2012–13 AHL season

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2012–13 AHL season
League American Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Regular season
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy Providence Bruins
Season MVP Tyler Johnson
Top scorer Brandon Pirri
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs MVP Tomas Tatar
Finals champions Grand Rapids Griffins
  Runners-up Syracuse Crunch
AHL seasons

The 2012–13 AHL season is the 77th season of the American Hockey League. The regular season began on October 12, 2012 and ended on April 21, 2013. The 2013 Calder Cup playoffs followed the conclusion of the regular season. The Calder Cup was won by the Grand Rapids Griffins for their first Calder Cup in franchise history.

Regular season[edit]

On June 28, the Board of Governors approved a minor realignment for the league for the 2012–13 season. The only changes were made in the Western Conference, as three teams swapped divisions for this season: Abbotsford moves to the North Division, Grand Rapids moves to the Midwest Division and Charlotte moves to the newly renamed South Division (formerly West Division). The Eastern Conference remains the same as the previous season. Among the rule changes for this season, the league has adopted video-review for goals, which has been in use in the NHL for years.[1]

Because of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, all NHL players who were still eligible to play in the AHL without clearing waivers were assigned to their AHL teams for the duration of the lockout. The lockout also forced the cancellation of one of the two AHL Outdoor Classics for 2012; as a result, there was only one Outdoor Classic in 2013. The Hershey Bears hosted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Hersheypark Stadium on January 20. The Penguins won the game 2–1 in overtime before a crowd of 17,653 spectators.

Team and NHL affiliation changes[edit]

Relocations[edit]

As a result of the aforementioned lockout, the Rochester Americans moved a portion of its home schedule to the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York to fill the void of its parent club, the Buffalo Sabres, during the lockout (both teams are owned by Terrence Pegula). The team's name and branding remain unchanged.

Affiliation changes[edit]

AHL team New affiliate Old affiliate
Norfolk Admirals Anaheim Tampa Bay
Syracuse Crunch Tampa Bay Anaheim

Standings[edit]

  y–  indicates team has clinched division and a playoff spot
  x–  indicates team has clinched a playoff spot
  e–  indicates team has been eliminated from playoff contention

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y–Providence Bruins (BOS) 76 50 21 0 5 105 222 183
x–Portland Pirates (PHX) 76 41 30 3 2 87 230 233
x–Manchester Monarchs (LA) 76 37 32 3 4 81 219 209
e–Worcester Sharks (SJ) 76 31 34 4 7 73 191 228
e–St. John's IceCaps (WPG) 76 32 36 3 5 72 195 237
Northeast Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y–Springfield Falcons (CBJ) 76 45 22 5 4 99 235 186
e–Connecticut Whale (NYR) 76 35 32 6 3 79 213 222
e–Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI) 76 32 32 7 5 76 218 242
e–Albany Devils (NJ) 76 31 32 1 12 75 193 225
e–Adirondack Phantoms (PHI) 76 31 38 3 4 69 187 223
East Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y–Syracuse Crunch (TB) 76 43 22 6 5 97 247 201
x–Binghamton Senators (OTT) 76 44 24 1 7 96 227 188
x–Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT) 76 42 30 2 2 88 185 178
x–Hershey Bears (WSH) 76 36 31 3 6 81 204 196
e–Norfolk Admirals (ANA) 76 37 34 4 1 79 188 207

Western Conference[edit]

North Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y–Toronto Marlies (TOR) 76 43 23 3 7 96 237 199
x–Rochester Americans (BUF) 76 43 29 3 1 90 234 209
e–Lake Erie Monsters (COL) 76 35 31 3 7 80 211 220
e–Abbotsford Heat (CGY) 76 34 32 4 6 78 171 198
e–Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL) 76 29 41 1 5 64 159 228
Midwest Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y–Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) 76 42 26 4 4 92 234 205
x–Milwaukee Admirals (NSH) 76 41 28 4 3 89 197 200
e–Rockford IceHogs (CHI) 76 42 31 2 1 87 246 225
e–Chicago Wolves (VAN) 76 37 30 5 4 83 204 207
e–Peoria Rivermen (STL) 76 33 35 5 3 74 183 218
South Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y–Texas Stars (DAL) 76 43 22 5 6 97 235 201
x–Charlotte Checkers (CAR) 76 42 26 4 4 92 226 202
x–Oklahoma City Barons (EDM) 76 40 25 2 9 91 240 228
x–Houston Aeros (MIN) 76 40 26 5 5 90 212 199
e–San Antonio Rampage (FLA) 76 29 38 2 7 67 195 241

Statistical leaders[edit]

Leading skaters[edit]

The following players are sorted by points, then goals. Updated as of the end of the regular season.[2]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Pirri, BrandonBrandon Pirri Rockford IceHogs 76 22 53 75 72
Taffe, JeffJeff Taffe Hershey Bears 73 18 53 71 27
Kolarik, ChadChad Kolarik Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 76 31 37 68 55
Arcobello, MarkMark Arcobello Oklahoma City Barons 74 22 46 68 48
Vey, LindenLinden Vey Manchester Monarchs 74 22 45 67 32
Audy-Marchessault, JonathanJonathan Audy-Marchessault Springfield Falcons 74 21 46 67 65
Hensick, T. J.T. J. Hensick Peoria Rivermen 76 19 48 67 50
Johnson, TylerTyler Johnson Syracuse Crunch 62 37 28 65 34
Connolly, BrettBrett Connolly Syracuse Crunch 71 31 32 63 53
Newbury, KrisKris Newbury Connecticut Whale 70 20 42 62 127

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders with a minimum 1500 minutes played lead the league in goals against average. Updated as of the end of the regular season.[3]

GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (in minutes); SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; SV% = Save percentage; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout loss

Player Team GP TOI SA GA SO GAA SV% W L OT
Zatkoff, JeffJeff Zatkoff Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 49 2799 1131 90 5 1.93 0.920 26 20 0
Taylor, DannyDanny Taylor Abbotsford Heat 40 2108 927 72 3 2.05 0.922 18 10 2
Lehner, RobinRobin Lehner Binghamton Senators 31 1841 1046 65 3 2.12 0.938 18 10 2
Hellberg, MagnusMagnus Hellberg Milwaukee Admirals 39 2107 991 75 6 2.14 0.924 22 13 0
Svedberg, NiklasNiklas Svedberg Providence Bruins 48 2872 1384 104 4 2.17 0.925 37 8 2

Calder Cup playoffs[edit]

  Conference quarterfinals Conference semifinals Conference finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
1  Providence 3  
8  Hershey 2  
  1  Providence 3  
 
  5  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4  
2  Springfield 3
7  Manchester 1  
  5  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1  
Eastern Conference
  3  Syracuse 4  
3  Syracuse 3  
6  Portland 0  
  2  Springfield 0
 
  3  Syracuse 4  
4  Binghamton 0
5  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3  
  E3  Syracuse 2
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W3  Grand Rapids 4
1  Texas 3  
8  Milwaukee 1  
  1  Texas 1
 
  5  Oklahoma City 4  
2  Toronto 3
7  Rochester 0  
  5  Oklahoma City 3
Western Conference
  3  Grand Rapids 4  
3  Grand Rapids 3  
6  Houston 2  
  2  Toronto 2
 
  3  Grand Rapids 4  
4  Charlotte 2
5  Oklahoma City 3  

AHL awards[edit]

Calder Cup : Grand Rapids Griffins
Les Cunningham Award : Tyler Johnson, Syracuse
John B. Sollenberger Trophy : Brandon Pirri, Rockford
Willie Marshall Award : Tyler Johnson, Syracuse
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award : Tyler Toffoli, Manchester
Eddie Shore Award : Justin Schultz, Oklahoma City
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award : Niklas Svedberg, Providence
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award : Jeff Zatkoff & Brad Thiessen, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award : Willie Desjardins, Texas
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award : Brandon Davidson, Oklahoma City
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award : Michael Zigomanis, Toronto
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy : Tomas Tatar, Grand Rapids
Richard F. Canning Trophy : Syracuse Crunch
Robert W. Clarke Trophy : Grand Rapids Griffins
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy: Providence Bruins
Frank Mathers Trophy: Syracuse Crunch
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy: Grand Rapids Griffins
Emile Francis Trophy : Providence Bruins
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy: Springfield Falcons
Sam Pollock Trophy: Toronto Marlies
John D. Chick Trophy: Texas Stars
James C. Hendy Memorial Award:
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award:
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards:
Ken McKenzie Award:
Michael Condon Memorial Award:

All-star teams[edit]

First All-Star Team


Second All-Star Team

Milestones[edit]

  • Abbotsford Heat The Marlies, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, were tied against the Abbotsford Heat when first Steve McCarthy scored a short-handed goal and then Ben Street scored from the faceoff circle. The two goals in three seconds tied a professional hockey record. Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog reported that the ECHL, formerly the East Coast Hockey League, had two goals scored in the same span during a 1993 game. However, the comparable record in the NHL is four seconds. Before Thursday, the fastest two goals had been scored in the AHL was five seconds. The Heat is an affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames, and the team went on to win the game, 3-0 on November 1, 2012.
  • Abbotsford Heat goaltender Barry Brust set a record for longest shutout streak by not allowing any goals for 268 minutes and 17 seconds.[4] The previous record was 249:51, set by Johnny Bower with the Cleveland Barons in 1957.
  • Hershey Bears forward Jon DiSalvatore became the 82nd player in AHL history to record 500 career points on November 25, 2012.[5]
  • Toronto Marlies forward Keith Aucoin became the 11th player in AHL history to record 800 career points on December 16, 2012.[6]
  • Rockford IceHogs forward Martin St. Pierre became the 83rd player in AHL history to record 500 career points on January 5, 2013.[7]
  • Providence Bruins forward Graham Mink became the 84th player in AHL history to record 500 career points on February 16, 2013.[8]
  • Hershey Bears forward Boyd Kane became the 85th player in AHL history to record 500 career points on March 23, 2013.[9]
  • Hershey Bears forward Jeff Taffe became the 86th player in AHL history to record 500 career points on April 20, 2013.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://theahl.com/board-of-governors-meeting-concludes-p178164
  2. ^ "Top Scorers - 2012-13 Regular Season - All Players". AHL. 
  3. ^ "Top Goalies - 2012-13 Regular Season - Goals Against Average". AHL. 
  4. ^ "In Brust we trust". AHL. November 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "DiSalvatore notches 500th career point". AHL. November 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Aucoin reaches historic milestone". AHL. December 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Milestone for IceHogs' St. Pierre". AHL. January 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "AHL Weekly Release". AHL. February 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Kane reaches milestone with 500th point". AHL. March 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Taffe hits milestone for Bears". AHL. April 20, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2011–12 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
2013–14 AHL season