In the 2020 IIHF Men’s World Ranking Belarus and Lithuania each win a place – Latvia remains the same, only Estonia loses a position.
The new 2020 rankings include points from the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship program in the men’s senior and women’s senior category. For tournaments that were not played due to the coronavirus pandemic, the points will be given according to the seeding position as foreseen in the IIHF Sport Regulations.
The 2020 IIHF Men’s World Ranking for nations from the Baltic region, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Belarus, the situation is as follows:
From the Baltic Region is in the “Top-10”, only Latvia on 10th place. This position is unchanged from the previous year. Only three positions behind, Belarus is listed as 13th, which improves by one position. As the second nation, Lithuania also improved by one position and is now in 23rd place. As one of the deteriorating nations, Estonia is slipping down one place and is now in 27th place.
The ranking is led by Canada, followed by Russia and in third place, the current world champion, Finland. Behind it is the second Scandinavian nation with Sweden and with the Czech Republic in 5th place the “Top-5” are complete.
The 2020 IIHF Women’s World Ranking lists a total of 40 nations and only two nations from the Baltic region:
Latvia’s women with the highest ranking at 22, but lose 4 places compared to the previous year. Lithuania is the second nation to have a women’s national team. This team was only founded in 2019 and can therefore be found in last and 40th place.