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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.svg.png Soviet Union Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Sapporo/Yokohama Flag of Japan.svg
1992 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Flag of Japan.svg.png Japan Tokyo Flag of Japan.svg
1993 Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Yokohama Flag of Japan.svg
1994 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Mexico City Flag of Mexico.svg
1995 Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Yokohama Flag of Japan.svg
1996 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Nelson/Castlegar, British Columbia Flag of Canada.svg
1997 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Flag of Slovakia.svg.png Slovakia Jihlava/Žďár nad Sázavou/Znojmo Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
1998 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Flag of Slovakia.svg.png Slovakia Bratislava Flag of Slovakia.svg
1999 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Havlíčkův Brod/Třebíč/Znojmo Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
2000 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Kežmarok Flag of Slovakia.svg
2001 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Kolín/Mladá Boleslav/Nymburk Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
2002 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Břeclav Flag of the Czech Republic.svg / Piešťany Flag of Slovakia.svg
2003 Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Břeclav Flag of the Czech Republic.svg / Piešťany Flag of Slovakia.svg
2004 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Břeclav/Hodonín Flag of the Czech Republic.svg / Piešťany Flag of Slovakia.svg
2005 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Břeclav Flag of the Czech Republic.svg / Piešťany Flag of Slovakia.svg
2006 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Břeclav Flag of the Czech Republic.svg / Piešťany Flag of Slovakia.svg
2007 Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Hodonín Flag of the Czech Republic.svg / Piešťany Flag of Slovakia.svg
2008 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Hodonín Flag of the Czech Republic.svg / Piešťany Flag of Slovakia.svg
2009 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Břeclav/Hodonín Flag of the Czech Republic.svg / Piešťany Flag of Slovakia.svg
2010 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Břeclav Flag of the Czech Republic.svg / Piešťany Flag of Slovakia.svg
2011 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Břeclav Flag of the Czech Republic.svg / Piešťany Flag of Slovakia.svg
2012 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Břeclav Flag of the Czech Republic.svg / Piešťany Flag of Slovakia.svg
2013 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Břeclav Flag of the Czech Republic.svg / Piešťany Flag of Slovakia.svg
2014 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic Flag of the United States.svg.png United States Břeclav / Piešťany
2015 Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia Břeclav / Bratislava

Medal leadersEdit

Country Gold Silver Bronze Medals
Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada 20 2 1 23
Flag of Russia.svg.png Russia / Flag of the Soviet Union.svg.png Soviet Union 3 4 7 14
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States 1 8 3 12
Flag of Sweden.svg.png Sweden 1 2 5 8
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg.png Czech Republic 0 7 3 10
Flag of Finland.svg.png Finland 0 2 2 4
Flag of Slovakia.svg.png Slovakia 0 0 2 2
Flag of Japan.svg.png Japan 0 0 1 1

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