CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has announced the schedule and groups for the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, presented by RAM, which is set to run from July 31-Aug. 6 in Red Deer, Alta.
For the first time in tournament history, one Canadian community will host the entire event, bringing the best-on-best showcase to the Peavey Mart Centrium for six days of competition.
“We are very excited to bring this event back to Canada, and in partnership with the City of Red Deer and the Red Deer Rebels, host an incredible week of hockey in the community this summer,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties with Hockey Canada. “This tournament has seen some of the top under-18 players in the world compete against each other for the first time, and this summer will be a chance for fans in Alberta to see players that will suit up at future World Juniors.”
Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team will join Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland in Group A, while Czechia, Finland, Germany and the United States will form Group B.
The tournament will begin on July 31 with Czechia playing Finland at 11 a.m. MT, the United States facing Germany at 3 p.m. MT and the host Canadians taking on Switzerland at 7 p.m. MT. Canada will round out its preliminary-round schedule against Slovakia on Aug. 2 and Sweden on Aug. 3, with both puck drops at 7 p.m. MT.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals on Aug. 5, with the bronze and gold medal games set for Aug. 6 at 12 p.m. MT and 4 p.m. MT, respectively.
“Red Deer is thrilled to host this year’s tournament and welcome the world back to our city,” said Ken Johnston, mayor of Red Deer. “We had the honour of co-hosting this tournament in 2018, and after a cancellation in 2020, we cannot wait to watch the world’s best under-18 hockey players in Red Deer once again.”
Since the tournament began in 1991, Canada has captured a record 22 gold medals, including twice on home soil. The best-on-best showcase has featured some of the world’s best under-18 players, including Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon, Steven Stamkos and former Red Deer Rebels captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Packages for the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, presented by RAM, are on sale now, beginning at $169 for youth and $269 for adults, at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.
“This tournament is one of the marquee events on the international hockey calendar, and to have it solely in Red Deer speaks to the reputation the community has built for hosting events,” said Merrick Sutter, senior vice-president of the Red Deer Rebels. “All eight countries participating will have players that will go on to have successful professional hockey careers, and this is a chance for families in Red Deer to take advantage of that and join us for an unforgettable week this summer.”
TSN and RDS, the official broadcaster partners of Hockey Canada, will provide full coverage of the tournament.
Recruitment information for volunteers will be announced later in June, with more than 150 positions available leading up to and during the tournament.
For more information on the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, presented by RAM, please visit HlinkaGretzkyCup.ca, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.