Canada leads World Ranking
by Martin Merk|20 MAY 2018
Thanks to the quarter-final win against follower Russia, Team Canada remains in first place in the IIHF Men’s World Ranking.
photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
Team Canada had to settle for fourth place in the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship but it was enough to defend first place in the 2018 IIHF Men’s World Ranking that takes into account the results of the last four years.

Beating Russia in the quarter-finals was crucial for Canada to defend first place as the Russians were second in the ranking. Not anymore. Sweden moved up to second place after winning the Worlds in Copenhagen, Russia is down to third.

Thanks to the bronze-medal win in Copenhagen, the United States moved up two spots to fourth place at the expense of Finland and the Czech Republic.

Switzerland, which lost seventh spot to Germany in February after the Germans’ silver-medal win at the Olympics, reclaimed seventh place thanks to winning silver in Copenhagen while Germany is 8th with a big gap to followers Norway and Slovakia, who complete the top-10.

Thanks to reaching the quarter-finals, Latvia moved up to 11th place. Also World Championship host Denmark moved up two spots and is now 12th before France, Belarus, Slovenia, Korea and Austria.

The Men’s World Ranking now includes 50 countries with the recent addition of Turkmenistan and Kuwait in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

Click here for the full 2018 IIHF Men’s World Ranking.