DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Hockey Canada has cancelled a number of fall events, including the 2021 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Dawson Creek that was scheduled for October 31st to November 6th.
The decision will hit the female hockey community close to home as the NEBC Predators were looking forward to hosting over 300 players for their Super Weekend which would run during the tournament in Dawson Creek. While the girls will be busy playing games of their own, the buzz the tournament would have created will be missed.
Angela Ayre, president of the Northeast BC Predators Female Rep Hockey club, says they are “extremely disappointed” to hear of the Hockey Canada decision.
“We were very much looking forward to watching the games, and there was a really good chance we were even going to be cheering on some Predators alumni,” said Ayres. “These events are what female hockey players dream about, and that inspire young girls. Many of the players from across the country who were hoping to participate may not have the opportunity again. This is heartbreaking.”
Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada, issued the following statement on Monday:
“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. 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.”
In addition to the cancellation of the National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Dawson Creek, Hockey Canada has cancelled the Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup and the 2021 World Junior A Challenge.
Hockey Canada says it will continue to work with event stakeholders to host the 2022 national championships in the spring, as well as investigate opportunities to help Canadian athletes prepare for the Olympic Winter Games, IIHF World Championships and other international events.
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