PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY (November 18, 2020) – The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) announced each of the six teams in the North Division – Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Maine Mariners, Newfoundland Growlers, Reading Royals and Worcester Railers – will suspend play for the 2020-21 ECHL season under the League’s policy for COVID-19. All teams are set to return in the 2021-22 ECHL season.
“As we continue to navigate the continually changing regulations across North America, we recognize the difficult nature of this decision,” said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. “While some of our teams’ host cities have allowed upcoming plans to include fans inside arenas, we unfortunately do not see the same path for these highly-affected areas in the Northeast.”
Under the terms of the ECHL/PHPA (Professional Hockey Players Association) Collective Bargaining Agreement, all players from the six ECHL North Division teams were immediately declared free agents for the 2020-21 season.