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 Petter Thoresen
Assistants Per-Erik Alcen
Sjur Robert Nilsen
Knut Jorgen Stubdal
Captain Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
Most games Tommy Jakobsen (135)
IIHF code NOR
IIHF ranking 11 Steady
Highest IIHF ranking 8 (2012)
Lowest IIHF ranking 21 (2004)
Team colors               
Norway national hockey team jerseys - 2014 Winter Olympics.png
First international
 Czechoslovakia 7–0 Norway 
(London, England; 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)
352–634–112

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 Petter Thoresen.

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]

Tournament record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

World Championship[edit]

  • 1937 – 9th place
  • 1938 – 13th place
  • 1940–1945 – World War II
  • 1949 – 8th place
  • 1950 – 6th place
  • 1951 – 4th place
  • 1954 – 8th place
  • 1956 – 12th place (2nd in "Pool B")
  • 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
  • 2014 – 12th place
  • 2015 – 11th place
  • 2016 – 10th place

Team[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship.[11]

Head coach: Petter Thoresen

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
4 D Johannessen, JohannesJohannes Johannessen 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1997-03-01) March 1, 1997 (age 19) Norway Stavanger Oilers
6 D Holøs, JonasJonas Holøs 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1987-08-27) August 27, 1987 (age 28) Sweden Färjestad BK
8 F Trettenes, MathiasMathias Trettenes 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 76 kg (168 lb) (1993-11-08) November 8, 1993 (age 22) Norway Stavanger Oilers
10 D Nørstebø, MattiasMattias Nørstebø 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1995-06-03) June 3, 1995 (age 21) Sweden Brynäs IF
11 F Stene, AndreasAndreas Stene 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1991-03-01) March 1, 1991 (age 25) Sweden Mora IK
12 F Haga, MichaelMichael Haga 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 77 kg (170 lb) (1992-03-10) March 10, 1992 (age 24) Sweden Almtuna IS
14 D Sveum, DennisDennis Sveum 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1986-11-27) November 27, 1986 (age 29) Norway Stavanger Oilers
20 F Bastiansen, AndersAnders BastiansenA 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1980-10-31) October 31, 1980 (age 35) Norway Frisk Asker Ishockey
21 F Ask, MortenMorten Ask 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1980-05-14) May 14, 1980 (age 36) Norway Vålerenga Ishockey
22 F Røymark, MartinMartin Røymark 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1986-11-10) November 10, 1986 (age 29) Sweden Färjestad BK
23 D Trygg, MatsMats TryggA 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1976-06-01) June 1, 1976 (age 40) Norway Lørenskog IK
24 F Martinsen, AndreasAndreas Martinsen 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 100 kg (220 lb) (1990-06-13) June 13, 1990 (age 26) United States Colorado Avalanche
26 F Forsberg, KristianKristian Forsberg 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1986-05-05) May 5, 1986 (age 30) Norway Stavanger Oilers
28 F Roest, NiklasNiklas Roest 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1986-08-03) August 3, 1986 (age 30) Norway Sparta Warriors
29 F Dahlstrøm, RobinRobin Dahlstrøm 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 100 kg (220 lb) (1988-01-29) January 29, 1988 (age 28) Norway Lørenskog IK
30 G Haugen, LarsLars Haugen 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1987-03-19) March 19, 1987 (age 29) Sweden Färjestad BK
31 G Volden, LarsLars Volden 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1992-07-26) July 26, 1992 (age 24) Sweden Rögle BK
36 F Zuccarello, MatsMats Zuccarello 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) 74 kg (163 lb) (1987-09-01) September 1, 1987 (age 28) United States New York Rangers
40 F Olimb, Ken AndréKen André Olimb 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1989-01-21) January 21, 1989 (age 27) Germany Düsseldorfer EG
42 D Ødegaard, HenrikHenrik Ødegaard 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 89 kg (196 lb) (1988-02-12) February 12, 1988 (age 28) Norway Lørenskog IK
46 F Olimb, MathisMathis Olimb 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 79 kg (174 lb) (1986-02-01) February 1, 1986 (age 30) Finland Jokerit
51 F Olsen, Mats RosseliMats Rosseli Olsen 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1991-04-29) April 29, 1991 (age 25) Sweden Frölunda HC
55 D Tollefsen, Ole-KristianOle-Kristian TollefsenC 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1984-03-29) March 29, 1984 (age 32) Sweden Färjestad BK
70 G Søberg, SteffenSteffen Søberg 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 78 kg (172 lb) (1993-08-06) August 6, 1993 (age 23) Norway Vålerenga Ishockey
93 F Olsen, Thomas ValkvæThomas Valkvæ Olsen 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1993-05-18) May 18, 1993 (age 23) Norway Frisk Asker Ishockey

Individual all-time records[edit]

  Still active players are highlighted

Most matches played[edit]

Player Time Matches Club on debut
Tommy Jakobsen (D) 1992–2010 139 Furuset
Mats Trygg (D) 1999–present 122 Manglerud Star
Jim Marthinsen (G) 1980–1995 114 Vålerenga
Thor Martinsen (D) 1964–1980 113 Frisk Tigers
Per-Åge Skrøder (F) 1999–present 113 Lillehammer
Mads Hansen (F) 2000-present 110 Storhamar
Erik Kristiansen (F) 1983–1994 97 Storhamar
Ole Eskild Dahlstrøm (F) 1989–2005 96 Furuset
Petter Thoresen (F) 1980–1995 96 Vålerenga
Petter Salsten (D) 1987–1995 92 Furuset
Tore Vikingstad (F) 1995–2010 88 Stjernen
Trond Magnussen (F) 1992–2004 88 Stjernen
Ørjan Løvdal (F) 1983–1995 83 Stjernen
Marius Trygg (F) 1999–present 82 Manglerud Star
Robert Schistad (G) 1991–2000 82 Viking
Morten Ask (F) 2000-present 82 Vålerenga

Last updated: 4 January 2015
Source: hockey.no

Other notable players[edit]

Note: Still active players are bolded

References[edit]

  1. ^ Langholm, Dag (1984). Norsk ishockey gjennom 50 år. pp. 39–40. 
  2. ^ "Norway". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  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). 30 August 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Seniorlandslagene 1984/1985". Norwegian Ice Hockey Association (in Norwegian). 26 June 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  11. ^ 2016 roster
  • Langholm, Dag (1984). Norsk ishockey gjennom 50 år. Norwegian Ice Hockey Association. 

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