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B-Devils will not play 2020-21 season in Binghamton

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(WBNG) -- The Binghamton Devils will play the 2020-21 season in Newark, New Jersey.

The B-Devils will play at the Prudential Center, which is home to the New Jersey Devils.

According to the AHL website, the B-Devils are one of four teams who will play at different locations this season.

B-Devils Vice President of Operations Tom Mitchell said the decision came from New Jersey, and boiled down to the economics of the situation and COVID.

"With the ice in the building in Newark already in the Prudential Center, and the COVID testing equipment and personnel in place, which is very expensive....It made more sense to New Jersey to do it that way than try to do it up here," said Mitchell.

Mitchell said the B-Devils organization will shift its attention toward planning the 2021-22 season.

"That was the decision that was made and we have to live with it and get focused on October of '21 and hopefully get back to some normalcy.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar echoed Mitchell, and said it would have cost more to keep the team in Binghamton, but they were willing to make it work.

"It's not something we wanted to see happen but we already knew that nobody was going to be able to come to the Arena and watch the Devils play this year," said Garnar. "COVID has made it a very tough year on Broome County overall and this is just another example of what COVID's done to our community."

The AHL season will begin February 5. It will consist of a minimum of 24 games, and any additional games teams add on.

The Devils will play in a realigned 'North Division,' which is made up of the Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Rochester Americans, Syracuse Crunch, Utica Comets and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.

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