Vancouver Canucks star centre Elias Pettersson faces off against a Winnipeg Jets prospect during a 2018 Young Stars Classic game at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The 2020 Young Stars Classic has been put on hold for the time being. (Steve Kidd - Western News)

Young Stars Classic postponed due to COVID-19

The event was set to return in September after missing 2019

The Vancouver Canucks and the South Okanagan Events Centre have announced that the 2020 Young Stars Classic will be postponed to a future date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement was made July 2.

The tournament features top prospects from the Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.

The Canucks and the events centre have previously co-hosted eight young stars tournaments together.

The tournament was set to return this year after missing 2019 due to a lack of participating teams. It was originally scheduled to take place Sept. 11 to 15 at the events centre in Penticton.

The 2020 tournament has been postponed to an undetermined future date due to COVID-19 and its impacts on the NHL and other hockey leagues.

“The Canucks and SOEC have enjoyed a long-standing partnership, previously co-hosting eight young stars tournaments together, and look forward to bringing NHL hockey back to fans in the Okanagan when the time is appropriate,” reads a joint statement from the events centre and Vancouver Canucks.

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