This is the 2020-21 American Hockey League season. This is scheduled to be the league's 85th season.

Suspension of Play

The league released the following statement on March 12, 2020: With the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and fans of primary importance, the American Hockey League has announced the suspension of play until further notice, effective immediately, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AHL will continue to monitor developments and will provide updates on the 2019-20 season at the appropriate time.[1]

On May 11, 2020 the league officially announced that the balance of the season would be cancelled.[2]

No official word has been given as to the start date for the season as the National Hockey League delayed its' playoffs from early April to August with AHL players being used as replacement players for injured players.

The league would later announce a February 5th start date.

Calder Cup Playoffs Cancelled

On April 29th the league announced the cancellation of the 2021 Calder Cup Playoffs. Each team will have the chance to have their division conduct a playoff tournament.[3]

Membership Changes

  • Also on January 4th the league announced four temporary relocations due to local restrictions involving the AHL team's home area or the NHL team's home area:



To be added upon completion of the regular season.

Calder Cup Playoffs

Original Playoff format

The top four teams in each division ranked by points qualify for the 2020 Calder Cup playoffs.

The 2021 Calder Cup playoffs features a divisional playoff format, leading to conference finals and ultimately the Calder Cup finals. The division semifinals are best-of-five series; all subsequent rounds are best-of-seven.

Divisional Playoffs

Updated Playoff Format

The Calder Cup Playoffs league wide were cancelled and the divisions were allowed to hold their own playoffs. The Pacific Division was the only division indicated they would like to hold a playoff.[6]

Pacific Division

All seven teams qualify for the playoffs. The fourth place team plays the seventh place team and the fifth place team plays the sixth place team in a single game playoff. The two winners meet in another single game playoff. The winner earns the fourth seed. The first two rounds will be held at the FivePoint Arena in Irvine, California on May 18th and 19th. The first place team will host the winner of the previous 3 games and the second place team will host the third place team in a best-of-three division semifinal series. The semifinal winners will meet in a best-of-three series at the higher seeded team. The playoff winner will win the John D. Chick Trophy.


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