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WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AXED FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

APR 21, 2021  (13H13)      COOPER GODIN
The 2021 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships, which were set to be held in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia, have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, amid new restrictions on non-essential travel to and from the province.

Halifax and Truro were originally scheduled to host the 2020 edition before it got cancelled at the beginning of the pandemic. Event organizers and the IIHF had already postponed the 2021 tournament from April to May, but it appears that it can no longer move forward with hosting.

"This is very disappointing news to receive with just a few weeks until the tournament was to begin," said IIHF President René Fasel. "We strongly believe that we had the adequate safety measures in place to protect players, officials, spectators, and all residents in Halifax and Truro, based on the IIHF and Hockey Canada's experiences from hosting the IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton."

"In the end, we must accept the decision of the government. This does not mean that we will not have a Women's World Championship in 2021. We owe it to every single player that was looking forward to getting back on the ice after such a difficult year that we do everything possible to ensure this tournament can be moved to new dates and played this year."

"Hockey Canada was informed by the Province of Nova Scotia this morning that a decision has been made to cancel the 2021 IIHF Women's World Championship in Halifax and Truro. While we are disappointed with the cancellation, we understand the decision was made with the health and safety of all participants and the community at large as the top priority," said Hockey Canada President Tom Renney in a statement with Hockey Canada Chief Operating Officer Scott Smith. "Hockey Canada wishes to thank the Province of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Health and Dr. Robert Strang for their assistance in the lead up to the event, and we support the decision that has been made. A tremendous amount of work has gone in to hosting a safe and successful world championship, and despite not being able to host the event in Nova Scotia, Hockey Canada remains committed to hosting the Women's World Championship this year. We will explore all options to host the event in the coming months, if it is deemed safe to do so."

With Beijing 2022 less than ten months away, let's hope for all nations involved that they can find some way to prepare, and have competitive game in the build up to the Olympics.



Source: IIHF
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SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
533268100
LEON DRAISAITL
53304979
BRAD MARCHAND
52283967
MITCH MARNER
54204767
PATRICK KANE
+2
55155166
NATHAN MACKINNON
47204565
AUSTON MATTHEWS
50402565
SIDNEY CROSBY
55243862
MIKKO RANTANEN
49303161
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
55204161
MARK STONE
53213960
ARTEMI PANARIN
42174158
MARK SCHEIFELE
53203858
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
49263157
SEBASTIAN AHO
55243357
JAKE GUENTZEL
56233457
ALEX DEBRINCAT
+2
51312354
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
54153853
MAX PACIORETTY
48242751
DAVID PERRON
53163551
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NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
MAY 9, 2021 G A PTS
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
1 2 3
MATTHEW TKACHUK
1 2 3
ALEX DEBRINCAT
2 - 2
MARK GIORDANO
1 1 2
BRANDON HAGEL
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
- 2 2
MIKAEL BACKLUND
1 - 1
DILLON DUBE
1 - 1
MACKENZIE ENTWISTLE
1 - 1
DENIS GURIANOV
1 - 1
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