Originally scheduled for spring 2020, the CARHA Hockey World Cup will take place in Richmond in 2023.
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CARHA Hockey World Cup postponed again
Published 10:25 PST, Fri January 14, 2022
Last Updated: 11:32 PST, Mon February 14, 2022
For the third time, the CARHA Hockey World Cup has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament was initially scheduled for spring 2020 but was postponed to 2021, then 2022. Organizers are now aiming to deliver the event, which is the largest international adult recreational hockey tournament, in 2023.
In a statement, CARHA Hockey says the decision was made due to the growing challenges presented by the Omicron variant, and out of an abundance of caution.
“CARHA Hockey has once again made the difficult decision to postpone the World Cup to 2023. At the forefront of this decision is the consideration for the athletes and their families, the community of Richmond, and all the partners involved in the event. Postponing the event was unfortunate but necessary given the state of the pandemic locally and globally, and we look forward to making this a better and safer event in 2023 for all those involved,” says Pam Lacroix, manager of Richmond Sport Hosting.
The international tournament draws participants from more than 12 countries to celebrate their passion for hockey and explore what Richmond has to offer. The week-long event includes more than 260 games, opening and closing ceremonies, and opportunities for camaraderie for the hockey community.
“Although postponing the CARHA Hockey World Cup is not what we had hoped for, our association believes it is the right decision. Looking to 2023, we are excited to create an epic experience for all participating players, the host city and the Richmond community at large. We are confident that with this decision, we will be in a better position to provide adult recreational hockey teams from around the world the opportunity to join us in what is sure to be a spectacular hockey experience of a lifetime while keeping everyone safe,” says Lori Lopez, CARHA Hockey executive director.