Top Ten Best Hockey Countries
The Top Ten
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.
This is the most obvious question ever! - TheHabsFanV 300 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.
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.
At the moment very dominant in international tournaments. Only has about 60 000 active players (1/10th) of Canada. Third best national league after the NHL and KHL.V 74 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 is most overrated hockey team.
The stanley cup was taken by the usV 95 Comments
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!
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.
Russia 4 everV 61 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.
Canada > Sweden > Russia > Finland > USAV 59 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.
Jaromir Jagr, Dominic Hasek, Radko Gudas...V 39 Comments
Slovakia plays very nice hockey, can defeat every country.
Slovakia got 2nd place last year
Slovak ice hockey style is unique and full of passion.
But they suck nowadayd - DisturbedpotatoV 15 Comments
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.
Deserves to be 7th - DisturbedpotatoV 6 Comments
ONLY lost to Canada 17-0 - Zachywaky
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? - TheHabsFanV 9 Comments
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 - ketchup
I'm Latvian, and proud of it. Ice hockey is like our religion. We live, breath and dream ice hockey!
Underrated country.V 23 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
China is one of the worst hockey countries! Not one of the best! - TheHabsFanV 13 Comments
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 is a top ten teamV 13 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
Deserves to be higher than china, india or North korea - DisturbedpotatoV 1 Comment
Wow they won against canada 60-0 their best player is kim jong un
The United Kingdom is way! better than the North Korea team
The United Kingdom is WAY better than the North Korea!
Best bois ever rekt all americansV 18 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.
They are playing in wc 2019 - DisturbedpotatoV 22 Comments
Ha ha, I'm Mongolian and agree with this ranking.
No, just no
Why is Mongolia here... In 17place they should be ahead of Russia ha ha (I am canadian) 😆😋
Hey, they got an NHL 14 team
Show a bit of respect!
No NHL 15 team - Zachywaky
Are you kidding me?
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.
They made to the world hockey championship 2018!
You guys are idiots.V 9 Comments
Are you kidding me.. Indonesia is weak at hockey. In southeast Asia, Malaysia is the best hockey team.
Do they even play hockey? - Zachywaky
I'm from Canada and I can tell you Canada is the best way better than this team.
They have a hockey team? - AliciaMaeV 2 Comments
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.
bestV 5 Comments
Because Wayne Gretzky is polish
They've got an NHL 14 team and Slovenia doesn't but I don't understand it because Slovenia is way better than uk and Italy in the present of Sochi 2014. Slovenia made it but Italy and uk didn't but still Poland has an Nhl 14 team
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.
Not even in top 20? - DisturbedpotatoV 9 Comments
They are around 67 you humans being, earth.
Italy is around 18th you monkeys
Hey the got Andrew cogliano
They are not 25
Should be around 9 or 10
Kazakhstan is top 16
Have 1 nhl Player Nikolai Antripov
How are half of these countries above Kazakhstan? Should at least be 11th, since they've been to the Olympics, and can actually qualify for world championships. Nabokov, Antropov, Ponikarovsky, Khudobin, and a few more are NHL players from Kazakhstan. They'll definitely have a few more coming in.V 2 Comments
BEST fans in hockey history they beat Belarus and also came close to beating the German power house
The best country in the world. RIA RIA!
They should be around place 10
Hungary should be higherV 2 Comments
Estonia is a ice hockey powerhouse - Zachywaky
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?
Has ice in it's name
The Irish Is the best country in the world.
Go the Irish!
Goood job you guys will get better!
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.
East or West India is the best.V 72 Comments
We should be top
England is intellect hockey state, in world championship today nothing play, of course England in one hockey shampionship take medails. England have hockey is at lasts one medail.
England, today, s worst hockey state, his me legend. England is only state masters B, his me gold medails. England fact of statistice old masters ones, own thanks, old one masters gold medails.
Bolivia: The beautiful South American State next to Peru,s shamans and hockey is certailny better.
What is going on this is ice hockey
You are the best guys you won!
Brazilians plays hockey? But I know they do play soccer
Hockey and Brazil never populare. Of course Brazil me beautifull State Flag. And I, have fotball ball of Brazil flag symbol. Where action Brazil state start hockey by where interrested.V 1 Comment
Top 30 definitely
Dainius Zubrus is from Lithuania...no way they are outside the top 30
You guys are the best maybe I will watch you
THEY WON THE LATIN AMERICA FLOOR HOCKEY CUP.
Kenya has a stellar ice hockey rink. They just built it and are improving quick. Coming for Canada's title as number 1.
Goal Scorers are gonna start flooding into the NHL they are so fast
They might be fast but can they shoot a puck?
Technically Joe Sakic was Croatian even though he was born in Canada. Croatia was his parents' homeland. Look what player he became!
Good players like Letang
YEAH! Sertich, Kanaet and Letang are beasts!
Spain can dominate in field hockey because it's basically soccer or football with a smaller ball and sticks
Ukraine is around 25 how idiotic can this list get
Rating should be higher
Hey give Ukraine some credit Wayne gretsky was a Ukraine-canadian
They have couple of players in the ahl.
Hockey Club Partizan
How did Cuba get here? Cuba is way to hot for ice hockey we are talking about ice hockey not ball hockey ice hockey is the only real hockey
ZIMBABWE IS A GOOD HOCKEY COUNTRY
IN 10 YEARS TIME WILL BE FIRST OR SECOND
Wait 61st they won more gold then Canada but there not a country so they shouldn't be on this list.
Just the greatest,
Both the most efficient and the most esthetical playing style.
Supreme passing, supreme skating, perfect team work.
They have dominated the Hockey world between the 1960s and 1990 and are still very good until today.
The hockey dream team of all times has 4 out of 6 Russian players.
Absolutely the number 1.
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