/AHL has approved the structural framework for the start date of 5 February

AHL has approved the structural framework for the start date of 5 February

Springfield, Massage – The American Hockey League season is set to begin in early February.

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AHL President and CEO Scott Hawson said in a statement on Wednesday that the league’s governing board of governors had “approved the structural framework” for a schedule starting February 5 – the same target date was announced in late October.

All seven Canadian teams will play in the same division against each other in the NHL due to border restrictions related to the epidemic, with the season set to open on January 13.

All 31 clubs in the second tier AHL are affiliated with the NHL team. The league has four Canada-based franchises – the Manitoba Moose, the Toronto Marlins, the Belville Senators and the Laval Rockets.

Four Canadian clubs will face off this season, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, pending government approval.

Each NHL is owned and operated by a parent club, which makes matters more straightforward. But governments also need to sign up for the plan.

– Chris Johnston (@ReporterCharis) December 30, 2020

AHL, which relies on ticket sales for revenue, did not say how many of its teams plan to participate in the upcoming season.