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2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup – Red Deer, Alta., July 31-Aug. 6


RED DEER, Alta. – Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team remained perfect at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup with a 3-0 win over Sweden on Wednesday, solidifying a spot in Friday’s semi-final vs Finland.

• Calum Ritchie (Oakville, Ont./ Oshawa, OHL) opened the scoring for Canada and added an assist for a two-point night.

 Brayden Yager (Saskatoon, Sask./ Moose Jaw, WHL) scored and added an assist to move into the tournament lead in scoring with nine points.

• Zach Benson (Chilliwack, B.C./ Winnipeg, WHL) scored his second of the tournament.

 Mathieu Cataford (Saint-Constant, Que./ Halifax, QMJHL), Andrew Cristall (Burnaby, B.C./ Kelowna, WHL) Ethan Gauthier (Drummondville, Que. / Sherbrooke, QMJHL) and Dylan MacKinnon (Riverview, N.B./ Halifax, QMJHL) contributed with assists.

• Scott Ratzlaff (Irma, Alta./ Seattle, WHL) made 18 saves for the shutout.

• Canada outshot Sweden 43-18.

Other Scores

• Czechia 3, United States 1 (Game Stats)

• Slovakia 3, Switzerland 2 (OT) (Game Stats)

Next Games – Friday, August 5

• Seventh Place – Switzerland vs. Germany (10:30 a.m. MT)

• Fifth Place – United States vs. Slovakia (1:30 p.m. MT)

• Semi-Final #1 – Canada vs. Finland (5 p.m. MT)

• Semi-Final #2 – Czechia vs. Sweden (8:30 p.m. MT)

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Full tournament information, including scores, stats, stories and more, is available at


“Tonight, was a big challenge for us. This was a physical game, and we had to earn it. We blocked some shots and I felt that as the game went on, we got more pucks to the net and a bigger net front presence. I’m very happy for this group and I’m proud of the work ethic we showed.”

– Head coach Stéphane Julien (Shawinigan, Que./ Sherbrooke, QMJHL) on the win.

“We battled hard tonight. Sweden gave us the toughest test of the tournament so far and I think we responded well. We played hard, blocked some shots, (Scott) Ratzlaff was excellent and we’re looking forward to the semi-finals.”

– Calum Ritchie (Oakville, Ont./ Oshawa, OHL) on the effort.

“We did a great job tonight. Sweden is a good team and we had to earn this one. We played a full sixty minutes; our goalie played a heck of a game, and our penalty killers didn’t give up anything. When your kill is as good as ours was tonight, you’re going to win a lot of games.”

– Brayden Yager (Saskatoon, Sask./ Moose Jaw, WHL) on the defensive effort.

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