World Junior Hockey Championships officially cancelled

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) have officially announced the cancellation of the remainder of the World Junior Championships in Edmonton and Red Deer.

After consultations with the COVID-19 medical group along with the IIHF Medical Committee, the IIHF have decided to cancel the remainder of the tournament due to the widespread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The decision was made following the positive case of a Russia player that forced the cancellation of the Russia-Slovakia making it the third game cancelled on Wednesday, following the cancellations of the USA-Switzerland and Finland-Czechia matchups.

Organizers determined that with three games cancelled within two days, that the sportive integrity of the event has been compromised, and the event must be cancelled.

Canada had a 2-0 record in the tournament before the cancellation, highlighted by Connor Bedard’s four goal effort in Canada’s 11-2 win over Austria on Tuesday night.

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