After announcing that Canada would remain as host, and that the tournament would be scheduled for 20-31 August, after being cancelled in Nova Scotia just two weeks before the tournament was set to begin in May. The tournament is set to be played at Canada Olympic Park, within an isolated bubble, so players from all ten teams can remain isolated from the public. They will arrive in the bubble on 10 August to begin quarantine, which has been lessened from the standard 14 day quarantine mandated by the Canadian government.
While there was large amounts of disappointment and frustration from all teams involved, thankfully the IIHF and Hockey Canada managed to come to a resolution so that the Worlds would not be cancelled for two consecutive years. And with the Beijing Olympics set to begin in just eight short months, having a final tournament to assess national rosters will be paramount, not to mention the final qualification tournament to lock up the final three tournament spots.
With an increase in vaccinations across Canada, and the success of Alberta bubbles for both the NHL and 2020 World Junior Championship, we are glad that meaningful international women’s hockey can finally take place for the first time in 17 months late this summer!