Ice Hockey - Champions


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The origin of Ice Hockey is in the western countries. It is popularly known as the fast paced game in the world. As per the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) ranking the Big 7 nations with good number of players and who own world’s best teams are listed as follows −

Ranking Country Teams Champions
1st

Canada Canada

  • Canada men’s national ice hockey team
  • Canada women’s national ice hockey team.
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Calgary Flames
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Toronto Maple Leaf’s
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • Gordie Howe
  • Mario Lemieux
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Scott Niedermayer
  • Patrick Roy
  • Mark Messier
  • Joe Sakic
  • Rob Blake
  • Chris Pronger
2nd

Russia Russia

  • Russian men’s national ice hockey team
  • Russian women’s national ice hockey team
  • Vladislav Tretiak
  • Viacheslav Fetisov
  • Igor Larionov
  • Pavel Bure
  • Sergei Fedorov
3rd

USA United States of America

  • United States men’s national ice hockey team
  • United States women’s national ice hockey team
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Hobey baker
  • Brett Hull
  • Kevin Stevens
  • Mike Modano
  • Chris Drury
  • Joe Mullen
  • Brian Leetch
  • Mark Howe
  • Phil Housely
  • Angela Ruggiero
4th

Czech Republic Czech Republic

  • Czech men’s national ice hockey team
  • Czech women’s national ice hockey team
  • Peter Stastny
  • Dominik Hasek
  • Bobby Holik
  • Richard Smehlik
  • Michal Jordan
5th

Finland Finland

  • Finland men’s national ice hockey team
  • Finland women’s national ice hockey team
  • Leijonat (The Lions in Finnish)
  • Bernie Federko
  • Jari Kurris
  • Antero Niittymaki
  • Teemu Selanne
6th

Slovakia Slovakia

  • Slovakia men’s national ice hockey team
  • Slovakia women’s national ice hockey team
  • Pavol Demitra
  • Marian Gaborick
  • Dinamo Riga
  • Miroslav Satan
7th

Sweden Sweden

  • Sweden men’s national ice hockey team
  • Sweden women’s national ice hockey team
  • Thommy Abrahimsson
  • Borje Salming
  • Mats Sundin
  • Peter Forsberg
  • Nicklas Lidstrom

Ice Hockey-Hall of Fame

The top four all time popular players in Ice Hockey are as follows −

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky

He is a player from Canada who played for four teams in the time period of 1979 to 1999. He was a very high scoring player who scored assists and goals for his team. He is the only player who has scored 200 points in one season. Along with it he scored 100 points consecutively in 14 seasons. He has created many records like 61 NHL record, 40 regular season record and many others.

Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe

He is a player from Canada who played in 26 seasons from NHL and 6 seasons from WHA between 1946 and 1980. Gordie Howe created many records that were broken by Wayne Gretzky. Horde won the Stanley Cup four times and Hart Trophies 6 times for being a valuable player. Along with it he also won six Art Ross Trophies due to high scoring.

Sergei Fedorov

Sergei Fedorov

He is a Russian Ice Hockey player who is now designated as manager of Kontinental Hockey Lead. He played for National Hockey League and won Stanley Cup three times. Along with it he also won Hart Memorial Trophy for being a valuable player. H scored 483 games in 1200 NHL games and is considered as best performer for NHL.

Viacheslav Fetisov

Viacheslav Fetisov

He is a Russian Ice Hockey player who played for HC CSKA Moscow for 13 seasons. After that, he joined NHL and won many Stanley Cups. He also won two gold medals in winter Olympics while being the captain of Soviet Union national team. After retirement, he coached New Jersey Devils team and helped them to two Stanley Cups.

Ice Hockey in India

India Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey is particularly popular in Canada, North America and parts of Europe. It is also pretty much popular in India. However India National Ice Hockey Team is participating in the IIHF challenge cup of Asia and other championship leagues only from the year 2009, yet has gained popularity in certain parts of Northern India like Ladakh, Shimla, Dehradun and parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

The game is being played locally since the British period. Currently, around six state teams play at national level. Many foreigners are amused to play in the highest ice hockey rinks in the mountains of Ladakh and Shimla.



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