Power Rankings
by IIHF|25 MAY 2023
The Latvian team rejoices after defeating Sweden 3-1 on home ice in the quarter-finals of the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, Finland – Latvia.
photo: © International Ice Hockey Federation / Matt Zambonin
Do you believe in Latvian quarter-final miracles? Yes! In our sixth Power Rankings of the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, Finland – Latvia, coach Harijs Vitolins’ team jumps into first place after its historic 3-1 upset win over Sweden to make the semi-finals for the first time ever. In second place is Canada, Latvia’s semi-final opponent, which eliminated the defending champion Finns with a 4-1 victory. The U.S. gets third place thanks to its 3-0 shutout versus Czechia. We’re sure to see at least one new finalist in the 2023 gold medal game, and you can also bet on some more surprises in the Power Rankings!
1 LAT Silovs saves us, Miks makes magic!
2 CAN Sorry, but it’s our game, eh?
3 USA Simply the best, better than all the Czechs
4 GER To be crowned, we must beat Coronato
5 SUI The Big Red Round-Robin Machine
6 SWE Riga, like life itself, was more fun in 2006
7 FIN Lions eaten by beavers
8 CZE Obviously a tough defenestration
9 SVK The ninth-place parade has been cancelled
10 DEN  Sad ending to Andersen’s fairy tale
11 KAZ No Bedardov
12 FRA If Norway brings Haaland, we’re bringing Mbappe
13 NOR Unlike Jo Nesbo’s characters, you can’t kill us off
14 AUT “Hockey’s answer to Mozart” might be overdoing it
15 HUN We’re the best at pronouncing “Székesfehérvár”
16 SLO Less than 200 players, but we don’t feel less than
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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.