Updated May 17, 2018
In 2017 at the World Hockey championships in Germany & France Canada lost the final in a shootout to Sweden. Canada had the best record of all teams in the roundrobin portion of the tournament with 19 points with 6 wins & a 3-2 overtime loss to Switzerland outscoring opponents 32-10 in the 7 roundrobin games. Russia defeated Finland for the bronze to stay ahead of Sweden in the world rankings.
In the World Cup of hockey in September 2016 in Toronto Canada won GOLD defeating Europe (a group of players from 6 different countries) in 2 straight games in the final after going undefeated during the tournament. Canada has now won 16 straight games in BEST on BEST competition since the 2010 Olympics.
In 2016 at the World Hockey Championships in Russia Canada won GOLD, dominating the tournament along with Finland & Russia & defeated Finland 2-0 in the final in a well-earned victory outplaying & outshooting the Fins 33-16. Russia pounded the USA 7-2 for bronze. Finland & the USA both passed Sweden in the world rankings.
In 2015 at the World Hockey Championships Canada won GOLD, dominating the tournament from beginning till end. Canada outscored its opponents 49-14 in 7 preliminary round wins before playoff round wins 9-0 over Belarus, 2-0 over the host Czechs & then 6-1 over Russia in the final. Canada outshot the Russians 36-7 until the last few minutes when Russia finally put on some pressure & broke the shutout.
Canada won Olympic gold for the 2nd straight time (2014, 2010) & played near perfect hockey for much of the tournament in Russia.
At the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia Canada had 8 of a possible 9 points in roundrobin action outscoring its opponents 11-2. In the quarterfinal Canada dominated Latvia & came out with a 2-1 win where Canada outshot the Latvians 57-16. After a 1-0 win over the USA in the semifinal Canada dominated Sweden 3-0 in the final for gold.
The Olympics (& World Cup) are the only tournaments where the best players from each country are available to play. With most of its best players in the NHL playoffs the World championships are more of a tournament where the best of the rest face each other. Only players already eliminated from the playoffs & not injured who decide they want to play after a disappointing elimination go to the Worlds so Canada (along with Sweden, USA, Russia, etc) have 2nd class teams but still very competitive. It is however not a best vs best tournament & it definitely means more to European players than Canadians who often choose not to play there.
In the World championships Canada does great in roundrobin action winning almost every game year after year but until dominant GOLDs in 2015 & 2016 we had suffered 5 straight years of quarterfinal upsets. Before that string of playoff upsets Canada was regularly winning most major international hockey championships.
In 2014 for the 4th straight year Canada had the 2nd best record of 16 teams (5-1-1, 28 GF, 13 GA) in round-robin competition but for the 5th straight year Canada was upset in the quarterfinal in spite of outplaying its opponent in the game with a 3-2 loss to Finland (who finished 4th in the roundrobin with 3 regulation wins, an overtime win & 3 losses (18 GF, 15 GA). Canada outshot Finland 38-26 but a goal with just over 3 minutes left won it for the Finns who went on to play in the final against Russia. Canada’s leading scorer was a 33 year old (Joel Ward) that most hockey fans don’t even know plays in the NHL. He averages less than half a point per game during his NHL career. Canada’s number 1 goalie (Ben Scrivens) was playing in the AHL barely over a year ago. You can easily see how the level of talent is greatly diminished. Canada still managed to dominate its group before its annual upset loss in the quarterfinal. Had Canada defeated Finland in the quarterfinal like a team with 6 wins in 7 games should defeat a team that wins 3 regulation times in 7 games then Canada would be at least 2nd in the world rankings, behind Sweden but ahead of Finland & Russia even if we went on to lose the semifinal. That is also in spite of 4 straight years of upsets in quarterfinal action where even 1 more win in any of those years would have put Canada back into the number 1 ranking.
In 2013 for the 3rd straight year Canada had the 2nd best record of 16 teams (5-1-1, 25 GF, 10 GA) in round-robin competition but for the 4th straight year Canada was upset in the quarterfinal (3-2 in a shootout to the eventual gold medal winning Sweden) to end up 5th in the tournament for the 3rd straight year. Canada outshot Sweden 43-33 in the game & led 1-0 with 15 minutes to go in the 3rd before 2 Swedish powerplay goals gave the Swedes a 2-1 lead. Canada tied it quickly but lost in a shootout as Sweden’s 4th shot was the winner.
Canada had the 2nd
best record in the round-robin & 1st in our conference (6-0-1-0
& outscoring opponents 35-15, best of all teams).
However for the 2nd straight year in spite of outplaying our 4th place opponent in the quarterfinal & leading 3-2 with less than 7 minutes to play, penalties led Slovakia to 2 late goals & an upset win. The due or die quarterfinal did Canada in again. Instead of playing in the gold medal game Canada ended up 5th for the 2nd straight year.
In 2011 in spite of being 1 of only 2 unbeaten teams (& 1st in our conference) heading into the playoff round Canada suffered a 2-1 sudden-death upset loss to 4th place Russia in spite of dominating again & outshooting the Russians 37-20 so Canada finished 5th.
Canada finished 7th at the 2010 World Hockey Championships. Again Canada played well mostly & outscored opponents more than every other team in its conference except Group F 1st place Sweden heading into the playoff round but lost close games & finished 4th losing to Group E 1st place Russians in the quarterfinals. Russia took back the # 1 ranking (10 point lead over Canada) with a 2nd place finish behind the Czech Republic.
2009 Russia had taken a 40 pt lead over Canada for the # 1 ranking after a 2-1 win in the final
of the World Hockey Championships in spite of Canada's total domination during the game.
Canada was number 1 from 2003 until after the 2006 Olympics when Sweden took over the # 1 ranking with Canada dropping to 2nd. With gold in 2007 & silver in 2008 (after losing the final in overtime to Russia) at the World Hockey Championships Canada returned to # 1 in the world over # 2 Russia & # 3 Sweden in the post tournament 2008 IIHF World Rankings.
The 5 straight years of upset quarterfinal losses are noted above.
Silver in 2008 as Russia overcame
a 4-2 deficit in the 3rd pd to defeat Canada 5-4 in overtime in the final
in Quebec City snapping our overall World Hockey Championship winning streak at 17 games.
Canada also won silver in 2005.
Canada was edged out with a 5-4 semifinal loss to eventual World Champion Sweden in 2006 after finishing 1st in our qualifying group.
***World Cup of Hockey champions in Sept 2004 (men's)
***World Junior (under 20) hockey champions 5 straight years then 2 silvers, a bronze & 2 4th place finishes before GOLD again in 2015 then a quarterfinal loss in 2016, shootout loss in the final in 2017 & gold in 2018.
Canada was the only team with 14 straight medals & 19 medals in the past 20 years-10 Gold) until having to
settle for 4th place in 2013 & 2014 even though Canada dominated the
roundrobin portion of the tournament both years.
In the same period Russia had 16 medals (4 gold) , Sweden 7 (1 gold), Finland 6 (1 gold), USA 5 (2 gold), Czech Rep 4 (2 gold), Slovakia 2 & Switzerland 1.
In 2018 Canada won gold in Buffalo, NY winning 6 of its 7 games with the only loss a 4-3 shootout loss to the USA in the roundrobin portion. Canada outscored its opponents 39-11 on its way to gold including wins of 8-2 over Switzerland in the quarterfinal & 7-2 over Czech Republic in the semifinal. Canada edged Sweden 3-1 in the final but the game was tied at 1 with less than 2 minutes remaining in regulation time.
In 2017 Canada lost the gold medal game against the USA 5-4 in a shootout although the Canadians outplayed the Americans during most of the game outshooting them 50-36 including 17-7 in the scoreless overtime in a great game played in Montreal, Qc. The tournament was shared between Montreal & Toronto for the 2nd time in 3 years but with a heartbreaking result.
In 2016 Canada lost its quarterfinal to the eventual gold medal winners & hosts Finland 6-5. Canada led for more than half the game & it was close right up to the end with a wild 3rd period. Finland’s 2nd powerplay goal of the game the winner on a 5 on 3 powerplay with under 6 minutes to play in regulation time. Canada outshot Finland 34-29 even though the Fins had 7 powerplays to Canada’s 3.
In 2015 Canada was dominant with the best record of all the teams (winning its group with 4 wins in 4 games outscoring opponents 21-4). Canada then destroyed Denmark 8-0 & Slovakia 5-1 to head to the final against Russia. After 6 games including the quarterfinal & semifinal Canada had outscored its opponents 34-5 (average of 5.7-0.83) & outshot its opponents 238-114 (an average of 39.7-19). After jumping to a 5-1 lead in the final Canada held on to defeat Russia (3rd place team in Group B) 5-4 to win gold. The tournament was in Montreal & Toronto & I was able to see 6 games live (5 @ Bell Centre, 1 @ the ACC). 18 of Team Canada’s 22 players had their photo with the Bison tuque to help lead Canada to GOLD.
In 2014 Canada had the 2nd best record of all the teams (winning its group with a 3-0-1-0 record outscoring opponents 19-12) but had to settle for 4th place losing 2-1 to Russia in the bronze medal game. Sweden was upset by Finland 3-2 in overtime in the final.
In 2013 Canada had the best record of all the teams with 4 straight wins (including 2-1 over USA & 4-1 over Russia) outscoring opponents 21-8 but lost to the USA in the semifinal & then lost in overtime 6-5 to Russia for bronze in spite of outshooting the Russians 45-25 in the game.
In 2012 Canada had the best record of all teams in round-robin action (4 & 0 outscoring opponents 26-5) only to be upset again by the Russians 6-5 in a game dominated by Canada outshooting Russia 56-24. In the last 2 periods Canada outshot Russia 43-16 in spite of 39 minutes in penalties compared to only 10 to the Russians. Canada easily won the bronze pummelling Finland 4-0 while Sweden edged Russia 1-0 for gold.
2011 Canada blew a 3-0 lead to Russia in
the 3rd period of the final to win silver for the 2nd
straight year. TSN tries to explain what
The 5-3 loss to Russia came after Canada dominated preliminary round play (3 wins & an overtime loss to Sweden) & won handily
over Switzerland & the USA leading into the final while Russia came from behind twice to win by a 4-3 to squeak into the final themselves.
In 2010 Canada had to settle for silver after a 6-5 overtime loss to the USA in the final. Canada was unbeaten in roundrobin including a win over the USA.
The 2009 final turned out to be anticlimatic after an incredible 6-5 shootout semi-final win over Russia
2 nights earlier. The game-tying goal for Canada was scored with only 5 seconds left in regulation
time. 3 nights before that Canada came back from a 3-0 1st period deficit to beat the USA 7-4.
Canada outscored opponents 28-2 before facing the USA in that final exciting round-robin game.
In 2008 Canada won gold for the 4th straight year with a 3-2 overtime win over Sweden in the final
after a 4-1 win over USA in the semifinal. Canada won 6 of 7 games & outscored opponents 23-10.
We also shut out our opponents in 15 of 21 periods & although our 20 game World Junior win streak
( spread over 4 tournaments-05/06/07/08) was snapped Canada’s young team pulled out another gold.
In the 2007 tournament Canada won all 6 games outscoring opponents 20-7 in its 6 victories
(4 roundrobin, 2 playoff), an average of 3.3 - 1.2 including a convincing 4-2 win in the final over Russia.
In the 2006 championships, Russia & the USA were favoured & Canada had only 1 returning player from its
championship the year before. However with the tournament at home in BC, Canada had a perfect 8 & 0
record (including 2 playoff games, 4 roundrobin games & 2 exhibition games) & outscored opponents 35-8
(average score 4.4 – 1) including convincing wins, 4-0 over Finland in the semi & 5-0 over Russia in the final.
During the 2005 tournament, in 8 games, Canada outscored its opponents 41-7 ( an average score of 5-1 )
& outshot them 315-127 (average shots 39-16) including the final, semi-final, 4 roundrobin & 2 exhibition games.
***Canada dominates the world even more in men’s summer Under 18 Junior World Cup (Ivan Hlinka tournament) action with 9 gold in the past 10 years , 12 in the past 14 years & 19 in the past 22 years. Canada lost a shootout to the USA in the 2007 semifinal after going unbeaten heading in.
*** Top ranked Canada lost in overtime 3-2 to the USA in the mens final at the 2018 Paralympics. Canada was ranked number 1 after winning the World Championships in 2017 over the USA by a score of 4-1. Canada had outscored its opponents 42-0 in 4 games heading into the final.
Heading into the 2018 Olympics Canada has won 5 straight exhibition games against the USA.
The women have also won 10 of 18 IIHF World Hockey Championships played since the tournament began in 1990 although USA has won 4 straight & 7 of the past 8 tournaments. Canada won the first 8 straight until the team finally lost in a shootout in the 2005 final.
In 2017 USA beat Canada 3-2 in overtime to win the worlds in 2017.
In 2016 the USA won another really close final 1-0 in overtime to move ahead in the overall IIHF rankings.
Even though the USA edged Canada 7-5 in the final in the 2015 World Championships Canada stayed 1st in the IIHF world rankings, 10 points ahead of the USA.
Canada's women’s team got back to # 1 in the world in 2014 after its 4th consecutive Olympic gold, defeating the USA twice at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Canada won 3-2 in roundrobin play & 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal final.
They’ve been flipflopping the number one world ranking the past few years. USA moved back to number 1 after they won the 2013 world championship gold in Ottawa, Ont. Canada won the roundrobin game 3-2 in a shootout but the USA won the final 3-2 to take the gold.
Canada HAD always been ranked # 1 until the USA won the World Hockey Championships in 2009 for the 2nd straight year to finally take over the world’s number 1 rank. Canada took the top spot back after winning 2010 Olympic gold. Then in 2011 the USA again won the final of the world hockey championships in overtime to return to number one. Canada got the number 1 honour back again after defeating the USA 5-4 in overtime in the final of the 2012 Women’s world hockey championships in Burlington, Vermont.
Unlike the men’s world hockey championship tournament, the women’s version is always best on best. There are no women in the NHL playoffs.
In women’s under 22 hockey Canada also dominated the USA until recent years. Canada won 2 of 3 games at the most recent series in Aug 2016 after the USA had won 3 straight times in 2012, 2014 & 2015 (in overtime). Before that Canada won the tournament in 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003 & 2002. In 2000 the USA won & 1999 Canada won.
World IIHF world hockey championships Canada (8 straight- 2004, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1994, 1992, 1990)
Silver in 2005 in spite of outscoring opponents 38-0 in 4 victories heading into the final against the USA.
Silver in 2008 following a 4-3 loss to the USA in the final.
Canada had won 29 straight games before losing to the USA in the 2008 Worlds.
Silver in 2009 following a 4-1 loss to the USA in the final.
Silver in 2011 following a 3-2 overtime loss to the USA in the final. That was the USA’s 3rd straight in the world hockey championships.
2012 GOLD 5-4 overtime win gave Canada the number 1 ranking again.
***Canada’s women’s team has also won 14 out of 22 Four Nations Cup & Three Nations Cup championships with victories in 2014 2013, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, & 1996.
The USA won 4 straight from 2015 to 2018 (& 6 of the past 8) with Canada taking 3 silver (2015-17) & a bronze in 2018. In 2015 the USA edged Canada 3-2. In 2014 Canada won 3-2 (shootout) over the USA after going unbeaten in roundrobin including another 3-2 win over the USA.
In 2013 Canada pummelled Finland 6-3 in the final after Finland upset the USA in the semifinal.
In 2012 the USA defeated Canada in the final 3-0 after Canada had won 3-1 over the USA in roundrobin action.
***Canada’s women won gold again in the 2010 Olympics with a 2-0 win over the USA in the final.
Canadian women had a perfect record on the way to GOLD at the 2006
Olympics with 5 wins & 0 losses outscoring opponents 46-2, an
average of 9 goals for & less than half a
goal against (16-0, 12-0,8-1,6-0,4-1) & outshooting them 210-55, an average of 42-11 (66-5, 31-17, 47-8, 40-17, & 26-8 in the final). Archrivals USA were upset in the semifinal by Sweden.
Canada beat the Swedes easily 4-1 in the final. Canada was 24 & 2 in the preceding games including 8 wins & 2 losses in 10 games with the world’s other
women’s hockey power, the USA. Canada had outscored the USA 18-0 in 3 games before wrapping up its pre Olympic series with the USA with a 2-1 shootout loss, 3-1 victory, 4 - 2 win & 5 - 3 loss.
Canada’s women’s under 18 team settled for bronze in 2018 after 3 straight silvers. The USA has won 4 straight gold. In 2016 the USA won 3-2 in overtime in the final. In 2015 USA won gold also 3-2 in overtime after winning the roundrobin game 2-1 in a shootout. Canada won its 3rd straight gold in March 2014 giving the Canadians 4 gold & a silver in 5 years (2010-2014).