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 – 1905-present
RANK TEAM IHLC
GAMES
LAST
ATTEMPT
01 🇳🇱 Netherlands (1935-) 9 06 Jan 1982
02 🇸🇮 Slovenia (1992-) 7 07 May 2017
03 🇺🇦 Ukraine (1992-) 3 09 May 2005
04 🇷🇴 Romania (1931-) 3 24 Apr 1977
05 🇰🇷 South Korea (1979-) 1 25 Apr 2018
06 🇷🇸 Yugoslavia (1939-92) 1 11 Feb 1984
WOMEN’S IHLC CONTENDERS – 1987-present
RANK TEAM IHLC
GAMES
LAST
ATTEMPT
01 🇨🇳 China (1992-) 19 04 Apr 2009
02 🇨🇭 Switzerland (1987-) 15 07 Apr 2019
03 🇩🇪 Germany (1991-)
West Germany (1988-90)
11 06 Apr 2017
04 🇯🇵 Japan (1987-) 10 11 Apr 2019
05 🇸🇰 Slovakia (1995-) 2 17 Apr 2011
06 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan (1995-) 1 03 Apr 2005
07 🇳🇴 Norway (1988-) 1 12 Apr 1994
08 🇩🇰 Denmark (1987-) 1 21 Apr 1992
09 🇳🇱 Netherlands (1987-) 1 23 Apr 1987
JUNIOR IHLC CONTENDERS – 1973-present
RANK TEAM IHLC
GAMES
LAST
ATTEMPT
01 🇩🇪 Germany (1991-)
West Germany (1976-90)
27 26 Dec 2020
02 🇳🇴 Norway (1978-) 7 29 Dec 2013
03 🇩🇰 Denmark (1979-) 5 26 Dec 2017
04 🇵🇱 Poland (1976-) 5 26 Dec 1989
05 🇱🇻 Latvia (1992-) 4 30 Dec 2012
06 🇺🇦 Ukraine (1992-) 4 30 Dec 2003
07 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan (1992-) 3 31 Dec 2018
08 🇯🇵 Japan (1982-) 2 02 Jan 1993
09 🇦🇹 Austria (1979-) 1 22 Dec 2003