The ECHL will announce today that a number of teams will not be playing this season. This is effectively saying a portion of the ECHL will have their season canceled.
Sounds like the ECHL will announce a number of teams will not be playing this season.
— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) November 18, 2020
This is not a good thing, as this means potentially thousands of people are without jobs for the coming season. Players, coaches, team staff, arena staff, etc, will all be without a job. Multiple teams cancelling their season isn’t a surprise either. The US just can’t get their collective acts together and unite as a country to wear a mask.
This also impacts the Rangers and the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Rangers have the Maine Mariners as their ECHL affiliate. If Maine is one of the teams not playing, the Rangers need to pivot for some of their players.
Of the players under contract still, Ty Ronning, Jake Elmer, Brandon Crawley, and Adam Huska all saw extended stays with Maine. There is no announcement yet from Maine, but hopefully they will remain operational this season. Not just for the roster flexibility, but for the jobs of hundreds of people. The ECHL announcing that a number of teams will not play, basically announcing a canceled season for some, is a gut punch for a lot of people.