VANCOUVER – It’s an all-Canadian Olympics in hockey. After winning the men’s and women’s ice hockey tournaments and claiming back the number-one position from the U.S. in the IIHF Women’s World Ranking, Canada is also first in the IIHF Men’s World Ranking.
Canada fell to second position last year after Russia’s second straight world championship title, but is back on top after ousting the Russians in the quarterfinals.
Russia drops to second place, while bronze-medal winner Finland overtakes Sweden, now fourth, to claim third place. The USA (5th) and the Czech Republic (6th) remain in their old positions, while Slovakia moves from ninth to seventh place, thanks to its fourth-place finish in Vancouver. Switzerland (8th) and Belarus (9th) both went down one spot.
There were some more changes in the 48-nation ranking following participation in the Olympic Winter Games and the qualification tournaments.
The IIHF World Ranking is a tool to reflect the long-term quality of the countries’ national team program. It is based on awarding points for the final positions in the last four IIHF World Championships and in the last Olympic Winter Games.Click here for the full IIHF Men’s World Ranking.Click here for the full IIHF Women’s World Ranking.