Czechoslovakia National Hockey Team
Československá Hokejová Reprezentace
IIHF World Ice Hockey Champions 1976
European Ice Hockey Champions 1976
Front Row L to R - Jiří Novák, Milan Kajkl, Jiří Holeček, František Pospíšil, Jiří Holík, Oldřich Machač, Vladimír Dzurilla, Ivan Hlinka, Vladimír Martinec, Ján Starší (coach).
Back Row - Zdenek Andršt (Czech Hokej president), Jiří Bubla, Oldřich Fairaizl (manager), Marián Šťastný, Peter Šťastný, Karel Gut (head coach), Milan Nový, František Kaberle, Miroslav Dvořák, Jaroslav Pouzar, Ota Trefny (doctor), Bohuslav Šťastný, František Černík, Eduard Novák, Milan Chalupa, Pavel Křížek (masseur).
- Jiří Holeček was selected at the Best Goaltender and voted to the Media All-Star Team.
- František Pospíšil was selected at the Best Defenceman and voted to the Media All-Star Team.
- Vladimír Martinec was selected at the Best Forward and voted to the Media All-Star Team.
The 1976 World Ice Hockey Championships were the 43rd Ice Hockey World Championships and the 54th European Ice Hockey Championships.
The tournament took place in Katowice, Poland from April 8 to 25 April. Eight teams took part in the main tournament, with each team first playing each other once. The four best teams then took part in a medal play off.
The Czechoslovakia national ice Hockey team won 9 games and were unbeaten, becoming world champions for the fourth time. The defending champions from the USSR finished 2nd after sensationally losing the opening game 4-6 to hosts Poland. Sweden won the bronze after beating the Americans 7-3 in the medal round. In the European standings Sweden moved up one position leaving the Soviets with the bronze for the first time ever.
The tournament was first to feature major league professionals from the NHL and WHA although in the end only the United States made use of the new rule, recalling eight pros from the Minnesota North Stars and Minnesota Fighting Saints. The Americans made the medal playoff round for the first time since 1962 after beating Sweden and tying Finland in the first round. They finished 4th overall.