Canada's National Junior Team will have the chance to safeguard gold on home ice this season.
The IIHF Council has endorsed a proposition from Hockey Canada to hold the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship to a solitary scene design without onlookers at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
"The wellbeing and security of players, authorities, and fans is our first concern," said René Fasel, IIHF President. "We were dazzled with the introduction from the neighborhood sorting out advisory group illustrating how a potential "bubble" situation would work inside Edmonton, and we are certain that we can follow the NHL's extraordinary model in establishing a sheltered climate for groups to contend."
The transition to a solitary setting in Edmonton will require an audit of the competition plan, which will be declared sometime in the future. The competition will Group A groups like Canada, Finland, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Germany, while Group B comprises of Russia, Sweden, the United States, the Czech Republic, and Austria.
"After cautious thought and observing of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been resolved the best strategy is to get ready to have the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton without fans in participation," said Tom Renney, Hockey Canada Chief Executive Officer. "A colossal measure of work has been placed into the arranging of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, and we value the IIHF's thought of our facilitating proposition for the occasion. Hockey Canada trusts it will have the option to have a protected and effective occasion for all members and the network everywhere this year by following severe security conventions set out by the proper wellbeing specialists. These are remarkable occasions, and we comprehend the World Juniors will appear to be unique this year while being played in one scene with extra wellbeing safety measures. We have most likely that enthusiastic hockey fans wherever will at present have the option to appreciate this yearly occasion custom through complete occasion inclusion from our transmission accomplices, TSN and RDS, and we anticipate facilitating this esteemed occasion this December in Edmonton."
So as to help alleviate the expenses related with sorting out an opposition bubble for the competition, the IIHF Council along with Hockey Canada and the Swedish Ice Hockey Association have concurred that the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will be facilitated in Edmonton and Red Deer, with the desire that the 2022 World Juniors would be held with observers in the two settings.
"Hockey Canada wishes to stretch out its appreciation to the IIHF for its cautious thought of the status and facilitating model of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, just as the Government of Alberta for its help and trust in Hockey Canada's arrangements for the World Juniors 2021 Live Free ," said Scott Smith, Hockey Canada President and Chief Operating Officer. "In spite of the fact that it is disillusioning for energetic hockey fans to not have the option to go to face to face this year, we are excited to report that the IIHF World Junior Championship will re-visitation of Edmonton and Red Deer in December 2021. Hockey Canada will keep on working with the Oilers Entertainment Group, the Red Deer Rebels, the urban communities of Edmonton and Red Deer, our transmission accomplices and all occasion accomplices to plan for a top notch insight for fans at the 2022 World Juniors."
The World Juniors every year includes ability from over the Canadian Hockey League including 49 players from 35 unique groups that spoke to eight of the 10 contending nations at the 2020 occasion in Czech Republic. Group Canada was controlled by 22 at various times CHL stars in their gold award win over Russia drove by MVP Alexis Lafreniere of the Rimouski Oceanic.
"Despite the fact that the World Juniors will look and feel changed for the competitors and staff that will be chosen to speak to Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, we are thankful to have the option to contend on home ice as Canada's National Junior Team plans to safeguard the gold decoration in Edmonton," said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada Senior Vice-President of National Teams. "We additionally anticipate getting back to the urban areas of Edmonton and Red Deer in 2022, as we probably am aware the two networks and all occasion accomplices will convey a top notch insight to players, groups, fans and volunteers the same. As we plan to contend in successive competitions on home ice, Hockey Canada stretches out its thankfulness to the Canadian Hockey League for its help of the National Junior Team and the IIHF World Junior Championship."
The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship was booked to be facilitated in Gothenburg, Sweden. Under the new understanding, Sweden will have the 2024 World Juniors while Russia remains the host in 2023. Following the retraction of the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division I Group A, the IIHF Council affirmed that there won't be any group consigned from the 2021 World Juniors.