Kendall Coyne Schofield has a bone to pick with the International Ice Hockey Federation.
The U.S. women’s hockey forward took to social media Thursday to express her frustrations with the cancelling of the 2021 Women’s World Championship.
We Deserve To Compete In The World Championships... pic.twitter.com/AnNfDSZ428— Kendall Coyne Schofield (@KendallCoyne) April 22, 2021
We Deserve To Compete In The World Championships... pic.twitter.com/AnNfDSZ428
On Wednesday, the tournament was cancelled for the second year in a row due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the Nova Scotia area, where the tournament was being held. On Tuesday, the province banned all non-essential travel due to the outbreak.
Coyne Schofield cited the IIHF’s lack of a contingency plan as her main point of frustration, particularly when knowing how strict Halifax’s handling of COVID-19 is.
“This response shows a lack of care that the IIHF had when it came to making sure that the Women’s Worlds was successful like the other international hockey events we have so joyfully watched over the last year,” Coyne Schofield said in her statement. “Those tournaments had contingency plans and plans to pivot the location if the dialogue between the tournament and local health officials couldn’t be mutually agreed upon.”
“Women’s hockey, once again, deserves more and better.”
The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro has reported that Dallas Fort Worth officials and the Dallas Stars are working on possibly hosting the women’s world championships. This has received support from multiple federations, especially after the U-18 men’s tournament found a home in Frisco and Plano, Texas.
Regardless, Coyne Schofield has a point. Women’s hockey deserves to have the same level of treatment as the men’s — and that includes contingency plans amidst such ongoing uncertainty.