Top Ten Best Hockey Countries
The Top Ten
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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.
anyone born in Canada is introduced to Hockey at a really young age, everywhere you go, you may see kids playing Hockey in the streets, every city has at least one Hockey Arena. When you are Born Canadian, you are born for Hockey.
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.
Hockey is the most popular sport in Sweden. We're a small country but still the best hockey team in the world together with Canada and Russia I'd say.
I think it's time for people to understand that this country right here produces many great players for many leagues out there. Sweden has a population of 10 million and still has so many NHL-stars. Their national team has won two World Championships in a row (2017 & 2018) and players such as Erik Karlsson and Henrik Zetterberg wasn't even on the team that year. Deserves respect!
How can a team that won the SILVER medal be ranked 6th
Canada is probably better but most people in the USA have never even played Hockey. If they did as much as Canada it would be like the 70's Soviet Union.
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 is most overrated hockey team.
yep, they really had a good team last year and didn't even make the semis
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.
Currently Finland is the best. After 2-5 years its probably someone else.
Russia has the second-best hockey team, look at Alexander Ovetchkin! He is the best hockey player! Russia should be second!
Russia should be 2nd. They should be above the USA. Canada stay first
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
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!
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
Czech Republic is just amazing in ice hockey! They should definitely be third (after Canada and Sweden) and not sixth on this list. Relatively small country, but I know that ice hockey is a massive thing there and the Czech people truly love it! I have heard that it is the most popular sport there. And when I was in Prague three years ago, it was easy to see. Never forget Olympic gold medal in Nagano 1998, I just can imagine how euphoric the atmosphere was probably everywhere in the country when the final game ended! After that, three World Championship titles in a row (1999-2001) so the turn of the millennium really was a golden time for Czech people! It is always pleasant to watch from T.V. when Czech Republic plays, they have great players who play very good team play (unlike Russians...). Furthermore, it is yet more pleasant when you can see the charmingly beautiful Czech girls supporting their team and cheering when they score :) Also remember, during the Cold War when 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.
it doesn't matter how many people your country has, it really doesn't
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.
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.
Slovakia has been uncertain for last 10 years, they are now way behind Switzerland
Switzerland is good at hockey and I appreciate that.
Deserves to be 7th - better than Slovakia
ONLY lost to Canada 17-0
They seem more like soccer (football) people.
Germany has the potential to reach more athletes because of there high population.
Lol, what is Germany doing in the top 10?
A country with the best hockey fans in the world!
What the butt is India and Morocco and Australia doing on this list Philippines too they don't even play hockey
I'm Latvian, and proud of it. Ice hockey is like our religion. We live, breath and dream ice hockey!
I'm from Latvia, so I'm voting for Latvia. I am so proud of Latvia
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.
THIS LIST IS ON ICE HOCKEY and if you had known then India would not even be on this list!
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 has a better team than India.
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.
Um Canada invented hockey and Canada wins almost every year so
A lot of good players in the NHL, should be higher. at least 15
Small country with a lot of good players.
Go, Slovenia, my homeland.
Slovenia stunning Slovakia 3:1 on Olympic games in Sochi! I believe this country should be ranked much higher!
They only lost to Canada 10-0 and Russia 8-1 in the world juniors but granted, they did beat Sweden and Finland.
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
Norway isn't the best, they are maybe the 10th best hockey nation in the world, by some ranking, but they have improved a lot the last 10 years.
This team is no lower than 13th in ice hockey.
Norway has been 2 times in the quarterfinal over the last 5 years in the world cup, men.
We are talking about ice hockey this team is better
China sucks. they don't play very good hockey. They lost 28-6 to Russia
China is one of the worst hockey countries! Not one of the best!
That's sad. They scored 6 times on Russia
Their not very good but they play fair
They are around 67 you humans being, earth.
Italy is around 18th you monkeys
Hey the got Andrew cogliano
decent, propably 15-20
Pass me a gun please, france is around 13th in reality
France should be higher
France is in World Championship 2013 winning match opposite Russia. Shock in WCH years 2013. France is great hockey teams many years. In NHL his goal keeper Christobal Huet. History Keeper and intellect goalie keeper. France his super attack, goalie and defense.
They won russia 2013 canada 2014 and finland 2017 TOP 15 NOT 60
Scientists say that within 45000 years, New Zealand will be hockey champions
New Zealand are beast
New Zealand is the best duhhh
Nz is the best at hockey
Has ice in it's name
How the hell did they get here?
They are OP. Seriously there hockey program is growing and might be in the oylimpics in the next decade
Haha it's a joke... isn't it? how the hell?
The Irish Is the best country in the world.
Go the Irish!
Estonia is a ice hockey powerhouse
Are you kidding me.. Indonesia is weak at hockey. In southeast Asia, Malaysia is the best hockey team.
Do they even play hockey?
I'm from Canada and I can tell you Canada is the best way better than this team.
They have a hockey team?