Grizzlies season over as ECHL cancels the rest of its schedule

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Utah Grizzlies battle the Idaho Steelheads at the Maverik Center in West Valley City Monday Feb. 19, 2018.

The Utah Grizzlies season has been canceled.

The East Coast Hockey League, in which the Grizzles play, will cancel the rest of its season, it announced Thursday evening. The announcement comes just two days after the league announced it would suspend operations until further notice.

"The decision by the ECHL to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season does not come lightly, as this is an emotional time for our players, coaches, member teams, fans and staff,” league commissioner Ryan Crelin said in a statement. “At this point in the season, there has been immense dedication and countless hours committed in moving toward what is traditionally the most exciting part of the hockey year.

“With that said however, as each passing day raises additional concerns for the safety of those in the ECHL community and as we take precautionary measures in conjunction with our local authorities across the continent to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it has become apparent that this is the prudent decision.”

The Grizzlies had seven remaining games on their schedule. Three other games, from March 13-15, had already been suspended.

The team finished with 34 wins, 17 losses, seven overtime losses and two shootout losses. The Grizzlies were fifth in the Western Conference.