IHLC Team Profiles – Latvia (Men’s)

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🇱🇻 LATVIA (LAT) Men’s National Ice Hockey Team
1 win, 1 reign, 1 game with IHLC – ranked 22nd
IHLC last held April 13, 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 like Artūrs Irbe and Sandis Ozoliņš 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: 25
First IHLC Game:
 14-0 loss vs. 🇨🇦 CAN, Jan. 20, 1935
Only IHLC Win: 5-2 win vs. 🇫🇮 FIN, Apr. 12, 2003
Latest IHLC Game: 4-1 loss vs. 🇸🇰 SVK, Apr. 21, 2018
Largest IHLC Defeat: 14-0 loss vs. 🇨🇦 CAN, Jan. 20, 1935
Longest IHLC Winless Streak: 13 games (Apr. 13, 2003 – Apr. 21, 2018)

IHLC HOSTING
IHLC Games Hosted:
13
First Game Hosted: 🇱🇻 LAT 5-2 FIN 🇫🇮, Apr. 12, 2003 (Rīga)
Latest Game Hosted:
🇸🇪 SWE 4-0 CZE 🇨🇿, May 21, 2006 (Rīga)
Major Tournaments Hosted: World Championship (2: 2006, 2021 cohost)

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

COMPETITIVE IHLC RECORDS
🇨🇦 CANADA: 0 wins, 6 losses, 0 ties
🇨🇿 CZECHIA: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties
🇫🇮 FINLAND: 1 win, 2 losses, 0 ties
🇷🇺 RUSSIA: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties
🇸🇰 SLOVAKIA: 0 wins, 7 losses, 1 tie
🇸🇪 SWEDEN: 0 wins, 3 losses, 1 tie
🇨🇭 SWITZERLAND: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties
🇺🇸 UNITED STATES: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties

COMPLETE IHLC HISTORY
01. 🇨🇦 CAN 14-0 LAT 🇱🇻 – 01/20/1935 – WC – Davos 🇨🇭
02. 🇨🇦 CAN 11-0 LAT 🇱🇻 – 02/07/1936 – OG – Garmisch-Partenkirchen 🇩🇪
03. 🇸🇰 SVK 7-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 09/02/1993 – OQ – Sheffield 🇬🇧
04. 🇸🇪 SWE 1-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 05/02/1997 – WC – Turku 🇫🇮
05. 🇨🇭 SUI 5-3 LAT 🇱🇻 – 05/01/1999 – WC – Oslo 🇳🇴
06. 🇸🇪 SWE 4-3 LAT 🇱🇻 – 05/05/1999 – WC – Oslo 🇳🇴
07. 🇨🇿 CZE 3-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 05/11/2000 – WC – Saint Petersburg 🇷🇺
08. 🇸🇰 SVK 3-0 LAT 🇱🇻 – 04/18/2001 – EX – Liptovský Mikuláš 🇸🇰
09. 🇸🇰 SVK 2-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 04/19/2001 – EX – Liptovský Mikuláš 🇸🇰
10. 🇸🇪 SWE 5-2 LAT 🇱🇻 – 04/29/2001 – WC – Cologne 🇩🇪
11. 🇨🇦 CAN 4-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 04/27/2002 – WC – Karlstad 🇸🇪
12. 🇱🇻 LAT 5-2 FIN 🇫🇮 – 04/12/2003 – EX – Rīga 🇱🇻
13. 🇫🇮 FIN 2-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 04/13/2003 – EX – Rīga 🇱🇻
14. 🇸🇰 SVK 2-0 LAT 🇱🇻 – 04/14/2004 – EX – Rīga 🇱🇻
15. 🇸🇰 SVK 3-3 LAT 🇱🇻 – 04/15/2004 – EX – Rīga 🇱🇻
16. 🇨🇦 CAN 2-0 LAT 🇱🇻 – 04/30/2004 – WC – Prague 🇨🇿
17. 🇺🇸 USA 3-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 05/03/2005 – WC – Innsbruck 🇦🇹
18. 🇸🇰 SVK 6-3 LAT 🇱🇻 – 02/16/2006 – OG – Turin 🇮🇹
19. 🇫🇮 FIN 5-0 LAT 🇱🇻 – 05/07/2006 – WC – Rīga 🇱🇻
20. 🇷🇺 RUS 6-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 05/03/2009 – WC – Bern 🇨🇭
21. 🇨🇦 CAN 6-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 05/10/2010 – WC – Mannheim 🇩🇪
22. 🇨🇦 CAN 2-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 02/19/2014 – OG – Sochi 🇷🇺
23. 🇸🇪 SWE 8-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 05/04/2015 – WC – Prague 🇨🇿
24. 🇸🇰 SVK 4-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 04/20/2018 – EHC – Michalovce 🇸🇰
25. 🇸🇰 SVK 4-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 04/21/2018 – EHC – Poprad 🇸🇰

Photo Credit: ESPN – IIHF – HHOF – IOC

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