First time league has cancelled season since its 1936 formation
SPRINGFIELD, MA–The American Hockey League, the top development league for the NHL, cancelled the remainder of its regular season and the Calder Cup Playoffs on Monday.
The AHL had announced March 12 a suspension of its season due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, the same day the NHL paused its season for the same reason.
“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,” AHL President David 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 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.”
It will be the first time since the AHL was formed in 1936-37 that the Calder Cup will not be awarded. The Charlotte Checkers, the top affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, won the 2019 Calder Cup, defeating the ChicagoWolves (Vegas Golden Knights) in five games in the best-of-7 series.