany Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 12,595
18 February 2016
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1 – 2 GWS
(1–0, 0–1, 0–0, 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
Finland Finland Bell Centre, Montréal
Attendance: 12,098
18 February 2016
Canada Canada 4 – 2
(3–1, 1–0, 0–1)
United States Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 19,106
18 February 2016
Sweden Sweden 4 – 2
(1–0, 2–1, 1–1)
Denmark Denmark Bell Centre, Montréal
Attendance: 12,987


20 February 2016
Canada Canada 5 – 3
(1–0, 1–2, 3–1)
Finland Finland Bell Centre, Montréal
Attendance: 19,021
20 February 2016
Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 – 2 OT
(0–0, 1–1, 1–1, 1–0)
Sweden Sweden Bell Centre, Montréal
Attendance: 17,243

Bronze medal game

21 February 2016
Bronze medal blank.svg Sweden Sweden 2 – 0
Finland Finland Bell Centre, Montréal
Attendance: 15,595

Gold medal game

Canada outshoot the Soviet Union 6-3 over the first 10 minutes of the first period, and also controlled the faceoff circle and ultimately opened the scoring when Sidney Crosby created a turnover in front of the Russian net and beat Bobrovsky with a backhand 07:40 into the contest. Nikita Kucherov scored the equalizer at 10:26 of the first period, sniping a shot top shelf, glove side of Carey Price. He was set up by Nikita Zaitsev and Evgeni Malkin. The Soviet team had several chances to increase their lead throughout the remainder of the first, including a shorthanded breakaway at 12:30 by Ilya Kovalchuk. The Soviets took the lead at 13:53 with a power play goal as Alexander Ovechkin hammered a shot past Price after a a pass from Evgeni Malkin. The Soviets eventually outshot the Canadians 12-8 in the opening frame, and frustrations boiled over into some chippy play at the buzzer. There was a scrum to the side of the Soviet net with multiple players on both sides involved.

The second period brought big chances for both sides. At 02:31, John Tavares missed a glorious chance at the equalizer, hammering a shot at the wide-open net off the post. At 05:15, Price made a huge save as Evgeny Kuznetsov set up Sergei Mozyakin back door.

In the third, the Soviets had another great chance to add to their one-goal lead when Artemi Panarin set up Malkin one-on-one with Price but he couldn't finish. With seven minutes left in the game, the line Sidney CrosbyBrad MarchandPatrice Bergeron line generated sustained pressure and offensive zone possession but could not net the tying goal. With 3:35 left in the third, Canada went on their fifth power play of the game. With Vladimir Tarasenko in the box for holding, Patrice Bergeron deflected in a point shot by Brent Burns for the equalizer at 17:07.

The Soviets got a power-play opportunity of their own at 18:10 of the final regulation frame. Slava Voynov rang a shot off the post behind Price to nearly take back the lead. Price then covered up a shot from the slot to freeze the puck moments later. With 43.1 seconds left in the game, Marchand lifted Canada to take the lead, shorthanded, with a snipe from the high slot. Canada held on in the final seconds to win the final 2–1. Crosby earned MVP honours and selected to the tournament All-Star team.

At the medal ceremony, most Soviet players walked out before the Canadian anthem was played. Sport commentator Don Cherry called the Soviet team "dishonorable" and said they could not accept clear defeat. After the tournament, Soviet officials had claimed this was an organizational error, not a means of disrespect, however, the general manager later apologized to Canada for the incident. IIHF investigated the incident and fined the Soviet Union 80,000 Swiss francs; the Soviet federation accepted the fine.

21 February 2016
Gold medal blank.svg Canada Canada 3 – 2
(1–2, 0–0, 2–0)
Soviet Union Soviet Union Silver medal blank.svg Bell Centre, Montréal
Attendance: 19,080

Final ranking

See also