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AHL forms Return to Play task force to strategize start of 2020-21 season

After having to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season, the AHL has put together a team to help develop scenarios to begin the 2020-21 season.

Posted: Jun 15, 2020 11:55 PM

SPRINGFIELD, MA - The American Hockey League (AHL) announced the formation of the "Return to Play" task force, Monday.

The task force has been established to provide expert leadership and strategic direction to the AHL in its planning for the start of the 2020-21 season, according to the league.

The AHL was forced to cancel the remainder of its 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, and has not formally decided on what a return to play will look like for the upcoming year.

A 13-member team, the Return to Play task force is made up of NHL general managers, AHL team presidents and ownership representatives. Outgoing AHL President and CEO David Andrews will serve as the group's chairman.

According to the league, the task force will not have any operational or management responsibility for the return-to-play, but will rather help provide strategic leadership in developing or identifying opportunities where a return would be safe and plausible.

Andrews has said previously that the league is working on multiple scenarios to start the 2020-21 season, potentially delaying until January if need be.

Below are the members of the AHL 2020-21 Return to Play task force:

David Andrews - Outgoing AHL President and CEO (task force chairman)
Mark Chipman – Chairman and Governor, Winnipeg Jets
Kyle Dubas – General Manager, Toronto Maple Leafs
Ken Holland – General Manager and President of Hockey Operations, Edmonton Oilers
David Poile – General Manager and President of Hockey Operations, Nashville Predators
Don Sweeney – General Manager, Boston Bruins
Steve Yzerman – Executive Vice President and General Manager, Detroit Red Wings
Jeff Barrett – Chief Executive Officer, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Tera Black – Chief Operating Officer, Charlotte Checkers
Jim Brooks – Co-Owner, Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Todd Frederickson – President, Iowa Wild
Mike Ostrowski – President and Chief Operating Officer, Cleveland Monsters
Matt Savant – President, Business Operations, San Diego Gulls

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