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2004 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL

Photo: JUKKA RAUTIO, Europhoto

SECOND BEST: Sweden is the most consistent international hockey power with 12 medals since 1991. On many occassions though, Sweden comes in as number two. Here, Canada’s Steve Staios outskates Sweden’s Niklas Andersson. Tre Kronor have lost finals to Canada in 1997, 2003 and in 2004.

Canada vs Sweden becomes a tradition

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    but not a one to Tre Kronor’s liking

❑❑ This was the fourth time that Canada and These events in Prague and Ostrava re-wrote IIHF World Championship history: Sweden met in a gold medal game in a decade. Sweden won the Olympic final in Lillehammer in 1994, but Canada has been successful in the 1997 (best-of-three), 2003 and 2004 IIHF World Championships. Dany Heatley became the first gold medallist at an Czech Republic 2004 set a new attendance record for the IIHF World Championship: 552,097. ❑❑ The gold medal was Canada’s 23rd in the history of the IIHF World Championship, which means that Canada is now even with Soviet Union/Russia. Canada has now a total of 42 medals since IIHF World Championship also to be nomi- nated to the All Star Team, to be named the championship MVP, to receive the Best Forward Directorate Award and to win the championship in scoring. A truly unique sweep. (The IIHF introduced the MVP award in 1999.) ❑❑ Defenseman Andy Roach (USA) 1920, thus leaving Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic behind with 41. ❑❑ It marked the first time since 1958 (Whitby Dunlops) and 1959 (Belleville McFarlands) that Canada has won back- to-back gold medals. By winning the bronze medal, USA beca- became the first player to score game winning goals in two penalty shoot- outs in one IIHF World Championship . Roach did it in the QF win over Czech Republic (3-2) and in the bronze medal game against Slovakia (1-0). Since the Soviet Union medal domination me the only nation, which has medalled in every IIHF category in 2004; gold in U20, sil- ver in World Women’s, silver in U18 and bronze in Men’s Senior. ❑❑ By winning the gold medal, SCORED BIG: Scott Niedermayer and Dany Heatley boo- sted their resumes in ended in 1990, Sweden has been the most Canada’s defenseman Scott Niedermayer became the only 14th player, and fourth Canadian, in hockey history to join the Triple Gold Club for players who have won the IIHF World Championship, the Olympic ice hockey gold medal and the Stanley Cup. Canada vs Sweden in the gold medal game marked persistent medal hunter with 12 IIHF World Championship medals since 1991 (three gold medals, five silver and four bronze). No other Prague. country has reached ten medals during that period. ❑❑ Not since 1986 (Soviet Union in Moscow) has a hosting nation won gold at an IIHF World Championship. Scott and Rob Niedermayer are the first brothers to the first gold medal back-to-back re-match since the IIHF introduced the play-off format in the IIHF World Championships and Olympics in 1992/1993. Canada and Sweden also met in the final game of the 2003 IIHF World Championship in Finland. play on the same IIHF World Championship gold medal winning team since the Makarov brothers (Sergei & Nikolai) won it for the Soviet Union in 1981 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

June 2004 - Vol 8 - No 3

Record numbers for IHWC.NET

  • As the internet becomes more and more popular,

IHWC.NET is playing an increasingly important role at the IIHF World Championship.

This year, the official website of the IIHF World Championship which was introduced in 2000, again had a record setting campaign. At peak hours around 135,000 different users logged on to receive the latest information from the World Championship. The site had 1.9 million visits.

This is again a substanital increase from the previous year. The IHWC.NET has increased its viewership every year since 2000. The average visit length was almost 18 minutes. Multiplied by the number of visits, this results in over 360,000 hours that users spent on IHWC.NET. The site registered over 66 million page views.

  • IHWC.NET has been the official website of the

World Championship for the last four years. The IIHF decided to launch IHWC.NET to give fans a better look at the World Championship. Every year during the three weeks of the championship, IIHF.com is essentially shut down and all news travels through the IHWC.NET.

Gold medal game scored new highs on TV3 and TSN

  • The 68th IIHF World Championship scored some

new highs also as far as TV-attendance is concerned.

  • Swedish broadcaster TV3 recorded a third period

peak of 2,406,000 viewers during the Canada vs Sweden gold medal game, an all time-high for all pro- grams included for the station. The average attendance for the whole game was 2,105,000. That’s in a country of 9 million people.

  • Also TSN in Canada recorded a new IIHF World

Championship record as 1,1 Canadians watched their team’s come from behind victory against Sweden.

  • In Finland, 1,1 million hockey fans were glued to the

TV-sets for the Finland vs Canada quarterfinal which means that more than one-fifth of the population were dejected as Dany Heatley scored for Canada in overti- me. Almost as many (1,075 million) followed the Finland-Sweden rivalry in the qualifying round and an impressive 852,000 tuned in to follow the gold medal game without Finnish participation.

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