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IIHF Cancels 2022 World Juniors Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

Blackhawks prospect Landon Slaggert had a goal, Wyatt Kaiser had an assist, and Drew Commesso made 23 saves in Team USA’s lone game.

World Juniors Canceled
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The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) canceled its 2022 World Junior Championship on Wednesday.

Chris Peters of the Daily Faceoff first reported the news.

The cancellation comes after a number of positive COVID-19 cases among the 10 teams participating in the tournament. Prior to the announcement, COVID-19 positive tests forced three forfeited games.

The Chicago Blackhawks had four prospects on rosters for their respective national teams at the tournament: forward Landon Slaggert, defenseman Wyatt Kaiser, and goaltender Drew Commesso (United States) and defenseman Michael Krutil (Czech Republic).

Slaggert, who was on Team USA’s 2021 gold-medal winning team, scored in the American’s 3-2 win over Slovakia on Sunday. Kaiser assisted on the goal, while Commesso made 23 saves in the victory.

Krutil, however, did not play in the World Juniors because he served part of his two-game suspension from a last year’s tournament in Czechia’s 6-3 loss to Canada.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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