The latest IIHF World Rankings have been released and we have a new No. 1.
Finland has surpassed Canada as the top country in the men's IIHF rankings, largely thanks to its gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
Finland also won gold at the 2019 World Championship and silver at the 2022 edition. Finland has 4,065 total points based on the IIHF's ranking system, which takes into account the last Olympics and past four World Championship tournaments, plus Olympic qualification games for non-Olympic teams.
Canada bounced back to second with 3.995, Russia sits third at 3,910, USA fourth at 3,750 and Sweden moved up two spots to fifth with 3,715. The biggest faller was Germany, who dropped from fifth to ninth, while Denmark made the top 10 for the first time in the history of the rankings. China (five, 27th) and Turkey (four, 38th) were the biggest movers outside of the top 20.
The full men's and women's rankings can be found here. The next update will come out following the conclusion of the men's and women's World Championships this year.