The American Hockey League did the anticipated Monday, cancelling the rest of its season and playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The AHL made the announcement following a vote by its board of governors.
Outgoing league president and CEO David Andrews mentioned in an announcement the NHL’s prime minor league merely ran out of time.
“After a prolonged evaluate course of, the American Hockey League has decided that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is just not possible in mild of present situations,” Andrews mentioned in an announcement.
The AHL paused its schedule March 12, following the NHL’s lead within the aftermath of an NBA participant testing constructive for COVID-19.
Andrews mentioned final month the league was “pivoting” to the 2020-21 marketing campaign, whereas including nothing was official relating to the standing of 2019-20.
That modified Monday.
four Canadian-based groups
The NHL nonetheless hopes to salvage its season in some type this summer season, however the AHL noticed no path ahead.
“We’re very grateful to the Nationwide Hockey League and its groups for his or her help and management in navigating by the challenges confronted over the past two months,” Andrews mentioned.
The AHL is made up of 31 franchises both owned by or affiliated with NHL golf equipment.
There are 4 groups based mostly in Canada — the Laval Rocket, Belleville Senators, Toronto Marlies and Manitoba Moose.
In operation since 1936, the AHL’s web site states that 90 per cent of present NHLers are graduates, and that greater than 100 members of the Hockey Corridor…