VANCOUVER – Olympic gold-medal winner Canada is the new number one in the IIHF Women’s World Ranking.
The Canadians take over from the United States, who won the top position last year after two consecutive world titles, following Canada’s 2-0 win in the gold medal game of the Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament.
Both Canada and the United States have 2,950 points, but Canada is ranked first because they were better ranked in the most recent tournament.
Finland stays in third position ahead of Sweden following the bronze medal win, while Switzerland held on to fifth place in the world ranking after beating sixth-ranked Russia in the fifth-place game of the Olympics.
Also, the next three nations remained in their positions from last year: 7. China, 8. Kazakhstan, 9. Japan.
Slovakia moved up five places, thanks to having qualified for the Olympic Winter Games, and is now tenth.
There were some more changes in the 34-nation ranking following participation in the Olympic Qualification, while some nations that did not participate moved down.
The IIHF World Ranking is a tool to reflect the long-term quality of the countries’ national team program. It is based on awarding points for the final positions in the last three IIHF World Women’s Championships and in the last Olympic Winter Games.Click here for the full 2010 IIHF Women’s World Ranking.