Today the AHL made it official, their 2019-20 season is over.
The AHL Board of Governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 AHL regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.— AHL (@TheAHL) May 11, 2020
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Before the season was put on hold the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate the Tucson Roadrunners had ten games left to go in their season. With this move, the Roadrunners again miss out on a chance to compete for the Calder Cup, the ultimate prize in the AHL.
When the season came to an end the Roadrunners finished with a record of 36-19-1-2 and were first in the Pacific Division, third in Western Conference, and fifth in the AHL. Tucson was well on their way to having their best season since relocating and they were poised to make the playoffs after missing the playoffs last season.
Covid-19 has had a major impact on all aspects of life including sports. While it remains to be seen if the NHL season will be canceled, the AHL is in a very different position. It remains to be seen what impact this will have on the ability for teams to make roster movies if the NHL season resumes.