Memorial Cup canceled for second year in a row

The 2021 Memorial Cup has been canceled due to COVID-19. It marks the second year in a row that the Memorial Cup has been canceled by the CHL.

The CHL made the announcement on Tuesday that this year’s tournament would not happen.

“The CHL is committed to the health and safety of our players, their families and billets, our teams, staff and officials, and the communities in which we play. That has driven all of our difficult decisions for the last year as we have dealt with this global pandemic,” said CHL President Dan MacKenzie. “The decision was made based on the limitations on travel, border restrictions, and quarantining requirements that would make it impossible to produce league champions.”

The QMJHL and WHL are in the middle of shortened seasons but the OHL has not been able to begin playing yet due to the Ontario government’s restrictions.