Ten players from South to miss out

The aspirations of some young southern ice hockey players have been put on the backburner thanks to Covid-19.

An extraordinary meeting of the International Ice Hockey Federation council yesterday decided to follow the recommendation of its medical committee and cancel some tournaments.

It has canned six tournaments, all in Europe.

Included in that is the boys under-18 division three group B tournament in Luxembourg in which a New Zealand team was due to compete at the end of month.

Other tournaments in Estonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Spain and Poland have also been called off.

Of the 20 players picked for the New Zealand team to attend the championships, 10 are from the southern region.

Ian Audas, Caleb Chapman, Maz Gregory, CJ Kemp, Finn Leppard, Jack Lewis, Flynn Linton, Alex Power, Connor Rolfe and Adam Stitely were the southern players picked for the squad.

The IIHF council will meet in a couple of weeks and look at whether it is prepared to pay compensation to the teams no longer playing in tournaments.

It gave no indication whether the tournaments will be played at a later date.

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