AHL cancels rest of regular season, playoffs due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' Garrett Wilson and Hershey Bears' Colby Williams chase the puck around the wall during an AHL hockey game. (Christopher Dolan/AP)

The AHL has cancelled the rest of its 2019-20 regular season as well as the Calder Cup playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league announced Monday.

The NHL-feeder league said the decision was made after a vote by its board of governors and its focus has shifted toward preparing for the 2020-21 campaign.

“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 and CEO David Andrews said in a statement.

“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.”

The AHL’s standings — based on points percentage — and statistics are considered final as of March 12, 2020 and will serve as the basis for determining league awards.

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