The remainder of the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer has been cancelled due to rising cases of COVID-19. The International Ice Hockey Federation announced the cancellation on Wednesday after four positive cases were found between the United States, Russia and the Czech Republic. Two cases were confirmed on Team USA Tuesday. The IIHF and Hockey Canada stopped the tournament after three games were cancelled in three days. IIHF president Luc Tardif said there are plans to continue the World Junior Championship in the summer of 2022 in Canada. Team Canada had a 2-0 preliminary round record and was to play Germany Wednesday night at Rogers Place when the tournament was cancelled.
The Western Hockey League has postponed four games to be hosted in Brandon and Winnipeg between January 1st and January 8th due to capacity restrictions in place in the province of Manitoba. The January 1st game between the Wheat Kings and Red Deer will now be played Monday, February 7th. Brandon’s home game on January 7th against the Calgary Hitmen and the Ice home game on January 3rd against the Moose Jaw Warriors and January 8th against Calgary will be rescheduled at a later date.
Mikey Milne scored twice and Zachary Benson had two assists as the Winnipeg Ice defeated the Pats 4-2 in Regina. Jack Finley and Matthew Savoie also scored for the Ice who received a 22-save performance from Gage Alexander.