AHL Suspends Play Due to Coronavirus

Following in the lead of the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League today announced that they will “suspend the 2019-20 regular season play until further notice.”

Much as the NHL is doing, this is due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. “Heath and safety concerns of players, officials, staff and fans” is reason cited in the press release put out by the Binghamton Devils.

The release said that the Binghamton club, the AHL “and the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena will continue to closely monitor the situation as time goes on.” Further announcements will be made by the AHL in the future “time in this ever-evolving situation.”

Unlike the NHL (who will be attempting – it is assumed – to get all games in), the Binghamton Devils did mention that they will be posting “pertinent ticketing information to social media, as well as send email updates directly to Season Ticket Members, Sponsors and group buyers.” They addressed fans with single-game tickets purchased from Ticketmaster.com who “should be on the lookout for an email from Ticketmaster for policies regarding postponed and rescheduled events.”

They mentioned that “a more comprehensive ticketing policy will be provided as more information becomes available.” If Binghamton fans have questions, they should text or call the team’s front office at 807-722-7387.

This is more disappointing, of course, than the NHL suspending the season because the B-Devils were in the midst of a playoff race and were in a Calder Cup playoff position. The momentum the team was building was helping to give some of the younger players a chance to experience a playoff chase for the first time at a professional level. Hopefully, everyone is alright and, when they do resume play, Binghamton continues to remain hot.

Again, we will try to keep you updated with any information on the AHL as it becomes available.

Devils and Prudential Center Release Statement on Season Suspension

The New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center released a statement today showing support for the NHL’s decision to suspend the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Similarly, they announced that all events at the Prudential Center through the end of March have been postponed. This was done “in consultation with live event partners, promoters and artists.”

“The health and well-being of our fans, players, performers, artists, staff members, partners and communities are of the utmost importance, and we remain in close communication with public health, state and local officials during this challenging period.”

The Devils and Prudential Center said that they are “committed in assisting our arena associates through this period” as staff for both organizations are considered “family and the heartbeat of the organization.”

No word was put forth on exactly what the team and arena organizations are doing for the staff of each group in this time, but Managing Partner Josh Harris did say “In this time of need, we need to band together and take care of people. Our teams, our cities and the leagues in which we operate are a family, and we are committed to looking out for one another.”

The Devils did “extend [their] sincere gratitude and appreciation to the many talented doctors, nurses, medical professionals and emergency services personnel who are working tirelessly to address this matter of public health.”

The Devils then promised further updates as soon as possible.

The message here is that one of the reasons the NHL put the season on hold was due to the health and safety of people working in the arenas more than anything and rightfully so. They are the people that are dealing with the crowds and, thus, more susceptible to catching something. The players are a little bit more removed from the crowds (although, make no mistake, they are highly at risk as well).

Hopefully everyone at Prudential Center and the Devils organization, both up front and behind the scenes, is okay and gets through this.