History of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup
The Hlinka Gretzky Cup is an annual international under-18 ice hockey tournament that has been held since 1991. The tournament was originally known as the Phoenix Cup, and was hosted by Japan for the first three years.
In 1994, the tournament was renamed La Copa Mexico and hosted by Mexico. In 1996, the tournament was first held in Canada, and was renamed the Nations Cup.
In 2002, the tournament was renamed the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in honor of Ivan Hlinka, a former Czech ice hockey player and coach.
|Sport Name||Hlinka Gretzky Cup|
|Host countries||Canada, Czech Republic, and Slovakia|
|Format||Best-on-best, two divisions, top four teams in each division advance to semifinals|
|Number of teams||6 teams per division, 12 teams total|
|Tournament length||6 days|
|Most wins||Canada (23)|
|Other winners||United States (11), Russia (4), Sweden (3), Finland (2), Czech Republic (1)|
|Notable alumni||Sidney Crosby, John Tavares, Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews|
|2023 host city||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|2023 dates||August 2-6|
In 2018, the tournament was renamed the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in honor of both Ivan Hlinka and Wayne Gretzky, two of the greatest ice hockey players of all time.
The tournament has been won by Canada a record 23 times, followed by the United States with 11 wins.
Other countries that have won the tournament include Russia, Sweden, Finland, and the Czech Republic.
The Hlinka Gretzky Cup is a major showcase for NHL draft eligible prospects, and many of the players who have participated in the tournament have gone on to have successful careers in the NHL, including Sidney Crosby, John Tavares, Connor McDavid, and Auston Matthews.
Format of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup
The Hlinka Gretzky Cup is a best-on-best tournament, featuring the best under-18 players from around the world.
The tournament is divided into two divisions, the Red Division and the White Division. Each division consists of six teams, and the top four teams in each division advance to the semifinals.
The winners of the semifinals meet in the gold medal game, and the losers of the semifinals meet in the bronze medal game.
The tournament is played in a round-robin format, with each team playing each other team in its division once. The top four teams in each division advance to the semifinals. The semifinals are played in a best-of-three format, with the winners of the semifinals meeting in the gold medal game and the losers of the semifinals meeting in the bronze medal game.
Past winners of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup:
The following is a list of the past winners of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup:
- 1991: Japan
- 1992: Canada
- 1993: Canada
- 1994: Mexico
- 1996: Canada
- 1997: Canada
- 1998: Canada
- 1999: Russia
- 2000: Canada
- 2001: Canada
- 2002: Canada
- 2003: United States
- 2004: Canada
- 2005: Canada
- 2006: Canada
- 2007: Canada
- 2008: Russia
- 2009: Canada
- 2010: United States
- 2011: Canada
- 2012: Canada
- 2013: Canada
- 2014: Canada
- 2015: Russia
- 2016: Canada
- 2017: Canada
- 2018: Canada
- 2019: Canada
- 2020: Tournament cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
- 2021: Canada
- 2022: Canada
The Hlinka Gretzky Cup as a showcase for NHL draft eligible prospectus
The Hlinka Gretzky Cup is a major showcase for NHL draft eligible prospects. Many of the players who have participated in the tournament have gone on to have successful careers in the NHL, including Sidney Crosby, John Tavares, Connor McDavid, and Auston Matthews.
The tournament is a great opportunity for players to showcase their skills and make a name for themselves. NHL scouts are always watching the tournament, and many players have been drafted into the NHL after having a strong performance at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
The 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
The 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from August 2-6. The tournament will feature teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. The tournament is sure to be a great showcase for the best young hockey players in the world, and it will be exciting to see who emerges as the top stars of