2001 Calder Cup playoffs

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The 2001 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 10, 2001.[1] The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-five series for division semifinals and best-of-seven series for division finals and conference finals. The conference champions played a best-of-seven series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 28, 2001 with the Saint John Flames defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins four games to two to win the first, and only, Calder Cup in team history.[2]

Saint John's Steve Begin won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.[3] Wilkes-Barre Scranton defenseman Chris Kelleher set an AHL playoff record for points scored by a defenseman in one playoff with 25 (7 goals, 18 assists).[4] This record was broken in 2008 by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Alex Goligoski.[5]

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Playoff seeds[edit]

After the 2000–01 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. However, due to the uneven number of teams in each division, it was possible for teams to crossover to another division for the playoffs. The fifth-placed team in the New England Division could qualify for the fourth playoff spot in the Canadian Division if they earned more points than the fourth-placed team in the Canadian Division. The fifth-placed team in the Mid-Atlantic Division could qualify for the fourth playoff spot in the South Division if they earned more points than the fourth-placed team in the South Division. The Worcester IceCats were the Eastern Conference regular season champions as well as the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners with the best overall regular season record. The Rochester Americans were the Western Conference regular season champions.[6]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Canadian Division[edit]

  1. Saint John Flames - 100 points
  2. Quebec Citadelles - 89 points
  3. St. John's Maple Leafs - 80 points

New England Division[edit]

  1. Worcester IceCats - Eastern Conference regular season champions; Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners, 108 points
  2. Hartford Wolf Pack - 94 points
  3. Providence Bruins - 84 points
  4. Lowell Lock Monsters - 80 points
  5. Portland Pirates - 74 points (Played in the Canadian Division bracket by virtue of earning more points than the fourth-placed team in that division)

Western Conference[edit]

Mid-Atlantic Division[edit]

  1. Rochester Americans - Western Conference regular season champions, 104 points
  2. Syracuse Crunch - 83 points
  3. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - 83 points
  4. Philadelphia Phantoms - 82 points
  5. Hershey Bears - 75 points (Played in the South Division bracket by virtue of earning more points than the fourth-placed team in that division)

Southern Division[edit]

  1. Kentucky Thoroughblades - 97 points
  2. Cincinnati Mighty Ducks - 95 points
  3. Norfolk Admirals - 90 points

Bracket[edit]

Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
                       
C1 Saint John 3
N5 Portland 0
C1 Saint John 4
Canadian Division
C2 Quebec 1
C2 Quebec 3
C3 St. John's 1
C1 Saint John 4
Eastern Conference
N3 Providence 1
N1 Worcester 3
N4 Lowell 1
N1 Worcester 3
New England Division
N3 Providence 4
N2 Hartford 2
N3 Providence 3
C1 Saint John 4
M2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2
M1 Rochester 1
M4 Philadelphia 3
M4 Philadelphia 2
Mid-Atlantic Division
M2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4
M2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3
M3 Syracuse 2
M2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4
Western Conference
M5 Hershey 0
S1 Kentucky 0
M5 Hershey 3
M5 Hershey 4
Southern Division
S3 Norfolk 1
S2 Cincinnati 1
S3 Norfolk 3

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.[7]

Division Semifinals[edit]

Note 1: All times are in Eastern Time (UTC-4).
Note 2: Game times in italics signify games to be played only if necessary.
Note 3: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Canadian Division[edit]

(C1) Saint John Flames vs. (N5) Portland Pirates[edit]
Saint John won series 3 – 0


(C2) Quebec Citadelles vs. (C3) St. John's Maple Leafs[edit]
Quebec won series 3 - 1


New England Division[edit]

(N1) Worcester IceCats vs. (N4) Lowell Lock Monsters[edit]
Worcester won series 3 – 1


(N2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (N3) Providence Bruins[edit]
Providence won series 3 - 2


Western Conference[edit]

Mid-Atlantic Division[edit]

(M1) Rochester Americans vs. (M4) Philadelphia Phantoms[edit]
Philadelphia won series 3 - 1


(M2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (M3) Syracuse Crunch[edit]
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 3 - 2


Southern Division[edit]

(S1) Kentucky Thoroughblades vs. (M5) Hershey Bears[edit]
Hershey won series 3 - 0


(S2) Cincinnati Mighty Ducks vs. (S3) Norfolk Admirals[edit]
Norfolk won series 3 - 1


1 - at Cincinnati Gardens[1]
2 - at Norfolk, Virginia[1]

Division Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Canadian Division[edit]

(C1) Saint John Flames vs. (C2) Quebec Citadelles[edit]
Saint John won series 4 - 1


New England Division[edit]

(N1) Worcester IceCats vs. (N3) Providence Bruins[edit]
Providence won series 4 - 3


Western Conference[edit]

Mid-Atlantic Division[edit]

(M2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (M4) Philadelphia Phantoms[edit]
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 4 - 2


Southern Division[edit]

(S3) Norfolk Admirals vs. (M5) Hershey Bears[edit]
Hershey won series 4 - 1


Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

(C1) Saint John Flames vs. (N3) Providence Bruins[edit]

Saint John won series 4 - 1


Western Conference[edit]

(M2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (M5) Hershey Bears[edit]

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 4 - 0


Calder Cup Final[edit]

(C1) Saint John Flames vs. (M2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins[edit]

Saint John won series 4 - 2


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e 2001 Calder Cup Playoffs caldercup.com. Retrieved on April 28, 2008.
  2. ^ Flames win first Calder Cup, CBC Sports, May 21, 2001. Retrieved on April 28, 2008.
  3. ^ Jack A. Butterfield Trophy ahlhalloffame.com. Retrieved on May 6, 2008
  4. ^ Calder Cup record book: Players caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 6, 2008.
  5. ^ Scoring correction gives Goligoski league record caldercup.com. Retrieved on June 2, 2008.
  6. ^ 2000-01 AHL Standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on April 28, 2008.
  7. ^ Frequently asked questions theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
Preceded by
2000 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
2001
Succeeded by
2002 Calder Cup playoffs