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.
India at 11!? Who' been freebasing their sneakers?
Think the recent IIHFs says it all, no?
Canada is great though.
But in terms of population etc Sweden by a large margin pumps out more great players. Compare the amount of people within the country then compare the amount of great players and players currently on teams. Sweden wins.
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.
USA is god
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.
How can a team that won the SILVER medal be ranked 6th
Well...Germany won silver medal at Olympic Games so they should be 2nd? - Disturbedpotato
GO BLACKHAWKS - Fat_Turtle_Gamez
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.
Currently Finland is the best. After 2-5 years its probably someone else.
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.
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.
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 was very bad but now we are getting good
They won the world championship once
Not even in top 10 anymore. They have only 2 players (Tomas Tatar and Richard Panik) who have scored more than 10 points in NHL this season. And also last time they were in top 8 in IIHF WC it was 2013 - Disturbedpotato
Slovakia got 2nd place last year
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 - Disturbedpotato
Switzerland is good at hockey and I appreciate that.
Deserves to be 7th - better than Slovakia - Disturbedpotato
Lol, what is Germany doing in the top 10? - TheHabsFan
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.
A country with the best hockey fans in the world!
Meh, Denmark is better - Disturbedpotato
What the butt is India and Morocco and Australia doing on this list Philippines too they don't even play hockey - ketchup
How the flip is Russia 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.
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
This is The country I Love
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!
Kopitar is their only good player - Disturbedpotato
A lot of good players in the NHL, should be higher. at least 15
Small country with a lot of good players.
Deserves to be higher than china, india or North korea - Disturbedpotato
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
China is one of the worst hockey countries! Not one of the best! - TheHabsFan
No they suck - Disturbedpotato
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
Not even in top 20? - Disturbedpotato
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.
Top 20,they have good goalie Bernard who plays in finnish league - Disturbedpotato
They are around 67 you humans being, earth.
Italy is around 18th you monkeys
They won russia 2013 canada 2014 and finland 2017 TOP 15 NOT 60 - Disturbedpotato
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.
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
Haha it's a joke... isn't it? how the hell?
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
The Irish Is the best country in the world.
Go the Irish!
Pakistan's hockey team is 100% better than India. Pakistan may not be better at cricket than India but we are guaranteed to be better at hockey than India. I think Pakistan should be higher than India. Go Pakistan!
It use to be best team and won two world cup and several times Asian championship. It should be at least first five positions.
How can you place it on no. 42 it win 2 world cup 4 5 times Asian champion and many more achievements in field of hockey it is the best country in hockey worth to be in no. 1 position
Pakistan hockey team is better than india.
You don't have Any knowledge about hockey so shut up and worry about your self cause India is the best
Estonia is a ice hockey powerhouse - Zachywaky
They have a hockey team? - AliciaMae
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.
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!
I bet you can beat Canada if you could keep that score up
This is a joke - Disturbedpotato
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) 😆😋
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.
Bangladesh is intellect hockey state, in world championship today nothing play, of course Bangladesh in one hockey championship take medals. Bangladesh have hockey is at lasts one medial.
They are the best of course
We could have prove our ability.
It should be noticed that Bangladeshi hockey players are indeed very potential so support them people!
For example, in 1972, they won the World Championship witch the famous goalkeeper Dzurilla, and then was the ganaration of Ivan Hlinka.
They were in 2016 Wc - Disturbedpotato
Hungary should be higher
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!
Goood job you guys will get better!
Worst lost us 7/0
Should be top 20,they have been in WC much times - Disturbedpotato
Should be around 9 or 10
Kazakhstan is top 16
Bolivia: The beautiful South American State next to Peru,s shamans and hockey is certailny better.
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.
Hockey is best Scotland dance.
Not a country
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
Brazil is far more better than Canada were number 1
ZIMBABWE IS A GOOD HOCKEY COUNTRY
IN 10 YEARS TIME WILL BE FIRST OR SECOND
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?
Hockey Club Partizan
44? They are bad but not this bad,they were 23rd in wc 2018 - Disturbedpotato
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.
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
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!