The 2019-2020 AHL season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopes were high the 2020-21 season would take place, but there was a lot of uncertainty.
Bakersfield Condors head coach Jay Woodcroft said it was a very difficult time for him and his staff. Ultimately the season was given the green light, and after a truncated training camp, the Condors, coming off a disappointing 2019-2020 season, stumbled out of the gates losing their first five games of the year.
Fast-forward four months, and the Condors were celebrating a Pacific Division best-of-three playoff win over the Henderson Silver Knights. It wasn’t a Calder Cup win (for the second consecutive season there were no Calder Cup playoffs), but it was a championship to Woodcroft and the Condors.
Woodcroft spent 13 seasons in the NHL with San Jose, Edmonton and Detroit, where he won a Stanley Cup. He presented during the Virtual Hockey Summit on what it takes to battle through adversity and how his team navigated such a wild season.
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