IIHF announces no new positive COVID-19 tests at world juniors

Rogers Place, home of the Edmonton Oilers. (Jason Franson/CP)

Through the first two days of preliminary rounds, there have been no new positive COVID-19 test results at the World Junior Hockey Championship, the IIHF announced Sunday.

There have been a total of 1,554 COVID-19 tests since the tournament opened on Christmas Day, with 7,104 tests overall since the 10 teams entered the competition bubble in Edmonton, Alta.

As well, the IIHF announced that three players from Germany have been released from quarantine and can re-join their team. Germany was limited to dressing 14 players against Canada on Saturday due to quarantine protocols from their outbreak.

The remaining members of Sweden’s staff that were in quarantine have also been cleared to re-join their team.

The IIHF also released a statement to clarify a game clock issue identified during Canada’s game against Germany. At the end of the first period, there was a time discrepancy of a tenth of a second between the game clock and the overhead goal clock. The decision was made to award the goal to Canada based on the information the video goal judge had at the time and the referee’s call on the ice.

After speaking with all parties, it was determined that there was a technical miscommunication involving the game and overhead goal clock systems. The IIHF has corrected the issue and said they do not foresee any further problems.

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