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.

By Tom Bourdon,
Head Athletic Trainer, Cleveland Monsters
PHATS AHL Executive Committee President

As the 84th American Hockey League regular season nears its conclusion we would like to highlight several notable events that have taken course over the past few months.

The 2020 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Ontario International Airport took place January 26th – 27th in Ontario, California home of the Ontario Reign

Prior to the 2020 AHL All-Star Challenge the league announced its induction of Robbie Ftorek, Denis Hamel, Darren Haydar and Fred Thurier as the AHL Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

In January, American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the Laval Rocket have been selected as host of the 2021 AHL All-Star Classic.  The 2021 All-Star Classic will be held January 31st and February 1st at Place Bell Arena in Laval, Quebec.

As always we wish to congratulate each of our PHATS & SPHEM membership milestones achieved, however this season specifically, the PHATS AHL membership would like to take this opportunity to extend congratulations to Kevin Kacer- Head Athletic Trainer, Chicago Wolves. When the Chicago Wolves hosted and defeated the Milwaukee Admirals on February 13th it marked Kevin’s 2,000th game. A milestone that very few American Hockey League Athletic Trainers have reached. We thank Kevin for his dedication and service to our profession and his impact & leadership within our league. Congrats Kacer!!

We hope that everyone remains healthy and safe during these unfortunate circumstances. We remain optimistic that our extended hockey family comes through this crisis sooner than later with as minimal impact as possible.