Hockey Canada has announced a number of changes for the upcoming hockey season, following the cancellation of last season’s playoffs due to COVID-19.
A number of the changes impact the CJHL. According to a Hockey Canada news release, the next Centennial Cup will be hosted in Penticton, B.C. in May 2021.
Estevan, Sask., will host the event in 2022. Portage la Prairie, which was scheduled to host the Centennial Cup in 2020, will “potentially” see the event return in 2023.
Hockey Canada also states that the current event schedule remains unchanged for the fall and winter. This includes the 2020 World Junior A Challenge set for Dec. 13-20 in Cornwall, Ontario.
Last week, it was announced by Hockey Canada that Prince Albert would host the 2021 Esso Cup, the national female under-18 championship. The event had been scheduled for Prince Albert this year but did not go ahead due to the pandemic. Lloydminster, which had been scheduled to host the Esso Cup in 2021, has been awarded the 2022 event.
For the national under-18 male championship the TELUS Cup, Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., and Sydney, N.S. had previously been scheduled to host the 2020 and 2021 events. Instead, Sydney will now host in 2022 while Saint-Hyacinthe is being considered to host in either 2021 or 2023.
“During these unprecedented times, Hockey Canada has had to make changes to its season schedule to prioritize the health and safety of all participants at our national events, impacting various host committees and communities across the country,” said Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer of Hockey Canada, in a statement.
“We appreciate the support and dedication by our upcoming host committees to adjust our schedule for the next two hockey seasons, and we look forward to working with these communities to put on world-class events.”