New York Rangers prospects see stop pulled on WJC due to COVID

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Will Cuylle ready to compete (OHL / NHLI)

The rest of the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2022 was canceled on Wednesday after players from several countries tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, Rangers prospect Brett Berard and the United States had to lose their match against Switzerland due to positive tests. And on Wednesday, the first two matches on the schedule were lost by the Czech Republic and Russia.

IIHF cancels WJC

In a statement issued Wednesday, the IIHF said in part:

“Following a recommendation from the tournament’s COVID-19 Medical Group and IIHF Medical Committee, the IIHF Council has decided that due to the ongoing proliferation of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, the IIHF World Junior Championship 2022 will be canceled to ensure the health and safety of all participants.
“In addition to ensuring the health and safety of the participants, the Council has decided that with another forfeiture – the third lost match in two days – the sporting integrity of the event has been compromised and the event must be canceled.”

The United States were defending champions in the 10-team tournament held in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta. Group play began on Sunday and was to run through December 31, with the gold medal match scheduled for January 5.

Rangers kids lose on WJC experience

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Dylan Garand (CHL)

The team lists included some of the best players in the world under the age of 20, including Owen Power, the overall No. 1 in the 2021 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabers. He chose to postpone the NHL for a year and return to play for Michigan, in part to get the chance to represent his home country Canada in the junior championship.

Power scored a hat-trick in its first tournament match on Tuesday, a 6-3 comeback victory over the Czech Republic.
“I’m super excited,” Power, 19, told reporters before the tournament started. “It’s a dream for me since I was a little kid, so just having the opportunity to play for Canada in the world juniors is definitely something that’s really exciting for me and all the other guys.”

Here are the prospects for the New York Rangers and their final stats:

  • Dylan Garand (Canada) 1-0-0 3.00 GAA, .825 SV%
  • Will Cuylle (Canada) 2 assists, +3 in 2 games
  • Brett Berard (USA) 0 points in 1 match
  • Kalle Väisänen (Finland) 1 goal, +1 in 2 matches
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– Field Level Media contributed to this report

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