2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup kicks off Aug 7 in B°eclav & Bratislava

Jun 21, 2017 | Editorial Staff

The 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is approaching. This year will be the 27th edition of the prestigious annual summer tournament. From 7 to 12 August, fans in B°eclav and Bratislava can look forward to seeing some of the greatest U18 hockey players in the world.

The traditional eight best U18 national teams in the world are once again divided into two groups:

Group A, B°eclav: Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, USA.
Group B, Bratislava: Slovakia, Canada, Finland, Russia.

Tournament format

The tournament is open to players born in 2000 and younger. The maximum number of players per team is 22 ľ 20 skaters and 2 goaltenders. All players must also receive entry visas into the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Statistics will be kept by the Czech and Slovak ice hockey associations. The tournament will be officiated by qualified referees and linesmen with international licenses.

Each team plays once against the other three teams teams within its group. The winner of each game receives three points and the loser receives no points. If the game tied after 60 minutes, both teams get one point, with the winner in overtime or penalty shootout receives another point. During the Preliminary Round, overtime will consist of a five-minute sudden-death period, with teams skating 3-on-3 at full strength. If no goal is scored, a three-round penalty shootout will be played, with additional rounds added as needed until a winner is determined.

At the end of the group stage, the third- and fourth-placed teams in each group play cross-over games to determine fifth to eighth places in the final standings. The first- and second-placed teams in each group play cross-over semi-finals, followed by final and third-place games that will determine first to fourth places. During playoff games (semi-finals, bronze- and gold-medal games), overtime will be 10 minutes sudden-death with teams skating 4-on-4 at full strength, followed by a five-round penalty shootout if the game is still tied.

There will be two exhibition games before the start of the tournament - Saturday, 5 August between Czech Republic and Canada in B°eclav and at the same day Slovaks will face USA in Bratislava.


gamedayteam 1 team 2 start / resultlivestats
1 1 Monday 7th, 2017 áUSA áSweden 15:30
2 2 áCanada áRussia 15:30
3 1 áCzech Rep. áSwitzerland 19:00
4 1 áSlovakia áFinland 19:00
5 1 Tuesday 8th, 2017 áSwitzerland áUSA 15:30
6 1 áFinland áCanada 15:30
7 1 áCzech Rep. áSweden 19:00
8 1 áSlovakia áRussia 19:00
9 1 Wednesday 9th, 2017 áSweden áSwitzerland 15:30
10 1 áRussia áFinland 15:30
11 1 áCzech Rep. áUSA 19:00
12 1 áCanada áSlovakia 19:00

In brief

Pre-tournament games

4.8. - The final pre-tournament games will be played on Saturday, 5 August. The Czech Republic will host Canada in B°eclav at 18:30 CET, 12:30 ET. Meanwhile, Slovakia will host the USA in Bratislava. Coverage of these games will be available at

Pre-tournament games

3.8. - In a pre-tournament game on Thursday in Vienna, Russia beat Belarus 4-2. On Thursday in Budapest, Hungary U20 hosts the USA at 19:30 CET, 13:30 ET.

Interested in history?

6.6. - 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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