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Cayden Lindstrom at the 2024 NHL Draft (left) and on ice at the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup (right).

Alumni take next step in Vegas

Led by No. 4 pick Cayden Lindstrom, 53 Hlinka Gretzky Cup alumni heard their names called at the 2024 NHL Draft

Jason La Rose
July 03, 2024

Hlinka Gretzky Cup alumni went early and often at the 2024 NHL Draft, with 10 first-round selections from four countries leading a group of 53 who pulled on an NHL jersey for the first time at the Sphere in Las Vegas.

The first alumnus off the board was the fourth player selected. Cayden Lindstrom scored twice (including a goal in the gold medal game) and added an assist in five games to help Canada win a 24th summer U18 gold at the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

In all, three of the first nine picks and six of the first 20 were alumni, and six countries were represented.

Canada – 17

Cole Beaudoin, Berkly Catton, Ben Danford, Sam Dickinson, Charlie Elick, Carter George, Liam Greentree, Tanner Howe, Ollie Josephson, Ryerson Leenders, Cayden Lindstrom, Maxim Massé, Henry Mews, Zayne Parekh, Justin Poirier, Ryder Ritchie, Carson Wetsch

Finland – 10

Emil Hemming, Aron Kiviharju, Markus Loponen, Julius Miettinen, Niilopekka Muhonen, Heikki Ruohonen, Joona Saarelainen, Kim Saarinen, Veeti Väisänen, Eemil Vinni

Czechia – 9

Dominik Badinka, Ales Cech, Maxmilian Curran, Jakub Fibigr, Adam Jecho, Adam Jiricek, Ondrej Kos, Jakub Milota, Petr Sikora

United States – 8

Trevor Connelly, Joe Connor, Tanner Henricks, Adam Kleber, Tory Pitner, AJ Spellacy, Mac Swanson, Will Zellers

Sweden – 6

Alfons Freij, Gabriel Eliasson, Linus Eriksson, Melvin Fernström, Lucas Pettersson, Leo Sahlin Wallenius

Switzerland – 3

Christian Kirsch, Leon Muggli, Basile Sansonnens

The Canadians’ total includes 16 members of the team that won gold last summer in Breclav and Trencin (of the 17 who were draft eligible), highlighted by captain Berkly Catton. The Seattle first-round selection (eighth overall) scored eight goals in five games—the second-most ever by a Canadian at a summer U18 tournament—and co-led the tournament in scoring with 10 points (8-2—10).

Five of the top 10 point-getters from the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup were chosen. American Trevor Connelly (5-5—10), who finished tied with Catton and Czech forward Adam Benak (who isn’t eligible until the 2025 draft), went to the Vegas Golden Knights with the 19th pick in the first round.

The 2024 Hlinka Gretzky Cup runs Aug. 5-10 in Edmonton, putting the top prospects for the 2025 NHL Draft on display in best-on-best competition. Single-game tickets are now on sale, beginning as low as $20 a game, with multiple ticket package options also available.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Cayden Lindstrom

Ready for their moment

With the 2024 NHL Draft on tap in Las Vegas, Hlinka Gretzky Cup alumni are set to take the next step on their hockey journeys

Jason La Rose
June 27, 2024

The future stars of the game will find a new home this weekend when Las Vegas hosts the 2024 NHL Draft.

A total of 224 players will hear their names called on Friday and Saturday, and a number of Hlinka Gretzky Cup alumni will be among them.

Let’s start with the team that took home the top prize last summer in Breclav and Trencin – Canada.

Of the 23 players on the Canadian roster, 17 are draft eligible. And if the final pre-draft rankings from a pair of TSN personalities are any indication, they’ll be going early and often.

Craig Button’s mock draft includes six 2023 gold medallists going in the first round – Cayden Lindstrom (4), Zayne Parekh (7), Sam Dickinson (8), Berkly Catton (15), Charlie Elick (30) and Ryder Ritchie (31) – while the final rankings from Bob McKenzie include 11 among his top 90 – Lindstrom (5), Dickinson (6), Parekh (8), Catton (12), Ritchie (31), Elick (33), Maxim Massé (39), Henry Mews (48), Ben Danford (54), Carson Wetsch (70) and Carter George (71).

(And if you’re wondering about the consensus No. 1 pick, Macklin Celebrini? He missed out on the tournament last summer with a shoulder injury.)

McKenzie also has a 2022 gold medallist on his board – Tanner Howe (45).

But that’s only one team!

If Button’s prognostications hold true, the Canadian contingent will be joined in Round 1 by American forward Trevor Connelly (11) and Czech defenceman Adam Jiricek (14), while the Hlinka Gretzky Cup alums in McKenzie’s rankings total 16 from four countries:

Czechia – Jiricek (16), Adam Jecho (60), Ondrej Kos (68), Tomas Galvas (82)

Finland – Emil Hemming (26), Julius Miettinen (46), Aron Kiviharju (52), Veeti Väisänen (75)

Sweden – Lucas Pettersson (40), Alfons Freij (41), Leo Sahlin Wallenius (42), Linus Eriksson (44), Gabriel Eliasson (46), Melvin Fernström (80)

United States – Connelly (15), Adam Kleber (51)

The 2024 Hlinka Gretzky Cup runs Aug. 5-10 in Edmonton, putting the top prospects for the 2025 NHL Draft on display in best-on-best competition. Single-game tickets are now on sale, beginning as low as $20 a game, with multiple ticket package options also available.

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