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-11 Netherlands 9 01/06/1982
02 slovenia-11 Slovenia 7 05/07/2017
03 ukraine-11 Ukraine 3 05/09/2005
04 romania-11 Romania 3 04/24/1977
05 yugoslavia1946to92-11 Yugoslavia
(1939-92)
1 02/11/1984
WOMEN’S IHLC CONTENDERS
RANK TEAM IHLC
GAMES
LAST
ATTEMPT
01 china-11 China 19 04/04/2009
02 switzerland-11 Switzerland 12 02/17/2014
03 germany1920to33and49-11 Germany
germany1920to33and49-11 West Germany (1987-90)
11 04/06/2017
04 japan-11 Japan 9 08/25/2011
05 slovakia-11 Slovakia 2 04/17/2011
06 kazakhstan-11 Kazakhstan 1 04/03/2005
07 norway-11 Norway 1 04/12/1994
08 denmark-11 Denmark 1 04/21/1992
09 netherlands-11 Netherlands 1 04/23/1987
JUNIOR IHLC CONTENDERS
RANK TEAM IHLC
GAMES
LAST
ATTEMPT
01 germany1920to33and49-11 Germany
germany1920to33and49-11 West Germany (1973-90)
26 12/28/2014
02 norway-11 Norway 6 12/29/2010
03  Poland 5 12/26/1989
04 denmark-11 Denmark 4 12/26/2016
05  Latvia 4 12/30/2012
06  Ukraine 4 12/30/2003
07 kazakhstan-11 Kazakhstan 2 12/28/2008
08 japan-11 Japan 2 01/02/1993
09  Austria 1 12/22/2003