- The Washington Times - Monday, May 11, 2020

The American Hockey League, the top minor-league affiliate of the National Hockey League, announced Monday it will not play the remainder of its 2019-20 season or the playoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“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.

The league will not award its championship trophy, the Calder Cup, for the first time in its history. The AHL’s Board of Governors made the decision in a conference call Friday.

Andrews added that the league looks forward to returning to action in the 2020-21 season.

The season was suspended on March 12, the same day that the NHL halted games. At the time, the Washington Capitals’ affiliate, the Hershey Bears, had one of the league’s best records and was all but certain to make the playoffs.

The announcement means many top Capitals prospects such as Alex Alexeyev, Garrett Pilon and Martin Fehervary saw their seasons end.

But if the NHL season does resume, it’s unclear how the rules regarding minor-league call-ups might change, if at all.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.

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