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Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Hlinka Gretzky Cup
Tournament information
SportIce hockey
Location Pieany, Slovakia
B?eclav, Czech Republic
Edmonton & Red Deer, Canada
Established1991
Number of
tournaments
30
Teams8
Current champion
Russia (4th title)

The Hlinka Gretzky Cup is an annual international under-18 ice hockey tournament administered by Canada, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia's ice hockey federations. Held since 1991, it has been contested under various titles and in various countries, including Japan, Mexico, and Canada. From 1997 through 2017, hosting duties for the event alternated between, and were later split between, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. During this period, the event was known as the Nations Cup, the U-18 Junior World Cup, and Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. From 2018 through 2022, the tournament will alternate between Edmonton, Canada and Czech Republic/Slovakia.

The event is not sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), which holds its own U-18 championship in April. As that event conflicts with Canadian Hockey League (CHL) playoffs, the Hlinka Gretzky Cup is one of the few opportunities for Canada to compete with its strongest U-18 national team. Canada has subsequently been the most dominant team in the tournament, having won 22 times.

The tournament is a prominent pre-season showcase for National Hockey League (NHL) prospects; 17 players on Canada's winning team from 2017 were selected with first-round picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

History

The tournament started in 1991, hosted by Japan for the first three years, as well as the fifth. In its first year, it was known as the Phoenix Cup, after which the Pacific Cup moniker was adopted (with the exception of 1994, when Mexico served as the host country and the tournament was known as La Copa Mexico). In 1996, the tournament was first held in Canada. Beginning in 1997, just four years after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia began alternating as hosts, and the tournament was renamed the Nations Cup. The two countries alternated until 2003, then co-hosted from 2003 through 2017. At this time, it was also renamed the U-18 Junior World Cup. In 2007, the event was renamed the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in honour of prominent Czech player Ivan Hlinka--who had died in a vehicle accident in 2004.[1]

Historically, the tournament has been dominated by Canada; over 29 years, the country has won 22 times and medalled in each year except 2003, 2007, 2016 and 2021. As the IIHF's official U18 world championships conflicts with playoffs in domestic competitions such as the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), this tournament is the only competition of the two to which Canada is able to send its best under-18 team.

In January 2018, Hockey Canada announced that the 2018 edition would be co-hosted by Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, in association with Oilers Entertainment Group and the Czech and Slovak ice hockey federations, and that the event had been renamed the Hlinka Gretzky Cup--additionally honouring Edmonton Oilers hall of famer Wayne Gretzky.[2] The tournament will alternate between Edmonton and Czech Republic/Slovakia annually through 2022.[1][3] In 2021 it was announced that 2023 tournament will again be held in B?eclav and Pieany.[4]

Results

Year Gold Silver Bronze 4th Host Cities
1991  Soviet Union  Canada  United States  Japan Sapporo / Yokohama, Japan
1992  Canada  Russia  Japan  United States Tokyo, Japan
1993  Russia  United States  Canada  Japan Yokohama, Japan
1994  Canada  United States  Russia  Japan Mexico City, Mexico
1995  Russia  Canada  United States  Japan Yokohama, Japan
1996  Canada  United States  Finland  Japan Nelson / Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada
1997  Canada  Czech Republic  Slovakia - Jihlava / ár nad Sázavou / Znojmo, Czech Republic
1998  Canada  Czech Republic  Slovakia  Belarus Bratislava / Trnava,[5] Slovakia
1999  Canada  United States  Czech Republic  Slovakia Havlí?k?v Brod / T?ebí? / Znojmo, Czech Republic
2000  Canada  United States  Czech Republic  Slovakia Ke?marok, Slovakia
2001  Canada  Czech Republic  Russia   Switzerland Kolín / Mladá Boleslav / Nymburk, Czech Republic
2002  Canada  Czech Republic  Russia   Switzerland / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia
2003  United States  Russia  Czech Republic  Canada / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia
2004  Canada  Czech Republic  Sweden  United States / B?eclav/Hodonín, Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia
2005  Canada  Czech Republic  Finland  Russia / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia
2006  Canada  United States  Russia  Sweden / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia
2007  Sweden  Finland  Russia  Canada / Hodonín, Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia
2008  Canada  Russia  Sweden  Finland / Pieany, Slovakia / B?eclav, Czech Republic
2009  Canada  Russia  Sweden  United States / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia
2010  Canada  United States  Sweden  Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia / B?eclav, Czech Republic
2011  Canada  Sweden  Russia  Finland / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia
2012  Canada  Finland  Sweden  Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia / B?eclav, Czech Republic
2013  Canada  United States  Czech Republic  Russia / Pieany, Slovakia / B?eclav, Czech Republic
2014  Canada  Czech Republic  United States  Sweden / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia
2015  Canada  Sweden  Russia  Finland / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Bratislava, Slovakia
2016  Czech Republic  United States  Russia  Sweden / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Bratislava, Slovakia
2017  Canada  Czech Republic  Sweden  Russia / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Bratislava, Slovakia
2018  Canada  Sweden  Russia  United States Edmonton / Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
2019  Russia  Canada  Sweden  Finland / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia
2020 Tournament cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic.[6] Edmonton / Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
2021  Russia  Slovakia  Sweden  Finland / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia
2022 Edmonton / Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
2023 / B?eclav, Czech Republic / Pieany, Slovakia

Medal leaders

Country Gold Silver Bronze Medals
 Canada 22 3 1 26
 Russia /  Soviet Union 5 4 9 18
 United States 1 9 3 13
 Czech Republic 1 8 4 13
 Sweden 1 3 8 12
 Finland 0 2 2 4
 Slovakia 0 1 2 3
 Japan 0 0 1 1

References

  1. ^ a b c "Hlinka Gretzky Cup the first step to possible NHL stardom". Edmonton Sun. 2018-08-04. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "HLINKA GRETZKY CUP COMING TO ROGERS PLACE AND SERVUS ARENA IN RED DEER". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ s.r.o., eSports.cz. "Hlinka Gretzky Cup introduced in Edmonton". Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup official website. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "IIHF - Russian repeat at Hlinka Gretzky Cup". iihf.com. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "pozvánka na ?portoviská" (in Slovak). SME.sk. 15 August 1998. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Hockey Canada statement on 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup". Hockey Canada.

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