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It may be the middle of summer, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t puck to be played.

The 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup is ready for action, as some of the best U18 players in the world are gathered in Red Deer to play in the tournament. The annual competition features eight teams this season, including Canada, which did not compete during the 2021 edition.

It is one of the first chances for members of the 2023 NHL Draft class to get their names out there on the international scale. In recent years, we’ve seen players like Cole Perfetti, Alexis Lafreniere and Casey Mittelstadt light up the tournament and increase their draft stock.

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Here is everything you need to know about the 2022 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.

The 2022 tournament is a bit different, as some players who would typically be playing in this tournament are instead potentially competing at the 2022 World Juniors, which was cancelled in December and is being picked up again in August.

When is the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup?

Start date: Sunday, July 31
End date: Saturday, Aug. 6

The 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup began on Sunday, July 31 and runs until Saturday, Aug. 6.

The preliminary round is set to run from July 31 to Aug. 3. Once round-robin play is over, then the semifinals, fifth-place and seventh-place matches will take place on Aug. 5 and the medal games will be on Aug. 6.

How to watch the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup

TV channel (Canada): TSN
Live stream (Canada): TSN.ca, TSN app
TV channel (U.S.): NHL Network
Live stream (U.S.): fuboTV

TSN and the NHL Network will once again be home to all of the action for the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

The American audience can view the games involving Team USA, in addition to the semifinals, bronze and gold medal games, live on TV on the NHL Network, or can stream it though fuboTV.

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

Where is the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup?

Location: Red Deer, Alberta
Venue: Peavey Mart Centrium

The 2022 iteration of the tournament is being played in Red Deer at the Peavey Mart Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.

It is the first time since 2000 that there is just a single host city for the tournament. It typically is split between two locations and venues, however, Red Deer will have all of the games this time. It is the second time the city has hosted the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, after previously acting as one of the two hosts in 2018 along with Edmonton.

Hlinka Cup 2022 standings, groups

There are eight teams competing at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

The clubs are split into two groups of four. Each team will play three games in 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
Canada
1
1
0
0
0
3
Sweden
0
0
0
0
0
0
Slovakia
0
0
0
0
0
0
Switzerland
1
0
0
1
0
0

Group B

Team
Games
Wins
OT Wins
Losses
OT Losses
Points
United States
1
1
0
0
0
3
Czechia
1
0
1
0
0
2
Finland
1
0
0
0
1
1
Germany
1
0
0
1
0
0

Hlinka Gretzky Cup results, scores 2022

Sunday, July 31

Matchup
Czechia 4, Finland 3 (OT)
USA 8, Germany 1
Canada 14, Switzerland 0

Monday, Aug. 1

Matchup
Time
TV
Sweden vs. Slovakia
1 p.m.
N/A
Finland vs. USA
5 p.m.
NHL Network
Germany vs. Czechia
9 p.m.
N/A

Tuesday, Aug. 2

Matchup
Time
TV
Switzerland vs. Sweden
1 p.m.
N/A
Finland vs. Germany
5 p.m.
N/A
Slovakia vs. Canada
9 p.m.
TSN

Wednesday, Aug. 3

Matchup
Time
TV
United States vs. Czechia
1 p.m.
NHL Network
Slovakia vs. Switzerland
5 p.m.
N/A
Canada vs. Sweden
9 p.m.
TSN

Friday, Aug. 5

Matchup
Time
TV
A4 vs. B4 (Seventh place game)
12 p.m.
N/A
A4 vs. B4 (Fifth place game)
3:30 p.m.
N/A
B1 vs. A2 (Semifinal)
7 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
A1 vs. B2 (Semifinal)
10:30 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network

Saturday, Aug. 6

Matchup
Time
TV
Bronze Medal Game
3 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network
Gold Medal Game
6 p.m.
TSN/NHL Network

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