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Hockey tournaments, provincials cancelled in Richmond

By Don Fennell

Published 11:21 PDT, Fri March 13, 2020

Last Updated: 1:58 PDT, Tue March 31, 2020

Efforts to prevent further spread of the coronavirus have led to the cancellation of next weekend’s BC Hockey Midget girls’ provincial championships in Richmond.

The Richmond Ravens’ 23rd annual Ice Classic that was planned for the same weekend has also been called off.

On its website, the Richmond Ravens posted a memo from its board of directors. It reads, in part, “We are very sorry to share with you that we have cancelled our Ice Classic tournament and Midget provincials, and our season is now officially ended as required by Hockey Canada and BC Hockey. We are committed to the safety and well-being of all our players and families and know that we all want to do what we can to prevent further spread of COVID-19.” 

A statement on the Hockey Canada website says, “Without question, this an unprecedented period of difficulty for the sports world. The health and safety of all participants in sport, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public, is of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada.”

Hockey Canada says it was after much consultation with members, its chief medical officer and public health officials, it made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including national championships, until further notice, effective March 13.

Late Wednesday, the Canadian Adult Recreation Hockey Association announced the postponement of the 2020 CARHA Hockey World Cup that was scheduled from March 29 to April 5 in Richmond. Organizers are working with partners in hopes of solidifying new dates in 2021.

CARHA said postponing the 2020 World Cup was necessary in light of the large number of international travellers involved in the tournament, and the worldwide uncertainty with regards to COVID-19.

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