Canadian footballers’ nightmare

The next few days were among the most memorable in the lives of Quebec hockey players Maverick Burke, Xavier Borgolt and Elliot Desnoers. The same for Montreal Canadiens prospect Kayden Guhle and all the other members of the Canadian squad.

However, the cancellation of the World Junior Hockey Championship, Wednesday afternoon in Alberta, marks the new chapter in the nightmare of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hockey Canada has worked tirelessly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that it can host international events in a safe and healthy environment. Despite our best efforts, by constantly adapting and strengthening protocols, we unfortunately did not meet our goal of completing the 2022 World Junior Championships. IIHF and award the medals on January 5 due to the current COVID-19 challenges,” said Canadian Hockey Club President, Scott Smith. and Operations Director Tom Rainey in a joint statement.

Obviously, Canada was among the favorites to win the gold medal. The team led by Dave Cameron also won the first two matches of the preliminary stage with a 6-3 victory on Sunday against the Czech Republic to start the tournament before beating Austria 11-2 on Tuesday. After a duel with Germany, scheduled for Wednesday evening, the most exciting match in Group A was against Finland on Friday.

Bedard leaves his mark

Despite the cancellation of the remainder of the tournament, hockey fans were able to appreciate the talent of several promising players from Canada, including young Conor Bedard, who scored four goals against Austria. The 16-year-old striker, who plays for Regina Butts in the Junior Western League, represents a shining opportunity for the 2023 NHL edition.

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Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round (tenth in total) in 2020, Cole Perfetti collected six points in his two games for the Canadian team. Striker Mason McTavish and defender Owen Power each scored three goals and two assists.

About Guhle, who was the captain, was limited to one pass in two games. In his case, Albertan also participated in last year’s World Junior Hockey Championship. Canada then lost in the final to the United States to win the silver medal.

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