Top Ten Best Hockey Countries
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Hockey is our game! We live, breathe, and crap hockey. - SeanyFens
Canada has enough good players to put a different team up against every country that competed in 2010 Olympics and still win a majority its games. (Over 60% of NHL players come from Canada) Moreover, in a best of seven series featuring best players on best, Canada would win every time. There can be no doubt whatsoever that Canada is, by far, the best hockey nation in the world.
When you are born in Canada you are born into hockey. It doesn't matter if you play it or even watch it, you are born into it because it is our sport. We invented and we play it the best. When you ask random people from other countries about Canada, there minds instantly go to Hockey because it's our sport and we play it the best.
Hockey is truly our sport. We love it.V235 Comments
So, who cares who got the most players / population? It's the medals that counts, now doesn't it? In all, I'd say Russia, Canada, Sweden, Czech or Finland.
It's sad to see all you kids rating Finland over Sweden, since the difference between medals in all are like 30 medals.
Sweden's national team is one of the few teams that actually play as a team. Team spirit and a lot of sacrifice on the ice are features that characterize the Swedish ice hockey teams for sure, but especially Sweden's male national team.
Today there's no better team than Sweden. Look how we run over all our opponents. It's obvious.
Sweden is better than Finland.V55 Comments
They are really good at it and it's such a shame that happened in the plane crush with the Russian team. Rest in peace comrades!
Russia won the world cup this year for the 26th time a record. - ratingman
The world cup means absolutely nothing. All of the good players are still playing in the NHL playoffs.
I am Bulgarian and I think Russia is really a powerful team. Canada and Russia are the strongest in the world. I'll always be rooting for Russia
Because I'm a patriot.V47 Comments
How can a team that won the SILVER medal be ranked 6th
They deserve to be at number 5, a SILVER medal in 2010 does not get you to the top of the list like Canada and Sweden
USA buys the best hockey players from Canada for their NHL industry. I believe that this is the primary reason that Canada's dominance in Ice Hockey is not as prevalent in regards to IIHF World Championships, focusing mostly on Olympic titles where we are able to show off the best of the best of our best hockey players.
US and Sweden shouldn't even be in top 3.. Russia, Czech and Finland are much better.V75 Comments
Only one country besides Canada has more than one per cent of its general population listed as registered hockey players and that is Finland. Also, ever since the NHL has been involved in the Winter Olympics (beginning in 1998) the country winning the most medals in men's hockey has been Finland. Indeed, since 1988 (the last seven Winter Olympics), Finland has won more Olympic medals than any other in men's hockey. It also gets the most attention of any sport in the Finnish media and fan support is very strong. So, in my opinion, there are only two great hockey nations on earth: Canada and Finland. The USA and Russia don't even come close.
For the last 25 years Finland has won 2 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals in Ice Hockey World Championships and also 2 silver and 4 bronze medals in Olympic games, and by far better like USA has done in these past 25 years.
Also at the Women's Championships Finland has won 10 bronze medals and 2 bronze medals in Olympic games and they are third best country after Canada and USA.
Every year Finland doesn't have nowhere the best roster of the games, but still they beat harder opponents in paper and do it in a great way.
In NHL they have good solid players and top goaltenders playing year after another.
Now Canadians says that: "Ice Hockey is their hobby and game." I believe that is true, but I am considered that it is (at least someways) Finland game as well.
I am not sure if Finland BEST ice hockey country in a world, but I definitely think it is at least in top 5. Finland has great ice hockey players and they have possibilities to defeat USA, Sweden, Russia and Canada which are strong ice hockey countries as well.
Consider this: Finland is about size of Minnesota and it keeps product great players and making process in World Championship and Olympics.
I am from Finland myself and I am always proud of our Finland team. I follow our SM and when its possible: World Championship even when its not about Finland match. Because I like Ice Hockey and good matches.
Finland is also number one in junior hockeyV49 Comments
The Czech Republic, per capita, in regard to medals, blows away all 5 countries ranked above them. Only 10 million people in this country and they still rank in top 3 in medals in world competition. If the two countries of former Czechoslovakia were still together they would have the Gold or Silver in the Olympics and World Championships for the last 20 years. And that's still with under 18 million people! Russia is great at hockey only because during the communist occupation of Czechoslovakia they made Czechoslovakian coaches train them to be good. Canadians have hockey, hockey and hockey. So, yes, if you have a huge country with a huge population where it's freezing 9 months out of the year. I hope you are at least good at one thing... If the Czech Republic was as big and had that population the world would stop player competitive hockey because they would be tired of the Czechs winning gold every year... USA, Sweden and Finland are good too, but again, look at the results for the ...more
Country only of 10 millions people and yet the most medals won in the history of hockey... Along with Russia.. (which has 30x more people)... Therefore The Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia is the true best hockey country in the world. Also a large portion of NHL players are Czech and Slovaks.
How can a team that is historically third best nation in hockey, be ranked 6th? Czech Republic has the most medals won in the history of hockey. In the ranking of gold medals is ranked 3rd behind Canada and Russian. In the past 20 years the because won on World Cups the gold medals 6 times. No other country won more times in last 20 years. Czechs even won the gold medal from Olympic Games in Nagano 1998 and was bronze in Turin in 2006. Czech Republic shoudl be ranked on 3rd position, not worse.
You can't compare Czech Republic to Czechoslovakia as you can't compare Russia to Soviet union. These two nation are only shadows of what they once was.V31 Comments
Slovakia got 2nd place last year
Slovakia plays very nice hockey, can defeat every country.
Slovak ice hockey style is unique and full of passion.
Hossa, Gaborik, Chara...
Switzerland is good goal keeper, name Patrick Aebischer, Martin Gerber and and and. Team Switzerland have red and white dress and in center of dress is have beautiful cross.
Most up and coming nation... will be part of the "Big 7" soon displacing Slovakia. 13 NHL players in 2015-2016 season and counting.
Switzerland is good at hockey and I appreciate that.
Because I like the cheeseV3 Comments
Germany has the potential to reach more athletes because of there high population.
They seem more like soccer (football) people.
Germany is about soccer (football) and shouldn't be in championships because they're a disgrace to the game.
Germany belongs to soccer world not hockey world!V7 Comments
What the butt is India and Morocco and Australia doing on this list Philippines too they don't even play hockey - ketchup
A country with the best hockey fans in the world!
I'm Latvian, and proud of it. Ice hockey is like our religion. We live, breath and dream ice hockey!
For the size of the population they give it all and do great!V18 Comments
If talking about land hockey, it is difficult to beat the team
We have alway's been one of the best hockey playing nations of the world and I believe on terms of skill we are still the best surpassing australia and the european countries.
India have won 8 olympic gold and numerous tournaments. They are the Asian powerhouse compared to Malaysia.
Good land hockey not ice hockey.V58 Comments
China sucks. they don't play very good hockey. They lost 28-6 to Russia - ifgy
That's sad. They scored 6 times on Russia - Zachywaky
Their not very good but they play fair
They try but they are not there yet.V6 Comments
The United Kingdom is way! better than the North Korea team
The United Kingdom is WAY better than the North Korea!
Canada is way better than the United Kingdom and North Korea!
Canada is totally the best!V15 Comments
The United Kingdom invented the game of Hockey and Ice Hockey as we know it today... Interesting fact they won a World Championship in Ice Hockey 1956.
Unfortunately due to lack of funding they now only play the field version. Would like to see them competing again with the bigger Ice Hockey nations. The people of the United Kingdom gave us so many amazing sports, shame they're not as competitive as before...
United Kingdom invented the game of Hockey and Ice Hockey as we know it today. Here's an interesting fact they won a World Championship in Ice Hockey 1956! The sad thing is now they only play the field version, would like to see them competing again with the bigger Ice Hockey nations... They gave the world so many amazing sports!
I am a huge fan of the United Kingdom because I'm british and they created the game of hockey and they are one of the best playing teams in the world
and they are better than many other countries that play hockey. The reasons that they are the best team is because...
1) There awesome
2) There awesome
3) There awesome
4) And there awesome
5) Last there awesome
6) And they actually created hockey
There the best.
I love hockey and that's itV19 Comments
They only lost to Canada 10-0 and Russia 8-1 in the world juniors but granted, they did beat Sweden and Finland. - Zachywaky
This needs to be in top ten and they are much better than India
Small population and good team should be higher
I can't believe everybody forgot the bells
Although not a very good team, they are way better than United Kingdom, China, Netherlands and Japan for sure. They should be placed higher
Why the heck is Denmark down here!? They aren't good but they're better than half these teams that basically don't even play hockey! (okay Denmark doesn't really either) and where's Norway? Norways should be higher than Denmark!...one Canadians point of view
They have some good players like Lars eller and a few different player and they should be ranked 9 not 18th
Denmark should be higher!V10 Comments
Ha ha, I'm Mongolian and agree with this ranking.V2 Comments
South Korea IS amazing they do a lot of sports but they also have the most cutest guys and singers such as kpop like exo BTs seventeen etc.
I bet you can beat Canada if you could keep that score upV10 Comments
Are you kidding me.. Indonesia is weak at hockey. In southeast Asia, Malaysia is the best hockey team.
I'm from Canada and I can tell you Canada is the best way better than this team.
Indonesia is by far the best country in hockeyV2 Comments
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