Friday, March 21, 2008

A guide to the world championships

Here's a look at hockey's latest world rankings as we head into international championship season.

Countries are colour coded as per which tournament they'll be playing in. Those in red are taking part in the 2008 IIHF World Championship in Quebec and Halifax beginning May 2 (full legend at bottom):


Country Points
1 Sweden 3740
2 Canada 3670
3 Finland 3640
4 Czech Republic 3595
5 Russia 3535
6 Slovakia 3390
7 USA 3375
8 Switzerland 3250
9 Belarus 3025
10 Latvia 2995
11 Germany 2925
12 Denmark 2855
13 Italy 2815
14 Norway 2780
15 Ukraine 2740
16 Kazakhstan 2740
17 Austria 2695
18 Slovenia 2640
19 France 2525
20 Poland 2395
21 Hungary 2320
22 Japan 2305
23 Estonia 2165
24 Netherlands 2155
25 Lithuania 2105
26 Romania 1970
27 China 1860
28 Croatia 1850
29 Great Britain 1605
30 Serbia 1555
31 Bulgaria 1500
32 Korea 1320
33 Australia 1260
34 Israel 1260
35 Belgium 1200
36 Spain 1090
37 Iceland 920
38 Mexico 915
39 New Zealand 900
40 Turkey 830
41 South Africa 770
42 Luxembourg 710
43 Ireland 710
44 North Korea 660
45 Armenia 390
46 Mongolia 260

Tournament - city, country - start date
Division IA - Innsbruck, Austria - April 13
Division IB - Sapporo, Japan - April 13
Division IIA - Miercurea Ciuc, Romania - April 7
Division IIB - Newcastle, Australia - April 7
Division III - Luxembourg - March 31
Division IIIQ - Sarajevo, Bosnia - ended Feb. 17

Who says hockey's not the world's game?

It'd certainly be interesting to see some of these tournaments, as outside of the Big Seven countries, the talent level really drops off. The Division I games would be comparable to a low level of pro hockey, but below that, these are teams that would be beaten up by rep teams of 14- and 15-year-olds in Canada.

Greece won the Division III qualification tournament, for those keeping track.
.

Labels: ,

3 Comments:

At 12:16 AM, March 22, 2008, Blogger Art Vandelay said...

I gotta think Serbia v Croatia in the Division IIIQ qualifier out of Sarajevo last month would rival anything from the Bruins-Habs or Oilers-Flames ouevre.

 
At 4:27 AM, March 23, 2008, Anonymous Julian said...

Well... so long as anyone noticed. Soccer, sure. Ice hockey... ?


I had a bit of a chance to go to Mongolia back in February to play in a tourny against the Mongolian national team and nationial U20 team. Coudn't afford the trip from Taiwan, but apparently it was a great experience.

 
At 10:18 PM, March 23, 2008, Anonymous John Richardson said...

The Mexican National Hockey team was in Brampton tonight (March 23) attending the playoff game against Barrie.

Since when did Toronto become a leg in a Mexico/Austrlia itinerary?

 

Post a Comment

<< Home

Links to this post:

Create a Link


.

Free Page Rank Checker
eXTReMe Tracker