Can the 2022 world juniors be rescheduled for this summer time? – [Update News]

Shortly after the 2022 world juniors in Edmonton and Purple Deer have been canceled late final week following three COVID-19-related forfeitures, IIHF President Luc Tardif advised the media the federation want to reschedule the match for someday throughout the summer time. As soon as the mud settles, it’s anticipated the stakeholders will convene and focus on this risk. Rescheduling the match is not going to be a easy endeavor, so it begs the query of whether or not they need to — and even can — make it occur.

Why reschedule it?

As Tardif talked about final week, the World Junior Championship is a main match that helps fund worldwide hockey: “The income generated from [the world juniors and world championships] allows our federation to outlive and assist the operation of all different IIHF World Championship occasions.” Whereas the curiosity in Canada is well-known and a main driver of income, the match now has worldwide curiosity and is watched in vital numbers in varied international locations. The fan curiosity on the planet juniors far surpasses some other U18 or U20 occasion on the worldwide calendar.

Hockey Canada has additionally now misplaced a big amount of cash by internet hosting one and a half tournaments within the final two years with followers allowed at solely a handful of video games. They’re a particularly necessary federation for hockey and their bleeding cash is a priority for the sport.

Most significantly, it’s about ensuring the gamers don’t get a singular life expertise taken away from them if there’s a cheap path to getting it again.