The Canadian national team and the Soviet Union were disqualified from the world junior hockey tournament after a bench-clearing brawl in the second period of their game Sunday at Piestany, Czechoslovakia.
Dennis McDonald, director of operations for the Canadian team and a technical director of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Assn., said the decision was reached by officials of the International Ice Hockey Federation after meeting for 35 minutes.
Canada was leading, 4-2, at 13:53 of the second period when the melee erupted in the Canadian end.
Within moments, both benches cleared and, under international rules, all players participating in a fight are automatically ejected from a game.
Canada, with a 4-1-1 record and nine points, needed to beat the Soviets by five goals to win the gold medal. The Soviet Union had a record of 2-3-1 and was out of the medal race.