National Lacrosse League cancels remainder of their 2019-20 season

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According to Ryan Flaherty of Global News on Thursday, the National Lacrosse League has decided to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season because of coronavirus. The league initially stopped play because of the pandemic on March 12, and then decided to cancel the remainder of the regular season on April 6.

There are currently five teams based in Canada in the National Lacrosse League. They are the Toronto Rock, Halifax Thunderbirds, Saskatchewan Rush, Calgary Roughnecks, and Vancouver Warriors.

Of the five Canadian teams at the time of the coronavirus shutdown, three teams were above .500. The Thunderbirds had a record of eight wins, and four losses. The Rush were at seven wins and three losses, and the Rock were at seven wins and four losses. The Roughnecks were at the .500 mark with five wins and five losses and the Warriors were below .500 at four wins and nine losses.

The Thunderbirds had the second best record in the NLL. They were only half a game back of the New England Black Wolves, who led the league with a record of eight wins and three losses.

Black Wolves center Callum Crawford of Ottawa, Ontario led the NLL in scoring this season with 33 goals and 76 points. Crawford also was tied for the NLL lead in power play goals with 11. Crawford was tied with Georgia Swarm forward Shayne Jackson of Bowmanville, Ontario. Meanwhile, Philadelphia Wings forward Kevin Crowley of New Westminster, British Columbia led the NLL with 51 assists.


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