BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team will begin its quest for gold on Monday, August 8 as the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament gets underway in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.
Canada, which has won the tournament three straight years, will open the event against Sweden in Group A action in Breclav on Monday (9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT). It will be the first of three games in three days for Canada, which faces the Czech Republic on Tuesday and Switzerland on Wednesday during the preliminary round.
The top two teams from Group A and Group B will cross over for semifinals on Friday, August 12 before the gold and bronze medal games on Saturday, August 13.
Canada played one pre-tournament game in preparation for the tournament, defeating Slovakia 3-0 on Saturday in Piestany.
There will be no TV or radio coverage of the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, but fans can follow all of the action with live updates at www.hockeycanada.ca . Hockey Canada's official website is also the place to find game summaries, stories, and other features.
Media enquiries for Canada's players and staff should be directed to Keegan Goodrich, Hockey Canada's coordinator of media relations. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.