Alberta hockey player thrilled World Junior Hockey Championships postponed to this summer

The International Ice Hockey Federation has announced that the World Junior Championships will be held in mid-August this year in Alberta.

OLD — Olds’ Ronan Seeley has a second chance in August to show what he can do on the biggest stage in junior hockey – the World Junior Hockey Championships.

The president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, Luc Tardif, announced last week that the World Juniors would be held again in mid-August this year in Alberta.

The tournament, which was to be held over the Christmas period in Edmonton and Red Deer, was canceled just four days after it started, due to COVID concerns.

“It will be a new competition, which means we forget the results (from last December),” Tardiff said.

Tardif also said teams participating in the tournament will use the same rosters they had in December, even though some of those players will be 20 years old before the tournament starts. In Seeley’s case, he is 19 years old.

Seeley was doing well in the December tournament. He had two assists in Canada’s 11-2 loss to Austria and recorded significant ice time in that game.

The left-handed defenseman is co-captain of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League and played minor hockey at Olds before playing midget AAA hockey in Red Deer and Lethbridge.

He was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the seventh round of the 2020 NHL Draft (208th) and signed a three-year entry-level contract with the ‘Canes last September.

Tardif also said the women’s under-18 tournament, which was due to be held in Sweden last September, will be held in June in “the northern United States”, but he did not specify where.

Catherine J. Martinez