"We felt all along and still believe that the NHL is what drives our business and what drives our sport. It's why our players are playing here," Andrews said. "We need the NHL playing in order for everybody to settle in and be looking forward in their careers, and for fans to be happy all over North America. The sooner they get back, the better at this point."
"We've had so much media coverage and so much attention, and the caliber of play has been great, with 125 or 150 players in our league and a lot of them, most of them, really young, outstanding players," AHL commissioner Dave Andrews said. "It's picked up the pace of the game. It's been a positive in every respect for the American League for a couple of months."