The 2021 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships have been cancelled.
The event was scheduled to be played in Winnipeg from May 1-9, 2021.
“The health, safety, and well-being of our community is most important to the ASC, our board, and the organizing committees,” said Aboriginal Sport Circle CEO Carey Calder. “While we are saddened to postpone this event due to the global pandemic, we look forward to a time when our athletes can hit the ice again to showcase their skills and pride for their regions when it is safe to do so.”
The 2020 tournament was supposed to be played in Regina back in May; however, that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well.
“The difficult decision to recommend postponing the 2021 NAHC was presented by the hockey committee considering all available information and uncertainties, along with the risk to not only the athletes but their communities,” said Jeff Spencer, the ASC’s hockey committee president.
Dauphin Kings forwards Austin Lamotte and Nakodan Greyeyes have played in the event in the past.
The Aboriginal Sport Circle says the NAHC event is an important cultural event that fosters Indigenous unity and pride, and celebrates the athletic abilities of elite Indigenous athletes from across the country.