|Dates||28 April – 10 May|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Sweden (6th title)|
|Goals scored||242 (6.21 per match)|
|Attendance||249,748 (6,404 per match)|
|Scoring leader(s)||Jarkko Varvio 10 points|
The 1992 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships was the 56th such event sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Teams representing a record 32 countries participated in several levels of competition. The competition also served as qualifications for group placements in the 1993 competition.
The top Championship Group A tournament took place in Czechoslovakia from 28 April to 10 May 1992, with games played in Prague and Bratislava. This would be the last championship held in that nation before the dissolution of Czechoslovakia eight months later. Twelve teams took part, with the first round being split into two groups of six, with the four best teams from each group advancing to the quarter-finals. Sweden retained their title, beating Finland 5–2 in the final, and becoming world champions for the sixth time. This was Finland's first medal in a World Championship.
The Championship Group A pools were drawn the same as the 1992 Olympics in Albertville two months earlier, but yielded much different results. Switzerland was able to tie both Russia and Canada to earn a spot in the quarter-finals. Germany, after an opening loss to Finland, won four straight to also advance to the quarter-finals, where they faced Switzerland. The Swiss prevailed, making the top 4 for the first time since 1953, and moved on to meet a Swedish team that had shut-out the Russians. The Swedes led by three after the first and easily moved on to the gold medal game. There was nothing easy about the other semi-final, where the Finns had to come from behind to tie Czechoslovakia in the third period, then advanced to the finals with a shootout win. The Czechoslovaks, playing for the last time as that nation, beat the Swiss to settle for bronze, while Sweden, led by Mats Sundin, beat Finland for gold.
New entrants Greece, Israel, Luxembourg and Turkey iced teams in a secondary tier of Group C. South Africa appeared for the first time since 1966. In Group B, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia made their final World Championship appearance before the breakup of that nation. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia resumed Yugoslavia's former position in Group C in 1995, while breakaway nations Croatia and Slovenia would appear in the qualifiers for Group C of the 1993 World Championship.
World Championship Group A (Czechoslovakia)
|1||Finland||5||5||0||0||32 - 08||10|
|2||Germany||5||4||0||1||30 - 14||8|
|3||United States||5||2||1||2||14 - 15||5|
|4||Sweden||5||1||2||2||14 - 12||4|
|5||Italy||5||1||1||3||10 - 18||3|
|6||Poland||5||0||0||5||08 - 41||0|
|28 April||Italy||0–1||United States|
|29 April||United States||3–5||Germany|
|1 May||United States||1–6||Finland|
|3 May||United States||5–0||Poland|
|4 May||Sweden||4–4||United States|
|1||Russia||5||4||1||0||23 - 10||9|
|2||Czechoslovakia||5||4||0||1||18 - 07||8|
|3||Switzerland||5||2||2||1||12 - 11||6|
|4||Canada||5||2||1||2||15 - 18||5|
|5||Norway||5||1||0||4||08 - 16||2|
|6||France||5||0||0||5||08 - 22||0|
Consolation Round 11–12 Place
Poland was relegated to Group B.
|Finland (GWS)||3||Third place|
|7 May||Czechoslovakia||8–1||United States|
|9 May||Czechoslovakia||2–3 s.o.||Finland|
Match for third place
(1-0, 3-0, 1-2)
Ranking and statistics
The final standings of the tournament according to IIHF:
List shows the top skaters sorted by points, then goals.
Only the top five goaltenders, based on save percentage, who have played 50% of their team's minutes are included in this list.
World Championship Group B (Austria)
|13||Austria||7||7||0||0||73 - 04||14|
|14||Netherlands||7||5||1||1||53 - 16||11|
|15||Japan||7||4||0||3||30 - 24||8|
|16||Denmark||7||4||0||3||23 - 24||8|
|17||Bulgaria||7||3||0||4||14 - 38||6|
|18||Romania||7||1||3||3||13 - 26||5|
|19||China||7||1||1||5||15 - 50||3|
|20||Yugoslavia||7||0||1||6||07 - 46||1|
World Championship Group C1 (Great Britain)
|21||Great Britain||5||5||0||0||62 - 10||10|
|22||North Korea||5||3||0||2||25 - 28||6|
|23||Australia||5||2||1||2||24 - 26||5|
|24||Hungary||5||2||0||3||18 - 33||4|
|25||Belgium||5||2||0||3||17 - 24||4|
|26||South Korea||5||0||1||4||18 - 43||1|
Great Britain was promoted to Group B while no team was relegated.
|18 March||Belgium||5–4||North Korea|
|18 March||South Korea||6–10||Hungary|
|18 March||Great Britain||10–2||Australia|
|19 March||North Korea||8–3||Australia|
|19 March||Great Britain||15–0||South Korea|
|21 March||Australia||5–5||South Korea|
|21 March||Hungary||1–4||North Korea|
|21 March||Belgium||3–7||Great Britain|
|22 March||South Korea||4–6||Belgium|
|22 March||North Korea||2–16||Great Britain|
|24 March||North Korea||7–3||South Korea|
|24 March||Great Britain||14–3||Hungary|
World Championship Group C2 (South Africa)
Played in Johannesburg South Africa 21–28 March. Though called 'C2' it was no different from being in 'Group D'. Spain completely dominated, playing against five essentially new hockey nations. Only South Africa had participated before, and they last played in 1966.
|27||Spain||5||5||0||0||114 - 5||10|
|28||South Africa||5||4||0||1||55 - 18||8|
|29||Greece||5||3||0||2||36 - 31||6|
|30||Israel||5||1||1||3||22 - 42||3|
|31||Luxembourg||5||1||1||3||20 - 73||3|
|32||Turkey||5||0||0||5||11 - 89||0|
|21 March||South Africa||23–0||Luxembourg|
|22 March||South Africa||18–1||Turkey|
|25 March||South Africa||5–1||Israel|
|26 March||South Africa||9–4||Greece|
|28 March||South Africa||0–12||Spain|
- Summary at Passionhockey.com
- Duplacey page 508
- Complete results
- Duplacey, James (1998). Total Hockey: The official encyclopedia of the National Hockey League. Total Sports. pp. 498–528. ISBN 0-8362-7114-9.
- Podnieks, Andrew (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. pp. 155–6.