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Ice Hockey at the 1948 Sankt Moritz Winter Games

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Host City: Sankt Moritz, Switzerland
Date Started: January 30, 1948
Date Finished: February 8, 1948
Events: 1

Participants: 139 (139 men and 0 women) from 9 countries
Youngest Participant: USA Jack Kirrane, Jr. (17 years, 163 days)
Oldest Participant: POL Henryk Przeździecki (38 years, 344 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 46 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal

Overview

Three different venues were use for the ice hockey matches. Apart from the rink in the center of the Olympic speed skating rink at Badrutts park, rinks in Kulm and Suvretta (just outside of St. Moritz) were used. Two teams attempted to compete for the United States, one representing the American Hockey Association of the United States (AHAUS) and one representing the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). The USOC wanted the AAU team to compete, but the AHAUS team was affiliated with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), while the AAU team was not. Both teams were in St. Moritz. The IIHF threatened to withdraw ice hockey from the Winter Olympics if the AHAUS team was not allowed to compete. Eventually, they did compete and initially finished fourth, but were later disqualified and their finish was not counted in the final standings. However, matches against the Americans were counted for the other teams in the standings. Because of the controversy, the IOC originally announced that the 1948 ice hockey results would be unofficial, but they reversed this decision during the Olympic tournament.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Ice Hockey CAN Canada TCH Czechoslovakia SUI Switzerland