Latvia men's national ice hockey team

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Latvia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Latvian Ice Hockey Federation
Head coach Bob Hartley
Assistants Artis Ābols
Jacques Cloutier
Kārlis Zirnis
Captain Kaspars Daugaviņš
Most games Rodrigo Laviņš (230)
Top scorer Leonīds Tambijevs (66)
Most points Leonīds Tambijevs (150)
Home stadium Arena Riga
Team colors               
IIHF code LAT
Latvia national hockey team jerseys - 2014 Winter Olympics.png
Ranking
Current IIHF 12 Decrease2
Highest IIHF 9 (first in 2005)
Lowest IIHF 12 (first in 2010)
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)
192–160–39

The Latvian men's national ice hockey team represents Latvia in international ice hockey. The team is currently ranked 12th in the world by IIHF as of 2016. 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 2014 World Championship the team finished 11th. Latvia reached the quarterfinals at the 2014 Winter Olympics, losing 2–1 to Canada. Latvia has 6,699 registered players (0.34% 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, 2017
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
1936 Garmisch- Partenkirchen 3 0 3 0 3 27  ? Leonīds Vedējs 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  ? Arvīds Jurgens Finished in 10th place
Italy 1934 Milan Did not participate
Switzerland 1935 Davos 5 1 0 4 11 25  ? Leonīds Vedējs 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 Larry Marsh  ? Finished in 10th place
World Championships not held from 1940–1946 during World War II
Did not participate from 1947–1992. Latvia was a part of USSR
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  ? Finished in 14th place (2nd in Group B)
Slovakia 1995 Bratislava (Group B) 7 6 0 1 65 16 Ēvalds Grabovskis  ? 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  ? 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

European Championship[edit]

  • 1932 – Finished in 8th place

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2017 IIHF World Championship.[2]

Head coach: Bob Hartley

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
4 D Bindulis, KristofersKristofers Bindulis 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1995-09-17) September 17, 1995 (age 21) United States Lake Superior State Lakers
5 F Sprukts, JānisJānis SpruktsA 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 102 kg (225 lb) (1982-01-31) January 31, 1982 (age 35) Italy Ritten Sport
11 D Sotnieks, KristapsKristaps Sotnieks 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1987-01-29) January 29, 1987 (age 30) Russia HC Lada Togliatti
13 F Skvorcovs, GunārsGunārs Skvorcovs 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1990-01-13) January 13, 1990 (age 27) Latvia Dinamo Riga
14 F Bukarts, RihardsRihards Bukarts 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1995-12-31) December 31, 1995 (age 21) United States Springfield Thunderbirds
16 F Daugaviņš, KasparsKaspars DaugaviņšC 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1988-05-18) May 18, 1988 (age 29) Russia Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
23 F Bļugers, TeodorsTeodors Bļugers 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1994-08-15)August 15, 1994 (aged 22) United States Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
25 F Džeriņš, AndrisAndris Džeriņš 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1988-02-14) February 14, 1988 (age 29) Czech Republic Mountfield HK
26 D Balinskis, Uvis JānisUvis Jānis Balinskis 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 76 kg (168 lb) (1996-08-01) August 1, 1996 (age 20) Latvia Dinamo Riga
27 D Cibuļskis, OskarsOskars Cibuļskis 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1988-04-09) April 9, 1988 (age 29) Latvia Dinamo Riga
28 F Girgensons, ZemgusZemgus Girgensons 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1994-01-05) January 5, 1994 (age 23) United States Buffalo Sabres
29 D Freibergs, RalfsRalfs Freibergs 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1991-05-17) May 17, 1991 (age 26) Latvia Dinamo Riga
30 G Merzļikins, ElvisElvis Merzļikins 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1994-04-13) April 13, 1994 (age 23) Switzerland HC Lugano
32 D Kulda, ArtūrsArtūrs KuldaA 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1988-07-25) July 25, 1988 (age 28) Finland Jokerit
41 F Razgals, FrenksFrenks Razgals 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1996-08-08) August 8, 1996 (age 20) Latvia HK Rīga
58 D Galviņš, GuntisGuntis Galviņš 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1986-01-25) January 25, 1986 (age 31) Latvia Dinamo Riga
70 F Indrašis, MiksMiks Indrašis 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1990-09-30) September 30, 1990 (age 26) Latvia Dinamo Riga
71 F Bukarts, RobertsRoberts Bukarts 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1990-06-27) June 27, 1990 (age 26) Czech Republic PSG Zlín
72 D Jaks, JānisJānis Jaks 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1995-08-22) August 22, 1995 (age 21) United States American International Yellow Jackets
74 G Punnenovs, IvarsIvars Punnenovs 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1994-05-30) May 30, 1994 (age 22) Switzerland SCL Tigers
79 F Pavlovs, VitalijsVitalijs Pavlovs 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 100 kg (220 lb) (1989-06-17) June 17, 1989 (age 27) Latvia Dinamo Riga
87 F Meija, GintsGints Meija 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1987-09-04) September 4, 1987 (age 29) Latvia Dinamo Riga
91 F Ķēniņš, RonaldsRonalds Ķēniņš 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1994-07-29) July 29, 1994 (age 22) Switzerland ZSC Lions
96 F Bičevskis, MārisMāris Bičevskis 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1991-08-03) August 3, 1991 (age 25) Latvia Dinamo Riga
98 G Kalniņš, JānisJānis Kalniņš 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1991-12-13) December 13, 1991 (age 25) Latvia Dinamo Riga

[3][better source needed]===Coaching history===

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
2014-2015 Aleksandrs Beļavskis
2016 Leonīds Beresņevs
2016 Haralds Vasiļjevs
2017-present Bob Hartley 7 3 0 4 14:18

[4][better source needed]===Coaching history===

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
2014-2015 Aleksandrs Beļavskis
2016 Leonīds Beresņevs
2016 Haralds Vasiļjevs
2017-present Bob Hartley 7 3 0 4 14:18 10

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
2014-2015 Aleksandrs Beļavskis
2016 Leonīds Beresņevs
2016 Haralds Vasiļjevs
2017-present Bob Hartley 7 3 0 4 14:18 10

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Includes Olympics, World Championships, World Cups, Canada Cups and Summit Series.
  2. ^ 2017 IIHF World Championship roster
  3. ^ 2017 IIHF World Championship
  4. ^ 2017 IIHF World Championship

External links[edit]