The Cancelation of the Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships

The IIHF has had to halt its events, including the 2020 World Women’s Championship, due to the corona pandemic. Truro and Halifax in Nova Scotia were the host towns of the event that was to take place between the end of March and 10 April.

According to Tom Renney, the CEO of Hockey Canada, the decision to cancel the event came as a recommendation from the Chief Medical Officer of Health at Nova Scotia in conjunction with the IIHF. This was in light of the best interest of the players, staff, volunteers, fans, and the general public. The event was to include ten of the top women’s hockey teams.

According to Renney, there is a high probability that 2021’s season would take place in Nova Scotia. However, the decision is yet to get official approvals from the IIHF congress. The director of the women’s national teams, Gina Kingsbury, noted that the action was received with a lot of disappointment from the players, staff members, and coaches.

The Player Reactions

However, she also said that the decision to cancel the 2020 games would not affect their preparations for the 2021 season. The teams would continue with their training as they focus on bringing the gold home in next year’s season.

Jilian Saulnier, a Halifax native and a member of the Canadian team, also reported her disappointment to the news since she had hoped that this would be her chance to make it to the finals for the fourth time and impress her home fans. It was also devastating that the news came on her 28th birthday.

Rene Fessel, the IIHF president, insisted that the decision was not made easily by the IIHF Council and the organization’s executive body. He noted that it was not safe to host 10 teams for a tournament, due to the pandemic.