Ice hockey at the 1956 Winter Olympics

Ice hockey at the 1956 Winter Olympics
Tournament details
Host country  Italy
Dates 26 January–4 February
Teams 10
Final positions
Champions   Soviet Union (1st title)
Runner-up   United States
Third place   Canada
Fourth place  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 33
Goals scored 262 (7.94 per match)
Attendance 122,230 (3,704 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada James Logan 15 points
Trophy awarded for the 1956 World Championships

The men's ice hockey tournament (women's was added in 1998) at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, was the 8th Olympic Championship, also serving as the 23rd World Championships and the 34th European Championships. The tournament was held at the Olympic Ice Stadium and the Apollonio Stadium.

East and West Germany could not come to an agreement over how to formulate a combined team, so they played a qualification game against each other, which the west won. The east hosted a tournament for non qualified teams, often referred to as World Championships Pool B, between GDR, Norway and Belgium in Berlin.[1]

The Soviets won all their games to claim their first Olympic title, their second World title, and their third European title. Canada, represented by the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen, won its eighth consecutive Olympic ice hockey medal, though this was its first ever bronze medal.


Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Soviet Union
Nikolai Puchkov
Grigory Mkrtychan
Nikolaï Sologubov
Dmitry Ukolov
Ivan Tregubov
Genrikh Sidorenkov
Alfred Kuchevsky
Yevgeny Babich
Viktor Shuvalov
Vsevolod Bobrov
Yuri Krylov
Aleksandr Uvarov
Valentin Kuzin
Yuri Pantjukhov
Aleksey Guryshev
Nikolay Khlystov
Viktor Nikiforov
United States
Willard Ikola
Don Rigazio
Richard Rodenheiser
Daniel McKinnon
Ed Sampson
John Matchefts
Richard Meredith
Dick Dougherty
Ken Purpur
John Mayasich
Bill Cleary
Wellington Burtnett
Wendell Anderson
Gene Campbell
Gordon Christian
Weldon Olson
John Petroske
Denis Brodeur
Keith Woodall
Floyd Martin
Howie Lee
Art Hurst
Jack McKenzie
James Logan
Paul Knox
Donald Rope
Byrle Klinck
Bill Colvin
Gérard Théberge
Alfred Horne
Charlie Brooker
George Scholes
Bob White
Ken Laufman

World Championship Group A (Italy)


First round

Top two teams (shaded ones) from each group earned a right to play for 1st-6th places.

Group A

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Canada 33003016
2  Germany 3111963
3  Italy 3012572
4  Austria 30212321

Group B

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Czechoslovakia 22001264
2  United States 2110742
3  Poland 20203120

Group C

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 22001544
2  Sweden 21107102
3   Switzerland 20208160

Final round

First place team wins gold, second silver and third bronze.

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
1  Soviet Union 550025510
2  United States 541026128
3  Canada 532023116
4  Sweden 513110173
5  Czechoslovakia 514020302
6  Germany 50416351

Consolation round

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
7  Italy 33002176
8  Poland 321012104
9   Switzerland 312012182
10  Austria 30309190

World Championship Group B (East Germany)

Final Round

Rank Team Pld W L T GF GA Pts
11  East Germany 22001884
12  Norway 2110892
13  Belgium 202012210

Leading scorers

Rk Team GP G A Pts
1 Canada James Logan 87815
2 Canada Paul Knox 87714
3 Soviet Union Vsevolod Bobrov 79312
4 Canada Jack McKenzie 87512
5 Canada Gerry Theberge 89211
6 Soviet Union Alexei Guryshev 78311
7 United States John Mayasich 76410
8 Canada George Scholes 85510
9 Canada Ken Laufman 8189
10 United States Gordon Christian 6538

Tournament awards

Final ranking

  1.  Soviet Union
  2.  United States
  3.  Canada
  4.  Sweden
  5.  Czechoslovakia
  6.  Germany
  7.  Italy
  8.  Poland
  9.   Switzerland
  10.  Austria

European Championship final ranking

  1.  Soviet Union
  2.  Sweden
  3.  Czechoslovakia
  4.  West Germany
  5.  Italy
  6.  Poland
  7.   Switzerland
  8.  Austria



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