Hockey Canada has cancelled three of its upcoming tournaments, according to a recent announcement made by Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, citing safety concerns over COVID-19.
It was announced Monday that the decision has been made to cancel the 2021 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, 2021 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup and the 2021 World Junior A Challenge.
Hockey Canada chief executive officer, Tom Renney, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer had this to say in their joint release:
“Despite a strong desire to work with three great communities to host the top players at various levels across the country this season, the health and safety of all participants and the communities at large continues to be of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada. The ongoing pandemic, in addition to some international teams remain unvaccinated has left us with no other option.”
Hockey Canada also added: “We believe the decision to cancel these 2021 Fall national events is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic at a local level, as well as the uncertainty around each country and region being able to compete for a championship event.”
Hockey Canada has said it will continue to work with event stakeholders to host the spring 2022 national championships and will continue to look for opportunities to prepare Canadian athletes for the Olympic Winter Games, IIHF World Championships and other international events.