AHL announces revised start date for 2020-21 season as Dec. 4

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Toronto Marlies' Carl Grundstrom celebrates his goal with teammate Justin Holl (4) during third period AHL Calder Cup playoffs. (Nathan Denette/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The American Hockey League will return to the ice on Dec. 4, 2020.

League president and CEO Scott Howson announced Thursday the revised start date for the league’s 2020-21 season, which was approved by its board of governors during its 2020 annual meeting.

“At the recommendation of the AHL’s return to play task force, the board of governors has approved moving the anticipated start of the 2020-21 regular season to Dec. 4, 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis,” the league said in a statement.

“The AHL will continue to work with its member clubs to monitor developments and local guidelines in all 31 league cities.”

Further details regarding the 2020-21 campaign are still to be determined.

The AHL was forced to cancel its 2019-20 season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and did not name a Calder Cup champion for the first time since 1937.

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