The Milwaukee Admirals are hanging up their skates prematurely this year as the American Hockey League has officially called it a season.
American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced this week that the league’s Board of Governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 AHL regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. In a statement released to teams, Andrews stated:
After a lengthy review process, the American Hockey League has determined that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.
The League’s operational focus has turned toward actively preparing for the 2020-21 season.
We are very grateful to the National Hockey League and its teams for their support and leadership in navigating through the challenges faced over the past two months.
The AHL continues to place paramount importance on the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and fans and all of their families, and we all look forward to returning to our arenas in 2020-21.
The season has been in a state of suspension due to the ongoing pandemic since mid-March. The Admirals Team, Organization, and fans will be left to wonder "what if..." after what was stacking up as a very promising season in their 50th Campaign. The dangerous team set records en route to the top spot in the league, and had the Calder Cup in its sights. According to MilwaukeeAdmirals.com:
The AHL’s standings – sorted by points percentage – and statistics as of March 12, 2020, are considered final and official, and will serve as the basis for determining league awards for the 2019-20 season.
The Admirals own the best record in the league at 41-14-5-3, good for 91 points and a .714 points percentage. They will take home the regular season titles for the Central Division, Western Conference, and the entire AHL.
The Ads have been in the top spot in the league since their team record 13-game winning streak from November 2 through December 1. They conclude their remarkable 50th season with the most wins, fewest regulation losses, highest points percentage, and the only team with at least 90 points. Milwaukee allowed the fewest goals in the league (141), scored the second most (211) for an amazing +70 goal differential. Goalies Connor Ingram and Troy Grosenick have been deemed recipients of the Hap Holmes Award by the AHL.
The team released a letter of gratitude to the fan base and sponsors as the announcement from the league was made official.
We've certainly enjoyed the exciting 50th Season as the official local television home for select Admirals broadcasts. A final encore broadcast, featuring the February 21st match-up with the rival Chicago Wolves, will air during the season finale of Saturday Night Shootouts Saturday, May 16th at 7pm on My24. Thanks for watching with us, Ads Fans! We can't wait to see what the 2020-21 season has in store!