Silver-medallist Canada finished the Worlds better than its closest rivals in the previous ranking and thus defended first place in the 2019 edition of the Men’s World Ranking.
Bronze medallist Russia moved up from third to second place and new World Champion Finland from fifth to third. The gold-medal win means the Finns overtook Sweden in the last moment and have now the same number of points as their neighbours but the placement at this year’s Worlds serves as tie-breaker in Finland’s favour. Sweden lost two spots and is now fourth.
The Czech Republic also moved up one place and is now fifth while the United States fell from fourth to sixth place. For the third consecutive time Germany and Switzerland swapped places. Germany is now seventh, Switzerland follows in eighth place.
The top-8 countries of the 2019 IIHF Men’s World Ranking are automatically qualified for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament while the others have to go through the qualification tournaments that begin in half a year (see previews news).
Slovakia (9th) and Latvia (10th) moved up one spot while Norway dropped two places and is now 11th. These three countries earned the right to host the three Final Olympic Qualification tournaments.
Other nations that moved up big are Italy and Great Britain. It was the first time since 2006 that both promoted teams managed to stay in the top division. Italy moved up three spots to 16th – its best ranking since 2010. Great Britain moved up to places and is now 20th.
The Men’s World Ranking now includes a record number of 52 countries that have competed with a men’s national team in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program during the past four years.
The 2019 IIHF Women’s World Ranking was already published in April. Click here to see both World Rankings.
Note: The 2019 IIHF Men’s World Ranking will also be used as base to determine the seeding for the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Switzerland. Following organizational meetings, the groups will be announced on Tuesday.
2019 IIHF Men's World Ranking
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