However, the only people who would truly believe that are Canadiens. Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, and the US are all about equal. You can pretty much bet on one of those teams winning the Gold in the Olympics, with an outside chance Slovakia could do it, too. The European countries put out more skilled players while Canada and US typically have more all around player.
Here comes some statistics rather then perceptions:
The IIHF world ranking for 2014 based on performance in world championship and Olympics 2011-2014 is as follows:
The number one ranked team the preceeding years were:
If you look at gold medals in the World Championships and the Olympics the last 25 years (1987-2011) (now updated to 28 years i.e. -2014) there are four teams that stands out in the top:
1. Russia/CIS/Soviet Union 9
2. Sweden 8
2. Canada 8
4. Czech/Czechoslovakia 7
5. Finland 2
6. Slovakia 1
If you expand this to 50 years (1962-2011) (now updated to 53 years i.e. -2014) Russia is completely dominating:
1. Russia/CIS/Soviet Union 30
2. Czech/Czechoslovakia 11
3. Sweden 9
4. Canada 8
5. Finland 2
6. Slovakia 1
6. USA 1
From this statistics it´s quite easy to which country that is best in hockey in the world. You can also see that three countries are pretty equal in the fight for the second place.
in the world cup the competitors are USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, and Sweden. other than that there aren't many countries who play hockey.---------------
Missing quite a bit. Ice Hockey is "popular" as a sport in the following countries:
It also maintains some popularity in the following countries:
The following countries also have teams competing in lower divisions:
Countries such as Armenia have also competed, but have had their national programs suspended for varying reasons.
The IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) has 68 members:
Bosnia & Herzegovina
As of 11 August 2012, following the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the top three men's teams as ranked by the International Hockey Federation are:
The full current world rankings can be seen through the related link.
Hockey Just hockey Hockey on ice is called ice hockey
Both lacrosse and ice hockey are considered national sports in Canada. Although the excel at it, curling is not included in the list.
In ice hockey, a puck is a hard rubber disc, one inch thick, three inches in diameter. A hockey stick is used, as a tool, to propel a puck.
Ice Hockey is Hockey played on ice; as compared to Field Hockey which is played on grass.
Ice hockey is more watched do I think ice hockey :)
The sport of ice hockey is played in three periods.
Ice skating, skiing, and hockey
in an ice hockey rink
ice hockey = Eishockey
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