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Why is Mélodie Daoust not playing for Canada at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship?

The 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship begins this week, and Canada will begin defending its 2021 gold medal. However, the team has to do without the MVP of last year’s tournament.

Mélodie Daoust is not in the national team squad for this year’s tournament in Denmark. The 30-year-old led the 2021 competition with 12 points in eight games.

Daoust started playing for Canada at U18 level before working her way up to the national team. She has won two Olympic golds, one Olympic silver, one U18 gold, one U18 silver, one World Championship gold and one World Championship bronze medal with the national team.

While it will be a tough loss for Canada, the team have shown they can win without Daoust. She was injured at the 2022 Winter Olympics in February and missed most of the tournament. Canada still won gold.

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Here are more details on Daoust’s absence and the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

Why isn’t Mélodie Daoust playing at the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship?

Daoust hasn’t commented publicly on why she doesn’t fancy Canada’s squad. She was invited to the selection camp, but was unable to attend. She was not included in the team’s 23-man World Championship roster.

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The forward sustained an injury in Canada’s first game at the 2022 Winter Olympics in February. It’s possible she’ll use the summer to recover before returning to competitive hockey.

When is the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship?

  • Beginning: Thursday 25 August
  • End: Sunday, September 4th

The tournament begins on August 25 with the start of group play.

The playoffs begin on September 1st with the quarterfinals. The semi-finals will be held on September 3rd and the bronze and gold medal matches will be played on September 4th.

Where is the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship?

  • Cities: Herning/Frederikshavn, Denmark
  • Venues: KVIK Hockey Arena, Iscenter North

This year’s IIHF World Championship will take place in Denmark. There are two venues for the 2022 tournament, Herning and Frederikshavn.

Group A will play their games at KVIK Hockey Arena in Herning, while Group B will play their games at Iscenter Nord in Frederikshavn. The knockout games will also be split between the two arenas.

This is the first time that Denmark is hosting a Women’s World Cup.

How to watch the 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championship

NHL Network will broadcast select games – including the semifinals and medal games – across the United States.

Viewers can stream NHL Network on Sling TV, Fubo TV, or DIRECTV Stream. Games not on the NHL Network will be streamed on ESPN+.

  • Canada TV: TSN, RDS
  • Canada live stream: TSN.ca, TSN app

Canadians can watch matches on TSN (in English) or RDS (in French).

TSN can be streamed on TSN.ca, through the TSN App and TSN Direct.

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