Top Ten Best Hockey Countries
Well, the best player in the world is from far Eastern Canada a place called Nova Scotia, Canada. I think every province in Canada contributes to it being the best Hockey Country in the World. People are saying if this, if that the USA would be better then Canada. You can't say that, because it's not. Canadas passion for hockey demolishes every other place in the world and nothing will ever change that. We care too much. Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Drew Doughty. That's all that really needs to be said. The best center, Sid. The best Defensive player, Drew Doughty. The best goalie in the world, Carey Price. That's almost every position you play in hockey and Canada has the best player in the world at each one of those spots. End of discussion. Watch the 2010 Winter Olympic Games Canada vs USA and in that game you can see what Canada is all about when it comes to hockey. I didn't even mention Connor McDavid who could very well end up being better them everybody when they look back at ...more
Canada has really good defense and more passion. Plus, They won the World Cup which was very popular. The top Two Best players in the world was in Canada.1st Wayne Gretzky.2nd Sidney Crosby...Crosby was the one that scored for the World Cup so now he's very popular. Unfortunately Gretzky retired so we'll all wish him good luck. America is actually I think 2nd best team but well, I'm not thinking that I like America it's just- Nevermind, I live in Canada because,Vancouver. It's a good State and Province to live in. In the 2010 Olympics they had pretty good progress (They won the World Cup...) NHL 18 is coming out soon so I will check that out. -Tuesday,July 25 2017 CANADA IS THE BEST!
Canada is by far the greatest Nation in ice hockey. The IIHF World Ice Hockey ranking are a joke and should always be taken with a grain of salt. The proof is in the pudding hockey fans, all you have to do is search out the best vs best hockey tournaments to see Canada has dominated the world and its not even close. Tournaments like the 72 Summit Series, Canada Cup, Olympics (NHL Participation) and Ivan Hlinka Memorial (not sanctioned by IIHF) Canada has sent their best players and have destroyed the competition.
Which brings us to the only other competition that has meaning to Canadians: The World Junior Tournament (aka: IIHF Under 20 Tournament). Even though Canada doesn't have their best players in this age group participating, they have done well in the tournament.
Let's face it - when you take the best from all hockey countries and put them in a tournament together no one can beat Canada. 3 of the last 5 men's ice hockey gold medals have gone to Canada (3x more golds than any other team in the tournament), with the last (2014) being a complete tournament domination (shutting out Sweden in the finals). The last 4 gold medals have gone to Canada on the women's side. Sorry, but until a team can win like Canada at the highest level, there is no reason to say Canada isn't number one. Facts beat opinions.
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!
Sweden is 2nd best in the world, because medals, quality over quantity it is a small small little country compared to Canada and soviet (now Russia) and Usa. Russia/Soviet is the super best in the world they have played in their own league GodsLeague (above any other country) and are the Chosen Ice hockey team by god and sent from heaven!
I don't know who did this list and where he got the facts? Sweden's population is less than 7 millions. Sweden is today (2013) ranked as the 3 best hockey nation in the world. And the fact that we got silver in JVM 2013 is a proof of that Sweden produces quality players. Check below.
1. Czech Republic
5 Could be USA or Canada. Not sure.
Pure power: 1. Russia/Canada 2.Sweden 3.Finland
Likeability: 1. Sweden/Finland 2. Russia 3. Canada. Swe/Fin has most honest game, best fighting spririt. Almost no diving. Clean, hard, fair play. Also, small populations make their relative power more impressive. Canada has to much of foul, dangerous play. Actually trying to change games by hurting opponents and stuff.
Usa should be no.2, Ontario is where 46.9% of all Canadian NHL players are from and Ontario is basically northern Michigan/ New York/Minnesota. Go there and you will see Canada is empty 100 miles north of the border. Usa players do not have as many frozen ponds available to them as young players in Canada, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Norway and the other high producing European countries yet the U.S. A is consistently among the best. We beat Russia in1980 with a bunch of college guys from Massachusetts and Michigan
I think the USA should be #3. Russia has shown from time and time again that they can beat us and they rightfully deserve the #2 spot but I think that the U. S is the best under-dog team when it comes to versing Canada and Russia and is certainly more skilled than Sweden and Finland. We're also home to the NHL for god-sakes
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.
Usa should not even be on the list because look at califonia and Florida and Texas yeah look a that Florida is not hockey you guys must be talking about Minnesota and Colorado as hockey country but Canada is the main attraction
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 has been one of the best countries these past years and Sochi just proved it more. They were missing many important players and still came 3rd, winning USA 5-0! And they only lost 2-1 to Sweden when they were missing their first goalie. Not saying that they could have won if they had that, but they would've had better change of winning with Rask. I think that right now they should be the 3rd behind Canada and Sweden. Such a great hockey country and only 5 million people? When you look at how much fans and NHL players they have it looks like they would have a lot more people. I also love how Finns seem to do everything for their team. Respect from Canada!
I am Russian. (Viperium) I agree with all the points stated so far, it is clearly obvious that Russia should be ranked first, however that doesn't mean than everybody should say that Canada is bad. I watched hockey a lot in the era of my life, and I depict the fact that Russia is the best due to its experience in Hockey. Canada and USA have young teams, for them to beat Russia is like a miracle but do not forget that, that did happen in the 1980's Olympics. ( I think Russia should have won USA in the Sochi league, when we scored a goal, they found out that 'The goalpost was moved, so there was no point' really? Coincidence or what? Onpurpose, we will never know.
Russia is wayy better then Canada. Would you like to remember the first time the 2 played. Canada was so cocky it was a joke, they didn't compete in any events because they thought that they were to good, when the Russians managed to get a game of Canada, the 1972, Super Series, the Canadians, made newspapers with pictures of a Canadian ice hockey players as teachers, and the Russian hockey players as wimpy and puny Students. The Canadians were so naive, they lost 7:3 to Russia, thanks to one of the best ice hockey players of all time, known as the legendary no. 17, valerie Harlamov. I am Canadian, and even I admit that Russia, is the best ice hockey nation.
World cup is made to determine the best of the world. We won it 27 times so far and are on the first place. There are no buts, this is statistics and not some subjective opinions. If Canada thinks it is better, why not prove it on the ice. So far they have 25 wins, keep going, you might reach the top one day. But until then STFU.
How is USA ahead? Makes no sense. USA=1980 Russia=All the other years. The Americans best player was modano. Russia's best are and were Ovechkin, Fedorov, Samsonov, Khabibulin, Yashin, Tarasenko, Bure, Kovalchuk, Yushkevich. All way better than America's best player. Easily as good as the Canadians as well if not better. There are no buts here.
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
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
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.
Czech Republic is small country but Czech's hearts are huge and beat for hockey. During IIHF World Championship Czech nation keeps together as never and 6th rank is shame, in my opinion. They reached so many successes that I can't even enumerate all of them. That's it, don't know what more am I supposed to say than just that I don't agree with this rank as I already said.
Doesn't deserve top 7th 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. And yeah, they almost made top 8 in both 18' and 19', they propably are fighting for that in the following WCs, but almost isn't enough. You can't be 7th if the last time you have been in top-8 was in 2013
Slovakia Rocs! Country with population of 5 milion competing with the Big nations. Not to mention that even during the time they were in one country with Czechs (Czechoslovakia) they were the pulling power of that team. Some of them you may know from NHL: Stan Mikita, Stastny (3 brothers), Bondra, Hossa, Satan, Palffy, Demitra, Gaborik, Chara, Visnovsky, Stumpel... List goes on and will continue to grow. We love our hockey and HC Slovan is kicking arse in KHL recently. Best sport ever ice hockey!
We just got 3rd in the 2015 ice hockey junior championship in Canada, by beating Sweden 4-2. We beat Finland 2-1, Germany 5-2, Czech Republic 3-0 and Sweden 4-2. Denis Godla, our goal tender, was voted Mvp ( most valuable player)
Slovakia won the 2002 IIHF and as well ice hockey is their primary sport. I would say they are better than Finland or Sweden if you look how many times they won against them.
Switzerland has several NHL Players, has one of the best leagues with the most viewers and the biggest fan culture in Europe, is ranked 7th in "IIHF World Ranking", keeps up with the big ones and won WC silver in 2013(unbeaten until the final).
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.
Germany is a very underrated ice hockey country. Hockey is very overshadowed by more prominent sports like Football, but the hockey played here should not be underestimated. With a third place finish in the olympics a few years back, this team is getting better. The DEL is growing and this country is refining it's hockey teams. Let's not forget Germany has produces several good NHL players: Christian Ehrhoff, Marcel Goc, Marco Sturm, Dennis Seidenberg, Grabovski, and more.
Germany is about soccer (football) and shouldn't be in championships because they're a disgrace to the game.
The german Fans are always cheering and cring. Also when their Team is back. Nashville is nothing against that.
Germany has the potential to reach more athletes because of there high population.
Despite the low quantification of Latvian NHL players, (due to a pop. of two million), Latvia is one of the most dedicated countries to Hockey.
I'm Latvian, and proud of it. Ice hockey is like our religion. We live, breath and dream ice hockey!
Latvia, country of 2,6 million population only, IIHF member since 1931, particpations in World Championships - 23, officially registered players 5740 (! ), ice rings - 17, current offical IIHF ranking - 9th, best - 7th.
Latvia is the best! We have our team, we have players and we got hearts, just look at Minsk, we are all over it!
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 has won 8 gold medals in the Olympics till date. The highest number of gold medals. However Hokey in India has lost its grip and has not been performing upto its potential.
India is fantastic in hockey and its current position 6th.I agree India is not the best in hockey but they are good in it.One day India will become the greatest country in hockey.They will defeat everyone and become the best
The greatest hockey player of all time is the magician of hockey Dhyan Chand search him up we're talking about field hockey here not ice hockey!
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
Denmark has a bright future with producing good player, just look att nhlers like Ehljers, Eller and Frans Nielsen. Also there are more player who plays in the swedish juniors leagues which gives a consistences of good players.
Although not a very good team, they are way better than United Kingdom, China, Netherlands and Japan for sure. They should be placed higher
Denmark is me werry great defense, goal keeper and attack. Denmark player, s his super motivation.
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...
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.
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!
If I was a member at the British hockey association, I would tried to get a KHL team from London to spread the market in UK. Which in the maybe will lead to a better future for the game of hockey.
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
Slovenia stunning Slovakia 3:1 on Olympic games in Sochi! I believe this country should be ranked much higher!
Small country with a lot of good players.
A lot of good players in the NHL, should be higher. at least 15
Go, Slovenia, my homeland.
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.
Norway has been 2 times in the quarterfinal over the last 5 years in the world cup, men.
I am a Team Canada fan but Why is Norway so low the should be like in the top 20
At this point I have realised this list is absolute bullcrap, norway is 10th in the world
China just got a team in the KHL. They are a hockey program on the rise and I am already looking forward to the Bejing winter olympics in 2022.
China is one of the worst hockey countries! Not one of the best!
China sucks I'm not sure they even know what hockey is. They shoudnt even be on this list
China sucks. they don't play very good hockey. They lost 28-6 to Russia
They are around 67 you humans being, earth.
Italy is around 18th you monkeys
Hey the got Andrew cogliano
They are not 25
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.
Pass me a gun please, france is around 13th in reality
They won russia 2013 canada 2014 and finland 2017 TOP 15 NOT 60
France should be higher
Scientists say that within 45000 years, New Zealand will be hockey champions
New Zealand are beast
New Zealand is the best duhhh
If we’re talking about field hockey then New Zealand should be right up there.
Has ice in it's name
They are OP. Seriously there hockey program is growing and might be in the oylimpics in the next decade
How the hell did they get here?
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.
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 hockey
Do they even play hockey?