EDMONTON & RED DEER, Alta. –
Hockey Canada and Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) unveiled the brand-new
trophy for the recently rebranded Hlinka Gretzky Cup, set
for Aug. 6-11 in Edmonton and Red Deer. The trophy will be presented
to the international best-on-best, under-18 tournament champions at Rogers
Place in Edmonton following the gold-medal game on Aug. 11.
The trophy, which features the names of past tournament champions, will be
touring around Edmonton with Hockey Canada and OEG representatives on June
26 and will visit local radio and television stations. Fans and media are
invited to take pictures with the trophy on June 26 at 12 p.m. MT before it
departs for Red Deer, where Hockey Canada and OEG representatives will
bring the trophy to local radio stations and schools on June 27.
“The Hlinka Gretzky Cup is a world-class event with a list of alumni that
includes Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, and the unveiling of
this unique trophy adds to the excitement currently surrounding the
tournament,” said Al Coates, executive director of the
Hlinka Gretzky Cup with Hockey Canada. “We’re excited for fans to see the design of this
trophy, and to host the premier under-18 players from around the world as
they look to claim the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August.”
A group of 44 players – four goaltenders, 14 defencemen, and 26 forwards –
have been invited to attend Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, and will look to earn on spot on Team Canada and
compete on home ice for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Canada won last year’s
edition of the event in Breclav, Czech Republic, besting the host team 4-1,
with a squad that included 18 players who were selected in the 2018 NHL
draft over the weekend.
The camp is set for July 27-Aug. 1 at the Markin McPhail Centre at
WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, and is free and open to the
public. Following the selection camp, Team Canada will travel to Red Deer
for a pre-competition game at Servus Arena vs. the Czech Republic on Aug.
Fans who are eager to secure their seat to see Canada’s future NHL stars at
the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup can purchase an all-new, three-game Team Canada
ticket package, which includes one lower-bowl ticket to each Team Canada
preliminary-round game at Rogers Place, for only $99. Ticket packages can
be purchased online now at
“The new Team Canada packages provide fans the opportunity to experience
family-friendly, affordable entertainment from the lower-bowl at an
unbelievable venue, and to see the best Canadian hockey players under the
age of 18,” said Dean McIntosh, vice-president of events and properties for
Hockey Canada. “Many notable Hlinka Gretzky Cup alumni have gone on to very
successful NHL careers, and this is a great opportunity to see Canada’s
future stars compete on the international stage.”
At the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Dallas, Texas, last weekend, 77 alumni of the
event were selected by NHL clubs, including
seven of the top-10 picks and 19 first-rounders.
Hockey Canada also announced that Dodge will be the presenting partner for
the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Dodge will hold the rights to marketing and
event activation at the tournament, and the event will see a number of
in-game giveaways and promotions at both Rogers Place in Edmonton and
Servus Arena in Red Deer.
As with all Hockey Canada events, net proceeds from the Hlinka Gretzky Cup
will remain in the host province to support the growth of the game and
grassroots hockey initiatives. Hockey Canada and the Czech Hockey
Association, along with the Slovak Hockey Federation, have partnered to
bring the event to Canadian ice in 2018, 2020, and 2022. The regional
economic impact of hosting the Hlinka Gretzky Cup coup top $5 million based
on the results from hosting similar events of this size and scope.
For more information on Hockey Canada and the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup,
please visit HlinkaGretzkyCup.com, or
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