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Things to know about host

Things to know about host

Germany has rich Worlds history

Published 09.05.2017 17:59 GMT+2 | Author John Sanful
Things to know about host
Several games in Cologne including the opening game between host Germany and Team USA have been sold out so far. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
Germany, one of the hosts together with France, has been a participant at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship since the first ever tournament in 1930.

Germany has their own hockey history that extends beyond hosting this year’s competition. Here are eight things you should know about Germany's participation in the World Championship.


The number of times Germany has hosted the World Championships. Germany co-hosted the 1930 tournament in Berlin, 1955 in Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Krefeld and Cologne, 1975 in Munich and Dusseldorf, 1983 in Munich, Dusseldorf and Dortmund, 1993 in Munich and Dusseldorf, 2001 in Hanover, Cologne and Nuremberg, 2010 in Cologne, Mannheim and Gelsenkirchen, 2017 co-hosting the tournament in Cologne with Paris, France.


Germany’s finish at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Russia. The tournament was Marco Sturm’s debut as head coach of the national team in this tournament. Germany qualified for the quarter-finals where they lost 4-1 to Russia. 


The number of times Hans Zach coached the national team at the World Championship. Zach, in Germany sometimes also refered to as "butcher from Bad Tolz" due to his former profession, coached Germany at the 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 World Championships. In 26 games, Zach compiled a record of 9 wins 12 losses and 5 ties. In 2003 he guided Germany to a sixth-place finish, his best achievement as head coach.


The number of penalties Erich Kuhnhackl took in a game against the German Democratic Republic ("East Germany") at the 1983 World Championship. Kuhnhackl had four minors and one misconduct. This tied Kuhnhackel for second highest penalties taken in a game in World Championship history.


The number of times the tournament has taken place in Cologne: 1995, 2001 2010, 2017


Medals won by Germany at World Championships. At the first World Championship in Berlin, Germany won silver, then bronze in 1934 and another silver in 1953. They have not won any World Championship medals in 64 years but came close when reaching the semi-finals on home ice in 2010 here in Cologne.


Wins over Team USA in consecutive years. Germany beat the Americans 3-2 in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2016 and again this year on the opening day of the tournament by the score of 2-1. Germany also beat the U.S. in the opening game when it last hosted the Worlds in 2010.


Goal scored in the final of the inaugural World Championship in 1930. Germany lost to Canada by the score of 6-1 in Berlin. The tournament started in Chamonix, France, but due to exceptionally mild temperatures the final games had to be moved from the natural ice rink in the French Alps to the artificial ice rink in Berlin.

These facts were taken from the 2017 IIHF Guide & Record Book. Click here to order your book or digital copy.


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