Event Information

Poll

Who's the most valuable player of the 2009 Worlds?
Jack Johnson (USA)
Niko Kapanen (FIN)
Ilya Kovalchuk (RUS)
Andrei Mezin (BLR)
Martin St. Louis (CAN)
Shea Weber (CAN)


Participating Teams

The following Teams will participate at the 2009 World Championship in Berne and Zurich-Kloten.

 

 

GROUP A - playing in Zürich-Kloten

 

 

Canada: World Championship Ranking 2008: 2nd place. World Ranking 2008: 1st place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1920. Population of 33 million with 545,000 active players. Most successful World Championship nation to date: 24 times gold, 12 times silver and 9 times bronze. www.hockeycanada.ca

 

 

Slovakia: World Championship Ranking 2008: 13th place. World Ranking 2008: 8th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1993. Population of 5.5 million with 10,000 active players. World Championship successes: One medal of each – gold, silver and bronze. www.szlh.sk

 

 

Belarus: World Championship Ranking 2008: 9th place. World Ranking 2008: 9th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1992. Population of 10 million with 3,000 active players. No World Championship medal yet. www.hockey.by

 

 

Hungary: Advanced to Group A in 2008. World Ranking 2008: 20th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1927. Population of 10 million with 2,000 active players. No World Championship medal yet. www.icehockey.hu

 

 

GROUP B - playing in Berne

 

 

Russia: Titleholder and winner of the World Championship 2008. World Ranking 2008: 2nd place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1952. Population of 140 million with 82,000 active players. World Championship successes: 24 times gold, 8 times silver and 7 times bronze (including the Soviet Union). www.fhr.ru

 

 

Switzerland: Hosting the World Championship for the 10th time in 2008 (the international record). World Championship Ranking 2008: 7th place. World Ranking 2008: 7th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1908. Population of 7.5 million with 25,000 active players. World Championship successes: 1 silver and 8 bronze medals.
www.swiss-icehockey.ch
 

 

 

Germany: World Championship Ranking 2008: 10th place. World Ranking 2008: 10th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1909. Population of 82 million with 30,000 active players. World Championship successes: 2 silver and 2 bronze medals (including West Germany). www.deb-online.de 

 

 

France: World Championship Ranking 2008: 14th place. World Ranking 2008: 18th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1908. Population of 61 million with 17,000 active players. No World Championship medal yet. www.hockeyfrance.com

 

 

GROUP C - playing in Berne

 

 

Sweden: World Championship Ranking 2008: 4th place. World Ranking 2008: 3rd place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1912. Population of 9 million with 64,000 active players. World Championship successes: 8 times gold, 18 times silver and 14 times bronze. www.swehockey.se

 

 

USA:  World Championship Ranking 2008: 6th place. World Ranking 2008: 6th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1920. Population of 301 million with 450,000 active players. World Championship successes: 2 times gold, 9 times silver and 5 times bronze. www.usahockey.com 

 

 

Latvia: World Championship Ranking 2008: 11th place. World Ranking 2008: 11th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1931. Population of 2 million with 4,000 active players. Not yet on a World Championship podium. www.lhf.lv 

 

 

Austria:  Returned to Group A in 2008. World Ranking 2008: 16th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1912. Population of 8 million with 10,000 active players. 2 times World Championship bronze. www.eishockey.at

 

 

GROUP D - playing in Zürich-Kloten

 

 

Finland:  World Championship Ranking 2008: 3rd place. World Ranking 2008: 4th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1928. Population of 5 million with 62,000 active players. World Championship successes: 1 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals. www.finhockey.fi

 

 

Czech Republic:  World Championship Ranking 2008: 5th place. World Ranking 2008: 5th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1908. Population of 10 million with 95,000 active players. World Championship successes: 11 times gold, 13 times silver and 19 times bronze (including Czechoslovakia). www.hokej.cz 

 

 

Norway: World Championship Ranking 2008: 8th place. World Ranking 2008: 12th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1935. Population of 4.5 million with 6,500 active players. No World Championship medal yet. www.hockey.no

 

 

Denmark: World Championship Ranking 2008: 12th place. World Ranking 2008: 13th place. Member of the International Ice Hockey Federation since 1946. Population of 5.5 million with 4,000 active players. Not yet on a World Championship podium. www.ishockey.dk

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