ECHL cancels the rest of the 2019-20 season

On Saturday the East Coast Hockey League Board of Governors moved forward and decided to cancel the rest of the 2019-20 ECHL season. 

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With the season through about 64 games, the South Carolina Stingrays and Florida Everblades were tied for the league lead in points with 92 each. 

ECHL commissioner Ryan Crelin released a statement, which can be read in full here. Here is an excerpt from Crelin's statement:

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.

The ECHL is affiliated with the NHL as a minor league. It is one tier below the AHL, which is the highest level of NHL-affiliated minor league hockey.

ECHL cancels the rest of the 2019-20 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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