Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Canada

Canada has been well known for years to dominate this tournament, they won it 12 times in the past 14 years and even went on an eight year gold medal run between 2008-2015. In the last couple of years however you have seen more teams really getting out and competing against Canada, they no longer just stroll through the tournament like they did in the past. Still bringing the best … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Switzerland

A team that hasn’t had much success at the tournament in terms of standings, having next won more than two games in the tournament or getting past the placement game, but have had many successful players come through. The Swiss have done an excellent job bringing in high class NHL talent to this tournament. Bringing in a younger team every year and giving 16 years more of an opportunity. This … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Czech Republic

Potentially the underdog team at this year’s tournament, the Czech aren’t a team that gaze your eyes on paper but very much should be taken seriously. They stopped Canada’as eight year gold medal run in 2016 and they beat the Canadians 4-3 in pre-tournament play. This year’s team seems hungry to prove themselves, they are a bunch of hard working skilled players who were a havoc at last year’s U17’s … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Sweden

Announcing their roster this past week, Sweden is the second team to post there Ivan Hlinka Gretzky summer U18 squad. Sweden is bringing in quite a quick team to the tournament, a team that sort of blends a youth group up front and a stable core on the back end. They have always been one of the more touted teams going into the tournament. Consistently bringing in top NHL draft … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Slovakia

A team that has never made it past the placement game, Slovakia is a team that is likely due to have some struggles at this tournament. Never really been able to bring in high end talent and compete against those powerhouses like Russia, Sweden, USA, Canada, or Finland. They are usually at the bottom playing against Switzerland. This year is a bit more interesting for the Slovak’s however, they have … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Finland

A team who hasn’t medaled since 2013, Finland hasn’t found as much success at the Ivan Hlinka’s then they have at the U18’s in the Spring. Never leaving the tournament with gold and only medalling three times in the past twelve years. The past few years have been really tough on the Fin’s though, finishing in the placement game four out of the past five years and only managing six … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Russia

A team who has struggled to make it to the finals over the past few years, Russia is going to be hungry as a team looking to prove themselves. They have never won at the Ivan Hlinka’s and only have two final visits. Packed with skill upfront and a deep defensive core, Russia is looking like one of the frontrunners this year to take it all. Most of the players … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: USA

The first team to announce there roster for this year’s upcoming Ivan Hlinka/Gretzky summer U18 tournament. The American’s came into this year’s tournament with a strong roster than I have seen in recent years. Equipped with more top prospects and more big name players. In previous years it always seemed like the Americans would send a B team to the tournament that didn’t compete as well as there A team … Read more

Prince George Cougars Draft Review

9th Overall: Craig Armstrong – Airdrie Xtreme Was the driving force on his AMBHL winning Airdrie Xtreme, and was also name Top Forward in the AMBHL South. Armstrong is a possessive winger who plays a speedy north south style of game. He is consistently competitive in the offensive game and creating offensive opportunities with his foot work. A great shot selection in stride and ability to pick his spot while … Read more

Kamloops Blazers Draft Review

5th Overall: Logan Stankoven – Yale Lions Arguably one of the best all-around offensive threats available in the draft. Stankoven was our consensus top ranked forward in our year end draft guide. A slick playmaking forward who blends outstanding vision and skill with the puck, along with the threat of being able to score from anywhere into a deceptive highly productive forward. A bit diminutive in size but he makes … Read more