Hockey

Canadian Hockey League suspends season in response to COVID-19 outbreak

All three major junior hockey leagues in Canada and the American Hockey League have suspended play because of growing concerns about the virus.

American Hockey League also stops operation until further notice

The Canadian Hockey League and American Hockey League join the sports world in announcing suspension of play because of the COVID-19 outbreak. (Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News via Associated Press)

All three major junior hockey leagues in Canada and the American Hockey League have suspended play because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Canadian Hockey League announced Thursday that play has been halted in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League.

The 31-team AHL, the top minor league for the NHL, also has suspended play. The league includes four Canadian teams — the Toronto Marlies, the Manitoba Moose, the Laval Rocket and the Belleville Senators.

The CHL, the umbrella organization for the regional leagues, followed many pro leagues in suspending operations. The NBA, NHL, Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball announced schedule suspensions earlier Thursday.

The Memorial Cup, the national championship tournament for the CHL, is scheduled for May 22-31 in Kelowna, B.C.

The CHL features 60 combined teams in Canada and the U.S.

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