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The IIHF posted their new international rankings after the Olympics, and suprisingly, the United States is fifth in the world and Russia is somehow second.  The explanation of the rankings criteria can be found here.  The key bit:

The IIHF World Ranking is based on awarding points for the final positions in the last four IIHF World Championships and in the last Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament.

The rankings are just below the jump.

The top eight teams are standard and expected, but after Switzerland, things really just go nutty.  Germany, traditionally the top dog in at the bottom of the pile is ranked twelfth, below Belarus, Latvia and Norway.

Mexico is the biggest gainer on the list, up six places to #32.  Mexico Hockey is gaining on the world.  Need a jersey?  The green ones are actually pretty nice-looking.

Korea, Australia and Belgium all fell three places.

Other interesting things on the list?  How about #45 Mongolia?  Mongolia has a hockey team?  Why, yes they do.  In fact, they have a six team hockey league!  I'm rooting for Zolboot this year. 

North Korea is #43, and by "team" on the national roster, they apparently have a hockey league. I can't imagine an in-game experience in North Korea.

 


 

 

Points

Movement

1

Canada

4105

+1

2

Russia

3965

-1

3

Finland

3880

+1

4

Sweden

3855

-1

5

United States

3825

0

6

Czech Republic

3655

0

7

Slovakia

3470

+2

8

Switzerland

3465

-1

9

Belarus

3400

-1

10

Latvia

3285

0

11

Norway

3270

0

12

Germany

3145

0

13

Denmark

3085

0

14

Austria

2955

+2

15

Italy

2860

0

16

France

2860

-2

17

Ukraine

2805

+2

18

Slovenia

2755

-1

19

Kazakhstan

2745

-1

20

Hungary

2675

0

21

Japan

2565

0

22

Poland

2415

0

23

Lithuania

2355

0

24

Great Britain

2335

+1

25

Netherlands

2185

-1

26

Estonia

2155

+1

27

Croatia

2150

-1

28

Romania

2000

0

29

Serbia

1810

+3

30

Spain

1705

+4

31

Bulgaria

1540

+4

32

Mexico

1525

+6

33

Korea

1395

-3

34

Australia

1385

-3

35

China

1260

-6

36

Belgium

1255

-3

37

Turkey

1230

+4

38

Israel

1070

-2

39

Iceland

1030

-2

40

New Zealand

850

-1

41

South Africa

790

-1

42

Ireland

720

0

43

DPR Korea

705

0

44

Luxembourg

700

0

45

Mongolia

515

0

46

Greece

440

0

47

Bosnia and Herzegovina

150

0

48

Armenia

70

0