The 2021 Memorial Cup, one of many extra widespread occasions amongst scouts resulting in the NHL Draft, was canceled by the Canadian Hockey League on Tuesday due to considerations surrounding the coronavirus.
The four-team event, that includes the winners of the three CHL leagues — the Quebec Main Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League — in addition to the host group, was scheduled to begin June 17 in Ontario, both in Sault Ste. Marie or Oshawa.
“The CHL is dedicated to the well being and security of our gamers, their households and billets, our groups, employees and officers, and the communities during which we play,” CHL president Dan MacKenzie mentioned. “That has pushed all of our troublesome selections for the final yr as now we have handled this international pandemic. The choice was made primarily based on the constraints on journey, border restrictions and quarantining necessities that might make it not possible to supply league champions.”
The QMJHL started its season Oct. 2 however has seen its 18 groups play between 26 and 41 video games, some in multiteam protected environments. The WHL began its season Feb. 26. The OHL has not performed this season.
The 2020 Memorial Cup, together with the CHL playoffs, was additionally canceled attributable to COVID-19 considerations.
Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL gained the Memorial Cup in 2019, a event that included Halifax of the QMJHL, Prince Albert of the WHL and Guelph of the OHL. Six gamers from the 4 groups have been chosen within the 2019 NHL Draft, together with Edmonton Oilers ahead prospect Raphael Lavoie (second spherical) and Washington Capitals ahead prospects Brett Leason (second spherical) and Aliaksei Protas (third spherical).
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