Contenders

A number of nations have been on the cusp of championship glory, yet have never been able to clinch victory – some on multiple occasions. Here are all of the teams that have played for, yet have failed to win, the International Hockey Lineal Championship, since its inception in 1905. Contenders are ranked by highest number of IHLC games, followed by most recent attempt.

MEN’S IHLC CONTENDERS
RANK TEAM IHLC
GAMES
LAST
ATTEMPT
01 🇳🇱 Netherlands 9 01/06/1982
02 🇸🇮 Slovenia 7 05/07/2017
03 🇺🇦 Ukraine 3 05/09/2005
04 🇷🇴 Romania 3 04/24/1977
05 🇰🇷 Korea Republic 1 04/25/2018
06 🇷🇸 Yugoslavia
(1939-92)
1 02/11/1984
WOMEN’S IHLC CONTENDERS
RANK TEAM IHLC
GAMES
LAST
ATTEMPT
01 🇨🇳 China 19 04/04/2009
02 🇨🇭 Switzerland 13 02/04/2018
03 🇩🇪 Germany
West Germany (1987-90)
11 04/06/2017
04 🇯🇵 Japan 9 08/25/2011
05 🇸🇰 Slovakia 2 04/17/2011
06 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan 1 04/03/2005
07 🇳🇴 Norway 1 04/12/1994
08 🇩🇰 Denmark 1 04/21/1992
09 🇳🇱 Netherlands 1 04/23/1987
JUNIOR IHLC CONTENDERS
RANK TEAM IHLC
GAMES
LAST
ATTEMPT
01 🇩🇪 Germany
West Germany (1973-90)
25 12/28/2014
02 🇳🇴 Norway 7 12/29/2013
03 🇩🇰 Denmark 5 12/26/2017
04 🇵🇱 Poland 5 12/26/1989
05 🇱🇻 Latvia 4 12/30/2012
06 🇺🇦 Ukraine 4 12/30/2003
07 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan 3 12/31/2018
08 🇯🇵 Japan 2 01/02/1993
09 🇦🇹 Austria 1 12/22/2003
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