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Dano and the Devils with some inspirational words for us all:
A great story here from noted good guy Connor Carrick, who has befriended and trained with two kids in the neighborhood of his home in the Chicago area while the season is on pause: [NHL]
A real bummer: The AHL season is over, and we won’t get to see how Binghamton’s run would have ended. This year will be the first year since 1937 that the Calder Cup won’t be awarded to the AHL champion.
The AHL Board of Governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 AHL regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.— AHL (@TheAHL) May 11, 2020
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Binghamton Devils coach Mark Dennehy on the end of the season: “I’m disappointed for Binghamton. It’s been awhile since they had a playoff team and not only do I think we were a playoff team, I thought we were a team that might be able to go deep.” [NHL]
NHL Network programming note: You can check out three classic Devils games today, May 13. All times EST.
- 8 a.m.: Blackhawks-Devils, March 17, 2009 – “St. Marty’s Day” as Martin Brodeur bags win No. 552 to become the all-time NHL wins leader.
- 10 a.m.: Red Wings-Devils, June 24, 1995 – The Devils clinch the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
- 12 p.m.: Ducks-Devils, June 9, 2003 – The Devils secure the team’s third Stanley Cup.
Pierre LeBrun on the latest updates on return to play: “I spoke with one team executive Tuesday whose club is among the bottom seven teams in the overall standings, and his impression was that his team wasn’t returning to play this season.” [The Athletic ($)]
So what does the near future look like for the AHL, especially if sports leagues can’t have fans present? AHL president David Andrews: “We’re not designed (for that). The American Hockey League as it presently operates can not play in front of empty buildings for any sustained period of time.” [Sportsnet]
With Michael Jordan back in the news as ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary airs, a look back at Air Jordan’s brief stint as an NHL owner: [ESPN]
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