ECHL cancels remainder of the 2019-20 season
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The ECHL announced on Saturday that the Board of Governors for the league have cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and the playoffs.
The ECHL had initially suspended the season on Thursday, March 12 as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Scheduled to have three more weeks of action before wrapping up the regular season on April 5, the ECHL has foregone the possibility of returning to play.
According to the Rapid City Rush, if you purchased tickets to any of the final six home games of the season, you will be refunded within 3-5 business days. If you paid by cash or check, contact the Rush office to make arrangements.
Additionally, season ticket holders will receive credit for the final six home games of this season to roll over to season tickets for the 2020-21 ECHL season.
ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin announced the cancellation in a statement:
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.