Notice from IIHF
by Adam Steiss|27 DEC 2020
Through the opening two days of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship preliminary round, there have been a total of 1,554 COVID-19 tests have been conducted on all players, staff, and game officials, for a total of 7,104 tests since the teams’ entry into the competition bubble. 

The IIHF would like to share the following updates:

-There are no new positive cases among the ten participating teams

-Three players from Team Germany have been released from quarantine and can rejoin their team for the tournament

-All remaining Team Sweden staff members have been released from quarantine and can rejoin their team for the tournament

-From the tests conducted on game officials as well as IIHF, Local Organizing Committee, and broadcast personnel, there have been no positive cases reported.

All team staff and players as well as all on- and off-ice officials will continue to receive daily testing throughout the tournament. The Event Executive Committee has been receiving regular updates via the Event Medical Committee and will continue to review the testing results.

“We thank the teams and all support staff around the tournament for their commitment to testing and to following the safety protocols put in place, and we will continue to work towards maintaining a safe environment that conforms to, public health authority, provincial government, and federal government standards,” said the Event Executive Committee in a statement.
Game clock issue identified during Canada-Germany game

Following the video review of Canada’s fourth goal against Germany at the end of the first period during their preliminary round game on 26 December, a discrepancy was identified between the game clock and the overhead goal clock of one tenth of a second. Based on the information that the video goal judge had at the time and the referee’s call on the ice., the decision was to award the goal to Canada.

After consultation with all involved parties it was determined that there was a technical miscommunication involving the game and overhead goal clock systems. The IIHF has corrected the issue to ensure proper timing is coordinated in all further reviews. This situation has now been resolved and the IIHF does not anticipate any further issues.