The Providence Bruins were on a 13-game unbeaten streak when the AHL's season paused.
That's how it will end for them.
The AHL, the top developmental hockey league in North America, canceled the remainder of its season Monday.
In a statement, the league said resumption was “not feasible in light of current conditions,” and its focus has shifted to 2020-21.
With 14 regular-season games remaining, the Providence Bruins (38-18-6) had the second-best record in the league. They have not won their division since 2013. Their first and only Calder Cup was in 1999.
The news of cancellation means that Jack Studnicka, 21, finishes his first pro season third among AHL rookies in scoring (23-26—49), tied for 12th overall in the league. He chipped in an AHL-best 7 shorthanded goals.
If and when the NHL resumes, players could be called up to serve as “black aces” during practices, AHL president Dave Andrews said, according to Postmedia.
AHL Pres. Dave Andrews believes about a dozen players will get called up to their NHL team, with most skating as "black aces" reserves. In other words, the season isn't over for all the AHL players.— Michael Traikos (@Michael_Traikos) May 11, 2020
The most likely candidates to join the Bruins varsity would seem to be forwards Studnicka, Trent Frederic, Karson Kuhlman, Brett Ritchie, and Paul Carey, defensemen Urho Vaakanainen, and Jakub Zboril, and goalie Dan Vladar.