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 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 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: 26
First IHLC Game:
 14-0 loss vs. 🇨🇦 CAN, 20 Jan 1935
Only IHLC Win: 5-2 win vs. 🇫🇮 FIN, 12 Apr 2003
Latest IHLC Game: 3-1 loss vs. 🇷🇺 RUS, 18 May 2019
Largest IHLC Defeat: 14-0 loss vs. 🇨🇦 CAN, 20 Jan 1935
Longest IHLC Winless Streak: 14 games (13 Apr 2003 – 18 May 2019)

IHLC HOSTING
IHLC Games Hosted:
13
First Game Hosted: 🇱🇻 LAT 5-2 FIN 🇫🇮, 12 Apr 2003 (Rīga)
Latest Game Hosted:
🇸🇪 SWE 4-0 CZE 🇨🇿, 21 May 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, 2 losses, 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 🇱🇻 – 20 Jan 1935 – WC – Davos 🇨🇭
02. 🇨🇦 CAN 11-0 LAT 🇱🇻 – 07 Feb 1936 – OG – Garmisch-Partenkirchen 🇩🇪
03. 🇸🇰 SVK 7-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 02 Sep 1993 – OQ – Sheffield 🇬🇧
04. 🇸🇪 SWE 1-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 02 May 1997 – WC – Turku 🇫🇮
05. 🇨🇭 SUI 5-3 LAT 🇱🇻 – 01 May 1999 – WC – Oslo 🇳🇴
06. 🇸🇪 SWE 4-3 LAT 🇱🇻 – 05 May 1999 – WC – Oslo 🇳🇴
07. 🇨🇿 CZE 3-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 11 May 2000 – WC – Saint Petersburg 🇷🇺
08. 🇸🇰 SVK 3-0 LAT 🇱🇻 – 18 Apr 2001 – EX – Liptovský Mikuláš 🇸🇰
09. 🇸🇰 SVK 2-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 19 Apr 2001 – EX – Liptovský Mikuláš 🇸🇰
10. 🇸🇪 SWE 5-2 LAT 🇱🇻 – 29 Apr 2001 – WC – Cologne 🇩🇪
11. 🇨🇦 CAN 4-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 27 Apr 2002 – WC – Karlstad 🇸🇪
12. 🇱🇻 LAT 5-2 FIN 🇫🇮 – 12 Apr 2003 – EX – Rīga 🇱🇻
13. 🇫🇮 FIN 2-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 13 Apr 2003 – EX – Rīga 🇱🇻
14. 🇸🇰 SVK 2-0 LAT 🇱🇻 – 14 Apr 2004 – EX – Rīga 🇱🇻
15. 🇸🇰 SVK 3-3 LAT 🇱🇻 – 15 Apr 2004 – EX – Rīga 🇱🇻
16. 🇨🇦 CAN 2-0 LAT 🇱🇻 – 30 Apr 2004 – WC – Prague 🇨🇿
17. 🇺🇸 USA 3-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 03 May 2005 – WC – Innsbruck 🇦🇹
18. 🇸🇰 SVK 6-3 LAT 🇱🇻 – 16 Feb 2006 – OG – Turin 🇮🇹
19. 🇫🇮 FIN 5-0 LAT 🇱🇻 – 07 May 2006 – WC – Rīga 🇱🇻
20. 🇷🇺 RUS 6-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 03 May 2009 – WC – Bern 🇨🇭
21. 🇨🇦 CAN 6-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 10 May 2010 – WC – Mannheim 🇩🇪
22. 🇨🇦 CAN 2-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 19 Feb 2014 – OG – Sochi 🇷🇺
23. 🇸🇪 SWE 8-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 04 May 2015 – WC – Prague 🇨🇿
24. 🇸🇰 SVK 4-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 20 Apr 2018 – EHC – Michalovce 🇸🇰
25. 🇸🇰 SVK 4-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 21 Apr 2018 – EHC – Poprad 🇸🇰
26. 🇷🇺 RUS 3-1 LAT 🇱🇻 – 18 May 2019 – WC – Bratislava 🇸🇰

Photo Credit: ESPN – IIHF – HHOF – IOC

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