Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman offered this tidbit from today’s AHL Board of Governors conference call:
Hearing AHL is now targeting a Feb 5 start date. Board of Governors approved today— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 28, 2020
The targeted start date for the 2020-21 AHL regular season has been moved to February 5, 2021.
Further details regarding the 2020-21 season are still to be determined.
Details: https://t.co/W7zVkqwSIL pic.twitter.com/3fWg7c38dL— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) October 28, 2020
Per the AHL:
American Hockey League President and CEO Scott Howson has announced that the league’s Board of Governors has approved moving the anticipated start date of the 2020-21 season to February 5, 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.
The AHL continues to work with its member clubs to monitor developments and local guidelines in all 31 league cities. Further details regarding the 2020-21 American Hockey League season are still to be determined.
In operation since 1936, the AHL serves as the top development league for all 31 National Hockey League teams. Nearly 90 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers.
Let’s say the NHL starts 1/1…What happens to players who don’t make team? Will NHL rosters be expanded? Taxi squads? What happens to the guy on a one-way who doesn’t make team…he doesn’t get paid? NHL, NHLPA, PHPA (representing AHL and ECHL) had best get to work. https://t.co/rRyDjog4WL— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) October 28, 2020
.@TheAHL President and CEO Scott Howson has announced that the league’s Board of Governors has approved moving the anticipated start date of the 2020-21 season to February 5, 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.— Grand Rapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) October 28, 2020