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

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.

Rules for Blog Commenting

  • No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other comments, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • Please do not discuss, or post links to websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.