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07-12-2006, 11:21 AM
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svetovy poharu
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Hello Jukka,

The 1976 Innsbruck Olympic hockey tournament statistics for the Czechoslovakian team is somewhat confusing. Please let me explain.

If you remember, influenza was widespread throughout the '76 Olympics and as a result, most of the Czechoslovakian team took sick. This would later prove to have a
great effect on the outcome of the tournament for the CZE hockey team.

The Czechoslovaks had beaten Poland 7-1, but defenceman and captain Frantisek Pospisil tested positive for a prohibited substance (flu medicine) after traces of codeine were detected following completion of the CZE-POL game. Because of this positive test finding, the results of the CZE-POL game were reversed and entered into the official records as a 1-0 win for Poland. Officially, the IIHF and IOC list this game as a forfeit. Even though CZE got credited with the loss, Poland did not get the victory counted in the standings. The CZE goals were also deleted from both team's official GF and GA standings. As a sidenote, Pospisil was not disqualified from the tournament by the IOC and was allowed to continue playing.

Plus, each of the 12 hockey teams that participated at the '76 Olympics had to play a qualification game to determine which 6 would play in Group A medal round and the other losing 6 teams would play in Group B. So each team played 5 official games in the tournament, and one qualification game. Czechoslovakia defeated Bulgaria 14-1 in its qualification game. These qualification games are not listed or counted in the official stats.

Here are the Czechoslovakia goal scorers for the combined 6 total games:

F - Vladimir Martinec (7)
F - Milan Novy (7)
F - Jiri Novak (5)
F - Ivan Hlinka (3)
F - Jiri Holik (3)
F - Eduard Novak (3)
D - Frantisek Pospisil (2)
F - Josef Augusta (2)
F - Bohuslav Stastny (2)
F - Jaroslav Pouzar (2)
D - Jiri Bubla (1)
D - Miroslav Dvorak (1)

Total goals scored in 6 gp (38 goals)

Here are the official published IIHF and IOC statistics credited for 4 games played to the 1976 CZE Innsbruck team:

F - Milan Novy.....................4 gp, 5 + 0 = 5 pts, 0 pim
F - Vladimir Martinec.............4 gp, 2 + 3 = 5 pts, 2 pim
F - Ivan Hlinka.....................4 gp, 2 + 2 = 4 pts, 7 pim
D - Frantisek Pospisil.............4 gp, 1 + 3 = 4 pts, 4 pim
F - Eduard Novak..................4 gp, 2 + 1 = 3 pts, 4 pim
D - Oldrich Machac...............4 gp, 0 + 3 = 3 pts, 10 pim
F - Jiri Novak.......................4 gp, 2 + 0 = 2 pts, 0 pim
F - Jiri Holik.........................4 gp, 1 + 1 = 2 pts, 4 pim
D - Jiri Bubla........................4 gp, 0 + 2 = 2 pts, 6 pim
D - Miroslav Dvorak...............4 gp, 0 + 2 = 2 pts, 2 pim
F - Bohuslav Stastny.............4 gp, 1 + 0 = 1 pt, 0 pim
F - Jaroslav Pouzar................4 gp, 1 + 0 = 1 pt, 2 pim
D - Milan Kajkl.......................4 gp, 0 + 1 = 1 pt, 6 pim
F - Bohuslav Ebermann...........4 gp, 0 + 1 = 1 pt, 2 pim
F - Josef Augusta..................4 gp, 0 + 1 = 1 pt, 2 pim
G - Jiri Crha..........................2 gp, 0 + 1 = 1 pt, 0 pim
D - Milan Chalupa..................4 gp, 0 + 0 = 0 pts, 7 pim
G - Jiri Holecek......................4 gp, 0 + 0 = 0 pts, 0 pim

Total goals scored in 4 gp (17 goals)

Goalie stats:
Jiri Holecek.......5 gp, 263 minutes played, 9 goals against (2.05 gaa)
Jiri Crha...........2 gp, 37 minutes played, 1 goal against (1.62 gaa)
Pavol Svitana (emergency third goalie)

Coaches: Karel Gut and Jan Starsi

Well there you have it, Jukka. Are you completely confused? Sorry for the long explanation but as I mentioned, it is a complicated situation concerning the 1976 Czechoslovakian statistics.

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