Top Ten Best Hockey Countries

The Top Ten

1 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, ...read more.

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?

2 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. ...read more.

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.

3 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the ...read more.

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

4 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Europe. It has a capital of Helsinki and got independence from the Soviet Union after WWI.

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.

5 Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia, while a portion of it remains in Europe. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language. ...read more.

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!

6 Czech Republic Czechia, officially the Czech Republic, is a nation state in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast.

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.

7 Slovakia

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

8 Switzerland Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. ...read more.

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

9 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

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.

10 Latvia Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia, is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe, one of the three Baltic states.

A country with the best hockey fans in the world!

Meh, Denmark is better - Disturbedpotato

Underrated country.

What the butt is India and Morocco and Australia doing on this list Philippines too they don't even play hockey - ketchup

The Contenders

11 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. ...read more.

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.

12 Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.

Really progressing

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

13 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is ...read more.

This is The country I Love

there good

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!

14 Slovenia

Kopitar is their only good player - Disturbedpotato

best

A lot of good players in the NHL, should be higher. at least 15

Small country with a lot of good players.

15 Belarus Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, formerly known by its Russian name Byelorussia or Belorussia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital and most populous ...read more.

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

16 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, ...read more.

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

17 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard.

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.

18 Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.

Best

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

19 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

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.

20 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. ...read more.

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

21 Iceland Iceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.

Has ice in it's name

22 Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.

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

23 Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

The Irish Is the best country in the world.
Go the Irish!

24 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are ...read more.

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

25 Estonia

Estonia is a ice hockey powerhouse - Zachywaky

26 Indonesia Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia. Ruled by the Dutch for over 300 years and Japan for 3 years and 6 months, the country gained independence in 1945, or exactly in 17th August 1945. Jakarta is the capital city, located in the island of Java. Major languages ...read more.

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.

27 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.

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

28 Mongolia Mongolia is a landlocked unitary sovereign state in East Asia. Its area is roughly equivalent with the historical territory of Outer Mongolia, and that term is sometimes used to refer to the current state.

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) 😆😋

29 Soviet Union

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.

30 Bangladesh Bangladesh, on the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal, is surrounded by India, with a small common border with Myanmar in the southeast. The country is low-lying riverine land traversed by the many branches and tributaries of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.

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!

31 Czechoslovakia

For example, in 1972, they won the World Championship witch the famous goalkeeper Dzurilla, and then was the ganaration of Ivan Hlinka.

32 Hungary

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!

33 Morocco

Goood job you guys will get better!

34 Kazakhstan

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

35 Bolivia Bolivia, officially known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is located in western-central South America.

Bolivia: The beautiful South American State next to Peru,s shamans and hockey is certailny better.

36 England England, previously the Kingdom of England, is a constituent country of the United Kingdom along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. ...read more.

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.

37 Scotland Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Scotland is the most mountainous, and least densely populated country in the United Kingdom.

Hockey is best Scotland dance.

Not a country

38 Israel The State of Israel is a country in the Middle East and the only country with a Jewish majority in the world but arab, african and east asian communities still can be found. ...read more.
39 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.

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

40 Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE IS A GOOD HOCKEY COUNTRY
IN 10 YEARS TIME WILL BE FIRST OR SECOND

41 Jamaica
42 Kenya Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa and a founding member of the East African Community.

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?

43 Serbia

Hockey Club Partizan

44 Portugal Portugal (est.1152), officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes ...read more.
45 Nepal Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a sovereign state located in South Asia. ...read more.
46 Lithuania

44? They are bad but not this bad,they were 23rd in wc 2018 - Disturbedpotato

Top 30 definitely

#Best#BetterthanLatvia

Dainius Zubrus is from Lithuania...no way they are outside the top 30

47 Guyana Guyana officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, is a sovereign state on the northern mainland of South America. It is, however, often considered part of the Caribbean region because of its strong cultural, historical, and political ties with other Anglo-Caribbean countries and the Caribbean Community. ...read more.

You guys are the best maybe I will watch you

THEY WON THE LATIN AMERICA FLOOR HOCKEY CUP.

48 Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately ...read more.

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

49 Romania Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state ...read more.
50 Croatia Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia (independence since 1991), is a sovereign state at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital city is Zagreb. It is a member of the European Union. During the Cold War it was part of Yugoslavia. It is a cultural ...read more.

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!

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