HOCKEY CANADA STATEMENT ON 2020 WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE, PRESENTED BY TELUS
CALGARY, Alta. – Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, presented by TELUS, which was set to be hosted Oct. 31–Nov. 7 in Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I. The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president, and chief operating officer:
“As some provinces continue to move ahead with phased re-opening, Hockey Canada’s priority remains the health and safety of all participants and the general public. We believe the decision to cancel the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, presented by TELUS, is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic at a local level, as well as the international implications associated with this event.
Hockey Canada is grateful for the continued support of our event partners, including Hockey P.E.I., the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), and TELUS, as well as the cities of Charlottetown and Summerside, which will host the 2021 edition of the event. While the under-17 program will proceed with its virtual camp this summer, Hockey Canada will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and determine if it is safe to bring together Canada’s national under-17 teams in the fall to compete in a local environment.
“While we were very much looking forward to this event being hosted in Summerside and Charlottetown this year, we are supportive of the decision to push the event to November 2021. The safety of all individuals involved is the main priority; unfortunately, the circumstances around COVID-19 have created unique challenges in hosting an event of this magnitude. The Host Committee has done an outstanding job of planning up to this point and we look forward to continuing to work with them to bring the World U17 Hockey Challenge to PEI in 2021.” – Geoff Kowalski, Executive Director
Those who have purchased tickets for the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be contacted by July 15 regarding ticketing options, including a full refund.
At this time, the remaining 2020 event schedule is unchanged for the fall and winter. This includes the 2020 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, presented by Esso, Nov. 2-8 in Dawson Creek, B.C.; 2020 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup, Dec. 6-12 in Bridgewater, N.S.; 2020 World Junior A Challenge, Dec. 13-20 in Cornwall, Ont.; and 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta.”
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