France men's national ice hockey team

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France
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Bleus (The Blues)
AssociationFédération Française de Hockey sur Glace
Head coachPhilippe Bozon
AssistantsRené Matte
Yorick Treille
CaptainDamien Fleury
Most gamesDenis Perez (297)
Most pointsPhilippe Bozon (170)
Team colors              
IIHF codeFRA
France national ice hockey team jerseys 2016.png
Ranking
Current IIHF13 Steady (26 May 2019)[1]
Highest IIHF12 (first in 2014)
Lowest IIHF19 (first in 2006)
First international
Belgium  3–0  France
(Brussels, Belgium; 4 March 1905)
Biggest win
France  24–1  North Korea
(Budapest, Hungary; 15 March 1983)
Biggest defeat
United States  22–0  France
(Chamonix, France; 30 January 1924)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances57 (first in 1930)
Best result6th (1930)
European Championships
Appearances4 (first in 1923)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg (1924)
Olympics
Appearances10 (first in 1920)
International record (W–L–T)
368–487–92

The France men's national ice hockey team has participated in the IIHF European Championships, the IIHF World Hockey Championships and the Olympic Games.[2] As of 2016, it is ranked 14th in the world in the IIHF World Rankings. The team is overseen by the Fédération Française de Hockey sur Glace. Notable recent wins include upsets against Russia at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, and a triumphant 5–1 over Finland as the tournament host of 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Patrick Francheterre coached the national team in 1985 and 1986, then managed the team from 1993 to 1997 and from 2004 to 2014, and received the Paul Loicq Award in 2017.[3]

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

The French team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • 1920 – Finished in 5th place
  • 1924 – Finished tied for 5th place
  • 1928 – Finished in 6th place
  • 1936 – Finished tied in 9th place
  • 1968 – Finished in 14th place
  • 1988 – Finished in 11th place
  • 1992 – Finished in 8th place
  • 1994 – Finished in 10th place
  • 1998 – Finished in 11th place
  • 2002 – Finished in 14th place

World Championship[edit]

See: Ice Hockey World Championships and List of IIHF World Championship medalists
Note: Between 1920 and 1968, the Olympic hockey tournament was also considered the World Championship for that year.[citation needed] World Championship tournaments were not held in the Olympic years of 1980, 1984, and 1988.[4]
  • 1930 – Finished tied for 6th place
  • 1931 – Finished in 9th place
  • 1934 – Finished in 11th place
  • 1935 – Finished in 7th place
  • 1937 – Finished in 7th place
  • 1950 – Finished in 9th place
  • 1951 – Finished in 9th place (2nd in the "B" Pool)
  • 1952 – Finished in 15th place (6th in the "B" Pool)
  • 1953 – Finished in 8th place (5th in the "B" Pool)
  • 1961 – Finished in 16th place (2nd in the "C" Pool)
  • 1962 – Finished in 11th place (3rd in the "B" Pool)
  • 1963 – Finished in 14th place (6th in the "B" Pool)
  • 1965 – Finished in 17th place (9th in the "B" Pool)
  • 1966 – Finished in 20th place (4th in the "C" Pool)
  • 1967 – Finished in 20th place (4th in the "C" Pool)
  • 1968 – Finished in 14th place (6th in the "B" Pool)
  • 1970 – Finished in 18th place (4th in the "C" Pool)
  • 1971 – Finished in 16th place (2nd in the "C" Pool)
  • 1973 – Finished in 20th place (6th in the "C" Pool)
  • 1974 – Finished in 19th place (5th in the "C" Pool)
  • 1975 – Finished in 19th place (5th in the "C" Pool)
  • 1976 – Finished in 19th place (3rd in the "C" Pool)
  • 1977 – Finished in 21st place (4th in the "C" Pool)
  • 1978 – Finished in 22nd place (6th in the "C" Pool)
  • 1979 – Finished in 21st place (3rd in the "C" Pool)
  • 1981 – Finished in 21st place (5th in the "C" Pool)
  • 1982 – Finished in 20th place (4th in the "C" Pool)
  • 1983 – Finished in 21st place (5th in the "C" Pool)
  • 1985 – Finished in 17th place (1st in the "C" Pool)
  • 1986 – Finished in 12th place (4th in the "B" Pool)
  • 1987 – Finished in 12th place (4th in the "B" Pool)
  • 1989 – Finished in 11th place (3rd in the "B" Pool)
  • 1990 – Finished in 12th place (4th in the "B" Pool)
  • 1991 – Finished in 11th place (3rd in the "B" Pool)
  • 1992 – Finished in 11th place
  • 1993 – Finished in 12th place
  • 1994 – Finished in 10th place
  • 1995 – Finished in 8th place
  • 1996 – Finished in 11th place
  • 1997 – Finished in 11th place
  • 1998 – Finished in 13th place
  • 1999 – Finished in 15th place
  • 2000 – Finished in 15th place
  • 2001 – Finished in 20th place (2nd in Division I, Group A)
  • 2002 – Finished in 19th place (2nd in Div. I, Group A)
  • 2003 – Finished in 18th place (1st in Div. I, Group B)
  • 2004 – Finished in 16th place
  • 2005 – Finished in 20th place (2nd in Div. I, Group B)
  • 2006 – Finished in 20th place (2nd in Div. I, Group A)
  • 2007 – Finished in 18th place (1st in Div. I, Group A)
  • 2008 – Finished in 14th place
  • 2009 – Finished in 12th place
  • 2010 – Finished in 14th place
  • 2011 – Finished in 12th place
  • 2012 – Finished in 9th place
  • 2013 – Finished in 13th place
  • 2014 – Finished in 8th place
  • 2015 – Finished in 12th place
  • 2016 – Finished in 14th place
  • 2017 – Finished in 9th place
  • 2018 – Finished in 12th place
  • 2019 – Finished in 15th place (relegated to Division I)

European Championship[edit]

Games GP W T L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
1910–1922 Did not participate.
Belgium 1923 Antwerp 4 3 0 1 13 8 ? ? Round-robin 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Italy 1924 Milan 3 3 0 0 17 1 ? ? Final 1st, gold medalist(s)
Czechoslovakia 1925 Štrbské Pleso, Starý Smokovec Did not participate.
Switzerland 1926 Davos 4 2 0 2 5 6 ? ? Second round 5th
Austria 1927 Wien Did not participate.
Hungary 1929 Budapest Did not participate.
Germany 1932 Berlin 4 2 2 0 10 4 ? ? Consolation Round 6th

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.[5][6]

Head coach: Philippe Bozon

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
3 D Jonathan Janil 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1987-09-24) 24 September 1987 (age 31) France Boxers de Bordeaux
4 D Antonin Manavian 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1987-04-26) 26 April 1987 (age 32) France Brûleurs de Loups
8 D Hugo Gallet 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 22) France Boxers de Bordeaux
9 F Damien FleuryC 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1986-02-01) 1 February 1986 (age 33) France Brûleurs de Loups
12 F Valentin ClaireauxA 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 28) Finland Vaasan Sport
13 F Peter Valier 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 26) France Boxers de Bordeaux
20 F Eliot Berthon 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1992-04-27) 27 April 1992 (age 27) Switzerland Genève-Servette HC
22 F Guillaume Leclerc 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 23) France Brûleurs de Loups
25 F Nicolas Ritz 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1992-02-26) 26 February 1992 (age 27) France Dragons de Rouen
35 G Henri-Corentin Buysse 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1988-03-18) 18 March 1988 (age 31) France Gothiques d'Amiens
37 G Sebastian Ylönen 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1991-07-03) 3 July 1991 (age 28) France Anglet Hormadi Élite
38 D Pierre Crinon 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 23) France Rapaces de Gap
44 D Olivier Dame-Malka 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1990-05-30) 30 May 1990 (age 29) France Nice hockey Côte d'Azur
49 G Florian Hardy 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1985-02-08) 8 February 1985 (age 34) France Ducs d'Angers
61 F Cédric Di Dio Balsamo 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1994-03-27) 27 March 1994 (age 25) France LHC Les Lions
62 D Florian Chakiachvili 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1992-03-18) 18 March 1992 (age 27) France Dragons de Rouen
63 F Alexandre Texier 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 19) United States Columbus Blue Jackets
71 F Anthony Guttig 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1988-10-30) 30 October 1988 (age 30) France Dragons de Rouen
72 F Jordann Perret 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1994-10-15) 15 October 1994 (age 24) Czech Republic HC Dynamo Pardubice
74 D Thomas Thiry 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 101 kg (223 lb) (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 21) Switzerland EV Zug
77 F Sacha Treille 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1987-11-06) 6 November 1987 (age 31) France Brûleurs de Loups
81 F Anthony Rech 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 27) Germany Schwenninger Wild Wings
82 F Charles Bertrand 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1991-02-05) 5 February 1991 (age 28) Switzerland HC Fribourg-Gottéron
84 D Kévin HecquefeuilleA 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1984-11-20) 20 November 1984 (age 34) France Scorpions de Mulhouse
94 F Tim Bozon 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 25) Switzerland Genève-Servette HC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ "France making more miracles – 2014 WM – International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF". iihfworlds2014.com. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ "IIHF Hall of Fame names 20th induction class". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  4. ^ "All Medalists: Men: IIHF World Championships". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  5. ^ "EDF - CM 2019. La liste des 25 Bleus pour Kosice". hockeyfrance.com. 6 May 2019.
  6. ^ 2019 IIHF World Championship roster

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