Following a recommendation by the IIHF Medical Committee due to recent developments in the global COVID-19 epidemiological situation and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the IIHF Council has decided to cancel all IIHF tournaments that were scheduled to begin in January 2022.
The following tournaments have been cancelled.
2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 Men’s World Championship Division II Group B
10-15 January 2022, Belgrade, Serbia
2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 Men’s World Championship Division II
8-15 January 2022 – Queretaro, Mexico
2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship
8-15 January 2022 – Linkoping & Mjolby, Sweden
2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Group A
9-15 January 2022 – Gyor, Hungary
2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I Group B
10-15 January 2022 – Radenthein, Austria
2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division II
21-27 January 2022 – Istanbul, Turkey
Due to league commitments within Sweden during possible postponement dates, it was determined that it will not be possible to move the women’s U18s to a later date. All other tournaments mentioned above will not be postponed.
“These are hard facts to have to face, and as with last year we must take the difficult decision to cancel men’s and women’s IIHF events, including the women’s U18 top division now for the second year in a row,” said IIHF President Luc Tardif.
“It is the consensus of the IIHF Medical Committee that the organizers would not have the capability to manage an outbreak of the virus, especially with the rapid transfer of the Omicron variant that we have seen in the NHL and other leagues.”
“The Swedish Ice Hockey Association, together with the organizing cities Linköping and Mjölby and Östergötland’s ice hockey association, have looked forward to arranging the championship at home,” says Anders Larsson, chairperson of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association and chairperson of the executive committee for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship.
“The U18 Women’s World Championship is an important part of strengthening and building ice hockey on the girls’ and women’s side, but with that said, we have great respect and understanding for the decision based on the pandemic situation in the world.”
Hockey Canada statement on 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship
The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Gina Kingsbury, director of women’s national teams, on the decision by the International Ice Hockey Federation to cancel the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship:
“Our staff and athletes are extremely disappointed to learn of the cancellation of the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship for the second year in a row. Our entire team has worked hard both on and off the ice to be ready to compete next month in Linköping and Mjölby, Sweden, even going so far as to cancel our selection camp out of an abundance of caution and to ensure our players and staff would be able to represent Canada on the world stage.
We understand the changing landscape and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and we know cancelling events is never a decision that is made lightly. We are grateful for the time and effort that has been put in to try and hold the event in a safe manner for all participants. We will now look forward to watching our athletes represent Canada and compete for a gold medal in the near future.”