Latvia men's national ice hockey team

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Latvia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Latvian Ice Hockey Federation
Head coach Aleksandrs Beļavskis
Assistants Juris Klodans
Kārlis Zirnis
Captain Kaspars Daugaviņš
Most games Rodrigo Laviņš (230)
Top scorer Leonīds Tambijevs (66)
Most points Leonīds Tambijevs (150)
Home stadium Arena Riga
IIHF code LAT
IIHF ranking 10 Decrease1
Highest IIHF ranking 9 (first in 2005)
Lowest IIHF ranking 12 (first in 2010)
Team colors               
Latvia national hockey team jerseys - 2014 Winter Olympics.png
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)
191–157–36

The Latvian men's national ice hockey team represents Latvia in international ice hockey. The team is currently ranked 9th in the world by IIHF as of 2014. 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. In 2014 World Championship team finished 11th. Latvia reached quarterfinals at the 2014 Winter Olympics losing 1–2 to Canada. Latvia has 4,271 players (0.21% of its population).

Overview[edit]

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

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

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

World Championship[edit]

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  ?  ? Finished in 10th place
Italy 1934 Milan Did not participate
Switzerland 1935 Davos 5 1 0 4 11 25  ?  ? 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  ?  ? Finished in 10th place
World Championships not held from 1940–1946 during World War II
Did not participate from 1947–1992. Latvia was part of USSR
Slovenia 1993 Bled/Ljubljan (Group C) 7 6 1 0 101 9 Helmuts Balderis  ? Finished in the 21st place (Won "Group C")
Denmark 1994 Copenhagen/Aalborg (Group B) 7 6 0 1 61 9 Helmuts Balderis  ? Finished in the 14th place (2nd in "Group B")
Slovakia 1995 Bratislava (Group B) 7 6 0 1 65 16 Ēvalds Grabovskis  ? Finished in the 14th place (2nd in "Group B")
Netherlands 1996 Eindhoven (Group B) 7 6 1 0 41 16 Leonīds Beresņevs  ? Finished in the 13th place (Won "Group B")
Finland 1997 Helsinki/Tampere/Turku 8 4 2 2 37 23 Leonīds Beresņevs Normunds Sējējs Finished in the 7th place
Switzerland 1998 Zürich/Basel 6 3 1 2 21 18 Leonīds Beresņevs Oļegs Znaroks Finished in the 9th place
Norway 1999 Oslo/Hamar/Lillehammer 6 2 0 4 24 22 Leonīds Beresņevs Oļegs Znaroks Finished in the 11th place
Russia 2000 Saint Petersburg 7 3 1 3 15 17 Haralds Vasiļjevs Harijs Vītoliņš Finished in the 8th place
Germany 2001 Nuremberg/Cologne/Hanover 6 3 1 2 19 13 Haralds Vasiļjevs Harijs Vītoliņš Finished in the 13th place
Sweden 2002 Gothenburg/Karlstad/Jönköping 6 1 0 5 11 18 Curt Lindström  ? Finished in the 11th place
Finland 2003 Helsinki/Tampere/Turku 6 3 0 3 14 16 Curt Lindström  ? Finished in the 9th place
Czech Republic 2004 Prague/Ostrava 7 2 2 3 12 14 Curt Lindström Sergejs Žoltoks Finished in the 7th place
Austria 2005 Vienna/Innsbruck 6 2 1 3 10 21 Leonīds Beresņevs Kārlis Skrastiņš Finished in the 9th place
Latvia 2006 Riga 6 2 1 3 12 24 Petr Vorobiev Aleksandrs Semjonovs Finished in the 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 the 13th place
Canada 2008 Halifax/Quebec City 6 2 0 0 4 11 19 Oļegs Znaroks Rodrigo Laviņš Finished in the 11th place
Switzerland 2009 Bern/Kloten 7 2 2 0 3 15 23 Oļegs Znaroks Kārlis Skrastiņš Finished in the 7th place
Germany 2010 Cologne/Mannheim/Gelsenkirchen 6 2 0 0 4 15 18 Oļegs Znaroks Herberts Vasiļjevs Finished in the 11th place
Slovakia 2011 Bratislava/Košice 6 2 0 2 2 18 19 Oļegs Znaroks Herberts Vasiļjevs Finished in the 13th place
Finland Sweden 2012 Helsinki/Stockholm 7 2 0 0 5 11 19 Ted Nolan Jānis Sprukts Finished in the 10th place
Sweden Finland 2013 Stockholm/Helsinki 7 2 0 1 4 14 25 Ted Nolan Lauris Dārziņš Finished in the 11th place
Belarus 2014 Minsk 7 3 0 0 4 20 24 Ted Nolan Herberts Vasiļjevs Finished in the 11th place
Czech Republic 2015 Prague/Ostrava 7 0 2 1 4 11 25 Aleksandrs Beļavskis Kaspars Daugaviņš Finished in the 13th place

European Championship[edit]

  • 1932 – Finished in 8th place

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

The roster for the 2015 IIHF World Championship.[2] [3]

Head coach: Aleksandrs Beļavskis

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
1 G Kalniņš, JānisJānis Kalniņš 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) (1991-12-13)December 13, 1991 (aged 23) Hungary DAB-Docler
3 D Širokovs, MaksimsMaksims Širokovs 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) (1982-12-13)December 13, 1982 (aged 32) Switzerland Red Ice
4 D Andersons, JānisJānis Andersons 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) (1986-10-07)October 7, 1986 (aged 28) Slovakia Dukla Trenčín
5 F Sprukts, JānisJānis SpruktsA 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 7002102000000000000102 kg (225 lb) (1982-01-31)January 31, 1982 (aged 33) Switzerland Fribourg-Gottéron
9 D Rēdlihs, KrišjānisKrišjānis Rēdlihs 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 700193000000000000093 kg (205 lb) (1981-01-15)January 15, 1981 (aged 34) Latvia Dinamo Riga
10 F Dārziņš, LaurisLauris DārziņšA 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 700191000000000000091 kg (201 lb) (1985-01-28)January 28, 1985 (aged 30) Latvia Dinamo Riga
11 D Sotnieks, KristapsKristaps Sotnieks 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) (1987-01-29)January 29, 1987 (aged 28) Latvia Dinamo Riga
13 D Galviņš, GuntisGuntis Galviņš 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) (1986-01-25)January 25, 1986 (aged 29) Italy HCB South Tyrol
16 F Daugaviņš, KasparsKaspars DaugaviņšC 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 700183000000000000083 kg (183 lb) (1988-05-18)May 18, 1988 (aged 26) Russia Dynamo Moscow
17 F Saulietis, KasparsKaspars Saulietis 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) (1987-06-12)June 12, 1987 (aged 27) Latvia Dinamo Riga
18 F Ābols, RodrigoRodrigo Ābols 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 700181000000000000081 kg (179 lb) (1996-01-05)January 5, 1996 (aged 19) Latvia HK Rīga
21 F Bērziņš, ArmandsArmands Bērziņš 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 7002100000000000000100 kg (220 lb) (1983-12-27)December 27, 1983 (aged 31) Italy Pustertal Wölfe
22 D Jass, MārisMāris Jass 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (200 lb) (1985-01-18)January 18, 1985 (aged 30) Czech Republic Orli Znojmo
23 D Jerofejevs, AleksandrsAleksandrs Jerofejevs 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) (1984-04-12)April 12, 1984 (aged 31) Latvia Dinamo Riga
24 F Rēdlihs, MiķelisMiķelis Rēdlihs 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 700181000000000000081 kg (179 lb) (1984-07-01)July 1, 1984 (aged 30) Latvia Dinamo Riga
25 F Džeriņš, AndrisAndris Džeriņš 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) (1988-02-14)February 14, 1988 (aged 27) Latvia Dinamo Riga
31 G Masaļskis, EdgarsEdgars Masaļskis 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 700178000000000000078 kg (172 lb) (1980-03-31)March 31, 1980 (aged 35) Switzerland Ambrì-Piotta
33 G Muštukovs, ErvīnsErvīns Muštukovs 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) (1984-04-07)April 7, 1984 (aged 31) Denmark Aalborg Pirates
44 D Cibuļskis, OskarsOskars Cibuļskis 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) (1988-04-09)April 9, 1988 (aged 27) Latvia Dinamo Riga
47 F Cipulis, MārtiņšMārtiņš Cipulis 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 700182000000000000082 kg (181 lb) (1980-11-29)November 29, 1980 (aged 34) Latvia Dinamo Riga
59 F Bajaruns, LaurisLauris Bajaruns 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 700194000000000000094 kg (207 lb) (1989-03-31)March 31, 1989 (aged 26) Denmark Nordsjælland Cobras
70 F Indrašis, MiksMiks Indrašis 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) (1990-09-30)September 30, 1990 (aged 24) Latvia Dinamo Riga
71 F Bukarts, RobertsRoberts Bukarts 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 700184000000000000084 kg (185 lb) (1990-06-27)June 27, 1990 (aged 24) Latvia Dinamo Riga
73 F Skvorcovs, GunārsGunārs Skvorcovs 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) (1990-01-13)January 13, 1990 (aged 25) Latvia Dinamo Riga
90 F Jass, KobaKoba Jass 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) (1990-05-01)May 1, 1990 (aged 25) Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec

Coaching history[edit]

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- Aleksandrs Beļavskis

Current top players[edit]

Former and current players in NHL[edit]

Players from Latvia who have played in the NHL

Year Name Position Team
1989–1990 Helmuts Balderis Right winger United States Minnesota North Stars
1991–1996
1996–1997
1997–1998
1998–2004
Arturs Irbe Goaltender United States San Jose Sharks
United States Dallas Stars
Canada Vancouver Canucks
United States Carolina Hurricanes
1992–1995
1995–1996
2000–2002
2002–2003
2002–2006
2006–2007
2007–2008
Sandis Ozolinš Defenseman United States San Jose Sharks
United States Colorado Avalanche
United States Carolina Hurricanes
United States Florida Panthers
United States Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
United States New York Rangers
United States San Jose Sharks
1992–1994
1995–1996
Grigorijs Pantelejevs Left winger United States Boston Bruins
United States New York Islanders
1992–1995
1996–1998
1998–2000
2000–2001
2001–2003
2003–2004
Sergejs Žoltoks Centre United States Boston Bruins
Canada Ottawa Senators
Canada Montreal Canadiens
Canada Edmonton Oilers
United States Minnesota Wild
United States Nashville Predators
1993–1994 Harijs Vītoliņš Centre Canada Winnipeg Jets
1993–1994 Aleksandrs Kerčs Left winger Canada Edmonton Oilers
1997–2000
2000–2001
2000–2001
2001–2003
Pēteris Skudra Goaltender United States Pittsburgh Penguins
United States Buffalo Sabres
United States Boston Bruins
Canada Vancouver Canucks
1998–1999 Viktors Ignatjevs Defenseman United States Pittsburgh Penguins
1998–2003
2003–2007
2007–2009
2009–2011
Kārlis Skrastiņš Defenseman United States Nashville Predators
United States Colorado Avalanche
United States Florida Panthers
United States Dallas Stars
1998–1999
1999–2001
2001–2002
Herberts Vasiļjevs Right winger United States Florida Panthers
United States Atlanta Thrashers
Canada Vancouver Canucks
1999–2001 Kaspars Astašenko Defenseman United States Tampa Bay Lightning
2005–2006
2006–2010
2010–2012
Raitis Ivanāns Left winger United States Tampa Bay Lightning
United States Los Angeles Kings
Canada Calgary Flames
2006–2007
2008–2009
Jānis Sprukts Centre United States Florida Panthers
2008–2009 Mārtiņš Karsums Forward United States Florida Panthers
United States Tampa Bay Lightning
2009–2011 Oskars Bārtulis Defenseman United States Philadelphia Flyers
2009–2012
2012–2013
Kaspars Daugaviņš Left winger Canada Ottawa Senators
United States Boston Bruins
2009–2011
2011–2012
Artūrs Kulda Defenseman United States Atlanta Thrashers
Canada Winnipeg Jets
2013– Zemgus Girgensons Forward United States Buffalo Sabres
2013– Kristers Gudļevskis Goaltender United States Tampa Bay Lightning
2015– Ronalds Ķēniņš Forward Canada Vancouver Canucks

NHL Drafts[edit]

Players from Latvia to be drafted in the NHL

Year Name Overall Team
1975 Viktors Hatuļevs 160th overall United States Philadelphia Flyers
1988
1993
Harijs Vītoliņš 188th overall
228th overall
Canada Montreal Canadiens
Canada Winnipeg Jets
1989 Arturs Irbe 196th overall United States Minnesota North Stars
1989 Helmuts Balderis 238th overall United States Minnesota North Stars
1991 Sandis Ozolinš 30th overall United States San Jose Sharks
1992 Sergejs Žoltoks 55th overall United States Boston Bruins
1992 Grigorijs Pantelejevs 136th overall United States Boston Bruins
1992 Viktors Ignatjevs 243rd overall United States San Jose Sharks
1993 Aleksandrs Kercs 60th overall Canada Edmonton Oilers
1997 Aleksandrs Andrejevs 207th overall United States Phoenix Coyotes
1998 Kārlis Skrastinš 230th overall United States Nashville Predators
1999 Kaspars Astašenko 127th overall United States Tampa Bay Lightning
1999 Georgijs Pujacs 264th overall United States Boston Bruins
2000 Agris Saviels 63rd overall United States Colorado Avalanche
2000 Jānis Sprukts 234th overall United States Florida Panthers
2001 Juris Štāls 269th overall United States New York Rangers
2002 Jēkabs Rēdlihs 119th overall United States Columbus Blue Jackets
2002 Krišjānis Rēdlihs 154th overall United States New Jersey Devils
2002 Armands Bērziņš 155th overall United States Minnesota Wild
2003 Raimonds Danilics 255th overall United States Tampa Bay Lightning
2003 Lauris Dārziņš 268th overall United States Nashville Predators
2004 Mārtiņš Karsums 64th overall United States Boston Bruins
2005 Oskars Bārtulis 91st overall United States Philadelphia Flyers
2006 Kaspars Daugaviņš 91st overall Canada Ottawa Senators
2006 Artūrs Kulda 200th overall United States Atlanta Thrashers
2010 Kristiāns Pelšs 181st overall Canada Edmonton Oilers
2012 Zemgus Girgensons 14th overall United States Buffalo Sabres
2012 Teodors Blugers 52nd overall United States Pittsburgh Penguins
2013 Kristers Gudlevskis 124th overall United States Tampa Bay Lightning
2014 Elvis Merzļikins 76th overall United States Columbus Blue Jackets
2014 Edgars Kulda 193th overall United States Arizona Coyotes

Former notable players[edit]

IIHF Hall-of-Famers[edit]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Includes Olympics, World Championships, World Cups, Canada Cups and Summit Series.
  2. ^ "Beļavskis nosauc sastāvu PČ Prāgā". lhf.lv. 2015-04-27. 
  3. ^ 2015 Roster

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