RED DEER, Alta.
Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team
claimed the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup with
a 4-1 win over Sweden on Saturday afternoon, the 23rd summer U18 gold medal since 1991.
Tanner Howe (Prince Albert, Sask./Regina, WHL), Ethan Gauthier
(Drummondville, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL), Calum Ritchie (Oakville,
and Brayden Yager (Saskatoon, Sask./Moose Jaw, WHL)
provided the offence for Canada, which never trailed in any of its five
“Three weeks ago, we put this roster together and I felt right away this
was a tight group,” said
head coach Stéphane Julien (Shawinigan, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL).
“It’s not easy when you have this much talent, but everyone accepted their
role and I’m so happy for them.”
Scott Ratzlaff (Irma, Alta./Seattle, WHL)
made 25 saves; the goaltender finished with a tournament-leading four
victories and a .962 save percentage. Canada’s goalies allowed only three
goals in a tournament.
On top of the defensive performance, Canada finished with four of the top
five scorers - Ritchie led with 10 points (4-6—10), followed by Yager
(5-4—9), Gauthier (6-1—7) and Zach Benson (Chilliwack, B.C./Winnipeg, WHL)
(2-5—7). Gauthier’s first-period goal gave him six on the week tied with
Sweden’s Otto Stenberg for the tournament lead.
“This is an unbelievable group of guys,” said Gauthier. “We came to play
today, and all week long. We had one goal all along and that was to win,
and this feels amazing. The atmosphere was amazing, these fans, this
country … this was a great experience.”
The win is Canada’s first gold medal since 2018, the last time this
tournament was held in Canada.
“I’m so happy for this group,” added Julien. “They haven’t had it easy in
their careers the last two years with the pandemic, but now they have this,
a gold medal and something they are going to remember for the rest of their
In the bronze medal game,
Finland defeated Czechia 3-1 to earn its third bronze and first medal since 2012.
The Hlinka Gretzky Cup will shift to Europe in 2023, returning to Breclav
and Piestany, Czechia for the first time since 2021.
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