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IIHF cancels World Junior Championship attributable to COVID

After three groups have been compelled to forfeit matches this week following constructive COVID-19 circumstances, the IIHF has canceled the rest of the World Junior Championship, in keeping with a number of studies, together with Chris Peters of Each day Faceoff, Bob McKenzie of TSN and Emily Kaplan of ESPN. The U.S., Russia and Czechia all forfeited matches, and earlier than the event even started, Finland, Austria and Switzerland additionally skilled constructive take a look at outcomes.

This cancellation follows the choice to cancel the six different worldwide tournaments in January however go forward with the World Juniors as deliberate. The occasion was not in a good bubble like final 12 months, with studies surfacing Wednesday that gamers and employees even interacted with wedding ceremony attendees within the resort they have been staying at.

It’s not but clear when gamers will depart for his or her respective golf equipment or who precisely examined constructive for every nation. The official statements from the IIHF haven’t but been launched.

It’s arduous to fathom how precisely the event was anticipated to be performed in any respect if a number of constructive circumstances derailed it so shortly, however with the WJC being such a major monetary occasion for the IIHF, it’s straightforward to see why it will strive. The 2023 occasion is at present scheduled to be held in Novosibirsk, Russia.

For a participant like Owen Energy of Canada, this was his one shot at enjoying within the event given he’ll flip 20 earlier than subsequent 12 months’s occasion begins. Energy was not allowed to depart Michigan for final 12 months’s occasion due to the unsure function he would play and in addition missed out on the NCAA Event when his program ended up pulling out due to COVID precautions. It’s been a disappointing stretch for the Buffalo Sabres prospect and different high gamers of his age group, however he’ll now return to Michigan together with gamers like Kent Johnson, Matty Beniers, Brendan Brisson and Luke Hughes with the NHL simply over the subsequent ridge.

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