DAWSON CREEK -- The 2021 National Women's Under-18 Championship has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Early Monday afternoon, Hockey Canada's CEO Tom Renney, and Scott Smith, President and Chief Operating Officer announced the difficult decision, which includes two other national events.

"Despite a strong desire to work with three great communities to host the top players at various levels across the country this season, the health and safety of all participants and the communities at large continues to be of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada. The ongoing pandemic, in addition to some international teams remain unvaccinated has left us with no other option. We believe the decision to cancel these 2021 Fall national events is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic at a local level, as well as the uncertainty around each country and region being able to compete for a championship event."

"Hockey Canada will continue to work with event stakeholders," the communicate concludes, "to host the spring 2022 national championships and to continue to investigate opportunities to prepare Canadian athletes to represent Canada at the Olympic Winter Games, IIHF World Championships and other international events."

Set to take place in Dawson Creek from Oct. 31st-Nov. 6th, this is the second year in a row the championship has been cancelled.