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The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (also known as the U-18 Junior World Cup and formerly known as the Pacific Cup and the Nations Cup) is an annual event 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.

Beginning in 1991, the competition was held in 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 for the first and only time. Beginning the following year, Slovakia and the Czech Republic began alternating as hosts, while the tournament became known as the Nations Cup. Between 1997 and 2002, the tournament grew from three participating nations to eight. Starting in 2003, Slovakia and the Czech Republic began co-hosting annually. The competition's current namesake, Ivan Hlinka, was one of the first superstars in Czechoslovak hockey - both domestically and internationally. The U-18 Junior World Cup took on its current name in 2007, after Hlinka's death three years prior.

Historically, the tournament has been dominated by Canada; over 23 years, the country has won 18 times and medalled in each year except 2003 and 2007. As the IIHF's tournament conflicts with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL)'s playoff season, the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is the only competition of the two to which Canada is able to send its best under-18 team.

ResultsEdit

Year Gold Silver Bronze Venue
1991 Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the United States United States of America Sapporo / Yokohama
1992 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of Russia Russia Flag of Japan Japan Tokyo
1993 Flag of Russia Russia Flag of the United States United States of America Flag of Canada Canada Yokohama
1994 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the United States United States of America Flag of Russia Russia Mexico City
1995 Flag of Russia Russia Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the United States United States of America Yokohama
1996 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the United States United States of America Flag of Finland Finland Nelson / Castlegar, British Columbia
1997 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Jihlava / Žďár nad Sázavou / Znojmo
1998 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Bratislava
1999 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the United States United States of America Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Havlíčkův Brod / Třebíč / Znojmo
2000 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the United States United States of America Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Kežmarok
2001 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Flag of Russia Russia Kolín / Mladá Boleslav / Nymburk
2002 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Flag of Russia Russia Břeclav / Piešťany
2003 Flag of the United States United States of America Flag of Russia Russia Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Břeclav / Piešťany
2004 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Flag of Sweden Sweden Břeclav / Hodonín / Piešťany
2005 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Flag of Finland Finland Břeclav / Piešťany
2006 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the United States United States of America Flag of Russia Russia Břeclav / Piešťany
2007 Flag of Sweden Sweden Flag of Finland Finland Flag of Russia Russia Hodonín / Piešťany
2008 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of Russia Russia Flag of Sweden Sweden Hodonín / Piešťany
2009 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of Russia Russia Flag of Sweden Sweden Břeclav / Hodonín / Piešťany
2010 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of the United States United States of America Flag of Sweden Sweden Břeclav / Piešťany
2011 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of Sweden Sweden Flag of Russia Russia Břeclav / Piešťany
2012 Flag of Canada Canada Flag of Finland Finland Flag of Sweden Sweden Břeclav / Piešťany
2013 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Flag of the United States United States Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Břeclav / Piešťany
2014 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Flag of the United States United States Břeclav / Piešťany

Medal leadersEdit

Country Gold Silver Bronze Medals
Flag of Canada Canada 19 2 1 22
Flag of Russia Russia / Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 4 6 13
Flag of the United States United States of America 1 8 3 12
Flag of Sweden Sweden 1 1 5 7
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 0 7 3 10
Flag of Finland Finland 0 2 2 4
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia 0 0 2 2
Flag of Japan Japan 0 0 1 1

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