IHLC Team Profiles – Latvia (Men’s)

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latvia-11 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: 23
First IHLC Game:
 14-0 loss vs. canada1921to57-11 CAN, Jan. 20, 1935
Only IHLC Win: 5-2 win vs. finland-11 FIN, Apr. 12, 2003
Latest IHLC Game: 8-1 loss vs. sweden-11 SWE, May 4, 2015
Largest IHLC Defeat: 14-0 loss vs. canada1921to57-11 CAN, Jan. 20, 1935
Longest IHLC Winless Streak: 11 games (2 times, latest Apr. 13, 2003 – May 4, 2015)

IHLC HOSTING
IHLC Games Hosted:
13
First Game Hosted: latvia-11 LAT 5-2 FIN finland-11, Apr. 12, 2003 (Rīga)
Latest Game Hosted: sweden-11 
SWE 4-0 CZE czech-11, May 21, 2006 (Rīga)
Major Tournaments Hosted: World Championships (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
canada1965-11 CANADA: 0 wins, 6 losses, 0 ties
czech-11 CZECHIA: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties
finland-11 FINLAND: 1 win, 2 losses, 0 ties
russia-11 RUSSIA: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties
slovakia-11 SLOVAKIA: 0 wins, 5 losses, 1 tie
sweden-11 SWEDEN: 0 wins, 3 losses, 1 tie
switzerland-11 SWITZERLAND: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties
usa-11 UNITED STATES: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 ties

COMPLETE IHLC HISTORY
01. canada1921to57-11 CAN 14-0 LAT latvia-11 – 01/20/1935 – WC – Davos switzerland-11
02. canada1921to57-11 CAN 11-0 LAT latvia-11 – 02/07/1936 – OG – Garmisch-Partenkirchen germany1933to45-11
03. slovakia-11 SVK 7-1 LAT latvia-11 – 09/02/1993 – OQ – Sheffield britain-11
04. sweden-11 SWE 1-1 LAT latvia-11 – 05/02/1997 – WC – Turku finland-11
05. switzerland-11 SUI 5-3 LAT latvia-11 – 05/01/1999 – WC – Oslo norway-11
06. sweden-11 SWE 4-3 LAT latvia-11 – 05/05/1999 – WC – Oslo norway-11
07. czech-11 CZE 3-1 LAT latvia-11 – 05/11/2000 – WC – Saint Petersburg russia-11
08. slovakia-11 SVK 3-0 LAT latvia-11 – 04/18/2001 – EX – Liptovský Mikuláš slovakia-11
09. slovakia-11 SVK 2-1 LAT latvia-11 – 04/19/2001 – EX – Liptovský Mikuláš slovakia-11
10. sweden-11 SWE 5-2 LAT latvia-11 – 04/29/2001 – WC – Cologne germany1920to33and49-11
11. canada1965-11 CAN 4-1 LAT latvia-11 – 04/27/2002 – WC – Karlstad sweden-11
12. latvia-11 LAT 5-2 FIN finland-11 – 04/12/2003 – EX – Rīga latvia-11
13. finland-11 FIN 2-1 LAT latvia-11 – 04/13/2003 – EX – Rīga latvia-11
14. slovakia-11 SVK 2-0 LAT latvia-11 – 04/14/2004 – EX – Rīga latvia-11
15. slovakia-11 SVK 3-3 LAT latvia-11 – 04/15/2004 – EX – Rīga latvia-11
16. canada1965-11 CAN 2-0 LAT latvia-11 – 04/30/2004 – WC – Prague czech-11
17. usa-11 USA 3-1 LAT latvia-11 – 05/03/2005 – WC – Innsbruck austria-11
18. slovakia-11 SVK 6-3 LAT latvia-11 – 02/16/2006 – OG – Turin italy-11
19. finland-11 FIN 5-0 LAT latvia-11 – 05/07/2006 – WC – Rīga latvia-11
20. russia-11 RUS 6-1 LAT latvia-11 – 05/03/2009 – WC – Bern switzerland-11
21. canada1965-11 CAN 6-1 LAT latvia-11 – 05/10/2010 – WC – Mannheim germany1920to33and49-11
22. canada1965-11 CAN 2-1 LAT latvia-11 – 02/19/2014 – OG – Sochi russia-11
23. sweden-11 SWE 8-1 LAT latvia-11 – 05/04/2015 – WC – Prague czech-11

Photo Credit: ESPN – IIHF – HHOF – IOC

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