Report: AHL Working On Potential Postseason Format

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Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is reporting that AHL officials held a conference call on Monday to discuss a format for a potential postseason in 2021. Currently there are no formal plans to hold any type of postseason, and no plans to award the Calder Cup for the 2020-21 season. According to Friedman the AHL is hoping to finalize something shortly.

Friedman provided the update in his regular “31 Thoughts” column on Tuesday.

“18. The AHL held a conference call on Monday to discuss a playoff format and are hoping to finalize something. A Calder Cup itself is very unlikely due to cross-country quarantines and the overall economics. But a short post-season in each division is being worked on.

The AHL announced their plans for the 2020-21 regular season on January 5. 28 teams subsequently began play on February 5.

The 28 teams have been divided into five divisions: Atlantic, Canadian, North, Central and Pacific.

The Hershey Bears will play 36 games this season, all within the North Division, against the Binghamton Devils, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Bears are 7-2-2 in their first 11 games and atop the North Division. The regular season is currently scheduled to run through May 16.

Four teams were granted provisional relocations for the 2020-21 season: the Binghamton Devils are playing in Newark, N.J.; the Ontario Reign are playing in El Segundo, Calif.; the Providence Bruins are playing in Marlborough, Mass.; and the San Diego Gulls are playing in Irvine, Calif.

The Charlotte Checkers, Milwaukee Admirals and Springfield Thunderbirds elected to opt out of play for the 2020-21 season. All three teams will return to play in 2021-22.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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1 Response to Report: AHL Working On Potential Postseason Format

  1. Eric Lord says:

    If the NHL can host a cross country post-season, there is no reason the AHL can’t. Play the divisional playoffs and then take the winners at put them at a singular location to play the last two rounds. Simple as that

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