This past week, Hockey Canada announced that it has cancelled the 2020 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge, the National Women’s U-18 Championship and the Para Hockey Cup. Despite attempting various efforts to push back the events, the ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has forced Hockey Canada to make the decision to reschedule for next year.
Originally set for November 2-8 in Dawson Creek, BC, the National Women’s U-18 Championship will now be held in 2021. The Para Hockey Cup, which was set to run from December 6-12, will also be pushed into 2021. The World Junior ‘A’ Challenge will go as scheduled in 2021, with the 2020 date of December 13-20 being cancelled. There is no indication whether the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship will continue to run this winter. It is set to be played from December 26 to January 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer, AB.
Hockey Canada provided the following statement in a press release alongside the announcement of the cancellation by Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer:
“At various rates, provinces from coast-to-coast-to-coast have started moving ahead with their phased re-opening, but as it has been since the season was cancelled, Hockey Canada’s priority remains the health and safety of all participants and the general public. We believe the decision to cancel these three events is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic at the local level, as well as the international implications associated with these events.
Hockey Canada is grateful for the continued support of our local host committees and event partners, including BC Hockey, Hockey Nova Scotia, Hockey Eastern Ontario, NHL Central Scouting, the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) and the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL). We appreciate the commitment and support of everyone involved and we look forward to showcasing some incredible hockey to fans next year.”