KHL Is Latest to Cancel Their Season

The KHL has gone home early for the 2019-20 season due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The league put out a press release on the news this past Wednesday.

The press release stated that the “KHL seriously considered a variety of options to complete the 2019-20 season, including playing out the championship at a later date in the year. However, it has been decided that this would cause too great of a disruption to the 2020-21 season.”

The KHL was in the middle of the second round of the Gagarin Cup playoffs at the time the season was officially ended. Two teams not located in Russia had withdrawn from the playoffs due to recommendations from their country’s health officials.

The press release also noted that final standings will be decided “at an upcoming KHL Board of Directors meeting. They will also make all necessary decisions relating to the 2020-21 championship. All the decisions will be communicated as soon as possible.”

KHL President Alexey Morozov had this to say: “It’s unfortunate that we have to finish the season early, and it wasn’t an easy decision. I’m sure that every fan, along with us, wanted to see the conclusion of the competition. However, the health of players and their loved ones, club employees, employees of the sports facilities, and, of course, the fans, is much more important.”

He also said that he hoped “that the current situation will not affect next season.”

There was no word on if the Gagarin Cup will be awarded based on overall standings or if it will just not be presented this season.

This was kind of inevitable, as the KHL season starts earlier and ends earlier then the NHL’s. It should be interesting if the NHL has to go this route due to the effect the postponing of the 2019-20 season would have on the 2020-21 season.

NHL Postpones Several Events

In response to the continuing global health crisis, the National Hockey League took steps today to postpone some of the big events held during the spring and summer months.

The to-be-rescheduled events include the 2020 NHL Scouting Combine (to be held in Buffalo on June 1-6, 2020), the 2020 NHL Awards (held in Las Vegas in June 18) and the 2020 NHL Draft (previously to be held in Montreal on June 26-27, 2020).

The league said in a statement from NHL Public Relations that “the location, timing and format of the 2020 NHL Draft (and Draft Lottery) will be announced when details are finalized.”

There was no word on when the Combine will take place, but obviously, that needs to happen prior to a rescheduled Draft.

The NHL Awards will likely happen in Las Vegas still once the NHL is given the go ahead. Las Vegas has been home to the NHL Awards show since 2009 according to the press release and will likely be scheduled there at a later date once/if the season does eventually get concluded.