Power Rankings
by IIHF|23 MAY 2023
The U.S. has celebrated seven straight wins at the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and tops our fifth Power Rankings prior to the quarter-finals.
photo: © International Ice Hockey Federation / Andrea Cardin
Heading into the quarter-finals, the intensity is off the charts in our fifth Power Rankings of the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The U.S. retains first place after defeating a never-say-die Swedish team 4-3 in overtime for first place in Group A. Switzerland clings to second place following its 4-3 overtime loss to host Latvia with an undermanned roster. And in a stunning twist, the Latvians skyrocket into third place after their adrenaline-laden victory, which gives the Baltic hosts a quarter-final berth and ends Switzerland’s run as the lone team to win all its games in regulation time. Hold on to your hats (or cardboard Skoda helmets) because it’s only going to get wilder in the playoffs!
1 USA Samberg confirmed for remake of Sudden Death
2 SUI Sometimes you need a spa day
3 LAT Wes dids its! Wes dids its!
4 CAN That goal wasn’t chaotic or giraffe-like
5 FIN Canada? Wait, is this the final already?
6 SWE Carlsson > Tucker
7 GER Carolina? We’re here if you need advice
8 CZE Our plan is to not get outshot 19-4 in the first
9 SVK Slafkovsky ‘22, Lopusanova ‘23...who’s our ‘24 MVP?
10 DEN  End of an Ehlers era – tak, Heinz!
11 KAZ Also known as Comebackstan
12 FRA We never stopped having sexy French accents
13 NOR Vikingstad last scored at the 2010 Olympics at age 10
14 AUT Woot woot, Austro-Hungarian Empire reboot!
15 HUN Constantine almost made hockey the official religion
16 SLO More guys not named Anze need to score (old story)
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.