IHLC Team Profiles – ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia (Men’s)

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๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป LATVIA (LAT) Menโ€™s National Ice Hockey Team (1932-40, 1991-)
1ย win, 1ย reign, 1ย game with IHLC – ranked 23rd
IHLC last held 13 April 2003

Latvia emerged as an IHLC contender in the 1930s, playing for the IHLC first in 1935, and then again in 1936 before being annexed by the Soviet Union in 1941. It was not until the dissolution of the USSR in 1991 that the Latvians began to emerge as a contender once again, with NHLers likeย Artลซrs Irbeย andย Sandis Ozoliล†ลกย leading the way for younger players to develop and mature. Latvia won its first and only IHLC from Finland in 2003, only holding the title for a single day – however, Latvia continues to improve, nearly winning the IHLC from Canada in a stunning performance at the 2014 Olympics, and will look to improve upon its small blip in IHLC history.

IHLC GAMES
Total IHLC Games Played: 29
First IHLC Game:
ย 14-0 loss vs. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN, 20 Jan 1935
Only IHLC Win:ย 5-2 win vs. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ FIN, 12 Apr 2003
Latestย IHLC Game: 3-1 loss vs. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ FIN, 11 Feb 2022
Largest IHLC Defeat:ย 14-0 loss vs. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN, 20 Jan 1935
Longest IHLC Winless Streak: 16 games (13 Apr 2003 – 11 Feb 2022)

IHLCย HOSTING
IHLC Games Hosted:
25
First Game Hosted:ย ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ปย LAT 5-2 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ, 12 Apr 2003 (Rฤซga)
Latest Game Hosted:
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 3-2 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ (OT), 06 Jun 2021 (Rฤซga)
Major Tournaments Hosted:ย World Championship (2: 2006, 2021)

MAJOR TOURNAMENT RECORDS
Best IIHF World Championship Result:
ย 7th (3: 1997, 2004, 2009)
Best Olympic Games Result:ย 8th (1: 2014)
Best Canada / World Cup Result:ย n/a

COMPETITIVE IHLC RECORDS
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CANADA: 0 wins, 6 losses, 0 ties
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟย CZECHIA: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย FINLAND: 1 win, 3 losses, 0 ties
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย RUSSIA: 0 wins, 2 losses, 0 ties
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย SLOVAKIA: 0 wins, 7 losses, 1 tie
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย SWEDEN: 0 wins, 3 losses, 1 tie
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย SWITZERLAND: 0 wins, 3 losses, 0 ties
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย UNITED STATES: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties

COMPLETE IHLC HISTORY
01. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 14-0 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 20 Jan 1935 โ€“ WC โ€“ Davos ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
02. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 11-0 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 07 Feb 1936 โ€“ OG โ€“ Garmisch-Partenkirchen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
03. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย SVK 7-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 02 Sep 1993 โ€“ OQ โ€“ Sheffield ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
04. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย SWE 1-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 02 May 1997 โ€“ WC โ€“ Turku ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
05. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญย SUI 5-3 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 01 May 1999 โ€“ WC โ€“ Oslo ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
06. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย SWE 4-3 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 05 May 1999 โ€“ WC โ€“ Oslo ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
07.ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ CZEย 3-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 11 May 2000 โ€“ WC โ€“ Saint Petersburg ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
08. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย SVK 3-0 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 18 Apr 2001 โ€“ EX โ€“ Liptovskรฝ Mikulรกลก ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
09. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย SVK 2-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 19 Apr 2001 โ€“ EX โ€“ Liptovskรฝ Mikulรกลก ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
10. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย SWE 5-2 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 29 Apr 2001 โ€“ WC โ€“ Cologne ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
11. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 4-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 27 Apr 2002 โ€“ WC โ€“ Karlstad ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
12. ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ปย LAT 5-2 FIN ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ โ€“ 12 Apr 2003 โ€“ EX โ€“ Rฤซga ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
13. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย FIN 2-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 13 Apr 2003 โ€“ EX โ€“ Rฤซga ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
14. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย SVK 2-0 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 14 Apr 2004 โ€“ EX โ€“ Rฤซga ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
15. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย SVK 3-3 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 15 Apr 2004 โ€“ EX โ€“ Rฤซga ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
16. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 2-0 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 30 Apr 2004 โ€“ WC โ€“ Prague ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
17. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย USA 3-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 03 May 2005 โ€“ WC โ€“ Innsbruck ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น
18. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย SVK 6-3 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 16 Feb 2006 โ€“ OG โ€“ Turin ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
19. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย FIN 5-0 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 07 May 2006 โ€“ WC โ€“ Rฤซga ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
20. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย RUS 6-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 03 May 2009 โ€“ WC โ€“ Bern ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
21. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 10 May 2010 โ€“ WC โ€“ Mannheim ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
22. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 2-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 19 Feb 2014 โ€“ OG โ€“ Sochi ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
23. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช SWE 8-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 04 May 2015 โ€“ WC โ€“ Prague ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
24.ย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย SVK 4-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 20 Apr 2018 โ€“ EHC โ€“ Michalovce ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
25.ย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐย SVK 4-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 21 Apr 2018 โ€“ EHC โ€“ Poprad ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
26. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUS 3-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 18 May 2019 โ€“ WC โ€“ Bratislava ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
27. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ SUI 3-0 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 14 May 2021 โ€“ EHC โ€“ Rฤซga ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
28. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ SUI 2-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป โ€“ 15 May 2021 โ€“ EHC โ€“ Rฤซga ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป
29. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ FIN 3-1 LAT ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ปย โ€“ 11 Feb 2022 โ€“ OG โ€“ Beijingย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Photo Credit:ย ESPNย –ย IIHFย –ย HHOFย –ย IOC

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