All the planning put into this year's Mac's AAA midget world tournament in Calgary has been for not.
The tournament was cancelled last night due to the rise in Omicron COVID-19 cases.
Philip Raycroft, Tate Yule and Ryder Many Grey Horses, all Strathmore Minor Hockey players were set to play in the Mac’s tournament this year for the Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers.
"With the rising cases and constantly changing environment of the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel it is not appropriate to executive the tournament as planned," officials stated in an announcement last night. "The decision was made after weighing all options and is based on many factors."
Tournament organizers expressed disappointment over the impact it will have upon players, coaches, and families who were looking forward to the tournament's return after a one-year hiatus.
They are considering several options, including rescheduling the tournament to a later date.
"No matter what happens, we look forward to a bigger and better tournament in the 2022-23 season."
In the photos below are #13 Ryder Many Grey Horses #2 Tate Yule ( photos courtesy of Philip Raycroft)