The Spengler Cup has been cancelled this year due to the fact that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The yearly tournament in Switzerland for the Canadian national men's hockey team and European club teams was arranged for Dec. 26 to 31.

It marks the fifth time the tournament has actually been cancelled since it began in 1923, and the very first time it has been off the schedule since 1956.

The arranging committee states it would have been nearly difficult to stage an event due to the fact that of security and travel concerns.

Canada set a record with its 16th tournament victory last year.

"The health of all taking part teams which they might go back to their home countries in good health, was always the greatest concern in our assessment. We can not make that assurance," organizing committee president Mark Gianola stated in a declaration.