The American Hockey League (AHL) announced on Monday the cancellation of the remainder of its 2019-20 season and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The safety and health of our players, coaches, staff, fans, and community has always been of the utmost importance, so we understand and support the difficult decision made by the American Hockey League to end the season due to this global health pandemic,” said Hershey’s Vice President of Hockey Operations, Bryan Helmer.
The Hershey Bears finish the 2019-20 campaign as one of the league’s top teams, posting a 37-18-3-4 record, good for 81 points, and second place in both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
“We firmly believe we had a great chance of bringing a championship to Chocolatetown this year,” said Helmer. “We are very disappointed that we will not get to see that goal achieved for our team and, most importantly, for our tremendous fans. However, during this difficult time, the health and safety of our community needs to be the number one priority.”