AHL moves opening night back more than two full months

What does this mean for the NHL?

AHL moves opening night back more than two full months

This just in, the American Hockey League (AHL) has officially moved the league's starting date from Dec. 1st, 2020 to February 5th, 2021.

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Read below for the full press release announcement of today's decision courtesy of the AHL's official website:

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO Scott Howson has announced that the league’s Board of Governors has approved moving the anticipated start date of the 2020-21 season to February 5, 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.
The AHL continues to work with its member clubs to monitor developments and local guidelines in all 31 league cities. Further details regarding the 2020-21 American Hockey League season are still to be determined.
In operation since 1936, the AHL serves as the top development league for all 31 National Hockey League teams. Nearly 90 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers.

It'll be interesting to see how this affects the NHL's decision making concerning the 2020-21 season.