With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hockey continues to be hit very hard at every level.
Hockey Canada has now made the decision to cancel the annual U-17 World Challenge that was scheduled to take place October 31 to November 7, 2020.
In a prepared statement, Hockey Canada said;
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.
As of now, other scheduled events, such as the World Junior A Challenge scheduled for December, are still scheduled to take place. However, that too may change given the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.