Report: IIHF Cancels Rest of 2022 World Junior Championship Tournament

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Report: IIHF Cancels Rest of 2022 World Junior Championship Tournament

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That’s it for the 2022 World Junior Championships.

Following a handful of COVID cases that led to three teams forfeiting games over the past day, the IIHF has reportedly pulled the plug of the rest of the tournament today.

This sucks.

After Team USA was forced to forfeit their game yesterday against Switzerland, their game today against Sweden was also in trouble. Additionally, Russia was forced to forfeit today against Slovakia and Czechia was forced to forfeit against Finland. With COVID cases beginning to spread, and conditions at the Edmonton and Red Deer sites reportedly not conducive to a “bubble” type of environment for the tournament teams, there was little hope that once COVID started to get into teams, it wouldn’t go through them all eventually.

This has been one hell of a week for Luc Tardif and the IIHF. And not in a good way.

The U.S. will have to wait until next year to defend their 2021 Gold Medal properly, unless the 2022 World Juniors Championships are rescheduled at a later date to try to complete the tournament. The Chicago Blackhawks had four prospects at this year’s tournament: Landon Slaggert (USA), Wyatt Kaiser (USA), Drew Commesso (USA), and Michael Krutil (CZE). We’ll see all three players on the U.S. side return to their colleges, while Krutil will return to the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL.

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.