CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada is coming under fire for making the decision to cancel the 2022 Women’s Under 18 World Championship.

Hockey Canada issued a statement on Friday that the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship was cancelled, making it two straight years that the women’s tournament is cancelled and the men’s World Junior tournament goes ahead as planned.

Fort St. John’s Brooke Disher was on the roster for the selection camp scheduled to run from December 26th to January 1st, 2022, but that camp has been made redundant by the announcement Friday.

According to TSN’s Gord Miller, the men’s tournament is being jointly run by Hockey Canada and the Edmonton Oilers, who are responsible for all financial costs of running the event.

“Why doesn’t the IIHF pay for the tournaments? Simply put, it doesn’t have the money. The revenue generated by the two biggest tournaments, the Men’s Worlds and World Junior, covert the costs of supporting and staffing all the other tournaments,” tweeted Miller.

“That’s why the cost of hosting the tournament is paid by the national federations, and beyond Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, most of them don’t have the resources to take on the cost of hosting a ‘bubbled’ international tournament. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a matter of economics.”

Current and former women’s national team members took to social media to voice their disapproval, as well as others in the hockey world.