Monsters season comes to an early close

The Monsters end with a record of 24-31-5-and-2

Jeff Thomas
May 11, 2020 - 9:42 am
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Cleveland (92.3 The Fan) - The hope was that maybe the Cleveland Monsters could return to the ice to finish the 2019-20 season, but that hope ended on Monday.  The American Hockey League announced that it has cancelled the remainder of the season, including the Calder Cup playoffs because of concerns over Covid-19.  

Here is the statement released by the AHL this morning: 

“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 Monsters followed that up with a release of their own on the season being cancelled:   

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, the American Hockey League has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs. This unfortunate but necessary decision was made with the safety of fans, players and staff as the top priority.

Cleveland Monsters fans holding tickets to any of the seven unplayed 2019-20 games are able to receive up to 110% credit toward their 2020-21 Monsters tickets, additional benefit options in the case of specific plan holders or a full refund. Monsters Hockey Club members, group clients and ticket holders are receiving direct communication with these aforementioned options.

The entire Monsters organization would like to thank you for your unwavering support during these unprecedented times. We look forward to seeing you back at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse next season and will provide updates on the 2020-21 season as they are announced.

The Monsters end with a record of 24-31-5-and-2 and in 8th place in the North Division of the Eastern Conference of the AHL.