The 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament will take place from August 7th to 12th. The tournament has been referred to as the unofficial start to the NHL Draft scouting season. The U18 national teams are split into two groups:
Group A, Břeclav: Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, USA.
Group B, Bratislava: Slovakia, Canada, Finland, Russia.
The top two teams in each group advance to the medal round.
Beginning next summer the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament will alternate between being hosted in Edmonton and the Czech and Slovak republics. Edmonton will host the 2018 Ivan Hlinka.
There will be two exhibition games prior to the start of this years tournament. On Saturday August 5th, the Czech Republic and Canada will meet and at the Slovaks will face USA on that same day.