The 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, also known as the U18 Junior World Cup as well as the Pacific Cup will be between the 8th-13th August this year. The competition has been run annually since 1991, but since 2004 the tournament bears the name of Ivan Hlinka, the Czech hockey star who died in the same year. Since 2002, the tournament has been played exclusively in the Czech Republic and Slovakia simultaneously, and this year will be no exception as games will be played in both Břeclav and Bratislava.
In the tournament, players born in 1999 or before are eligible for selection. The maximum number of players on any roster is twenty-two, meaning teams may field twenty skaters and two netminders. All players must also receive an entry visa to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Statistics will be collected by the Czech Federation (ČSLH) and the Slovak Federation (SlovakIHF). The Tournament will be international adjudicated.
The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is systematically divided into two groups of four teams. The teams in each group will play each other in a round robin format. The top two placed teams in either group will compete in the medal rounds, while the teams placed third and fourth place in each group will compete in positional playoffs.
A victory in the round robin stage counts for three points, while a team defeated in regulation receives no points. If the match is not decided in regulation time, each teams will be credited with a point. Five minutes of 3 on 3 overtime will follow, and if the scores are still level, the teams will enter a best-of-three penalty shootout. The winner in overtime or after the shootout will receive an extra point. The same rules apply for games in the medal rounds.
Group A (in Breclav): Czech, Finland, Switzerland, USA
Group B (in Bratislava): Slovakia, ,Canada, Sweden, Russia
- Basic information
- Breclav city
- Bratislava city
- System of tournament