The Ivan Hlinka Memorial 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.

Involving players under the age of eighteen, the Ivan Hlinka Memorial 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 eighteen times in twenty-two attempts. Including the Soviet Union’s 1991 victory, Russia have won gold three times, while Sweden and the USA have one gold medal to their credit so far.

The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup bears the name of the deceased Czech hockey legend who died in 2004. The name of the tournament was changed in 2012, whereas before it was called the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka.


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

Medal table

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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 Břeclav at 18:30 CET, 12:30 ET. Meanwhile, Slovakia will host the USA in Bratislava. Coverage of these games will be available at eurolivescores.com.

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.
History of the hockey legend

Information about Ivan Hlinka

More about the legend


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