Home » Sports » Team Sports » When Sweden won the ice hockey world championships in 1957 in Moscow, the Soviets didn’t have the national anthem ready. The Swedish team decided to sing it over the stadium’s PA system, but didn’t know the words to the anthem, so instead they sang the Swedish drinking song, “Helan går!”.

When Sweden won the ice hockey world championships in 1957 in Moscow, the Soviets didn’t have the national anthem ready. The Swedish team decided to sing it over the stadium’s PA system, but didn’t know the words to the anthem, so instead they sang the Swedish drinking song, “Helan går!”.

1957 Ice Hockey World Championships

The 1957 Ice Hockey World Championships were held between 24 February and 5 March 1957 at the Palace of Sports of the Central Lenin Stadium in Moscow, USSR.

Trophy awarded for the 1957 World Championships

This was the last World Championships played on natural ice; and were the first World Championships held in the Soviet Union and they are remembered for the political circumstances surrounding the games. Hungary had been recently occupied by the Soviet Army (to suppress a revolution in October and November 1956), and as a result, the United States and Canada boycotted the World Championships in protest. Joining them were Norway, West Germany, Italy and Switzerland. East Germany participated at the top level for the first time.

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