Canada's Alexis Lafreniere shoots during the team's practice at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Jan. 1, 2020. Lafrenière will not be going for another gold medal this winter. Hockey Canada said in a statement Thursday that the NHL's New York Rangers will not loan the top pick in 2020 to Canada's team for the upcoming world junior hockey championship in Edmonton.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Rangers will not loan Lafrenière to Canada for world junior hockey championship

RED DEER, Alta. — Alexis Lafrenière will not be going for another gold medal this winter.

Hockey Canada said in a statement Thursday that the NHL’s New York Rangers will not loan Lafrenière to Canada’s team for the upcoming world junior hockey championship in Edmonton.

The Rangers selected Lafrenière with the first-overall pick at this year’s NHL draft.

Lafrenière led Canada to a gold medal at the 2020 junior championship in the Czech Republic. He had four goals and six assists in five games and was named tournament MVP.

He was not on Canada’s roster for its junior camp in Red Deer, Alta., though Hockey Canada had said it was holding out hope that he would join the team.

All activity at Canada’s camp has been suspended from Nov. 25 until at least Sunday after two players and a staff member tested positive for COVID-19

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 03, 2020.

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