1988 Calder Cup playoffs

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The 1988 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 6, 1988.[1] The eight teams that qualified, four from each division, played best-of-seven series for Division Semifinals and Division Finals. The division champions played a best-of-seven series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 12, 1988 with the Hershey Bears defeating the Fredericton Express four games to zero to win the Calder Cup for the seventh time in team history.[2] Hershey went an unprecedented 12-0 during their Calder Cup run, which also set an AHL record for most consecutive games won in one playoff.[2][3] Hershey's Wendell Young won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.[4]

Playoff seeds[edit]

After the 1987–88 AHL regular season, the top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Hershey Bears finished the regular season with the best overall record.[5]

Northern Division[edit]

  1. Maine Mariners - 99 points
  2. Fredericton Express - 95 points
  3. Sherbrooke Canadiens - 89 points
  4. Nova Scotia Oilers - 81 points

Southern Division[edit]

  1. Hershey Bears - 105 points
  2. Rochester Americans - 100 points
  3. Adirondack Red Wings - 99 points
  4. Binghamton Whalers - 87 points

Bracket[edit]

Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
                 
1 Maine 4
4 Nova Scotia 1
1 Maine 1
Northern 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
Southern Division
3 Adirondack 0
2 Rochester 3
3 Adirondack 4

In each round, the team that earned more points during the regular season receives home ice advantage, meaning they receive the "extra" game on home-ice if the series reaches the maximum number of games. There is no set series format due to arena scheduling conflicts and travel considerations.[6]

Division Semifinals[edit]

Note: Home team is listed first.

Northern Division[edit]

(1) Maine Mariners vs. (4) Nova Scotia Oilers[edit]

Maine won series 4 – 1


(2) Fredericton Express vs. (3) Sherbrooke Canadiens[edit]

Fredericton won series 4 - 2


Southern Division[edit]

(1) Hershey Bears vs. (4) Binghamton Whalers[edit]

Hershey won series 4 - 0


(2) Rochester Americans vs. (3) Adirondack Red Wings[edit]

Adirondack won series 4 - 3


Division Finals[edit]

Northern Division[edit]

(1) Maine Mariners vs. (2) Fredericton Express[edit]

Fredericton won series 4 - 1


Southern Division[edit]

(1) Hershey Bears vs. (3) Adirondack Red Wings[edit]

Hershey won series 4 - 0


Calder Cup Final[edit]

(S1) Hershey Bears vs. (N2) Fredericton Express[edit]

Hershey won series 4 - 0


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988 AHL playoff results The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 7, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Hershey Bears History: 1980s Official website for Hershey Bears. Retrieved on May 7, 2008.
  3. ^ Calder Cup record book: Teams caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 7, 2008.
  4. ^ Jack A. Butterfield Trophy caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 7, 2008.
  5. ^ 1987-88 AHL standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 7, 2008.
  6. ^ Frequently asked questions theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
Preceded by
1987 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup Playoffs
1988
Succeeded by
1989 Calder Cup playoffs