Canada’s team began preparations on Tuesday, August 3 for the 2.0 edition of the 2022 world junior hockey championship in Edmonton.
The host country starts the August 9 to August 20 championship on August 10 against Latvia at Rogers Place.
The 10-country tournament will be minus Russia barred from participating by the International Ice Hockey Federation because of that country’s invasion of Ukraine.
The initial 2022 championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., was called off December 29 after just four days because of rising COVID-19 cases among players and officials, which forced game forfeitures.
Hockey Canada hosts this world juniors under the shadow of federal government scrutiny and a wave of public criticism for its handling of alleged sexual assaults by members of previous junior men’s teams in 2018 and 2003.
Sheldon Kennedy, a former National Hockey League player and victims rights advocate, is among those calling for the resignation of Hockey Canada president Scott Smith and the board of directors.