The 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is from August 8th to 13. The tourney marks the unofficial start to the 2017 NHL Draft scouting season. The U18 national teams are split into two groups:
Group A, Břeclav: Czech Republic, Finland, Switzerland, USA.
Group B, Bratislava: Slovakia, Canada, Sweden, Russia.
The tournament is open to players 1999 and younger. The maximum number of players per team is 22 – 20 skaters and 2 goaltenders. The top two teams in each group advance to the medal round.