Friday , October 7 2022

Alexander Pashin, Yaroslav Askarov led Russia to gold at Hlinka Gretzky Cup


BRECLAV, AT Czechia – Alexandr Pushin's second goal of the game proved to be the winner as Russia defeated Canada 3-2 on Saturday in the final of the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup under-18 hockey tournament.

Vasili Ponomaryov also won and added relief for Russia, which has not won the tournament since 1995.

Quinton Byfield, in a powerful play, and Jean-Luc Foudy have won for Canada, which has won the last two Hlinka Gretzky Cup titles and 10 of the last 11.

The event is not sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation, which holds its own U18 competition in April. The sanctioned tournament conflicts with the Canadian Hockey League playoffs, which is why the Hlinka Gretzky Cup has traditionally served as a more reliable measure of how Canada's current talent stands internationally.

Canada has won the tournament 22 times.

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