The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship is set to begin tournament play in just 10 days at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. All teams arrived in Edmonton on Sunday and have begun a mandatory four-day quarantine before practices and exhibition games begin later in the week.
Capitals prospect Connor McMichael is set to go for Team Canada. Martin Hugo Has made the Czech Republic’s list of 28 and the trip to Edmonton, with three more player-cuts remaining.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hockey Canada has partnered with TraceSafe, powered by TELUS, to provide participants with wearable safety technology that will provide contact tracing and physical distancing during the event.
With state-of-the-art wearable technology from TraceSafe, all teams, event staff and media attending the World Juniors will be issued event credentials that contain a contact tracing beacon.
This small, embedded device communicates with a wireless LTE gateway box, which will allow contract tracing and prompt physical distance reminders for all attendees who are within the tournament bubble.
Data collected from the wearables within the bubble and during the championship is pseudonymized and secured using top-level encryption. The technology only monitors interactions with other people within authorized locations. Localized contact tracing cannot function once the participant leaves the contact site, eliminating fears of being “always-on”. No smartphone app download required.
The use of wearable safety technology will be complemented by regular COVID-19 testing throughout the event to promote the health and safety of participants at all times. If an attendee is diagnosed or discloses that they have COVID-19, TraceSafe’s contract-tracing management system will identify individuals who may have come into contact with the infected person, allowing for quick notification and containment of the outbreak.
In addition, when teams arrive for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, they will self-isolate in their hotel rooms. During this period, they will wear a TraceSafe disposable quarantine-management wearable that will ensure all health and safety protocols are met.
The tournament officially begins on December 25 and will run through January 5, 2021.
By Jon Sorensen
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