2020 Spengler Cup cancelled amid COVID-19 pandemic

Team Canada's Kris Versteeg celebrates after scoring 3:0 during the game between HC Ambri-Piotta and HC Ocelari Trinec at the 93th Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Dec.31, 2019. (Melanie Duchene/Keystone via AP)

One of the oldest annual tournaments in ice hockey, the Spengler Cup, has been cancelled.

Organizers of the event held in Davos, Switzerland, during the December holidays cite the impact of the pandemic.

The invitational tournament was first played in 1923, and a six-team edition was won last year by Team Canada, comprising of mostly Europe-based players.

Travel to and from Switzerland "for the teams from Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Canada is currently only possible under strict adherence to the quarantine policies, if at all," organizers say.

Though Swiss authorities are allowing more fans to attend hockey games from October, standing areas in stadiums cannot be used.

Spengler Cup organizers say games "in a half-empty stadium, and without standing room, has nothing in common with the hockey festival we have become accustomed to."

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