Keeping a World Championship Safe

Like all great athletes, DynaLIFE understands the value of repetition. That’s why when the diagnostics laboratory was approached to support the World Junior Hockey Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, it was an easy decision.

“After the success of the NHL bubble this past fall we were very eager to build on our experience,” says Jason Pincock, DynaLIFE CEO. “We are quite comfortable in this new found rhythm and proud to be a part of such a fantastic opportunity for the city and province.”

On Christmas Day when the first puck drops, DynaLIFE will have processed approximately 12,000 tests for everyone in the bubble including athletes, coaches and team personnel from the 10 countries around the world who participated in this major world event. This work has been integral in establishing a safe environment for the championships and will continue for the duration.

While the bubble experience and robust COVID-19 testing protocol is new to many of these elite athletes, DynaLIFE has had ample practice.

“The NHL Stanley Cup bubble demonstrated the agility of all partners in working together towards a common goal,” adds Pincock. “The planning committee, logistics and health professionals on the ground were exceptional as were our lab technicians who facilitated just under 70,000 tests over the course of the playoffs.”

In September, the IIHF Council followed the NHL’s lead and approved Hockey Canada’s proposal to hold the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship in a single-venue format at Rogers Place. This decision was welcome news to hockey fans who have been missing the game, but also to the dynamic behind the scenes team who were more than happy to reconvene for a second major sporting event.

“Whether it’s a major sporting event or every day diagnostic support for Albertans, we are always striving to enhance our performance,” Pincock says. “It’s who we are and what we’ve been doing for the last 60 years.”