After two months of being on pause, the AHL has officially canceled their 2019-20 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to AHL President and CEO David Andrews, the league has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 AHL season after a vote from the Board of Governors, ending a successful season for the Milwaukee Admirals.
The Milwaukee Admirals, who are the AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators were sitting at the top of the AHL standings when the pause button was pushed in mid-March.
A quote from Andrews explains why the difficult decision was made:
"” 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.”"
The NHL has more leeway in dealing with this pause due to having to ability to lean on television deals and bringing in revenue that way. The AHL doesn’t have that luxury, and relies heavily on ticket sales.
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What this does mean is that the final standings as of March 12th are now considered final and official. Which means the Admirals will finish with the AHL’s highest point total at 90 points and an overall record of 41-14-8.
The Admirals should end up being crowned the Calder Cup champions for the first time since 2003-2004. They were the runner-up in 2005-2006.
League awards will be given based off point percentages with there not being an equal amount of games played among teams.
The Admirals had a very impressive season, as did many of their players. Most notably goaltender Connor Ingram put together an excellent season with a 21-5-5 record, a save percentage of .933 and a GAA of 1.92.
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