Latvia men's national ice hockey team

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Latvia
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationLatvian Ice Hockey Federation
Head coachBob Hartley
AssistantsArtis Ābols
Jacques Cloutier
Edgars Masaļskis
Aigars Cipruss
Ronalds Ozoliņš
Juris Klodāns
Raivis Miezāns
Ģirts Ankipāns
CaptainLauris Dārziņš
Home stadiumArēna Rīga
Team colors         
IIHF codeLAT
Latvia national hockey team jerseys - 2014 Winter Olympics.png
Ranking
Current IIHF10th (as of may 23rd, 2019)
Highest IIHF9 (first in 2005)
Lowest IIHF13 (first in 2015)
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
Appearances26 (first in 1933)
Best result7th (1997, 2004, 2009)
IIHF European Championships
Appearances1
Best result8th (1932)
Olympics
Appearances5 (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 10th in the world by IIHF as of 2019. 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 2018 World Championship the team finished 8th. 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[edit]

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, 2019
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[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

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[edit]

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
Czechoslovakia 1933 Prague 4 1 0 3 3 9 Arvīds Jurgens Finished in 10th place
Switzerland 1935 Davos 5 1 0 4 11 25 Leonīds Vedējs Finished in 13th place
Czechoslovakia 1938 Prague 4 1 0 3 4 8 Leonīds Vedējs Finished tied in 10th place
Switzerland 1939 Zürich/Basel 3 1 0 2 6 21 Larry Marsh Leonīds Vedējs Finished in 10th place
Slovenia 1993 Bled/Ljubljana (Group C) 7 6 1 0 101 9 Helmuts Balderis Finished in 21st place (Won Group C)
Denmark 1994 Copenhagen/Aalborg (Group B) 7 6 0 1 61 9 Helmuts Balderis Konstantīns Grigorjevs Finished in 14th place (2nd in Group B)
Slovakia 1995 Bratislava (Group B) 7 6 0 1 65 16 Ēvalds Grabovskis Oļegs Znaroks 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 Harijs Vītoliņš 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
Slovakia 2019 Bratislava/Košice 7 3 0 0 4 21 20 Bob Hartley Lauris Dārziņš Finished in 10th place

European Championship[edit]

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

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.[2][3]

Head coach: Bob Hartley

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
10 F Lauris DārziņšC 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1985-01-28)28 January 1985 (aged 34) Latvia Dinamo Riga
11 D Kristaps SotnieksA 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1987-01-29)29 January 1987 (aged 32) Latvia Dinamo Riga
12 F Rihards Marenis 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1993-04-18)18 April 1993 (aged 26) Latvia Dinamo Riga
14 F Rihards Bukarts 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1995-12-31)31 December 1995 (aged 23) Germany Düsseldorfer EG
17 F Mārtiņš Dzierkals 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1997-04-04)4 April 1997 (aged 22) Latvia Dinamo Riga
18 F Rodrigo Ābols 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1996-01-05)5 January 1996 (aged 23) Sweden Örebro HK
21 F Rūdolfs Balcers 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 79 kg (174 lb) (1997-04-08)8 April 1997 (aged 22) Canada Ottawa Senators
23 F Teodors Bļugers 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1994-08-15)15 August 1994 (aged 24) United States Pittsburgh Penguins
26 D Uvis Jānis Balinskis 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1996-08-01)1 August 1996 (aged 22) Latvia Dinamo Riga
27 D Oskars Cibuļskis 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1988-04-09)9 April 1988 (aged 31) Czech Republic Mountfield HK
29 D Ralfs Freibergs 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1991-05-17)17 May 1991 (aged 27) Czech Republic PSG Berani Zlín
30 G Elvis Merzļikins 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1994-04-13)13 April 1994 (aged 25) United States Columbus Blue Jackets
31 G Gustavs Dāvis Grigals 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1998-07-22)22 July 1998 (aged 20) United States Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks
32 D Artūrs Kulda 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1988-07-25)25 July 1988 (aged 30) Russia Severstal Cherepovets
49 F Emīls Ģēģeris 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1999-07-23)23 July 1999 (aged 19) Latvia Dinamo Riga
50 G Kristers Gudļevskis 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1992-07-31)31 July 1992 (aged 26) Latvia Dinamo Riga
58 D Guntis Galviņš 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 98 kg (216 lb) (1986-01-25)25 January 1986 (aged 33) Czech Republic HC Oceláři Třinec
70 F Miks Indrašis 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1990-09-30)30 September 1990 (aged 28) Russia HC Dynamo Moscow
71 F Roberts BukartsA 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1990-06-27)27 June 1990 (aged 28) Czech Republic HC Vítkovice Ridera
72 D Jānis Jaks 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1995-08-22)22 August 1995 (aged 23) United States American International College
77 D Kristaps Zīle 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1997-12-24)24 December 1997 (aged 21) Latvia Dinamo Riga
87 F Gints Meija 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1987-09-04)4 September 1987 (aged 31) Latvia Dinamo Riga
91 F Ronalds Ķēniņš 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1991-02-28)28 February 1991 (aged 28) Switzerland Lausanne HC
95 F Oskars Batņa 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 106 kg (234 lb) (1995-07-07)7 July 1995 (aged 23) Latvia Dinamo Riga
96 F Māris Bičevskis 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1991-08-03)3 August 1991 (aged 27) Czech Republic Mountfield HK

Coaching history[edit]

Coach GP W T L GD P-ts
1939 Canada Larry Marsh[4][5] 3 1 0 2 6:21 n/a
1992–1999 Russia Leonīds Beresņevs 56 36 7 13 275:143 79
1999–2001 Latvia Haralds Vasiļjevs 32 12 8 12 81:76 32
2001–2004 Sweden Curt Lindström 65 32 8 25 202:161 72
2004–2006 Russia Leonīds Beresņevs 32 25 3 14 112:113 53
2006 Russia Petr Vorobiev 11 4 16 25:35 9
2007–2011 Germany Oļegs Znaroks
2011–2014 Canada Ted Nolan
2015 Latvia Aleksandrs Beļavskis 7 0 2 5 11:25 5
2016 Russia Leonīds Beresņevs 7 1 3 3 13:22 6
2016 Latvia Haralds Vasiļjevs 3 2 0 1 13:5 6
2017– Canada Bob Hartley 15 6 4 5 32:37 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Includes Olympics, World Championships, World Cups, Canada Cups and Summit Series.
  2. ^ "Nosaukts Latvijas nacionālās hokeja izlases sastāvs pēdējām pārbaudes spēlēm ar Šveici". lhf.lv. 30 April 2019.
  3. ^ 2019 IIHF World Championship roster
  4. ^ "Ted Nolan to coach Latvia". webarchive.iihf.com. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  5. ^ Zariņš, Viesturs (4 May 2006). "Latvia's hockey history spans a century". Latvians Online. Retrieved 11 April 2019.

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