COVID-19 hasn’t been kind to youth hockey lately.
Less than a month after the virus forced the cancellation of the 2022 World Junior Championships in late December, the Canadian Hockey League announced that the 2022 top prospect competition had been postponed due to “continued challenges from the pandemic,” disrupting another major tournament in the youth. on the hockey calendar.
The race, originally scheduled for February 2 in Kitchener, Ontario, is expected to be rescheduled for later in 2022. That date has not yet been set.
The Kubota Top Prospects Game is the premier event for junior hockey’s top draft-qualified talent, with numerous NHL GMs and scouts from all 32 teams regularly attending to get a glimpse of the capable players in the coming months to become their franchise future Pillars of success.
Usually held about a month after the World Youth Championship, the top rookie competition is considered the last best chance for rookies to improve their individual draft picks before the end of their respective league seasons, providing them with a unique environment to showcase their talents and their High level of – end peers while future prospective employers watch from above.
While it’s encouraging to learn that the event will not be cancelled, but hopefully rescheduled at a later date, the news is yet another stark reminder of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our normal lives.