Canadians have often benefited from multiple programs associated with hockey. Most of these programs are local, with the majority being cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There was hope that similar measures wouldn’t be enforced with Hockey Canada but became inevitable after the virus is continuing to see increased infections across the country. September 1st will mark the date when Hockey Canada will restart their training programs for young adults. Throughout the summer months, training will be provided through virtual platforms like Zoom.
Multiple summer camps for hockey have been terminated, included two supported by Sobeys. This consists of the BFL Canada National Women’s U18 Camp, which extends towards the BFL Canada Women’s Development Team Camp. Women from the later transfer to the U18 series when progressing their talents.
The Program for Excellent Coaching has been terminated until September 1st, with a virtual format supported between May 25th to June 5th. Repeating this Camp during the fall will enable the Canadian youth to obtain enhanced training. Similar measures were imposed onto the Program of Excellent Goaltending Development Camp, which was slated to begin on June 9th until June 12th.
Additional cancellations apply towards the Canadian National U17 Development Camp, which would’ve taken place between July 19th to 25th. Taking both the virtual & in-person formats of this Camp is required, with these young men being future NHL Athletes. Cancellations in July extended towards the 27th to 31st with the Canadian National Junior Team SportChek Development Summer Camp. Expect both to resume in-person training by September 1st, under the condition that the Canadian Government enacts additional postponements.
Disappointment for Hockey Canada
The CEO of Hockey Canada expressed his notable disappointment towards this confirmation. Never before has this organization had to terminate their summer programs, causing sadness to thousands of children across Canada. He mentioned that by implementing a virtual format, some stresses for these children are avoided. Coaching staff with these various teams have been informed to prepare themselves for the new form, with Hockey Canada hoping it’ll benefit the mental & physical capabilities of these young athletes.
Details regarding the 2020 Rosters for these U18 Hockey Camps haven’t been released. These documents will become public information by Mid-June, allowing dedicated hockey fanatics to review the future athletes of tomorrow.