1987–88 AHL season

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The 1987–88 AHL season was the 52nd season of the American Hockey League. Fourteen teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The league abandoned shootout, but continues to award points for an overtime loss. The Hershey Bears finished first overall in the regular season, and won their seventh Calder Cup championship.

Team changes[edit]

Final standings[edit]

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

North GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Maine Mariners 80 44 25 7 4 99 308 284
Fredericton Express 80 42 27 8 3 95 370 318
Sherbrooke Canadiens 80 42 33 4 1 89 316 243
Nova Scotia Oilers 80 35 34 9 2 81 323 343
New Haven Nighthawks 80 33 37 7 3 76 288 307
Moncton Hawks 80 27 43 8 2 64 286 358
Springfield Indians 80 27 44 8 1 63 269 333
South GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Hershey Bears 80 50 25 3 2 105 343 256
Rochester Americans 80 46 26 7 1 100 328 272
Adirondack Red Wings 80 42 23 11 4 99 306 275
Binghamton Whalers 80 38 31 8 3 87 353 300
Utica Devils 80 34 33 11 2 81 318 307
Newmarket Saints 80 33 33 8 6 80 282 328
Baltimore Skipjacks 80 13 58 9 0 35 268 434

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Bruce Boudreau Springfield Indians 80 42 74 116 84
Jean-Marc Lanthier Fredericton Express 74 35 71 106 37
Jody Gage Rochester Americans 76 60 44 104 46
Alfie Turcotte Sherbrooke / Baltimore / Moncton 66 36 66 102 64
Gilles Thibaudeau Sherbrooke Canadiens 59 39 57 96 45
Mike Richard Binghamton Whalers 72 46 48 94 23
Murray Eaves Adirondack Red Wings 65 39 54 93 65
Tim Lenardon Utica Devils 79 38 53 91 72
Marty Dallman Newmarket Saints 76 50 39 89 52
Tom Martin Binghamton Whalers 71 28 61 89 344

Calder Cup playoffs[edit]

Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
                 
1 Maine 4
4 Nova Scotia 1
1 Maine 1
North Division
2 Fredericton 4
2 Fredericton 4
3 Sherbrooke 2
N2 Fredericton 0
S1 Hershey 4
1 Hershey 4
4 Binghamton 0
1 Hershey 4
South Division
3 Adirondack 0
2 Rochester 3
3 Adirondack 4

Trophy and award winners[edit]

Team awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Maine Mariners
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
Hershey Bears
Individual awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Jody Gage - Rochester Americans
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Bruce Boudreau - Springfield Indians
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Mike Richard - Binghamton Whalers
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
David Fenyves - Hershey Bears
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best Goaltender:
Wendell Young - Hershey Bears
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Vincent Riendeau & Jocelyn Perreault - Sherbrooke Canadiens
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
John Paddock - Hershey Bears &
Mike Milbury - Maine Mariners
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Bruce Boudreau - Springfield Indians
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Wendell Young - Hershey Bears
Other awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Tom Mitchell
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Mike Kane, Adirondack, (newspaper)
Jeff Rimer, Baltimore, (radio)
Frank Chiano, Rochester, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Doug Yingst, Hershey Bears

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1986–87 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1988–89 AHL season