AHL cancels remainder of season, Calder Cup playoffs

The AHL announced Monday that it was canceling the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and the Calder Cup playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rumors had been swirling for weeks that the season was set to be called off, and AHL President David Andrews confirmed the news in a statement on the league’s website. The announcement comes after a conference call of the league’s Board of Governors on Friday.

“After a lengthy review process, the American Hockey League has determined that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions,” Andrews said. “The League’s operational focus has turned toward actively preparing for the 2020-21 season. We are very grateful to the National Hockey League and its teams for their support and leadership in navigating through the challenges faced over the past two months.”

The league standings as of March 12, when the season was put on hold, will now be final. The Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate, will finish in first place with 90 points in 63 games. It is the first time in the AHL’s 84-year history that no Calder Cup champion will be crowned. 

Andrews said the league will now turn its focus to the 2020-21 campaign.

“The AHL continues to place paramount importance on the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and fans and all of their families, and we all look forward to returning to our arenas in 2020-21.”

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