Hockey Canada president and CEO Scott Smith speaks during a news conference in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Hockey Canada announced Tuesday that two players at its nation junior selection camp have tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Two players at Canada’s World Junior selection camp test positive for COVID-19

Canada’s world junior hockey selection camp in Red Deer came to a screeching halt Tuesday.

Hockey Canada announced two of the 47 players tested positive for COVID-19 and were placed in quarantine at the team hotel.

With the positive tests, the organization cancelled the final intrasquad game scheduled for Tuesday morning and suspended all team activities.

“As per Hockey Canada’s safety protocols, all players, coaches and staff members took mandatory COVID-19 tests upon arrival at camp and have continued to be tested regularly throughout the past 10 days.

“For precautionary reasons, we will also ensure that all players and team personnel go through an additional test before resuming camp activities,” said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams.

On Saturday, a non-playing member of its national junior team staff tested positive.

The camp started in Red Deer on Nov. 17.

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