The success of the national ice hockey team at the Olympics in Beijing is now directly reflected in the official world rankings.
In the updated list published by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Wednesday, Heinz Ehlers’ troops are two places ahead and sneak up on a tenth place.
It is a historically good location for the Danish national team. The team has not been better than number 12 since the IIHF introduced the current ranking system in 2003.
The reason for the jump is the companies in the Olympic debut in February. Here, Denmark finished as number seven and scored its highest number of ranking points in a tournament ever.
This means that Denmark is now ahead of both Norway and Latvia. It was precisely a victory over the Latvians that sent the Danish national team to the Olympic quarterfinals in Beijing.
The ranking is used as a seeding basis for the annual World Cup and for the qualification for the Olympics.
The Olympic champions from Finland top the list ahead of Canada, while Russia takes third place. However, the Russians can expect a roller coaster ride soon, because they are excluded from the World Cup in May.
It is not just the Danish men who are in the world’s top 10. The women also occupy the tenth place, which otherwise corresponds to the position the team received at the Olympics.
Despite a meritorious victory over the Czech Republic, Denmark finished as number ten and last in the Olympic accounts.
In August and September, Denmark hosts the Women’s World Cup, which is played in Frederikshavn and Herning.