As has been expected for several weeks, today’s announcement made it official: the 2019-20 American Hockey League season is over, and there will be no playoffs this year.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the league shutdown back in March, and as the weeks wore on, various leagues across North America and around the world made the decision to forego any further play this season. The American Hockey League was, until today, one of just two leagues officially with their season on pause. The other is the National Hockey League featuring the continent’s top professional teams.
In terms of local impact, this affects Remi Elie, who calls Green Valley home. The 25-year-old returned to the region from Rochester, N.Y., a few days following the initial announcement of a season pause.
He’s a member of the Americans, which followed suit today with this statement.