Hlinka Gretzky Cup
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The Hlinka Gretzky Cup (formerly known as the Phoenix Cup, Pacific Cup (which was adjusted, once, to La Copa Mexico), Nations Cup, and Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament) is an annual event, commenced in 1991, held each August for national under-18 ice hockey teams from around the world. Unsanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the tournament is not granted official status by the sport's governing body. The IIHF's official under-18 tournament is held annually eight months later, when most of the best players in Canada and the United States are busy with their home leagues’ playoffs.
The tournament started in 1991, hosted by Japan for the first three years, as well as the fifth. In its first year, it was known as the Phoenix Cup, after which the Pacific Cup moniker was adopted (with the exception of 1994, when Mexico served as the host country and the tournament was known as La Copa Mexico). In 1996, the tournament was held in Canada. Beginning in 1997, just four years after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the new nations Czech Republic and Slovakia began alternating as hosts, with the tournament renamed became the Nations Cup. The two countries alternated until 2003, then co-hosted from 2003 through 2017. The competition was renamed the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2007, three years after the death of Ivan Hlinka, one of the first superstars in Czechoslovak hockey – both domestically and internationally.
Historically, the tournament has been dominated by Canada; over 26 years, the country has won 20 times and medalled in each year except 2003, 2007, and 2016. As the IIHF's official tournament conflicts with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL)'s playoff season, this summer tournament is the only competition of the two to which Canada is able to send its best under-18 team.
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