AHL, CHL Pause 2019-20 Season Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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The American Hockey League (AHL) and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) have paused their 2019-20 seasons amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The news comes a few hours after the NHL “temporarily suspended” the 2019-20 season due to the ongoing pandemic.

The AHL released a statement and will “continue to monitor developments”.

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The Washington Capitals’ AHL affiliate, Hershey Bears released a follow-up statement this evening:

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The CHL also issued a statement:

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Some Capitals’ prospects play in the CHL. The London Knights, prospect Connor McMichael’s team, supported today’s decision:

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Because of the health threat, major sports leagues have suspended their respective seasons: NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS. The NCAA canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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