According to Hockey Canada, Team Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp has suspended all hockey activities due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The news comes just one day after the third intra-squad game between Team Red and White was quickly postponed after two players tested positive.
Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior vice-president of national teams, issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:
“Following the confirmation of two positive tests among players at Canada’s National Junior Team SportChek Selection Camp on Monday, Hockey Canada has confirmed that all players, coaches and staff are considered close contacts and are therefore subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period under Alberta Health Services’ Order 05-2020. Hockey Canada will continue to abide by all protocols and guidelines set forth by the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, as it is not exempt from Order 05-2020, and will put a pause on all camp activities until the quarantine period is complete.
Upon learning of the positive tests on Monday, the decision was made to suspend all camp activities and quarantine players and staff immediately. As per Hockey Canada’s safety protocols, all players, coaches and staff members will go through additional testing before resuming any camp activities. We remain in constant communication with the appropriate health authorities, and we appreciate and thank Alberta Health Services for its dedication to ensuring the health and safety of our players, staff and the community at large.”