Hlinka Gretzky Cup 2023: Dates, results, schedule, channels to watch U18 international hockey tournament

While the NHL offseason is in full swing, the future of the league isn’t taking any time off. 

The 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup takes over the summer, as some of the best U18 players in the world have traveled over to Slovakia and the Czech Republic to take part in the international tournament.

The Hlinka Gretzky Cup is one of the first chances for members of the 2024 and 2025 NHL Draft classes to participate on the international stage, as well as the potential to win a medal. Canada defeated Sweden in last year’s championship game to win the country its 23rd Hlinka gold medal, most of all time.

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Here is everything you need to know about the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

What is the Hlinka Gretzky Cup?

The Hlinka Gretzky Cup is an annual international hockey tournament from players at the U18 level to play in. It has been around since 1991.

It is not sanctioned by the IIHF, which holds its own U18 tournament annually in April. However, since that conflicts with the CHL playoffs, typically the Hlinka Gretzky Cup gives countries the opportunity to build their best U18 roster.

However, not all of the best U18 players will be in attendance. Those top players that are being considered for the U20 national team to play at the World Juniors this winter may be partaking in the World Junior Summer Showcase, and not at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

When is the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup?

  • Start date: Monday, July 31
  • End date: Saturday, Aug. 5

The 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup begins on Monday, July 31 and runs until Saturday, Aug. 5.

The preliminary round is set to run from July 31 to Aug. 2. Once round-robin play is over, then the semifinals, fifth-place and seventh-place matches will take place on Aug. 4 and the medal games will be on Aug. 5.

How to watch the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup

  • ​TV channel (Canada): TSN
  • Live stream (Canada): TSN.ca, TSN app, TSN+
  • TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
  • Live stream (U.S.): Fubo 

TSN and the NHL Network will once again be home to all of the action for the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

The American audience can view all games involving Team USA, select other preliminary round contests, the semifinals, and bronze and gold medal games, live on TV on NHL Network, or can stream it through Fubo.

Canadian viewers can watch all Team Canada matches and certain preliminary round contests, as well as the semifinal and medal games, on TSN, or can stream the games through TSN.ca, TSN+ or in the TSN app.

Where is the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup?

  • Location: Breclav, Czech Republic / Trencin, Slovakia
  • Venue: Fosfa Aréna / Pavol Demitra Ice Stadium

The 2023 iteration of the tournament is hosted by two countries, as Breclav, Czech Republic and Trencin, Slovakia are the sites for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

In Breclav, games will be played at Fosfa Arena, while the contests in Trencin will be played at Pavol Demitra Ice Stadium.

Hlinka Cup 2023 standings, groups

There are eight teams competing at the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

The clubs are split into two groups of four. Each team will play three games in a round-robin fashion, gaining points for wins, overtime wins and overtime losses.

The two top teams from each group advance to the semifinals. The No. 1 seed from Group A will face the No. 2 seed from Group B and vice versa.

The winners of those semifinals will play in the gold medal game, and the losers will square off for bronze. 

Group A

Team Games Wins OT Wins Losses OT Losses Points
Czechia* 3 2 0 1 0 6
USA* 3 2 0 1 0 6
Sweden 3 2 0 1 0 6
Germany 3 0 0 3 0 0

Group B 

Team Games Wins OT Wins Losses OT Losses Points
Canada* 3 2 0 1 0 6
Finland* 3 2 0 1 0 6
Switzerland 3 2 0 1 0 6
Slovakia 3 0 0 3 0 0

* = advance to knockout stage

Hlinka Gretzky Cup results, scores 2023

Monday, July 31

Time (ET) Matchup
FINAL Sweden 11, Germany 1
FINAL Finland 9, Canada 6
FINAL Czechia 7, USA 2
FINAL Switzerland 6, Slovakia 3

Tuesday, Aug. 1

Time (ET) Matchup
FINAL USA 6, Sweden 1
FINAL Switzerland 3, Finland 1
FINAL Czechia 6, Germany 2
FINAL Canada 14, Slovakia 4

Wednesday, Aug. 2

Time (ET) Matchup
FINAL USA 8, Germany 1
FINAL Canada 5, Switzerland 0
FINAL Sweden 4, Czechia 2
FINAL Finland 2, Slovakia 1

Friday, Aug. 4

Time (ET) Matchup
FINAL Germany 6, Slovakia 4 (Seventh-place game)
FINAL Sweden 3, Switzerland 2 (OT) (Fifth-place game)
FINAL Canada 7, USA 2 (Semifinal)
FINAL Czechia 8, Finland 2 (Semifinal)

Saturday, Aug. 5

Time (ET) Matchup
FINAL USA 5, Finland 1 (Bronze Medal Game)
FINAL Canada 3, Czechia 2 (OT) (Gold Medal Game)

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