Luke Tordiff was drenched, but did not want to dive. The president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (FIHG) has raised the possibility of the World Junior Championship concluding this summer.
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“This event has been canceled, but that does not mean it’s the end of it all,” Tordiff said optimistically on this sad day.
Surprisingly, he hopes to deliver the good news in a few weeks. Hopefully, he wants the junior players to be able to shine and lift their International Cup in 2022.
“This is one of the most important competitions for young players. It was not done. We are indebted to them. ”
Explore the options
The Tardiff and Organizing Committee will assess all possibilities next month. Best of all worlds, it will be possible to continue the tournament after the Men’s World Championships to be held in Finland from mid-May.
One disadvantage is that the organizing committee must ensure logistics with all leagues, including juniors and professionals. Because, according to Tardiff, all the players involved in this World Juniors Edition deserve the summer. There are exceptions so despite their age.
Faced with this opportunity, he wants young hopefuls, among others, to shine this international showcase with all their flames. Especially those eligible for the NHL Draft scheduled for July 7 and 8 in Montreal.
From this evidence, we can assume that the championship will continue in June. Above all, Tordiff is unwilling to promise anything.
For a different reason
But that is not the only good intention of the young people in the coming decision. There is money too!
According to Tardif, the World Junior Championship is the second most important tournament on the FIHG list. He represents the real cash cow for the federation along with its administrator Hockey Canada. To these were added the rights of the broadcast holders, Bell.
Naturally everyone wants to keep the happy last exclamation point after the medal ceremony. For teenagers … and fill chests instead of empty pockets!
The 2023 edition of the World Junior Championships will be held in Omsk and Novosibirsk, Russia.