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    Wc 1958

    Hi all!

    In Rude pravo (old newspapers) is note that WC 1958 to be held in Wienna but it was in
    Norway in the end. Do you know anything about it? Why do Austrians give up
    organization?

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    Dear Pepa,

    there was a very simple reason. The "Wiener Stadthalle" was not built ready in time. It was completed at the end of 1958. Most of the games of the 67 WC (and later WCs in Vienna) took place there. The building is still in use for many purposes. it was designed by Roland Rainer (1910-2004)

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    Hello you all!

    And all the World Championships of pool A held in Norway have one thing in common;

    Jordal Amfi.

    In 1952 and 1958 as an artificial open air ice rink, in 1999 with a roof!

    All the best
    Jukka

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    The construction of Wiener Stadthalle started in 1953 and it took 5 years to finish it. At the IIHF Congress in 1956, Vienna was granted the right to host the 1958 IHWC, with Oslo as a backup. At the Congress in March 1957, Austria informed that they were not able to host the event, and Norway stepped in.

    So why did Austria retreat? Was the construction of Stadthalle behind schedule, and if yes, for what reasons? (lack of materials and foreign exchange (the dollar shortage)?

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    In mid-January 1958, 6 weeks prior to the 1958 IHWC, IIHF informed that 10 nations would participate: Sweden, USSR, Czechoslovakia, Canada, USA, Finland, Poland, Norway, France (which had replaced Switzerland that withdrew in Oct 57) and East Germany. A few days later, East Germany retreated and Hungary was invited instead. On 22 Jan., Hungary then informed that it was unable to make the arrangements with such short notice. The organizing committee was getting desperate and invitations were send to Italy, Belgium, West Germany, Austria and Yugoslavia, but none of them gave a positive response. Then, on 26 Jan., France also withdraw, reducing the number of participants from 10 to 8.
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    Hello you all!

    Do you think, that Oslo was "too north" and this might have had a role with these withdrewals?!

    Just a thought...

    All the best
    Jukka

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    Oslo is only a few miles further to the north than Stockholm (or Helsinki).

    Two-three reasons:

    1. DDR: because of the participation of GER (the two separated Germanys did not recognize eachother at the time)

    2. In 1956, IIHF's president 'Bunny' Ahearne proposed the idea of three IHWC pools with promotion and relegation. This new system gave the lesser nations an opportunity to compete with likeminded nations. It took a little time for the proposal to be implemented (see point 3) but for lesser nations such as Hungary, Yugoslavia, Belgium etc. there was no point in participating anymore at the highest level. In 1930s, the games were more even, much less so after USSR entered in 1954 and Canada responded by playing with players who convienently shed off their professional status shortly before the IHWC. Indeed, the IHWC 1957 let to the most lopsided results since the 1930s when USSR beat Austria 22-1 and Czechoslovakia beat Japan 25-1.

    3. Money were very short in the 50s and international currency (dollars) needed to finance the travelling very hard to get.

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    Many thanks for your answers. Pepa

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    Hello Karsten!

    My main thoughts were exactly about your point 3.

    However, thanks for the points 1. and 2. as well!

    All the best
    Jukka

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    Quote Originally Posted by jukka ruskeeahde View Post
    Hello Karsten!

    My main thoughts were exactly about your point 3.

    However, thanks for the points 1. and 2. as well!

    All the best
    Jukka
    Point 3 is probably the least important. Short money was a problem throughout the 50s but this didn't prevent the lesser teams from travelling to the 'junior' tournament (1951-55).

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