Is it the Americans now? Or is it still the Russians past and present? When you examine the WJC even in recent history (lets say since 2000) there is little doubt the Russians are our fiercest enemy. There has been 6 gold medal games between the two countries and then there was 1998 and 1999, both overtime elimination games. At the top level Canada and Russia have lacked what Canada/USA has recently. The Americans have met us in the final in 1996, 2002 and 2010. All games/series being classics. Canada/Russia actually didn't meet in 1998 or 2002 somehow and not until 2010 did they play a meaningful game with each other outside of the round robin. It had been since 1987 for that. In the World Championships Canada/Russia still is tops in my opinion. The Americans are never competitive enough to make noise.