2006 Calder Cup playoffs

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The 2006 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 18, 2006. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-seven series for division semifinals, finals and conference finals. The conference champions played a best-of-seven series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on June 15, 2006 with the Hershey Bears defeating the Milwaukee Admirals four games to two to win the ninth Calder Cup in team history.[1]

Milwaukee's Darren Haydar set an AHL post-season record by scoring 6 game-winning goals in a single playoff. Hershey's Frederic Cassivi tied an AHL record by recording 16 wins in one playoff.[2] He also won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL Playoff MVP.[3]

Playoff seeds[edit]

After the 2005–06 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. However, it was possible for the fifth-placed team in the Atlantic Division to take the spot of the fourth-placed team in the East Division if they earned more points, since the East Division had one fewer team. This did not occur as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the fourth-placed team in the East Division finished with 85 points while the Lowell Lock Monsters, the fifth-placed team in the Atlantic Division, finished with 72 points. The Grand Rapids Griffins were the Western Conference regular season champions as well as the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners with the best overall regular season record. The Portland Pirates were the Eastern Conference regular season champions.[4]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]

  1. Portland Pirates - Eastern Conference regular season champions, 114 points
  2. Hartford Wolf Pack - 104 points
  3. Manchester Monarchs - 93 points
  4. Providence Bruins - 92 points

East Division[edit]

  1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - 113 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 103 points
  3. Norfolk Admirals - 94 points
  4. Bridgeport Sound Tigers - 85 points

Western Conference[edit]

North Division[edit]

  1. Grand Rapids Griffins - Western Conference regular season champions; Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners, 115 points
  2. Syracuse Crunch - 102 points
  3. Manitoba Moose - 100 points
  4. Toronto Marlies - 92 points

West Division[edit]

  1. Milwaukee Admirals - 108 points
  2. Houston Aeros - 106 points
  3. Peoria Rivermen - 100 points
  4. Iowa Stars - 90 points

Bracket[edit]

Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Finals
                       
A1 Portland 4
A4 Providence 2
A1 Portland 4
Atlantic Division
A2 Hartford 2
A3 Hartford 4
A2 Manchester 3
A1 Portland 3
Eastern Conference
E2 Hershey 4
E1 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4
E4 Bridgeport 3
E1 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0
East Division
E2 Hershey 4
E2 Hershey 4
E3 Norfolk 0
E2 Hershey 4
W1 Milwaukee 2
N1 Grand Rapids 4
N4 Toronto 1
N1 Grand Rapids 4
North Division
N3 Manitoba 3
N2 Syracuse 2
N3 Manitoba 4
N1 Grand Rapids 0
Western Conference
W1 Milwaukee 4
W1 Milwaukee 4
W4 Iowa 3
W1 Milwaukee 4
West Division
W2 Houston 0
W2 Houston 4
W3 Peoria 0

In each round the higher seed receives home ice advantage, meaning they can play a maximum of four home games if the series reaches seven games. There is no set series format for each series due to arena scheduling conflicts and travel considerations.[5]

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]

Atlantic Division[edit]

(A1) Portland Pirates vs. (A4) Providence Bruins[edit]
Portland won series 4 – 2


(A2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (A3) Manchester Monarchs[edit]
Hartford won series 4 – 3


East Division[edit]

(E1) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (E4) Bridgeport Sound Tigers[edit]
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 4 – 3


(E2) Hershey Bears vs. (E3) Norfolk Admirals[edit]
Hershey won series 4 - 0


Western Conference[edit]

North Division[edit]

(N1) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. (N4) Toronto Marlies[edit]
Grand Rapids won series 4 - 1


1 - Game played at Ricoh Coliseum[6]
2 - Game played at Air Canada Centre[6]

(N2) Syracuse Crunch vs. (N3) Manitoba Moose[edit]
Manitoba won series 4 - 2


West Division[edit]

(W1) Milwaukee Admirals vs. (W4) Iowa Stars[edit]
Milwaukee won series 4 - 3


(W2) Houston Aeros vs. (W3) Peoria Rivermen[edit]
Houston won series 4 - 0


Division Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]

(A1) Portland Pirates vs. (A2) Hartford Wolf Pack[edit]
Portland won series 4 - 2


East Division[edit]

(E1) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (E2) Hershey Bears[edit]
Hershey won series 4 - 0


Western Conference[edit]

North Division[edit]

(N1) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. (N3) Manitoba Moose[edit]
Grand Rapids won series 4 - 3


West Division[edit]

(W1) Milwaukee Admirals vs. (W2) Houston Aeros[edit]
Milwaukee won series 4 - 0


Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

(A1) Portland Pirates vs. (E2) Hershey Bears[edit]

Hershey won series 4 - 3


Western Conference[edit]

(N1) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. (W1) Milwaukee Admirals[edit]

Milwaukee won series 4 - 0


Calder Cup Final[edit]

(W1) Milwaukee Admirals vs. (E2) Hershey Bears[edit]

Hershey won series 4 - 2


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chocolatetown is Titletown once again caldercup.com. Retrieved on April 27, 2008
  2. ^ Calder Cup record book: Players caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 5, 2008
  3. ^ Jack A. Butterfield Trophy AHL Hall of Fame. Retrieved on May 5, 2008
  4. ^ 2005-06 AHL Standings theahl.com. Retrieved on April 27, 2008.
  5. ^ Frequently asked questions theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
  6. ^ a b 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs caldercup.com. Retrieved on April 27, 2008
Preceded by
2005 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
2006
Succeeded by
2007 Calder Cup playoffs