Power Rankings
by IIHF|10 MAY 2023
As reigning World and Olympic champions, the host Finns are hungry to repeat in Tampere, and they lead the way in our first Power Rankings of the 2023 Worlds.
photo: © International Ice Hockey Federation / Hockey Hall Of Fame
Do you believe in deja vu? If so, you just might be an optimistic Finnish fan as the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship gets rolling in Tampere and Riga (12 to 28 May). Head coach Jukka Jalonen is hard to bet against as he looks for his fourth World Championship gold medal with the defending champion Finns. They also made history last year with their first Olympic gold medal, and deservedly top our first Power Rankings. Right behind in second place is Canada. It's faced Finland in the last three finals, winning in overtime in 2021 and barely falling short in 2019 and 2022. Sweden rounds out our top three with a potent blend of NHL, SHL, and Swiss NL talent, questing for its first title since 2018. Bring on the thrills!
1 FIN Finnish parliament votes to win gold again
2 CAN Ultimately, it’s all about Milan
3 SWE If only the quarter-finals were in Helsinki!
4 CZE Before Milan, the Roman Empire will rise again
5 USA There’s Apple, there’s Disney, and there’s us
6 SUI It’s our time to shine (silver-style)
7 GER If he was Swiss, we’d call him St. Moritz
8 SVK Eighth-place parade, anybody?
9 LAT Let’s have more fun than in 2021!
10 DEN Bjorkstrand killed the Avs, so Finland is toast
11 NOR As usual...we’re here!
12 FRA Le jour de gloire arrivera-t-il?
13 AUT Obviously, you gotta respect Mozart
14 KAZ We will not win the draft lottery
15 SLO Number one overall – in our fans’ hearts
16 HUN There’s no tanking in Tampere
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 the IIHF Ice Hockey Men's World Championship. They are distinct from the official standings and IIHF Men's World Ranking.