AHL will not resume season before May

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The American Hockey League won’t be returning any time soon as we wait out the COVID-19 pandemic.

Four days after announcing play was suspended, the AHL said things will remain that way until at least May. Following the NHL’s decision on Monday, players will also be able to return to their primary residences should they choose.

NHL Network’s Brian Lawton Tweeted on Monday that the AHL would soon announce the remainder of its season would be canceled.

Over the weekend the ECHL and SPHL shut things down for the season, joining numerous leagues in North America and Europe to end early. The KHL, however, remains in play — at least for the time being. Nur-Sultan Barys and Jokerit pulled out of the Gagarin Cup playoffs in the last few days, which lead to the league announcing a one-week break to develop a new playoff format for the six remaining Russian teams.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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