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ECHL cancels season due to coronavirus pandemic

ECHL cancels season due to coronavirus pandemic

Had suspended play Thursday
ECHL cancels season due to coronavirus pandemic

The ECHL season is over.

The league, which includes the Adirondack Thunder in Glens Falls, announced Saturday night that it is canceling the rest of the 2019-20 season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement comes two days after the league suspended the season.

In a statement, ECHL commissioner Ryan Crelin said: "The decision by the ECHL to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 Season does not come lightly, as this is an emotional time for our Players, Coaches, Member Teams, Fans and Staff. At this point in the Season, there has been immense dedication and countless hours committed in moving towards what is traditionally the most exciting part of the hockey year.

"With that said however, as each passing day raises additional concerns for the safety of those in the ECHL community and as we take precautionary measures in conjunction with our local authorities across the continent to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it has become apparent that this is the prudent 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.

"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."

Thunder team president Jeff Mead said in a statement: "It is obviously disappointing to have our season come to a close so abruptly. For the well-being and safety of those around the league and our organization we feel this is the correct move."

The team said to look for ticketing information on social media, as well as email updates to season ticket holders, sponsors and group buyers as soon as it becomes available.

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