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Team Canada halts WJHC camp, enters 14-day quarantine after positive tests

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Team Canada is halting its world junior selection camp and entering a 14-day quarantine period after confirming Tuesday that two players tested positive for COVID-19, Hockey Canada announced Wednesday.

"Upon learning of the positive tests on Monday, the decision was made to suspend all camp activities and quarantine players and staff immediately," the statement read. "As per Hockey Canada’s safety protocols, all players, coaches, and staff members will go through additional testing before resuming any camp activities.

"We remain in constant communication with the appropriate health authorities, and we appreciate and thank Alberta health services for its dedication to ensuring the health and safety of our players, staff, and the community at large."

Workouts and meetings will be conducted via video call, while scrimmages scheduled for this weekend are canceled, reports TSN's Ryan Rishaug.

In addition to the players' positive results, a non-core member of Canada's staff tested positive this past weekend. Two of the squad's coaches, Michael Dyck and Jason LaBarbera, were self-isolating because they were close contacts of the individual.

Canada invited 46 players to its selection camp in Edmonton.

The World Junior Championship is set to start Christmas Day in a bubble environment without fans in attendance.

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