Hlinka Gretzky Cup, formerly known as the Junior World Cup and Pacific Cup, has been held annually since 1991, with the first tournament being held in Japan. Since 1997, the tournament has taken place in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, although only since 2002 has the tournament been held in both countries simultaneously. In 2018 the name of the tournament was changed to Hlinka Gretzky Cup and is hosted alternately by Czech Republic+Slovakia and Canada.

Involving players under the age of eighteen, the Hlinka Gretzky Cup is the premier showcase for hockey talent from Europe and overseas. The teams that regularly feature in the tournament are: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. In the past, the tournament has helped introduce the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos to the international stage.

The most successful nation at the tournament so far has been Canada, who have won gold a staggering twenty two times in twenty-five attempts. Including the Soviet Union’s 1991 victory, Russia have won gold three times, while Czech Republic, Sweden and the USA have one gold medal to their credit so far.


Year Winner Place State
1991Soviet UnionSapporo, YokohamaJapan
1994CanadaMexico CityMexiko
1996CanadaNelson, CastlegarCanada
1997CanadaJihlava, Zdar nad Sazavou, ZnojmoCzech Republic
1999CanadaHavlickuv Brod,Trebic, ZnojmoCzech Republic
2001CanadaKolin, Mlada Boleslav, NymburkCzech Republic
2002CanadaBreclav/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2003USABreclav/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2004CanadaBreclav/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2005CanadaBreclav/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2006CanadaBreclav/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2007SwedenHodonin/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2008CanadaHodonin/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2009CanadaBreclav, Hodonin/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2010CanadaBreclav/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2011CanadaBreclav/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2012CanadaBreclav/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2013CanadaBreclav/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2014CanadaBreclav/PiestanyCzech Republic/Slovakia
2015CanadaBreclav/BratislavaCzech Republic/Slovakia
2016Czech RepublicBreclav/BratislavaCzech Republic/Slovakia
2017CanadaBreclav/BratislavaCzech Republic/Slovakia
2018CanadaEdmonton/Red DeerCanada

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In brief

Pre-tournament games

21.6. - The final pre-tournament games will be played on Saturday, 3 August. The Czech Republic will host USA in Břeclav at 18:30 CET, 12:30 ET. Meanwhile, Slovakia will host the Canada in Piešťany. Coverage of these games will be available at eurolivescores.com/.

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6.2. - Do you know who won the Cup last year? Which team has won the most gold medals? HERE you can review the history.

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