GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: Canada's Laurianne Rougeau #5 battles with USA's Hilary Knight #21 after clearing the puck during gold medal game action at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)
New Women’s World Ranking released
The February edition of the 2018 IIHF Women’s World Ranking has been released. Team USA remains first and the top-7 in the world are unchanged.
Team USA stays in first place and has increased its margin to Canada from 70 to 120 points thanks to the gold medal win in the 2018 Olympic women’s ice hockey tournament.
Third-ranked Finland increases its gap as well thanks to the bronze-medal win and is now 80 points ahead of the Russians. Sweden stays fifth despite its disappointing seventh-place finish in PyeongChang 2018 but is now only 15 points ahead of Switzerland.
Germany, which failed to qualify, remains seventh in the 2018 IIHF Women’s World Ranking but Japan moved up thanks to its historic Olympic campaign, overtook the Czechs (now 9th) and is now in 8th place just five points behind the Germans.
Austria completes the top-10 while France improved two spots thanks to a strong Olympic Qualification campaign and is now 11th.
In total 38 countries who have competed in the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship program and/or in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Olympic Qualification during the last four years are ranked in the 2018 IIHF Women’s World Ranking.