AHL League Update – Fall 2020
By Tom Bourdon,
Head Athletic Trainer, Cleveland Monsters
PHATS AHL Executive Committee President
For the first time in the 84-year history of the American Hockey League the Calder Cup was not awarded as the season was abruptly suspended on March 12, 2020 and then officially cancelled on May 11, 2020 due the COVID-19 Pandemic.
With this cancellation came the end of Dave Andrews tenure as President and CEO of the American Hockey League and on June 30th he officially retired. Our membership would like to thank Dave for all of his efforts, support, and contributions to the American Hockey League.
On July 1, 2020, Scott Howson became President and CEO, after being elected into the position by the AHL Board of Governors on February 14, 2020. Scott Howson has been tasked with navigating the AHL through these difficult and unparalleled circumstances. Our membership was able to meet with Scott on June 16, 2020 and we look forward to the opportunity to assist and support his efforts moving forward.
As the American Hockey League anxiously awaits it’s return to action, several organizations have made affiliation changes which includes the sale and closure of the San Antonio Rampage. The Rampage were sold to the Vegas Golden Knights which relocated the team to Henderson, Nevada to become the Henderson Silver Knights. We want to extend thanks and gratitude to the city of San Antonio, and its team patrons. We all have fond memories of competing in a great city with great fans, it will be missed. The Carolina Hurricanes have now entered a partnership/affiliation with the Chicago Wolves. The St. Louis Blues entered an affiliation with the Springfield Thunderbirds, and the Florida Panthers have relocated their affiliation to the Charlotte Checkers. We wish our members, and the staff from these organizations the best of luck in their new cities.
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these difficult times and we look forward to the day when we can get back to our sport and safely see our friends and colleagues.