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Ice Hockey at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games

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Sports:

Host City: Innsbruck, Austria
Date Started: February 3, 1976
Date Finished: February 14, 1976
Events: 1

Participants: 217 (217 men and 0 women) from 12 countries
Youngest Participant: BUL Lyubomir Lyubomirov (17 years, 73 days)
Oldest Participant: BUL Ivan Markovski (40 years, 170 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 55 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal

Overview

As Innsbruck was a replacement host city for Denver, it used the same venues as in 1964: the Olympia-eisstadion and the Messehalle. There were 12 teams entered in 1976. As in the past three Winter Olympics, they were separated into an A Pool (medal pool) and a B Pool (consolation pool). There was no seeding into the pools this time, as in 1968 and 1972. Rather the 12 teams all played one game in a qualifying round, with the six winners composing the A Pool, and the losers the B Pool. One notable absence in 1976 was that of Sweden, normally an ice hockey power. They had chosen to forfeit after many of their top players had recently joined the ranks of the professionals.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's Ice Hockey URS Soviet Union TCH Czechoslovakia FRG West Germany