Earlier Tuesday, Hockey Canada was forced to postpone its third and final Red v White scrum match after two players tested positive for the virus. It comes after a “non-essential” staff member tested positive over the weekend.
“Hockey Canada confirmed earlier today that two players from Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been placed in quarantine at the team hotel in Red Deer, ”Scott Salmond, senior teams vice president, said in a statement Tuesday.
“Upon learning of the positive test this morning, it was decided to postpone the Red-White match scheduled for this morning at Westerner Park Centrium and to suspend all camp activities for today. In accordance with Hockey Canada safety protocols, all players, coaches and staff passed the mandatory COVID-19 tests upon arrival at camp and continued to be tested regularly over the past ten days. For the sake of precaution, we will also ensure that all players and team staff pass an additional test before resuming camp activities. The appropriate local and provincial health authorities have been advised of the situation and we will continue to work closely with Alberta Health Services. We will have no further comments at this time.
It’s still unclear how many players and staff will need to self-isolate as close contacts testing positive.
The first cuts to the squad of 46 nominees at Team Canada selection camp were previously scheduled to take place later Tuesday. Head coach André Tourigny said on Sunday he wanted to reduce the roster to 30 against 34 players after Tuesday’s scrum. Canada is scheduled to start pre-competition games against the U Sports teams on Saturday when they face the University of Alberta Golden Bears in the first of six games.
Currently, nothing is planned for Hockey Canada training camp on Wednesday, notes Rishaug.
Canada’s World Junior Championships kick off Boxing Day with a clash against Germany.