Latvia men's national ice hockey team

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Latvia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Latvian Ice Hockey Federation
Head coach Bob Hartley
Assistants Artis Ābols
Jacques Cloutier
Captain Roberts Bukarts
Most games Rodrigo Laviņš (230)
Top scorer Leonīds Tambijevs (66)
Most points Leonīds Tambijevs (150)
Home stadium Arēna Rīga
Team colors               
IIHF code LAT
Latvia national hockey team jerseys - 2014 Winter Olympics.png
Ranking
Current IIHF 11 Increase1
Highest IIHF 9 (first in 2005)
Lowest IIHF 12 (first in 2010)
First international
 Latvia 3–0 Lithuania 
(Riga, Latvia; 27 February 1932)[1]
Biggest win
 Latvia 32–0 Israel 
(Bled, Slovenia; 15 March 1993)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Canada 14–0 Latvia 
(Davos, Switzerland; 20 January 1935)[1]
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 25 (first in 1933)
Best result 7th (1997, 2004, 2009)
IIHF European Championships
Appearances 1
Best result 8th (1932)
Olympics
Appearances 5 (first in 1936)
International record (W–L–T)
194–161–39

The Latvian men's national ice hockey team represents Latvia in international ice hockey. The team is ranked 13th in the world by IIHF as of 2018. The team is controlled by the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation. Their best ever finish at the World Championships was 7th place in 1997, 2004 and 2009. At the 2014 World Championship the team finished 11th. Latvia reached the quarterfinals at the 2014 Winter Olympics, losing 2–1 to Canada. Latvia has 7,145 registered players (0.36% of its population).

Overview

Rank Olympics World Championships European Championships
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th 1997, 2004, 2009
8th 2014 2000, 2018 1932
9th 2002 1998, 2003, 2005
10th 1933, 1938, 1939, 2006, 2012, 2017
11th 1999, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
12th 2006, 2010
13th 1936 1935, 1996 (1.B)↑, 2001, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016
14th 1994 (2.B), 1995 (2.B)
15th
16th
↑: promoted, ↓: relegated, (3.B): (rank.pool)

Tournament record

Olympic Games

Games GP W L T GF GA Coach Captain Finish
Germany 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 3 0 3 0 3 27 ? Leonīds Vedējs Finished tied in 13th place
United States 2002 Salt Lake City 3 1 1 1 11 12 Curt Lindström Harijs Vītoliņš Finished in 9th place
Italy 2006 Turin 5 0 4 1 11 29 Leonīds Beresņevs Kārlis Skrastiņš Finished in 12th place
Canada 2010 Vancouver 3 0 3 0 4 19 Oļegs Znaroks Kārlis Skrastiņš Finished in 12th place
Russia 2014 Sochi 5 1 4 0 9 13 Ted Nolan Sandis Ozoliņš Finished in 8th place

World Championship

Graph shows Latvian results in IIHF World Championship up until 2018. Breaks in the graph represent the years Latvia didn't play in IIHF World Championship.
Championships GP W T L GF GA Coach Captain Finish
France Austria Germany 1930 Chamonix/Vienna/Berlin Did not participate
Poland 1931 Krynica-Zdrój
Czechoslovakia 1933 Prague 4 1 0 3 3 9 ? Arvīds Jurgens Finished in 10th place
Italy 1934 Milan Did not participate
Switzerland 1935 Davos 5 1 0 4 11 25 ? Leonīds Vedējs Finished in 13th place
United Kingdom 1937 London Did not participate
Czechoslovakia 1938 Prague 4 1 0 3 4 8 ? ? Finished tied in 10th place
Switzerland 1939 Zürich/Basel 3 1 0 2 6 21 Larry Marsh ? Finished in 10th place
World Championships not held from 1940–1946 during World War II
Did not participate from 1947–1992. Latvia was a part of USSR
Slovenia 1993 Bled/Ljubljana (Group C) 7 6 1 0 101 9 Helmuts Balderis Konstantīns Grigorjevs Finished in 21st place (Won Group C)
Denmark 1994 Copenhagen/Aalborg (Group B) 7 6 0 1 61 9 Helmuts Balderis ? Finished in 14th place (2nd in Group B)
Slovakia 1995 Bratislava (Group B) 7 6 0 1 65 16 Ēvalds Grabovskis ? Finished in 14th place (2nd in Group B)
Netherlands 1996 Eindhoven (Group B) 7 6 1 0 41 16 Leonīds Beresņevs Oļegs Znaroks Finished in 13th place (Won Group B)
Finland 1997 Helsinki/Tampere/Turku 8 4 2 2 37 23 Leonīds Beresņevs Normunds Sējējs Finished in 7th place
Switzerland 1998 Zürich/Basel 6 3 1 2 21 18 Leonīds Beresņevs Oļegs Znaroks Finished in 9th place
Norway 1999 Oslo/Hamar/Lillehammer 6 2 0 4 24 22 Leonīds Beresņevs Oļegs Znaroks Finished in 11th place
Russia 2000 Saint Petersburg 7 3 1 3 15 17 Haralds Vasiļjevs Harijs Vītoliņš Finished in 8th place
Germany 2001 Nuremberg/Cologne/Hanover 6 3 1 2 19 13 Haralds Vasiļjevs Harijs Vītoliņš Finished in 13th place
Sweden 2002 Gothenburg/Karlstad/Jönköping 6 1 0 5 11 18 Curt Lindström ? Finished in 11th place
Finland 2003 Helsinki/Tampere/Turku 6 3 0 3 14 16 Curt Lindström Harijs Vītoliņš Finished in 9th place
Czech Republic 2004 Prague/Ostrava 7 2 2 3 12 14 Curt Lindström Sergejs Žoltoks Finished in 7th place
Austria 2005 Vienna/Innsbruck 6 2 1 3 10 21 Leonīds Beresņevs Kārlis Skrastiņš Finished in 9th place
Latvia 2006 Riga 6 2 1 3 12 24 Petr Vorobiev Aleksandrs Semjonovs Finished in 10th place
Championships GP W OTW OTL L GF GA Coach Captain Finish
Russia 2007 Moscow 6 2 0 1 3 20 22 Oļegs Znaroks Rodrigo Laviņš Finished in 13th place
Canada 2008 Halifax/Quebec City 6 2 0 0 4 11 19 Oļegs Znaroks Rodrigo Laviņš Finished in 11th place
Switzerland 2009 Bern/Kloten 7 2 2 0 3 15 23 Oļegs Znaroks Kārlis Skrastiņš Finished in 7th place
Germany 2010 Cologne/Mannheim/Gelsenkirchen 6 2 0 0 4 15 18 Oļegs Znaroks Herberts Vasiļjevs Finished in 11th place
Slovakia 2011 Bratislava/Košice 6 2 0 2 2 18 19 Oļegs Znaroks Herberts Vasiļjevs Finished in 13th place
Finland Sweden 2012 Helsinki/Stockholm 7 2 0 0 5 11 19 Ted Nolan Jānis Sprukts Finished in 10th place
Sweden Finland 2013 Stockholm/Helsinki 7 2 0 1 4 14 25 Ted Nolan Lauris Dārziņš Finished in 11th place
Belarus 2014 Minsk 7 3 0 0 4 20 24 Ted Nolan Herberts Vasiļjevs Finished in 11th place
Czech Republic 2015 Prague/Ostrava 7 0 2 1 4 11 25 Aleksandrs Beļavskis Kaspars Daugaviņš Finished in 13th place
Russia 2016 Moscow/Saint Petersburg 7 1 0 3 3 13 22 Leonīds Beresņevs Kaspars Daugaviņš Finished in 13th place
Germany France 2017 Cologne/Paris 7 3 0 1 3 14 18 Bob Hartley Kaspars Daugaviņš Finished in 10th place
Denmark 2018 Copenhagen/Herning 8 3 1 2 2 18 19 Bob Hartley Roberts Bukarts Finished in 8th place

European Championship

Games GP W T L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
Germany 1932 Berlin 4 1 0 3 5 13 ? ? Consolation Round 8th

Team

Current roster

Roster for the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[2]

Head coach: Bob Hartley

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
3 D Edgars Siksna 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1993-01-15) January 15, 1993 (age 25) Kazakhstan Saryarka Karagandy
10 F Rihards Bukarts 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1995-12-31) December 31, 1995 (age 22) Germany Eisbären Berlin
11 D Kristaps SotnieksA 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1987-01-29) January 29, 1987 (age 31) Russia HC Lada Togliatti
15 F Mārtiņš Karsums 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1986-02-26) February 26, 1986 (age 32) Russia HC Dynamo Moscow
18 F Rodrigo Ābols 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1996-01-05) January 5, 1996 (age 22) Sweden Örebro HK
21 F Rūdolfs Balcers 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 75 kg (165 lb) (1997-04-08) April 8, 1997 (age 21) United States San Jose Barracuda
23 F Teodors Bļugers 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1994-08-15) August 15, 1994 (age 23) United States Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
24 F Miķelis RēdlihsA 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1984-07-01) July 1, 1984 (age 33) Latvia Dinamo Riga
25 D Andris DžeriņšA 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1988-02-14) February 14, 1988 (age 30) Czech Republic Mountfield HK
26 D Uvis Jānis Balinskis 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1996-08-01) August 1, 1996 (age 21) Latvia Dinamo Riga
27 D Oskars Cibuļskis 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1988-04-09) April 9, 1988 (age 30) Czech Republic Mountfield HK
29 D Ralfs Freibergs 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1991-05-17) May 17, 1991 (age 27) Czech Republic HC Zlín
30 G Elvis Merzļikins 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1994-04-13) April 13, 1994 (age 24) Switzerland HC Lugano
35 G Matīss Kivlenieks 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1996-08-26) August 26, 1996 (age 21) United States Cleveland Monsters
41 F Frenks Razgals 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1996-08-08) August 8, 1996 (age 21) Latvia Dinamo Riga
50 G Kristers Gudļevskis 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1992-07-31) July 31, 1992 (age 25) United States Bridgeport Sound Tigers
58 D Guntis Galviņš 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1986-01-25) January 25, 1986 (age 32) Latvia Dinamo Riga
70 F Miks IndrašisA 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1990-09-30) September 30, 1990 (age 27) Latvia Dinamo Riga
71 F Roberts BukartsC 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1990-06-27) June 27, 1990 (age 27) Czech Republic PSG Zlín
77 D Kristaps Zīle 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1997-12-24) December 24, 1997 (age 20) Latvia Dinamo Riga
79 F Vitalijs Pavlovs 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 101 kg (223 lb) (1989-06-17) June 17, 1989 (age 28) Latvia Dinamo Riga
87 F Gints Meija 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1987-09-04) September 4, 1987 (age 30) Latvia Dinamo Riga
89 F Ņikita Jevpalovs 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1994-09-09) September 9, 1994 (age 23) Latvia Dinamo Riga
91 F Ronalds Ķēniņš 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1991-02-28) February 28, 1991 (age 27) Switzerland ZSC Lions
94 D Kristiāns Rubīns 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1997-12-11) December 11, 1997 (age 20) Canada Medicine Hat Tigers

Coaching history

Coach GP W T L GD P-ts
1992–1994 Helmuts Balderis 34 25 2 7 256:86 52
1994 Mihails Beskašnovs 2 0 0 2 3:6 0
1995 Ēvalds Grabovskis 11 9 0 2 79:25 18
1996–1999 Leonīds Beresņevs 56 36 7 13 275:143 79
1999–2001 Haralds Vasiļjevs 32 12 8 12 81:76 32
2001–2004 Curt Lindström 65 32 8 25 202:161 72
2004–2006 Leonīds Beresņevs 32 25 3 14 112:113 53
2006 Petr Vorobiev 11 4 1 6 25:35 9
2006–2011 Oļegs Znaroks
2011–2014 Ted Nolan
2014-2015 Aleksandrs Beļavskis
2016 Leonīds Beresņevs
2016 Haralds Vasiļjevs
2017–present Bob Hartley 7 3 0 4 14:18 10

Notable players

References

  1. ^ a b c Includes Olympics, World Championships, World Cups, Canada Cups and Summit Series.
  2. ^ 2018 IIHF World Championship roster

External links

  • Official website
  • IIHF profile
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