1978–79 AHL season

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The 1978–79 AHL season was the 43rd season of the American Hockey League. The league inaugurates the Ken McKenzie Award, for the most outstanding marketing executive, showing its commitment to marketing and public relations.

Nine teams were scheduled to play 80 games each. The Maine Mariners repeated as first overall in the regular season, and won their second consecutive Calder Cup championship.

Team changes[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points;

North GP W L T Pts GF GA
Maine Mariners 80 45 22 13 103 350 252
New Brunswick Hawks 80 41 29 10 92 315 288
Nova Scotia Voyageurs 80 39 37 4 82 313 302
Springfield Indians 80 33 38 9 75 289 290
South GP W L T Pts GF GA
New Haven Nighthawks 80 46 25 9 101 346 271
Hershey Bears 79 35 36 8 78 311 324
Binghamton Dusters 79 32 42 5 69 300 320
Rochester Americans 80 26 42 12 64 289 349
Philadelphia Firebirds 80 23 49 8 54 230 347

Scoring leaders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Bernie Johnston Maine Mariners 70 29 66 95 40
Wayne Schaab Maine Mariners 80 41 50 91 43
Kirk Bowman New Brunswick Hawks 80 26 56 82 44
Bobby Sheehan New Haven Nighthawks 70 33 48 81 26
Rick Meagher Nova Scotia Voyageurs 79 35 46 81 57
Dave Lumley Nova Scotia Voyageurs 61 22 58 80 160
Claude Noel Hershey Bears 76 30 50 80 27
Dale Lewis New Haven Nighthawks 76 29 51 80 20
Rocky Saganiuk New Brunswick Hawks 61 47 29 76 91
Andre Peloffy Springfield Indians 77 28 48 76 138

Calder Cup playoffs[edit]

  Division Semifinals     Division Finals     Calder Cup Final
                           
  North Division     1  Maine 4  
  2  New Brunswick 2     3  Nova Scotia 2    
  3  Nova Scotia 3         N1  Maine 4
      S1  New Haven 0
  South Division     1  New Haven 4    
  2  Hershey 1     3  Binghamton 2  
  3  Binghamton 3  

Trophy and award winners[edit]

Team awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Maine Mariners
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Maine Mariners
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
New Haven Nighthawks
Individual awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Rocky Saganiuk - New Brunswick Hawks
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Bernie Johnston - Maine Mariners
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Mike Meeker - Binghamton Dusters
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Terry Murray - Maine Mariners
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Pete Peeters & Robbie Moore - Maine Mariners
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Parker MacDonald - New Haven Nighthawks
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Bernie Johnston - Maine Mariners
Other awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Harry Sinden
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Eddie St. Pierre, Moncton, (newspaper)
Arnie Patterson, Nova Scotia, (radio)
Jack O'Neil, Springfield, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Roy Mlakar, New Haven Nighthawks

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1977–78 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1979–80 AHL season