Norway men's national ice hockey team

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Norway
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Isbjørnene (The Polar Bears)
Association NIHF
General Manager Bjørn Mathisrud
Head coach Roy Johansen
Assistants Per-Erik Alcen
Knut Stubdal
Captain Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
Most games Tommy Jakobsen (135)
IIHF code NOR
IIHF ranking 9 Steady
Highest IIHF ranking 8 (2012)
Lowest IIHF ranking 21 (2004)
Team colours               
Norway national hockey team jerseys - 2014 Winter Olympics.png
First international
 Czechoslovakia 7–0 Norway 
(London, United Kingdom; 17 February 1937)
Biggest win
 Norway 24–0 Belgium 
(Sofia, Bulgaria; 5 March 1975)
 Norway 25–1 China 
(Debrecen, Hungary; 22 April 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Finland 20–1 Norway 
(Hämeenlinna, Finland; 12 March 1947)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances 60 (first in 1937)
Best result 4th (1951)
Olympics
Appearances 10 (first in 1952)
International record (W–L–T)
345–621–111

The Norwegian men's national ice hockey team is the national ice hockey team from Norway that participates at the IIHF World Championships. The team is governed by the Norwegian Ice Hockey Association and is coached by Roy Johansen.

History[edit]

Norway's Uniforms outside of olympic competition
Game between France vs Norway at Patinoire Pôle Sud.

The Norwegian Ice Hockey Association was founded in 1934 and, adopting the international rules and regulations of ice hockey, became a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation in 1935.[1][2] Poor finances delayed the formation of a national team until 1937, and continued to hamper its development in the years prior to World War II. After missing out on the 1935 World Championships and 1936 Winter Olympics, the NIHF managed to raise enough funds to send a team to London for the 1937 World Championships. The national ice hockey team thus played its first game on 17 February 1937, losing 0–7 to Czechoslovakia, and was eliminated from the competition following a 2–13 loss to Switzerland.[3] Norway also took part in the next tournament in 1938, but was unable to participate in 1939. Results remained meagre throughout the pre-war years; of the nine international fixtures contested between 1937 and 1940, the closest Norway came to winning was 3–4 in the first game against Sweden, on 20 January 1939.[4]

After the war, the growth of Norwegian ice hockey accelerated as new teams formed and improvements in infrastructure were made. The opening of the state of the art Jordal Amfi in Oslo meant that for a time Norway was at the forefront in terms of facilities.[5] Results began to improve on the international stage, though not before Norway had endured its worst defeat ever at the hands of Finland in 1947.

The period from 1949 to 1953 has been viewed as a "golden age" in the history of the national team, beginning with the maiden victory, a 2–0 win over Belgium at the 1949 World Championships. In 1951, the NIHF appointed Canadian Bud McEachern as head coach. McEachern brought a physical style which suited the players of the generation well,[6] and at the 1951 World Championships, Norway defeated the United States and Great Britain to finish fourth overall. The following year, Norway competed in its first ever Olympic tournament, as host nation of the 1952 Winter Olympics. Finally, in 1953, Norway became the first Western nation to play the Soviet Union, an event that was overshadowed by the death of Joseph Stalin shortly after the team's arrival in Moscow.

The remainder of the decade saw the Norwegians continue to challenge the strongest hockey nations. From the 1960s onwards, however, Norwegian ice hockey fell into decline internationally. The game was becoming increasingly popular at home, but this did not translate into better results against other nations. This has been attributed to poor training conditions. Mild winters meant that a northerly location could no longer make up for the lack of artificial ice rinks, which local politicians were reluctant to support compared to other sports facilities.[7] After the 1965 World Championships, the Norwegian team was no longer allowed to compete at the highest level, and the NIHF resigned itself to competing at the top of Pool B instead.[7] Qualifying for the Winter Olympics was still within reach, however, and Norway managed to do so in both 1964 and 1968.

Norway slipped further into mediocrity during the 1970s, suffering relegation to Pool C after finishing in last place in Pool B of the 1972 World Championships. Once again, the NIHF was forced to revise its objectives; not to return to Pool A, but merely to survive in Pool B. The goal of qualifying for the Winter Olympics remained throughout this period, but after another stint in Pool C in 1975, the ice hockey tournament at the 1976 Winter Olympics went ahead without Norwegian participation.[7]

In addition to the continuing lack of political will to improve training conditions, the bleak situation during the 1970s had been compounded by a growing reluctance among players to represent Norway internationally.[7] This trend was finally reversed under the leadership of Georg Smefjell and Olav Dalsøren from 1978 to 1980. Smefjell and Dalsøren also succeeded in leading Norway back to the Winter Olympics. At the 1979 World Championships, Norway finished fourth in Pool B and qualified for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. There, the team showed encouraging signs for the future, despite losing heavily against the top tier nations and eventually coming away from the tournament with only a single point.[8]

The appointment of Ronald Pettersson as head coach in 1980 heralded an era of Swedish influence on Norwegian international ice hockey. For the next nine years, four Swedish coaches in a row took charge of a team that proved to be highly unstable. For Pettersson, the 1981 World Championships were a disappointment. Wins against Yugoslavia and Japan were barely enough to avoid relegation from Pool B. His successor, Arne Strömberg experienced similar difficulties. At the 1982 World Championships, an otherwise strong performance was blighted by losses against newly promoted China and Austria.[8]

The next Swedish import was Hans Westberg in 1982, whose unorthodox methods lead Norway to the 1984 Winter Olympics. Expectations ahead of the Olympic tournament were only partially met, the 3–3 draw against the United States being the most notable result.[8][9] The following season, while initially promising, ended in catastrophe at the 1985 World Championships as Norway dropped out of Pool B for the third time.[10]

Olympic record[edit]

  • 1920–1948 – did not qualify
  • 1952 – 9th place
  • 1956–1960 – did not qualify
  • 1964 – 10th place
  • 1968 – 11th place
  • 1972 – 8th place
  • 1976 – did not qualify
  • 1980 – 11th place
  • 1984 – 12th place
  • 1988 – 12th place
  • 1992 – 9th place
  • 1994 – 11th place
  • 1998–2006 – did not qualify
  • 2010 – 10th place
  • 2014 – 12th place

World Championship record[edit]

  • 1930–1935 – did not participate
  • 1937 – 9th place
  • 1938 – 13th place
  • 1939 – did not participate
  • 1940–1945 – World War II
  • 1947 – did not participate
  • 1949 – 8th place
  • 1950 – 6th place
  • 1951 – 4th place
  • 1953 – did not participate
  • 1954 – 8th place
  • 1955 – did not participate
  • 1956 – 12th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1957 – did not participate
  • 1958 – 7th place
  • 1959 – 8th place
  • 1960 – 9th place (Won "Pool B")
  • 1961 – 10th place
  • 1962 – 5th place
  • 1963 – 9th place (Won "Pool B")
  • 1964 – 10th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1965 – 8th place
  • 1966 – 12th place (4th in "Pool B")
  • 1967 – 11th place (3rd in "Pool B")
  • 1968 – 11th place (3rd in "Pool B")
  • 1969 – 11th place (5th in "Pool B")
  • 1970 – 9th place (3rd in "Pool B")
  • 1971 – 10th place (4th in "Pool B")
  • 1972 – 13th place (7th in "Pool B")
  • 1973 – 15th place (Won "Pool C")
  • 1974 – 13th place (7th in "Pool B")
  • 1975 – 15th place (Won "Pool C")
  • 1976 – 11th place (3rd in "Pool B")
  • 1977 – 12th place (4th in "Pool B")
  • 1978 – 14th place (6th in "Pool B")
  • 1979 – 12th place (4th in "Pool B")
  • 1981 – 14th place (6th in "Pool B")
  • 1982 – 12th place (4th in "Pool B")
  • 1983 – 12th place (4th in "Pool B")
  • 1985 – 15th place (7th in "Pool B")
  • 1986 – 17th place (Won "Pool C")
  • 1987 – 10th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1989 – 9th place (Won "Pool B")
  • 1990 – 8th place
  • 1991 – 10th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 1992 – 10th place
  • 1993 – 9th place
  • 1994 – 11th place
  • 1995 – 10th place
  • 1996 – 10th place
  • 1997 – 12th place
  • 1998 – 21st place (5th in "Pool B")
  • 1999 – 12th place
  • 2000 – 10th place
  • 2001 – 15th place
  • 2002 – 22nd place (3rd in "Group B")
  • 2003 – 20th place (2nd in "Group B")
  • 2004 – 20th place (2nd in "Group A")
  • 2005 – 17th place (Won "Group A")
  • 2006 – 11th place
  • 2007 – 14th place
  • 2008 – 8th place
  • 2009 – 11th place
  • 2010 – 9th place
  • 2011 – 6th place
  • 2012 – 8th place
  • 2013 – 10th place

Team[edit]

2012 World Championship roster[edit]

The following is the Norwegian roster for the 2012 IIHF World Championship.[11]

Skaters[edit]

Number Position Player Club League
5 D Kaunismäki, JuhaJuha Kaunismäki Stavanger Oilers GET
6 D Holøs, JonasJonas Holøs Växjö Lakers SEL
8 F Hansen, MadsMads Hansen Brynäs SEL
9 F Holtet, MariusMarius Holtet Färjestad SEL
10 F Spets, Lars ErikLars Erik Spets Lørenskog GET
15 F Kristiansen, TommyTommy Kristiansen HV71 SEL
19 F Skrøder, Per-ÅgePer-Åge Skrøder Modo SEL
20 F Bastiansen, AndersAnders Bastiansen Färjestad SEL
21 F Ask, MortenMorten Ask Vålerenga IF GET
22 F Røymark, MartinMartin Røymark Färjestads BK SEL
23 D Trygg, MatsMats Trygg HV71 SEL
24 F Martinsen, AndreasAndreas Martinsen Düsseldorfer EG DEL
26 F Forsberg, KristianKristian Forsberg Modo SEL
37 D Løkken Østli, LarsLars Løkken Østli Storhamar Dragons GET
39 D Solberg, HenrikHenrik Solberg Stavanger Oilers GET
40 F Olimb, Ken AndréKen André Olimb BIK Karlskoga HockeyAllsvenskan
41 F Thoresen, PatrickPatrick Thoresen SKA Saint Petersburg KHL
46 F Olimb, MathisMathis Olimb Frölunda SEL
47 D Bonsaksen, AlexanderAlexander Bonsaksen Rögle SEL
51 F Rosseli Olsen, MatsMats Rosseli Olsen Frölunda SEL
55 D Tollefsen, Ole-KristianOle-Kristian Tollefsen Färjestads BK SEL

Goaltenders[edit]

Number Player Club League
30 Haugen, LarsLars Haugen Dinamo Minsk KHL
33 Grotnes, PålPål Grotnes Stjernen GET
34 Volden, LarsLars Volden Jokipojat Joensuu Mestis

2010 Olympics roster[edit]

The following is the Norwegian roster in the men's ice hockey tournament of the 2010 Winter Olympics.[12] view

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Birthplace 2009–10 team
33 G Grotnes, PalPål Grotnes 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) 7 March 1977 Lørenskog Stjernen (GET)
34 G Lysenstoen, AndreAndré Lysenstøen 194 cm (6 ft 4 in) 7002112000000000000112 kg (247 lb) 27 October 1988 Oslo HeKi (Mestis)
30 G Smith, RubenRuben Smith 182 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700175000000000000075 kg (165 lb) 15 April 1984 Stavanger Storhamar Dragons (GET)
47 D Bonsaksen, AlexanderAlexander Bonsaksen 181 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700183000000000000083 kg (183 lb) 24 January 1987 Oslo Modo (SEL)
6 D Holos, JonasJonas Holøs 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) 27 August 1987 Sarpsborg Färjestad (SEL)
7 D Jakobsen, TommyTommy JakobsenC 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) 700183000000000000083 kg (183 lb) 10 December 1970 Oslo Lørenskog (GET)
5 D Kaunismaki, JuhaJuha Kaunismäki 187 cm (6 ft 2 in) 700188000000000000088 kg (194 lb) 6 May 1979 Helsinki, Finland Stavanger Oilers (GET)
36 D Lund, Lars ErikLars Erik Lund 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb) 25 July 1974 Oslo Vålerenga (GET)
55 D Tollefsen, Ole-KristianOle-Kristian Tollefsen 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) 700196000000000000096 kg (212 lb) 29 March 1984 Oslo Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
23 D Trygg, MatsMats TryggA 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) 700182000000000000082 kg (181 lb) 1 June 1976 Oslo Kölner Haie (DEL)
42 F Andersen, Jonas SolbergJonas Solberg Andersen 184 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 8 March 1981 Sarpsborg Sparta Warriors (GET)
20 F Bastiansen, AndersAnders Bastiansen 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) 700197000000000000097 kg (214 lb) 31 October 1980 Oslo Färjestad (SEL)
26 F Forsberg, KristianKristian Forsberg 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) 5 May 1986 Oslo Modo (SEL)
8 F Hansen, MadsMads HansenA 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (200 lb) 16 September 1978 Oslo Brynäs (SEL)
9 F Holtet, MariusMarius Holtet 183 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700181000000000000081 kg (179 lb) 31 August 1984 Hamar Färjestad (SEL)
10 F Spets, Lars ErikLars Erik Spets 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) 700182000000000000082 kg (181 lb) 2 April 1985 Trondheim Vålerenga (GET)
46 F Olimb, MathisMathis Olimb 179 cm (5 ft 10 in) 700179000000000000079 kg (174 lb) 1 February 1986 Oslo Frölunda (SEL)
22 F Roymark, MartinMartin Røymark 184 cm (6 ft 0 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb) 10 November 1986 Oslo Frölunda (SEL)
19 F Skroder, Per-AgePer-Åge Skrøder 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700192000000000000092 kg (203 lb) 4 August 1978 Sarpsborg Modo (SEL)
41 F Thoresen, PatrickPatrick Thoresen 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb) 7 November 1983 Oslo Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
29 F Vikingstad, ToreTore Vikingstad 191 cm (6 ft 3 in) 700193000000000000093 kg (205 lb) 8 October 1975 Trondheim Hannover Scorpions (DEL)
35 F Ylven, Martin LaumannMartin Laumann Ylven 190 cm (6 ft 3 in) 700192000000000000092 kg (203 lb) 22 December 1988 Oslo Linköping (SEL)
48 F Zuccarello Aasen, MatsMats Zuccarello Aasen 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) 700173000000000000073 kg (161 lb) 1 September 1987 Oslo Modo (SEL)

Forward Morten Ask was initially selected, but was injured and replaced by Jonas Solberg Andersen.[13]

Individual all-time records[edit]

  Still active players are highlighted

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Langholm, Dag (1984). Norsk ishockey gjennom 50 år. Norwegian Ice Hockey Association. 

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Langholm, Dag (1984). Norsk ishockey gjennom 50 år. pp. 39–40. 
  2. ^ "Norway". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  3. ^ Langholm, Dag (1984). Norsk ishockey gjennom 50 år. pp. 59–62. 
  4. ^ Langholm, Dag (1984). Norsk ishockey gjennom 50 år. pp. 71–72. 
  5. ^ Langholm, Dag (1984). Norsk ishockey gjennom 50 år. pp. 97–101. 
  6. ^ Langholm, Dag (1984). Norsk ishockey gjennom 50 år. p. 97. 
  7. ^ a b c d Langholm, Dag (1984). Norsk ishockey gjennom 50 år. pp. 105–112. 
  8. ^ a b c Langholm, Dag (1984). Norsk ishockey gjennom 50 år. pp. 115–126. 
  9. ^ "Berettning A-Landslaget 1983–1984". Norwegian Ice Hockey Association (in Norwegian). 2005-08-30. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  10. ^ "Seniorlandslagene 1984/1985". Norwegian Ice Hockey Association (in Norwegian). 2005-06-26. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  11. ^ "Team Roster as of 4 May 2012 – Norway". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  12. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey: Team Norway Tournamement Standings and Statistics". International Olympic Committee. 
  13. ^ "Men's rosters announced". International Ice Hockey Federation. 15 February 2010. 

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