Latvia men's national ice hockey team

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Latvia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Latvian Ice Hockey Federation
General Manager Māris Baldonieks
Head coach Aleksandrs Beļavskis
Assistants Tom Coolen
Kārlis Zirnis
Captain Herberts Vasiļjevs
Most games Rodrigo Laviņš (230)
Top scorer Leonīds Tambijevs (66)
Most points Leonīds Tambijevs (150)
Home stadium Arena Riga
IIHF code LAT
IIHF ranking 9 Increase1
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)
Medals 8th (2014)
International record (W–L–T)
189–153–35

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 2013 World Championship team finished 11th. Latvia reached quarterfinals at the 2014 Winter Olympics losing 1:2 to Team 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)

Olympic record[edit]

  • 1920–1932 – Did not participate
  • 1936 – Finished tied in 13th place
  • 1948–1992 – Did not participate
  • 1994, 1998 – Did not qualify
  • 2002 – Finished in 9th place
  • 2006 – Finished in 12th place
  • 2010 – Finished in 12th place
  • 2014 – Finished in 8th place

European Championship record[edit]

  • 1910–1929 – Did not participate
  • 1932 – Finished in 8th place

World Championship record[edit]

  • 1930–1931 Did not participate
  • 1933 – Finished in 10th place
  • 1934 – Did not participate
  • 1935 – Finished in 13th place
  • 1937 – Did not participate
  • 1938 – Finished tied in 10th place
  • 1939 – Finished in 10th place
  • 1941–1992 – Did not participate (Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic was occupied by the Soviet Union)
  • 1993 – Finished in the 21st place (Won "Pool C")
  • 1994 – Finished in the 14th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1995 – Finished in the 14th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1996 – Finished in the 13th place (Won "Pool B")
  • 1997 – Finished in the 7th place
  • 1998 – Finished in the 9th place
  • 1999 – Finished in the 11th place
  • 2000 – Finished in the 8th place
  • 2001 – Finished in the 13th place
  • 2002 – Finished in the 11th place
  • 2003 – Finished in the 9th place
  • 2004 – Finished in the 7th place
  • 2005 – Finished in the 9th place
  • 2006 – Finished in the 10th place
  • 2007 – Finished in the 13th place
  • 2008 – Finished in the 11th place
  • 2009 – Finished in the 7th place
  • 2010 – Finished in the 11th place
  • 2011 – Finished in the 13th place
  • 2012 – Finished in the 10th place
  • 2013 – Finished in the 11th place
  • 2014 – Finished in the 11th place

Team[edit]

2014 World Championship roster[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2014 IIHF World Championship rosters § Latvia.

The following is the Latvian roster for the 2014 IIHF World Championship.[2]

Skaters[edit]

Number Position Player Club League
2 D Laviņš, RodrigoRodrigo Laviņš Latvia Dinamo Riga KHL
3 F Štāls, JurisJuris Štāls Slovakia HK Poprad Slovak Extraliga
11 D Sotnieks, KristapsKristaps Sotnieks Latvia Dinamo Riga KHL
12 F Vasiļjevs, HerbertsHerberts VasiļjevsC Germany Krefeld Pinguine DEL
13 D Galviņš, GuntisGuntis Galviņš Sweden AIK SHL
14 D Rēdlihs, JēkabsJēkabs Rēdlihs Latvia Dinamo Riga KHL
16 F Daugaviņš, KasparsKaspars DaugaviņšA Switzerland Genève-Servette HC NLA
17 F Ņiživijs, AleksandrsAleksandrs Ņiživijs Latvia Dinamo Riga KHL
21 F Bērziņš, ArmandsArmands Bērziņš Kazakhstan Barys Astana KHL
22 D Jass, MārisMāris Jass Czech Republic Piráti Chomutov Czech Extraliga
24 F Rēdlihs, MiķelisMiķelis Rēdlihs Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL
25 F Džeriņš, AndrisAndris Džeriņš Latvia Dinamo Riga KHL
28 F Girgensons, ZemgusZemgus Girgensons United States Buffalo Sabres NHL
29 F Lipsbergs, RobertsRoberts Lipsbergs United States Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
32 D Kulda, ArtūrsArtūrs KuldaA Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL
47 F Cipulis, MārtiņšMārtiņš Cipulis Latvia Dinamo Riga KHL
52 D Jaks, JānisJānis Jaks Latvia HK Rīga MHL
70 F Indrašis, MiksMiks Indrašis Latvia Dinamo Riga KHL
81 D Pujacs, GeorgijsGeorgijs Pujacs Latvia Dinamo Riga KHL
87 F Meija, GintsGints Meija Latvia Dinamo Riga KHL
90 F Jass, KobaKoba Jass Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec Czech Extraliga
91 F Ķēniņš, RonaldsRonalds Ķēniņš Switzerland ZSC Lions NLA

Goaltenders[edit]

Number Player Club League
31 Masaļskis, EdgarsEdgars Masaļskis Slovakia HK Poprad Slovak Extraliga
33 Punnenovs, IvarsIvars Punnenovs Switzerland Rapperswil Lakers NLA
50 Gudļevskis, KristersKristers Gudļevskis United States Tampa Bay Lightning NHL

2014 Olympics roster[edit]

The following is the Latvian roster in the men's ice hockey tournament of the 2014 Winter Olympics.[3][4] view

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Birthplace 2013–14 team
1 G Muštukovs, ErvīnsErvīns Muštukovs 184 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 7 April 1984 Rīga Denmark EfB Ishockey (DEN)
3 F Juris Štāls 191 cm (6 ft 3 in) 700194000000000000094 kg (207 lb) 8 April 1982 Rīga Slovakia HK Poprad (SVK)
5 F Sprukts, JānisJānis Sprukts 190 cm (6 ft 3 in) 7002102000000000000102 kg (225 lb) 31 January 1982 Rīga Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
6 D Arvīds Reķis 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (200 lb) 1 January 1979 Jūrmala Latvia Dinamo Riga (KHL)
8 D Ozoliņš, SandisSandis OzoliņšC 190 cm (6 ft 3 in) 700197000000000000097 kg (214 lb) 3 August 1972 Sigulda Latvia Dinamo Riga (KHL)
9 D Krišjānis Rēdlihs 189 cm (6 ft 2 in) 700193000000000000093 kg (205 lb) 15 January 1981 Rīga Latvia Dinamo Riga (KHL)
10 F Lauris DārziņšA 191 cm (6 ft 3 in) 700191000000000000091 kg (201 lb) 28 January 1985 Rīga Latvia Dinamo Riga (KHL)
11 D Sotnieks, KristapsKristaps Sotnieks 184 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) 29 January 1987 Rīga Latvia Dinamo Riga (KHL)
12 F Vasiļjevs, HerbertsHerberts Vasiļjevs 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700184000000000000084 kg (185 lb) 23 May 1976 Rīga Germany Krefeld Pinguine (DEL)
15 F Karsums, MārtiņšMārtiņš Karsums 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) 26 February 1986 Rīga Russia Dynamo Moscow (KHL)
16 F Daugaviņš, KasparsKaspars Daugaviņš 185 cm (6 ft 1 in) 700193000000000000093 kg (205 lb) 18 May 1988 Rīga Switzerland HC Geneve-Servette (NLA)
21 F Bērziņš, ArmandsArmands Bērziņš 192 cm (6 ft 4 in) 700197000000000000097 kg (214 lb) 27 December 1983 Rīga Kazakhstan Beibarys Atyrau (KAZ)
24 F Miķelis Rēdlihs 181 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700181000000000000081 kg (179 lb) 1 July 1984 Rīga Russia Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
28 F Girgensons, ZemgusZemgus Girgensons 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) 5 January 1994 Rīga United States Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
29 D Freibergs, RalfsRalfs Freibergs 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) 17 May 1991 Rīga United States Bowling Green State University (NCAA)
31 G Masaļskis, EdgarsEdgars Masaļskis 179 cm (5 ft 10 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 31 March 1980 Rīga Slovakia HK Poprad (SVK)
32 D Kulda, ArtūrsArtūrs Kulda 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) 700198000000000000098 kg (216 lb) 25 July 1988 Leipzig, Germany Russia Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
37 D Bārtulis, OskarsOskars BārtulisA 190 cm (6 ft 3 in) 700192000000000000092 kg (203 lb) 21 January 1987 Ogre Ukraine Donbass Donetsk (KHL)
47 F Cipulis, MārtiņšMārtiņš Cipulis 181 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 29 November 1980 Cēsis Latvia Dinamo Riga (KHL)
50 G Gudļevskis, KristersKristers Gudļevskis 193 cm (6 ft 4 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) 31 July 1992 Aizkraukle United States Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
51 F Jass, KobaKoba Jass 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700187000000000000087 kg (192 lb) 4 May 1990 Rīga Czech Republic Bílí Tygři Liberec (CZE)
70 F Indrašis, MiksMiks Indrašis 190 cm (6 ft 3 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 30 September 1990 Rīga Latvia Dinamo Riga (KHL)
79 F Pavlovs, VitālijsVitālijs Pavlovs 195 cm (6 ft 5 in) 700198000000000000098 kg (216 lb) 17 June 1989 Rīga Latvia Dinamo Riga (KHL)
81 D Pujacs, GeorgijsGeorgijs Pujacs 184 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700198000000000000098 kg (216 lb) 11 June 1981 Rīga Latvia Dinamo Riga (KHL)
91 F Ronalds Ķēniņš 182 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700191000000000000091 kg (201 lb) 28 February 1991 Rīga Switzerland ZSC Lions (NLA)

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

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

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. ^ "Teds Nolans nosauc Latvijas izlases sastāvu". lhf.lv. 2014-05-07. 
  3. ^ Nick Zaccardi (7 January 2014). "Latvia Olympic hockey roster includes Sandis Ozolinsh, 41". NBC Olympictalk. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Team Roster Latvia

External links[edit]