Trio of Hockey Canada Fall Events, including World Jr. A Challenge, cancelled

Media Update

Release date: Monday, September 27, 2021

Trio of Hockey Canada Fall Events, including World Jr. A Challenge, cancelled

CALGARY, Alta. – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Hockey Canada announced Monday that the difficult 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.

The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer:

“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 is grateful for the continued support of local host committees and event partners, including B.C. Hockey, Hockey Eastern Ontario, Hockey Nova Scotia and the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), as well as the communities of Bridgewater, N.S., Cornwall, Ont., Dawson Creek, B.C. and all local and provincial funding partners.

Our organization is appreciative of the commitment and support of all stakeholders to host these events and we look forward to showcasing our national championships and all participants to fans next year.”

Hockey Canada will continue to work with event stakeholders to host the spring 2022 national championships and to continue to investigate opportunities to prepare Canadian athletes to represent Canada at the Olympic Winter Games, IIHF World Championships and other international events.

For further information, please contact:
Dominick Saillant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada