As the NHL returned to play this week we have some news regarding the American Hockey League. The Board of Governors met during its annual meeting and per the press release below announced a revised start date of December 4, 2020.
The news was first shared by Tony Androckitis of Inside AHL Hockey and per his tweets below the dates are an optimistic approach. We can all use some optimism, we’ll hope for the best. Tony is a reliable source in covering the American Hockey League.
— Tony Androckitis (@TonyAndrock) July 30, 2020
American League Press Release:
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO Scott Howson has announced a revised start date for the 2020-21 AHL season, as approved by the league’s Board of Governors during its 2020 Annual Meeting held today via conference call.
At the recommendation of the AHL’s Return to Play Task Force, the Board of Governors has approved moving the anticipated start of the 2020-21 regular season to December 4, 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. The AHL will continue to work with its member clubs to monitor developments and local guidelines in all 31 league cities.
Further details regarding the 2020-21 American Hockey League schedule are still to be determined.
In operation since 1936, the AHL serves as the top development league for all 31 National Hockey League teams. Nearly 90 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers.