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AHL cancels season, Calder Cup playoffs

The AHL has canceled the remainder of its season and the Calder Cup Playoffs. This marks the first time since 1936 the Calder Cup will not be awarded.

The Charlotte Checkers drink beer out of the Calder Cup trophy and celebrate in the locker room after game five of the AHL Calder Cup Finals against the Chicago Wolves on June 8, 2019, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The American Hockey League Board of Governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-2020 regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The league announced the decision Monday morning.

“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.

We are very grateful to the National Hockey League and its teams for their support and leadership in navigating through the challenges faced over the past two months.

The AHL continues to place paramount importance on the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and fans and all of their families, and we all look forward to returning to our arenas in 2020-21.”

The league announced that the AHL’s standings and statistics as of March 12, 2020 are considered final for purposes of determining league awards for the season. The Mailwaukee Admirals were the team points leaders with 90, eight points up on the Providence Bruins. Iowa Wild RW Sam Anas will take home the John B. Sollenberger Trophy for top point scorer, Wild RW Gerry Mayhew will win the Willie Marshall Award for top goal scorer, and Bruins goalie Dan Vladar will claim the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award for posting the lowest goals against average.