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AHL pushes target date for new season to Feb. 5

The American Hockey League announced Wednesday its new target date to start the season is Feb. 5.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers had no comment on the announcement, which came after AHL Board of Governors approval.

The league shut down on March 12 as the COVID-19 pandemic brought sports to a halt around North America. It finally canceled the remainder of the 2019-20 season on May 11.

The AHL in July announced that its normal early-October opening was out of the question, targeting Dec. 4 to begin. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said his league, which returned with its playofs in the summer and finished a month ago, is aiming for a January start.

The structure of a new season remains to be determined. Restrictions on crowds, in a league where many teams rely on ticket sales, and the status of the United States-Canada border are just a couple of the variables that will matter when the league makes decisions.

The new target date for the Sound Tigers and the AHL is Feb. 5.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers / Contributed Photo

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