The 2022 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup Preview
The hockey schedule takes few breaks. That’s especially true this season. Not even a month removed from the NHL Draft, the scouting season is about to start anew.
The Hlinka-Gretzky Cup kicks off an August filled with hockey, with Red Deer, Alberta playing host.
This tournament doesn’t make or break a player’s draft stock, but it does provide the first full showcase. When the draft comes around the following summer, the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup’s little more than a distant memory, but first impressions linger.
For prospects without top league exposure, these games can put them on the scouting radar.
Without further ado, here’s a team-by-team breakdown of the tournament, excluding Germany and Switzerland (as I know nothing about their junior programs and players).
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