Hockey Canada cancels World Junior A, para hockey and ladies’s under-18 tournaments

Hockey Canada has cancelled the 2021 males’s World Junior A Challenge, the Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup and the nationwide under-18 ladies’s championship due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the group says.

Canada’s governing physique of hockey says the pandemic and the vaccination standing of some worldwide groups “left us with no other option,” Hockey Canada mentioned Monday in a press release.

“We believe the decision to cancel these fall events is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic at a local level, as well as the uncertainty around countries and regions being able to safely compete.”

The World Junior A Challenge was scheduled to be held in Cornwall, Ont., and the worldwide para hockey match in Bridgewater, N.S., in December.

The para hockey match was an essential warm-up match for host Canada and other international locations forward of the Winter Paralympics in Beijing in March.

The nationwide under-18 ladies’s championship was slated for Oct. 31 to Nov. 6 in Dawson Creek, B.C.

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