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  • The 1963 World Ice Hockey Championships was the 30th edition of the Ice Hockey World Championships. The tournament was held in Stockholm, Sweden from March 7 to March 17, 1963. The Soviet Union won the tournament for the third time, starting their roll of nine straight championships. For the Soviets it was also their seventh European title. A new tie-breaking method was introduced, if there was a tie for a medal, it would be broken by the goal differential between only the top five placed nations. The Swedes, on the final day had nearly everything possible go against them. If they had won or tied against Czechoslovakia, or if Canada could have won or tied against the Soviets, or if the Americans had beaten the East Germans, they would have been crowned champions. The Czechs propelled themselves past Canada on the final day to capture the Bronze. A record twenty-one nations participated, at three levels, with most nations returning the group where they played in 1961. This meant that the unfortunate Norwegians, despite defeating and placing higher than West Germany in 1962, returned to the 'B' pool. Even in the neutral site of Sweden, there was still a political incident.