What Is The Hlinka Gretzky Cup?
Hlinka Gretzky Cup is an international tournament for players under 18 years of age. It is administered by the three hockey foundations.
They include Hockey Canada, Czech Ice Hockey Association, and Slovak Ice Hockey Federation. The tournament was formerly known as Phoenix Cup, Nations Cup, U-18 Junior World Cup, and Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Participating teams in 2023 are:
- United States
- Czech Republic
Japan hosted the inaugural tournament in 1991, where the Soviet Union walked away with the gold following a victory over Canada in the final.
However, Canada has won the tournament most times. In the last 31 seasons, Canada has clinched the championship title whopping 23 times.
The tournament was renamed Hlinka Gretzky Cup in 2018. It provides a ground-breaking opportunity for NHL prospects to show their skills and strength.
17 players from the winning team of Canada were drafted by the NHL in 2018. Moreover, Canada is the recent winner of the championship.
The United States has the most silver medals in the tournament. They received their last gold in 2003, silver in 2016, and bronze in 2018.