The ECHL has cancelled the rest of its 2019-20 season and the entirety of its postseason due to COVID-19.
Salaries for team staff and players will reportedly be paid through this Monday, while insurance will be kept in place until June 30.
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.
The ECHL is the first notable North American professional hockey league to cancel the remainder of its season. One level above, the American Hockey League, is reportedly facing challenges when it comes to seeing a potential return, despite what the NHL might do in the future.
In its official statement, the ECHL said this about the 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.”
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