2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship canceled

Austin Gatlin

April 20, 2021

The 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship has been canceled due to COVID-19. The tournament was scheduled for May 6- May 16 in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia. This marks the second straight year the tournament has been canceled. A new data and possibly location is trying to be found.

The International Ice Hockey Federation announced on April 21 that the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championships has been canceled. The news strikes just weeks before the tournament’s start date of May 6th which would have taken place in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia. The concerns of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by the provincial government of Nova Scotia is said to be the main reason for the cancellation. IIHF president René Fasel expressed his disappointment on the decision saying, “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.” Hockey Canada president Scott Smith has also come out stating his disappointment but also said there will be no negotiating on this decision. The tournament was originally scheduled for this April and had already been pushed back to the coming month of May. The IIHF is looking to re-schedule the tournament for this summer, as well as looking for a new location if necessary. This is the second year in a row the tournament has been canceled, both times due to COVID-19. If the tournament is not rescheduled for this summer these athletes will most likely have to wait until the year 2023 to compete in another IIHF Women’s World Championship due to the 2022 Winter Olympics. In some bright news from the IIHF however, the Men’s U18 world championship is set to begin on April 26 and run through May 6. The tournament will is being played in the Dallas, Texas area.