Incoming AHL Commish Focused On Whatever It Takes To Play
Incoming AHL Commissioner Scott Howson in recent days has been “trying to figure out what happens next” with the 31 independently owned and operated teams in the league following the cancellation of the ’19-20 season, and even he “can’t be sure,” according to Michael Arace of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. Howson officially takes over for the retiring David Andrews on July 1, but after leaving the Oilers' front office several weeks ago, his “entire focus has been working minor-league scenarios for the 2020-21 season.” He said, “We’re building a schedule with models to start in October, November, December or January. What if we’re looking at operating in arenas at 50% capacity? Twenty-five percent? Zero percent? It could be different in different places. Are teams still interested in playing under such conditions? Which ones?” Arace noted there could be scenarios in which some teams “want to play” while others do not. Arace: “What if, say, 11 teams want to start earlier than the rest of the league -- or just want the practice and support facilities up and running for their minor leaguers?” Howson: “There are lots of possibilities, and we just have to be able to react. We’ll help in any way we can. I really believe we’re going to play next (season), in some form” (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 6/1).