Unveiling of Host Communities for Canceled 2020 National Championships and Events
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced today that it has canceled all summer camps for its National Teams until March 1er September due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While the decision was made with the health and safety of coaches, staff and participants as the top priority, Hockey Canada maintains a commitment and high standard of excellence in learning and coaching. Thus, several programs and training sessions will take place virtually this summer.
“It is certainly disappointing to have to make this decision for our summer events this year, but it is the right decision since the health and safety of our participants is our priority,” said Tom Renney, Hockey’s Chief Executive Officer. Canada. “There is a level of camaraderie and learning that happens in person, but we have found a way to lessen the impact of this change and continue to provide the best possible experiences through virtual learning. Coaches and professionals in their field will continue to guide and direct our athletes to be physically and mentally ready and have the tools to compete at the highest level when we can return to hockey. »
The following National Team camps and programs will be featured virtually:
- Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team BFL Summer Camp presented by Sobeys (April 26 until the 2021 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship);
- Canada’s National Women’s Development Team BFL Summer Camp, presented by Sobeys (May 3 until back-to-school);
- Program of Excellence Coaches Seminar (May 25-June 5);
- Program of Excellence Goaltending Development Camp (June 9-12);
- Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp (July 19-25);
- Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp (July 27-31).
Virtual sessions will include at-home physical preparation plans, mental performance plans and follow-ups, nutrition, off-ice skills, skating simulations, team building activities, at short-term international competitions and meetings with the coaching staff.
The webinar for both women’s programs will take place up to twice a week. Critical information will be passed on to athletes to enable them to continue to progress as high performance athletes in this new environment. In addition, the strengths and experience of the leaders of Canada’s National Women’s Program will be used to facilitate one-on-one encounters between athletes. The men’s programs will take place on the dates specified.
In the coming weeks, Hockey Canada will also be announcing its rosters and national team program staff.
HOCKEY CANADA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND EVENTS
Following the cancellation in March of the remainder of the 2019-20 hockey season, which included all national championships, Hockey Canada has been working diligently with the various host organizing committees to plan for the 2020-2021 season and beyond.
“During these unprecedented times, Hockey Canada has had to make changes to its season schedule to prioritize the health and safety of everyone participating in national events, which has impacted various host committees. and communities across the country,” commented Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada. “We are grateful for the support and dedication of future Host Committees who have changed their schedules for the next two hockey seasons, and we look forward to working with these communities to prepare for world-class events. »
The following changes have been made to the hosting agreements for Hockey Canada events following the cancellation of all spring events this season:
- Prince Albert, Sask., which was to host the 2020 Esso Cup, Canada’s Women’s Under-18 Club Championship, retains its hosting rights for the 2021 Esso Cup. Lloydminster, Alta., will host the 2022 Esso Cup .
- Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., and Cape Breton, N.S., had secured the rights to host the TELUS Cup, the National Under-18 Club Championship, in 2020 and 2021, respectively, but Hockey Canada has been working with both communities and their respective member to reassign the presentation of these events. The 2022 tournament will be presented in Cape Breton, while Saint-Hyacinthe will be considered as host for the 2021 or 2023 edition.
- The 2020 Centennial Cup, presented by Tim Hortons, which was scheduled to take place in Portage la Prairie, Man., will take place in Penticton, BC, in May 2021. Estevan, Sask., will host the National Junior A Championship of Canada in 2022 and the event may return to Portage la Prairie in 2023.
- Niagara Falls, Ont., was selected to host the 2020 Hockey Canada Foundation Gala and Golf Tournament in June, but will instead host the 2021 edition of the event.
While Hockey Canada continues to work closely with local, provincial, territorial and national health authorities, the schedule of fall and winter events remains unchanged. This includes the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, October 31-November 7, in Charlottetown and Summerside, PEI, the 2020 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, October 2 to November 8 in Dawson Creek, BC, the 2020 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup, December 6-12, in Bridgewater, NS, the 2020 World Junior A Challenge, December 13-20, in Cornwall, Ont., and the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5, in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta.
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