France men's national ice hockey team

The France men's national ice hockey team has participated in the IIHF European Championships, the IIHF World Hockey Championships and the Olympic Games.[2] As of 2016, it is ranked 14th in the world in the IIHF World Rankings. The team is overseen by the Fédération Française de Hockey sur Glace. Notable recent wins include upsets against Russia at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, and a triumphant 5–1 over Finland as the tournament host of 2017 IIHF World Championship. However, in 2019 France was relegated to Division I after a dramatic overtime loss to Great Britain.

France
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Bleus (The Blues)
AssociationFédération Française de Hockey sur Glace
Head coachPhilippe Bozon
AssistantsRené Matte
Yorick Treille
CaptainDamien Fleury
Most gamesDenis Perez (297)
Most pointsPhilippe Bozon (170)
Team colors     
IIHF codeFRA
France national ice hockey team jerseys 2016.png
Ranking
Current IIHF14 Decrease 1 (24 April 2020)[1]
Highest IIHF12 (first in 2014)
Lowest IIHF19 (first in 2006)
First international
Belgium  3–0  France
(Brussels, Belgium; 4 March 1905)
Biggest win
France  24–1  North Korea
(Budapest, Hungary; 15 March 1983)
Biggest defeat
United States  22–0  France
(Chamonix, France; 30 January 1924)
IIHF World Championships
Appearances57 (first in 1930)
Best result6th (1930)
European Championships
Appearances4 (first in 1923)
Best resultGold medal with cup.svg (1924)
Olympics
Appearances10 (first in 1920)
International record (W–L–T)
368–487–92

Patrick Francheterre coached the national team in 1985 and 1986, then managed the team from 1993 to 1997 and from 2004 to 2014, and received the Paul Loicq Award in 2017.[3]

Tournament recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

 
The French team at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Games Finish
  1920 Palais de Glace d'Anvers 5th place
  1924 Chamonix 5th place
  1928 St. Moritz 6th place
  1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 9th place
  1968 Grenoble 14th place
  1988 Calgary 11th place
  1992 Albertville 8th place
  1994 Lillehammer 10th place
  1998 Nagano 11th place
  2002 Salt Lake 14th place
  2022 Beijing

World ChampionshipEdit

See: Ice Hockey World Championships and List of IIHF World Championship medalists
Note: Between 1920 and 1968, the Olympic hockey tournament was also considered the World Championship for that year.[citation needed] World Championship tournaments were not held in the Olympic years of 1980, 1984, and 1988.[4]
Championship Finish Rank
 / /  1930 Chamonix/Vienna/Berlin First round 6th
  1931 Krynica-Zdrój Consolation round 9th
  1934 Milan Consolation round 11th
  1935 Davos Consolation round 7th
  1937 London Consolation round 7th
  1950 London Consolation round 9th
  1951 Paris 2nd in the Pool B 9th
  1952 Liege 6th in the Pool B 15th
  1953 Zürich/Basel 5th in the Pool B 8th
  1961 Geneva/Lausanne 2nd in the Pool C 16th
  1963 Stockholm 6th in the Pool B 14th
  1965 Tampere 9th in the Pool B 17th
  1967 Vienna 4th in the Pool C 20th
  1970 Galaţi 3rd in the Pool C 17th
  1971 Eindhoven 2nd in the Pool C 16th
  1973 Geleen/Rotterdam/Nijmegen/Utrecht/Tilburg/The Hague 6th in the Pool C 20th
  1974 Grenoble/Gap/Lyon 5th in the Pool C 19th
  1975 Sofia 5th in the Pool C 19th
  1976 Gdańsk 3rd in the Pool C 19th
  1977 Copenhagen/Hørsholm 4th in the Pool C 21st
  1978 Canary Islands 6th in the Pool B 22nd
  1979 Barcelona 3rd in the Pool C 21st
  1981 Beijing 5th in the Pool C 21st
  1982 Jaca 4th in the Pool C 20th
  1983 Budapest 5th in the Pool C 21st
  1985 Megève/Chamonix/Saint-Gervais 1st in the Pool B 17th
  1986 Eindhoven 4th in the Pool B 12th
  1987 Canazei 4th in the Pool B 12th
  1989 Oslo/Lillehammer 3rd in the Pool B 11th
  1990 Lyon/Megève 4th in the Pool B 12th
  1991 Ljubljana/Bled/Jesenice 3rd in the Pool B 11th
  1992 Prague/Bratislava Consolation Round 11th
  1993 Munich/Dortmund Consolation Round 10th
  1994 Bolzano/Canazei/Milan First round 10th
  1995 Stockholm Quarterfinals 8th
  1996 Vienna Consolation Round 11th
  1997 Helsinki/Tampere/Turku Consolation round 10th
  1998 Zürich/Basel First round 13th
  1999 Hamar/Lillehammer Qualifying Round 15th
  2000 Saint Petersburg Consolation Round 15th
  2001 Grenoble 2nd in Division I, Group A 20th
  2002 Eindhoven 2nd in Division I, Group A 19th
  2003 Zagreb 1st in Division I, Group B 18st
  2004 Prague/Ostrava Relegation round 16th
  2005 Eindhoven 2nd in Division I, Group B 19th
  2006 Amiens 2nd in Division I, Group A 20th
  2007 Qiqihar 1st in Division I, Group A 18th
  2008 Halifax/Quebec Relegation round 14th
  2009 Bern/Schluefweg/Kloten Qualifying round 12th
  2010 Cologne/Mannheim/Gelsenkirchen Relegation round 14th
  2011 Bratislava/Košice Qualifying round 12th
 /  2012 Helsinki/Stockholm Preliminary round 9th
 /  2013 Stockholm/Helsinki Preliminary round 13th
  2014 Minsk Quarterfinals 8th
  2015 Prague/Ostrava Preliminary round 12th
  2016 Moscow/Saint Petersburg Preliminary round 14th
 /  2017 Cologne/Paris Preliminary round 9th
  2018 Copenhagen/Herning Preliminary round 18th
  2019 Bratislava/Košice Relegation 15th
  2020 Ljubljana Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic[5] -
  2021 Ljubljana

European ChampionshipEdit

Games GP W T L GF GA Coach Captain Finish Rank
1910–1922 Did not participate.
  1923 Antwerp 4 3 0 1 13 8 ? ? Round-robin  
  1924 Milan 3 3 0 0 17 1 ? ? Final  
  1925 Štrbské Pleso, Starý Smokovec Did not participate.
  1926 Davos 4 2 0 2 5 6 ? ? Second round 5th
  1927 Wien Did not participate.
  1929 Budapest Did not participate.
  1932 Berlin 4 2 2 0 10 4 ? ? Consolation Round 6th

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship.[6][7]

Head coach: Philippe Bozon

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
3 D Jonathan Janil 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1987-09-24) 24 September 1987 (age 33)   Boxers de Bordeaux
4 D Antonin Manavian 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1987-04-26) 26 April 1987 (age 33)   Brûleurs de Loups
8 D Hugo Gallet 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 94 kg (207 lb) (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 23)   Boxers de Bordeaux
9 F Damien FleuryC 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1986-02-01) 1 February 1986 (age 34)   Brûleurs de Loups
12 F Valentin ClaireauxA 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 29)   Vaasan Sport
13 F Peter Valier 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 28)   Boxers de Bordeaux
20 F Eliot Berthon 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1992-04-27) 27 April 1992 (age 28)   Genève-Servette HC
22 F Guillaume Leclerc 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 24)   Brûleurs de Loups
25 F Nicolas Ritz 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1992-02-26) 26 February 1992 (age 28)   Dragons de Rouen
35 G Henri-Corentin Buysse 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 86 kg (190 lb) (1988-03-18) 18 March 1988 (age 32)   Gothiques d'Amiens
37 G Sebastian Ylönen 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1991-07-03) 3 July 1991 (age 29)   Anglet Hormadi Élite
38 D Pierre Crinon 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 25)   Rapaces de Gap
44 D Olivier Dame-Malka 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1990-05-30) 30 May 1990 (age 30)   Nice hockey Côte d'Azur
49 G Florian Hardy 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 83 kg (183 lb) (1985-02-08) 8 February 1985 (age 35)   Ducs d'Angers
61 F Cédric Di Dio Balsamo 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1994-03-27) 27 March 1994 (age 26)   LHC Les Lions
62 D Florian Chakiachvili 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1992-03-18) 18 March 1992 (age 28)   Dragons de Rouen
63 F Alexandre Texier 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 87 kg (192 lb) (1999-09-13) 13 September 1999 (age 21)   Columbus Blue Jackets
71 F Anthony Guttig 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1988-10-30) 30 October 1988 (age 32)   Dragons de Rouen
72 F Jordann Perret 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1994-10-15) 15 October 1994 (age 26)   HC Dynamo Pardubice
74 D Thomas Thiry 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 101 kg (223 lb) (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 23)   EV Zug
77 F Sacha Treille 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1987-11-06) 6 November 1987 (age 33)   Brûleurs de Loups
81 F Anthony Rech 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 85 kg (187 lb) (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 28)   Schwenninger Wild Wings
82 F Charles Bertrand 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1991-02-05) 5 February 1991 (age 29)   HC Fribourg-Gottéron
84 D Kévin HecquefeuilleA 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1984-11-20) 20 November 1984 (age 36)   Scorpions de Mulhouse
94 F Tim Bozon 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 92 kg (203 lb) (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 26)   Genève-Servette HC

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IIHF Men's World Ranking". IIHF. 24 April 2020. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  2. ^ "France making more miracles – 2014 WM – International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF". iihfworlds2014.com. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ "IIHF Hall of Fame names 20th induction class". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2017. Archived from the original on 22 March 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  4. ^ "All Medalists: Men: IIHF World Championships". International Ice Hockey Federation. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  5. ^ Steiss, Adam. "2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship cancelled". iihf.com. IIHF. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  6. ^ "EDF - CM 2019. La liste des 25 Bleus pour Kosice". hockeyfrance.com. 6 May 2019.
  7. ^ 2019 IIHF World Championship roster

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