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AHL Cancels the Remainder of the 2019-20 Season

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AHL Cancels the Remainder of the 2019-20 Season

The Manitoba Moose season is over.

To the surprise of no one, the American Hockey League has  cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season due to the world wide COVID-19 pandemic.

The league’s President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews made the announcement on Monday morning. The league’s Board of Governors voted to cancel the remainder of the season as well as the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs. We have been told the vote was unanimous. The board’s announcement is below:

“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.

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.”

The AHL’s standings – sorted by points percentage – and statistics as of March 12, 2020, are considered final and official, and will serve as the basis for determining league awards for the 2019-20 season. The Manitoba Moose finished 27-33-1-0, last in the  Central Division and would not have participated in post-season action.

Covered his first junior hockey game for the Sarnia Observer in 1968. Covered his first Jets game for the Winnipeg Free Press in 1980. Still thinks hockey is the bees knees.

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