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ESPN: Inside the 'excruciating' decisions to cancel seasons for two hockey leagues

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The National Hockey League has paused its season during the coronavirus pandemic, in the hopes of completing it months later. ECHL commissioner Ryan Crelin knew he didn't have that luxury.

His NHL-affiliated 26-team league, with franchises in 19 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, canceled the rest of its regular season and its postseason on Sunday.

"It's not an easy decision. It's an excruciating and emotional decision," Crelin said. "But at the end of the day, I'm convinced it's the right decision."


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Interesting read.  SPHL does not anticipate any teams switching leagues but says anything can happen.  ECHL says it is possible several teams will not be in ECHL next year.  Amazes me that the SPHL was not following this until the beginning of the week when they suspended the season.

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Does Wyshynski really believe the ECHL is an "NHL-affiliated 26-team league"?  Count me as disappointed in his sloppy journalism.  But maybe he's got COVID fever.  :unsure:

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