A Junior World Cup against a backdrop of scandal

A Junior World Cup against a backdrop of scandal

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EDMONTON | The World Junior Hockey Championship arouses, year after year, a huge enthusiasm across Canada. Not this year.

Admittedly, the event is presented in August when the sun is beating down in Edmonton, unlike the traditional holiday season tournament, but this is not all. It's because there's an elephant in the room, a huge one, even.

The event is presented on Canadian soil in the wake of the scandal that has plagued Hockey Canada for several months, following revelations of several cases of misconduct and sexual assault by its members which were settled by the organization at cost. millions of dollars through a contingency fund to pay for uninsured liabilities, including sexual assault.

Upon entering Rogers Place, you quickly realize that this tournament is not a “normal” one. Other than 'Tissot', a longtime partner of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IHFG), there is no other advertising on the boards or on the rink, a result of Hockey Canada's many partners and sponsors. who decided to put their association with the organization on hold following the revelations.

Within a few weeks, big players like Telus, Scotiabank, Tim Hortons and Esso withdrew, during weeks.

IMPACT AT THE COUNTER?

So far, the tournament also seems like a tough sell to the people of Alberta. As of Tuesday, it was possible to obtain tickets for all games, including all of Canada's games, in almost all sections of the amphitheater. Even for the gold medal match.

About a hundred people were present for the first match of the tournament, Tuesday noon, between Slovakia and Czechia.

For At the moment, the upper passageway of the Rogers Center is not open and has been hidden by large black curtains. 

A member of Hockey Canada told us on Tuesday that he did not know if they were going to open them during the tournament.

If the turmoil in which Hockey Canada is plunged certainly plays a role in the reluctance of people to travel to encourage them, it must also be recognized that this World Juniors in summer version has lost some of its luster by the many withdrawals of important players. . 

Junior Team Canada, for example, saw nine of its representatives give up the event to focus on their next professional camp, including Owen Power, Cole Perfetti, Shane Wright and Kaiden Guhle.

< strong>NOT A DISTRACTION

On the Junior Team Canada side, we assure that everything surrounding the organization has not become an internal distraction.

“Since we had a very short eight-day training camp, the players have been busier than usual. Normally, during Christmas, we try to give them a little rest since they come from their junior team, but this has not been the case recently. That was key,” said Canadian head coach Dave Cameron.

“I'm just grateful to the International Hockey Federation for hosting this tournament. They didn't have to do it and they're doing it for us,” added Canadian captain Mason McTavish.

A NEW PRESIDENT >

Hockey Canada announced Tuesday that it has promoted Andrea Skinner to the position of interim chair of the organization's board of directors, following the resignation of Michael Brind'Amour on August 6th.

Ms Skinner had been on the Board since 2020. 

Furthermore, the Hockey Canada scandal does not seem to put a damper on the IIHF, which confirmed on Tuesday that the World Women's Hockey Championship of 2023 will take place in Canada. However, the city or cities that will host the event have not yet been announced.

Tuesday's results

Czechia 5 | Slovakia 4

Latvia 1 | Finland 6