With the World Juniors being played in a “competition bubble”, the IIHF Officiating Committee has selected game officials that currently residing within the host country Canada. The decision to use only Canadian-based officials was made based due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on travel restrictions in the individual countries, as well as the existing health and safety regulations in Canada.
“The game officials we would normally choose would have come from many different countries,” said IIHF Officiating Manager Danny Kurmann. “Every additional person we bring into the bubble is a risk, so we decided to source the officials locally in order to reduce the risk to travelling personnel and teams.”
The recommendation of the Officiating Committee was presented last month and approved by the IIHF Council and by each of the ten participating teams competing at the World Juniors in Edmonton.
See below the list of game officials for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.