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CANADIAN NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SELECTION CAMP ON TWO WEEK HIATUS AFTER MULTIPLE POSITIVE COVID TESTS

COVID-19 has struck again, this time at Team Canada's World Junior Championship selection camp, senior vice president of Hockey Canada Scott Salmond confirms.

This is very unfortunate for camp hopefuls and fringe players who were looking to push for a spot on the Canadian National Junior Team for the upcoming WJC's. This, of course, will mean that a two week pause will occur, effective immediately.

Here is Salmond's statement on behalf of Hockey Canada:

“Following the confirmation of two positive tests among players at Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp on Monday, Hockey Canada has confirmed that all players, coaches and staff are considered close contacts and are therefore subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period under Alberta Health Services’ Order 05-2020. Hockey Canada will continue to abide by all protocols and guidelines set forth by the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, as it is not exempt from Order 05-2020, and will put a pause on all camp activities until the quarantine period is complete.

Upon learning of the positive tests on Monday, the decision was made to suspend all camp activities and quarantine players and staff immediately. As per Hockey Canada’s safety protocols, all players, coaches and staff members will go through additional testing before resuming any camp activities. We remain in constant communication with the appropriate health authorities, and we appreciate and thank Alberta Health Services for its dedication to ensuring the health and safety of our players, staff and the community at large.”




It's too early to tell what this might mean for the status of the tournament moving forward, or what possible impact this could have on the potential NHL season that is believed to be on track for a 48-60 game season beginning in January.

The fact is, the more teams who have to endure these types of outbreaks in the locker room, the more likely the IIHF, NHL, AHL, etc. are to reconsider plans of moving forward with play during a pandemic. I suppose we'll have to just wait and see how things develop.

MIKE ARMENTI
NOVEMBER 25, 2020  (20H39)