PRINCETON, N.J. – On Saturday, the ECHL Board of Governors approved the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 Season.
The following is a statement from ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin: “The decision by the ECHL to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 Season does not come lightly, as this is an emotional time for our Players, Coaches, Member Teams, Fans and Staff. At this point in the Season, there has been immense dedication and countless hours committed in moving towards what is traditionally the most exciting part of the hockey year.
With that said however, as each passing day raises additional concerns for the safety of those in the ECHL community and as we take precautionary measures in conjunction with our local authorities across the continent to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it has become apparent that this is the prudent decision. Our game and our product are based on our Fans and their ability to cheer on their favorite ECHL team and Players at one of our many facilities around the continent. Without that social environment and game atmosphere, the ECHL simply isn’t the same.
On behalf of the ECHL and our Board of Governors, we appreciate the Professional Hockey Players’ Association for their assistance during this unprecedented time and working as partners in hockey to reach this decision for the best interest of the ECHL and its Players. This decision allows our Players the opportunity to return to their homes and removes the uncertainty that currently exists.
While we are hopeful that this period ceases and an opportunity to return to normalcy for the hockey calendar presents itself, in the interim, we ask all Fans, Players, Coaches, Officials, and Staff to continue to abide by the measures put in place by their local authorities and follow precautionary protocols for their safety, as we will begin preparations for the 2020-21 ECHL Hockey Season."
On behalf of the Brampton Beast, we want to take this opportunity to apologize to you, the fans. You supported us unequivocally and for that, we truly can’t thank you enough.
We know that this news may leave you upset and disappointed. It was a difficult decision to make, but the health and well being of the fans, players and staff is absolutely paramount and something that cannot be taken lightly.
In the short-term, our thoughts turn to making sure that everyone is safe and healthy as we navigate the very fluid situation surrounding COVID-19.
It’s tough to see some of our favourite leagues, including the ECHL, suspended at this time. However, there is a silver lining to the cancellation coming out this early. We will begin immediately planning for the 2020-21 season. We look forward to filling up the CAA Centre and engaging with our amazing fans in the very near future.
We hope that you all remain in good spirits as we navigate this difficult time. Thank you again for understanding and please stay safe.