BOSTON (CBS) – The Providence Bruins will play in the upcoming AHL season. However, they would not be in their normal home.
AHL announced on Monday that P-Bruins – a minor league affiliate of the Boston Bruins – will play their home games at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Mass.
The Dunkin ‘Donuts Center in Providence, where P-Bruins normally plays, is used as a COVID-19 test site seven days a week, making AHL gaming impossible at the facility.
The New England Sports Center – which has eight arenas – is not a facility normally considered to host professional hockey games, but without fans being allowed to attend, the unique 2021 season will be a unique home for the P-Bruins.
Providence Bruins will participate in the Atlantic Division, along with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Hartford Wolf Pack.
The Springfield Thunderbirds – AHL affiliate of St. Petersburg Louis Blues – are one of three AHL teams to choose this season, and they will return in the 2021-22 season.