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EVERY ON-ICE OFFICIAL AT THE WORLD JUNIORS WILL BE CANADIAN

It's a first for the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, but it's bound to ruffle a few feathers. Hockey Canada has announced that all 26 on-ice officials - 14 referees and 12 linesmen - are from Canada.

"The decision was made to ensure the health and safety of all participants due to COVID-19 and current travel restrictions," said Hockey Canada in its release.

"Hockey Canada is proud of the 26 Canadian officials that have been selected to work the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship this year. Although it is a unique year, we know these individuals will represent Canada with pride when they step on the ice in Edmonton."

Officials for the tournament are usually chosen from the countries represented during play. With this announcement, there are sure to be fans from countries outside of Canada who believe the host country will receive favouritism on the ice.



Here is the complete list of referees and linesmen for the World Junior Championships, which are slated to get underway on Christmas Day.

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TIM TUCKER
NOVEMBER 26, 2020  (13H05)