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KHL’s statement on the championship in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In light of the developing global coronavirus pandemic, KHL has decided to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season. It is with a heavy heart that KHL has made this decision, however the health and safety of the all those involved in the League and its fans are of paramount importance.

KHL seriously considered a variety of options to complete the 2019-20 season, including playing out the championship at a later date in the year. However, it has been decided that this would cause too great of a disruption to the 2020-21 season.

A decision regarding the final League standings will be made at an upcoming KHL Board of Directors meeting. They will also make all necessary decisions relating to the 2020-21 championship. All the decisions will be communicated as soon as possible.

Information on the Youth Hockey League Championship 2019-20 season will be published separately.

Alexey Morozov, KHL President:

“It's unfortunate that we have to finish the season early, and it wasn't an easy decision. I'm sure that every fan, along with us, wanted to see the conclusion of the competition. However, the health of players and their loved ones, club employees, employees of sports facilities, and, of course, the fans, is much more important.

This decision could not be delayed, all those involved needed clarity and certainty in order to plan effectively. We thank everyone for their patience while we made this difficult decision.

I remain hopeful that the current situation will not affect next season.

I understand that many will be upset with the cancellation of the 2019-20 season, especially the fans of clubs that had progressed to the second round of the playoffs. However, we must follow the recommendations of health organisations.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones in this difficult time, and we will see you very soon.”

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