Report: IIHF cancels 2022 World Juniors tournament hosted in Edmonton, Red Deer
By Zach Laing1 year ago
The World Juniors are reportedly over.
According to Daily Faceoff’s Chris Peters, the 2022 tournament is coming to a close amid rising COVID-19 cases that have forced multiple forfeitures.
Three games have been forfeited with cases forcing whole teams into mandatory quarantine periods as they await tests. The news is obviously devastating to the IIHF, and the kids playing on the teams.
But questions have already been raised about the conditions players were forced into. Here are some reports from Peters and The Athletic’s Corey Pronman:
If there’s one thing clear, it’s there’s been a massive failure that rests solely on the IIHF, Hockey Canada and the Province of Alberta. Officials opted to go against a hard bubble as had been set up in Edmonton for the NHL’s 2020 return to play, and it clearly cost them.
It’s hard to not feel for the players, either. They’ve travelled from across the world to arrive in Edmonton, only for their tournament to be cancelled. This group, too, had their U18 tournament cancelled due to COVID-19.
This is obviously a very fluid situation, and more news should be expected soon.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at email@example.com.
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