Power Rankings
by IIHF.com|07 FEB 2022
Ilya Kovalchuk was the 2018 Olympic MVP, and in 2022, he’s the GM of the ROC team, which tops our first Power Rankings.
photo: Andrea Cardin / HHOF-IIHF Images
Lo and behold, it’s time for the very first Olympic men’s ice hockey Power Rankings! These elite Power Rankings only come around once every four years. Starting out on top, the ROC team is aiming to maintain a golden tradition. But the Finns and Canadians, who have squared off in the last two IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship finals, are hot on their heels. Let’s get this Beijing party started!
1 ROC Some guys prefer Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
2 FIN There’s no “I” in “team” – there’s “final” in “Finland”
3 CAN Gretzky couldn’t make this team, but the man is 61
4 SWE Let’s dream big and win a quarter-final!
5 CZE Fun fact: people born in 1998 are turning 24
6 USA Can Tom Brady skate?
7 GER We can bring home silver again if we steal some forks
8 SUI Free chocolate for all Group B teams!
9 SVK Um...we’re actually usually eleventh?
10 LAT Nobody told us we couldn’t bring in beavers
11 DEN We hope to beat you like Lars Ulrich’s drums
12 CHN If the Olympics were the NHL, we’d be the Habs
Click here to check out the previous editions of the Power Rankings.

The Power Rankings are for the enjoyment of IIHF.com readers, and reflect the progress of teams during Olympic Winter Games. They are distinct from the official standings and IIHF Men's World Ranking.