Sweden, Germany dealing with COVID-19 cases ahead of world juniors

Sweden forward Albin Grewe (24) will miss the 2021 world juniors after testing positive for COVID-19. (Codie McLachlan/CP)

As the World Junior Hockey Championship draws near, a number of teams are facing COVID-19 outbreaks within their rosters.

On Tuesday, the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation announced that head coach Tomas Montén as well as forward Albin Grewe had tested positive for the virus. Grewe is the fourth Swedish player to test positive in recent days, joining William Wallinder, Karl Henriksson and William Eklund, and all four players will miss the tournament as a result.

The German Ice Hockey Federation also announced two players on its preliminary roster for the tournament, Lukas Reichel and Nino Kinder, had tested positive and would therefore not play.

Team Canada has been quarantining in Red Deer, Alta., since Nov. 25 after two players tested positive. The other nine teams are scheduled to arrive in Edmonton this weekend to begin a quarantine period before the tournament kicks off Dec. 25.

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