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Qualification for the men's tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics determined by the IIHF World Ranking following the 2012 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. The top nine teams in the world ranking received automatic berths into the Olympics, while all other teams had an opportunity to qualify for the remaining three spots in the Olympics. As with Canada in 2010, the IIHF made no mention of direct qualification for the host.[1]

Qualified teams[]

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
2012 IIHF World Ranking,
comprising the following events:
2009 World Championship
2010 Winter Olympic Games
2010 World Championship
2011 World Championship
2012 World Championship
6 April 2009 –
20 May 2012
Flag of Finland Helsinki and
Flag of Sweden Stockholm^
9[1] Flag of Canada.png Canada
Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic
Flag of Finland.png Finland
Flag of Norway.png Norway
Flag of Russia.png Russia
Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia
Flag of Sweden.png Sweden
Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland
Flag of the United States.png United States of America
Final qualification tournament 7–10 February 2013 Flag of Germany Bietigheim-Bissingen 1 Flag of Austria.png Austria
Final qualification tournament 7–10 February 2013 Flag of Latvia Riga 1 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia
Final qualification tournament 7–10 February 2013 Flag of Denmark Vojens 1 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia
TOTAL 12

^Helsinki and Stockholm were sites for 2012 World Championship only, thus the site where qualification through the rankings is determined.

Direct qualification[]

To qualify directly, a nation had to be ranked in the top nine following the 2012 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.[1] Using the IIHF World Ranking points system, the current year received full value, and each preceding year was worth 25% less.[2] The following was a ranking based on points already accumulated toward Olympic qualification of all countries at the top level, or who are ranked amongst them.

     Qualified to Olympic Tournament
     Hosted final qualifying tournament
     Did not qualify directly to Olympics
World ranking
Team WC 2012
(100%)
WC 2011
(75%)
WC 2010
(50%)
OLY 2010
(50%)
WC 2009
(25%)
Total
1 Flag of Russia.png Russia 1200 825 580 520 300 3425
2 Flag of Finland.png Finland 1100 900 520 560 265 3345
3 Flag of the Czech Republic.png Czech Republic 1120 840 600 510 260 3330
4 Flag of Sweden.png Sweden 1040 870 560 530 280 3280
5 Flag of Canada.png Canada 1060 795 510 600 290 3235
6 Flag of Slovakia.png Slovakia 1160 705 450 550 235 3100
7 Flag of the United States.png United States of America 1020 750 440 580 275 3065
8 Flag of Norway.png Norway 1000 780 480 470 230 2960
9 Flag of Switzerland.png Switzerland 920 720 530 500 240 2910
10 Flag of Germany.png Germany 900 765 550 460 210 2885
11 Flag of Latvia.png Latvia 940 660 460 450 255 2765
12 Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 880 690 500 420 220 2710
13 Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 860 645 470 480 250 2705
14 Flag of France.png France 960 675 430 370 225 2660
15 Flag of Austria.png Austria 780 630 400 440 215 2465
16 Flag of Italy.png Italy 840 585 420 400 195 2440
17 Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 820 600 410 410 200 2440
18 Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 800 615 390 380 190 2375

Olympic preliminary qualification[]

One round robin was played on 17–19, September 2012 in Zagreb, Croatia. The winner of the group advanced to the prequalification tournaments.

Group K[]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia 3 3 0 0 0 30 6 +24 9
Flag of Mexico.gif Mexico 3 2 0 0 1 14 14 0 6
Flag of Serbia.gif Serbia 3 1 0 0 2 12 12 0 3
Flag of Israel.gif Israel 3 0 0 0 3 5 29 −24 0
     Team advanced to Olympic pre-qualification

All times are local (UTC+2).

17 September 2012
16:30
Serbia Flag of Serbia.gif 7–1
(2–0, 2–0, 3–1)
Flag of Israel.gif Israel Dom Sportova
Attendance: 50
17 September 2012
20:15
Mexico Flag of Mexico.gif 2–9
(1–4, 0–1, 1–4)
Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia Dom Sportova
Attendance: 500
18 September 2012
16:30
Serbia Flag of Serbia.gif 3–5
(1–1, 1–2, 1–2)
Flag of Mexico.gif Mexico Dom Sportova
Attendance: 50
18 September 2012
20:15
Croatia Flag of Croatia.gif 15–2
(5–0, 4–0, 6–2)
Flag of Israel.gif Israel Dom Sportova
Attendance: 150
19 September 2012
16:30
Israel Flag of Israel.gif 2–7
(0–1, 0–5, 2–1)
Flag of Mexico.gif Mexico Dom Sportova
Attendance: 50
19 September 2012
20:15
Croatia Flag of Croatia.gif 6–2
(3–0, 2–2, 1–0)
Flag of Serbia.gif Serbia Dom Sportova
Attendance: 1,500

Olympic pre-qualification[]

Three round robins were played from 8–11 November 2012. They were played in Budapest, Kiev and Nikko. 21st ranked Great Britain had the option to host group J, but passed on the right to the next highest-ranked nation.[3] The winners of each group advanced to the final qualification tournaments.

Group G[]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands 3 2 1 0 0 24 10 +14 8
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 3 2 0 1 0 25 9 +16 7
Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania 3 1 0 0 2 6 15 −9 3
Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia 3 0 0 0 3 3 24 −21 0

All times are local (UTC+1).

9 November 2012
15:30
Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.png 8–2
(3–0, 3–0, 2–2)
Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia László Papp Budapest Sports Arena
Attendance: 460
9 November 2012
19:00
Lithuania Flag of Lithuania.png 1–5
(0–2, 1–3, 0–0)
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary László Papp Budapest Sports Arena
Attendance: 4,350
10 November 2012
14:00
Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.png 9–2
(1–1, 6–1, 2–0)
Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania László Papp Budapest Sports Arena
Attendance: 500
10 November 2012
17:30
Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 13–0
(6–0, 3–0, 4–0)
Flag of Croatia.gif Croatia László Papp Budapest Sports Arena
Attendance: 6,215
11 November 2012
14:00
Croatia Flag of Croatia.gif 1–3
(1–2, 0–0, 0–1)
Flag of Lithuania.png Lithuania László Papp Budapest Sports Arena
Attendance: 560
11 November 2012
17:30
Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 6–7 GWS
(1–3, 3–1, 2–2)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands László Papp Budapest Sports Arena
Attendance: 6,125

Group H[]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 3 3 0 0 0 22 1 +21 9
Flag of Poland.png Poland 3 2 0 0 1 14 5 +9 6
Flag of Spain.gif Spain 3 1 0 0 2 5 16 −11 3
Flag of Estonia.png Estonia 3 0 0 0 3 4 23 −19 0

All times are local (UTC+2).

8 November 2012
16:00
Poland Flag of Poland.png 8–0
(1–0, 3–0, 4–0)
Flag of Estonia.png Estonia Palace of Sports
Attendance: 1,011
8 November 2012
20:00
Ukraine Flag of Ukraine.png 7–0
(2–0, 5–0, 0–0)
Flag of Spain.gif Spain Palace of Sports
Attendance: 5,217
9 November 2012
16:00
Poland Flag of Poland.png 5–0
(1–0, 0–0, 4–0)
Flag of Spain.gif Spain Palace of Sports
Attendance: 521
9 November 2012
20:00
Estonia Flag of Estonia.png 0–10
(0–4, 0–4, 0–2)
Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine Palace of Sports
Attendance: 5,521
11 November 2012
16:00
Spain Flag of Spain.gif 5–4
(2–0, 1–1, 2–3)
Flag of Estonia.png Estonia Palace of Sports
Attendance: 658
11 November 2012
20:00
Ukraine Flag of Ukraine.png 5–1
(1–1, 2–0, 2–0)
Flag of Poland.png Poland Palace of Sports
Attendance: 6,026

Group J[]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom 3 2 0 1 0 9 6 +3 7
Flag of Korea.gif South Korea 3 1 1 1 0 9 7 +2 6
Flag of Japan.gif Japan 3 1 1 0 1 6 4 +2 5
Flag of Romania.svg Romania 3 0 0 0 3 0 7 −7 0

All times are local (UTC+9).

9 November 2012
14:00
United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain.gif 4–5 GWS
(3–1, 1–2, 0–1)
(OT: 0–0)
(SO: 0–1)
Flag of Korea.gif South Korea Nikkō Kirifuri Ice Arena
Attendance: 592
9 November 2012
18:00
Japan Flag of Japan.gif 2–0
(1–0, 0–0, 1–0)
Flag of Romania.svg Romania Nikkō Kirifuri Ice Arena
Attendance: 956
10 November 2012
14:00
Romania Flag of Romania.svg 0–3
(0–2, 0–0, 0–1)
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom Nikkō Kirifuri Ice Arena
Attendance: 1,143
10 November 2012
18:00
Japan Flag of Japan.gif 3–2 OT
(1–0, 1–1, 0–1)
(OT: 1–0)
Flag of Korea.gif South Korea Nikkō Kirifuri Ice Arena
Attendance: 1,762
11 November 2012
14:00
South Korea Flag of Korea.gif 2–0
(1–0, 0–0, 1–0)
Flag of Romania.svg Romania Nikkō Kirifuri Ice Arena
Attendance: 1,075
11 November 2012
18:00
United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain.gif 2–1
(2–0, 0–0, 0–1)
Flag of Japan.gif Japan Nikkō Kirifuri Ice Arena
Attendance: 1,738

Final qualification tournaments[]

Three round robins were played from 7–10 February 2013. They were played in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Riga, and Vojens. The three group winners qualified for the Olympic tournament.

Group D[]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
Flag of Austria.png Austria 3 2 0 1 0 11 6 +5 7
Flag of Germany.png Germany 3 1 1 1 0 9 5 +4 6
Flag of Italy.png Italy 3 1 1 0 1 8 5 +3 5
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands 3 0 0 0 3 3 15 −12 0

All times are local (UTC+1).

7 February 2013
16:00
Austria Flag of Austria.png 3–2
(2–0, 1–1, 0–1)
Flag of Italy.png Italy Eisarena Ellental
Attendance: 3,100
7 February 2013
19:30
Germany Flag of Germany.png 5–1
(2–0, 1–1, 2–0)
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands Eisarena Ellental
Attendance: 3,780
8 February 2013
16:00
Austria Flag of Austria.png 6–1
(5–0, 1–0, 0–1)
Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands Eisarena Ellental
Attendance: 4,150
8 February 2013
19:30
Italy Flag of Italy.png 2–1 OT
(1–1, 0–0, 0–0)
(OT 1–0)
Flag of Germany.png Germany Eisarena Ellental
Attendance: 4,517
10 February 2013
11:45
Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.png 1–4
(0–1, 1–2, 0–1)
Flag of Italy.png Italy Eisarena Ellental
Attendance: 4,517
10 February 2013
15:15
Germany Flag of Germany.png 3–2 OT
(1–0, 0–1, 1–1)
(OT 1–0)
Flag of Austria.png Austria Eisarena Ellental
Attendance: 4,517

Group E[]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
Flag of Latvia.png Latvia 3 2 0 1 0 11 7 +4 7
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan 3 2 0 0 1 11 5 +6 6
Flag of France.png France 3 1 1 0 1 9 7 +2 5
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom 3 0 0 0 3 4 16 −12 0

All times are local (UTC+2).

7 February 2013
15:30
France Flag of France.png 2–3
(0–2, 1–1, 1–0)
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan Arena Riga
Attendance: 852
7 February 2013
19:30
Latvia Flag of Latvia.png 6–2
(2–1, 1–0, 3–1)
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom Arena Riga
Attendance: 5,058
8 February 2013
15:30
France Flag of France.png 4–2
(1–0, 2–0, 1–2)
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom Arena Riga
Attendance: 922
8 February 2013
19:30
Kazakhstan Flag of Kazakhstan.png 2–3
(1–2, 1–0, 0–1)
Flag of Latvia.png Latvia Arena Riga
Attendance: 10,025
10 February 2013
13:00
United Kingdom Flag of Great Britain.gif 0–6
(0–2, 0–4, 0–0)
Flag of Kazakhstan.png Kazakhstan Arena Riga
Attendance: 875
10 February 2013
17:00
Latvia Flag of Latvia.png 2–3 OT
(0–2, 1–0, 1–0)
(OT 0–1)
Flag of France.png France Arena Riga
Attendance: 10,190

Group F[]

Team GP W OTW OTL L GF GA DIF PTS
Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia 3 3 0 0 0 12 4 +8 9
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus 3 2 0 0 1 11 6 +5 6
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark 3 1 0 0 2 5 5 0 3
Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine 3 0 0 0 3 1 14 −13 0

All times are local (UTC+1).

7 February 2013
16:00
Belarus Flag of Belarus.png 2–4
(0–1, 2–1, 0–2)
Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia SE Arena
Attendance: 408
7 February 2013
20:00
Denmark Flag of Denmark.png 2–0
(1–0, 1–0, 0–0)
Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine SE Arena
Attendance: 4,121
8 February 2013
17:00
Belarus Flag of Belarus.png 6–0
(1–0, 2–0, 3–0)
Flag of Ukraine.png Ukraine SE Arena
Attendance: 631
8 February 2013
21:00
Slovenia Flag of Slovenia.png 2–1
(0–0, 2–1, 0–0)
Flag of Denmark.png Denmark SE Arena
Attendance: 5,000
10 February 2013
14:00
Ukraine Flag of Ukraine.png 1–6
(0–4, 0–1, 1–1)
Flag of Slovenia.png Slovenia SE Arena
Attendance: 545
10 February 2013
18:00
Denmark Flag of Denmark.png 2–3
(0–0, 2–2, 0–1)
Flag of Belarus.png Belarus SE Arena
Attendance: 3,988

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