Last month, there was optimism that USA Hockey might still be able to hold their annual World Juniors Summer Series camp in August, even though they would have to do so without the other scheduled countries participating in the event.
But a general lack of progress to control the spread of coronavirus nationally, and more acutely, reports in The Athletic that members of the US NTDP program had tested positive for the virus, has caused USA Hockey to officially cancel the event.
The upside for the US is that they return a high percentage of last year’s team, so the lack of scouting isn’t as critical as it might be in some years. Still, it’s far from ideal, especially since some, if not many, of the players in the eligible talent pool may not play in any games before the tournament is scheduled to be played.
Hockey Canada had previously decided to host virtual training camps for their men’s and women’s junior national teams.
Of course, this all presumes that this year’s World Juniors tournament is even played this year, which may not be a given unless current circumstances change.