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Ice Hockey at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Games:

Men's Ice Hockey

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Host City: Grenoble, France
Venue(s): Ice Stadium, Grenoble; Municipal Rink, Grenoble
Date Started: February 4, 1968
Date Finished: February 17, 1968
Format: Qualifying round placed teams into final and consolation round-robin pools.

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: TCH Czechoslovakia
Bronze: CAN Canada

Summary

The USSR had won the 1965, 1966, and 1967 World Championships and had not lost an international game since 1963. They won their first five Olympic games handily, but then lost to Czechoslovakia, 5-4. Going into the final series of games, they had identical 5-1 records, and if they both won their final game, Czechoslovakia would win the gold medal, based on the head-to-head victory. But Sweden pulled out a tie against the Czechs. This left the gold medal in the Soviet’s hands and they easily defeated Canada, 5-0, in the final game, to defend their Olympic title. The USSR was led by Anatoly Firsov, considered by many the greatest Russian ice hockey player ever. A winger with great speed, he was an outstanding athlete who once scored 6 goals in a game against the Canadian national team. He led the 1968 Olympic scorers with 12 goals.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver
3 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Sweden SWE
5 Finland FIN
6 United States USA
7 West Germany FRG
8 East Germany GDR
9 Yugoslavia YUG
10 Japan JPN
11 Norway NOR
12 Romania ROU
13 Austria AUT
14 France FRA