The American Hockey League remains on target to begin its 2020-21 season Feb. 5, AHL president Scott Howson said Wednesday.
“Details are still being worked out, but this step allows our teams and their National Hockey League partners to better determine their plans for the coming season,” Howson said. “We look forward to dropping the puck on Feb. 5.”
The AHL board of governors announced Oct. 28 that the league had targeted Feb. 5 for the start of its season. Howson said the board has approved the framework for a season that will begin on that date.
The league had announced July 30 it was targeting Dec. 4, 2020, for a start date.
The AHL canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 season and the Calder Cup Playoffs on May 11 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. It had suspended its season March 12, the same day the NHL paused its season. There were 209 AHL regular-season games remaining.
The cancelation marked the first time since the AHL was formed in 1936-37 that the Calder Cup was not awarded. Charlotte, then the top affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, won the AHL championship in 2019, defeating Chicago (Vegas Golden Knights) in five games in the best-of-7 series.