AHL cancels remainder of 2019-20 season, 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs - LA Kings Insider

Effective today, the American Hockey League Board of Governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season, and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs.

While the timing of the release is curious – 6 AM Pacific on a Monday, when the decision was reportedly made on Friday, following two months to deliberate – the decision is not surprising and frankly the only move that could have been made that this point. The AHL is a gate-driven league, with revenue stemming primarily from game-to-game ticket sales, meaning that games without fans, at this stage, is not practical. The Reign, who had a backloaded home schedule, missed eight home dates but already took proactive steps to offer refunds, regardless of if games were rescheduled or not.

The Reign conclude a much-improved campaign with a 29-22-5-1 record, which stems from an outstanding final 2+ months before the suspension, and now cancellation, of play. Ontario was pushing strongly for a playoff berth and we unfortunately will not see how that push would have turned out.

Looking ahead, focus now turns to the 2020-21 season – We’re still five months away from what would be the scheduled start to that campaign, which is far too much time to really speculate on what next season may look like, or how it will be affected.

Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.
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Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Birthplace: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Position: D

Bio

Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the Reign.
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Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C

Bio

Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.
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