2014–15 AHL season

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2014–15 AHL season
League American Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Regular season
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy Manchester Monarchs
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
AHL seasons

The 2014–15 AHL season is the 79th season of the American Hockey League. The regular season began in October 2014, and will end in April 2015. The 2015 Calder Cup playoffs follow the conclusion of the regular season.


Team and NHL affiliation changes[edit]

Relocations[edit]

On July 9th the President of the AHL announced a realignment for the 2014–15 season. Eastern Conference changes include the Lehigh Valley Phantoms relocation and swapping to the East Division from the Northeast Division with the Syracuse Crunch. Western Conference changes include the Lake Erie Monsters moving from the North Division to the Midwest Division, and the Iowa Wild moving from the Midwest to the West Division due to the Adirondack Flames relocation in to the North Division [5]

Rule changes[edit]

  • Overtime will be extended to seven minutes. Following the first whistle beyond the first three minutes, both teams are reduced further from four to three men on the ice.[6]
  • Shootouts will switch to the NHL format of three skaters a side.[6]
  • If a goaltender deliberately knocks the goal out of place during a breakaway, the goaltender shall be ejected from the game, and the backup goaltender will be required to face a penalty shot against any player of the opposing team's choosing. This rule was imposed midseason after Bridgeport Sound Tigers goaltender David Leggio knocked his goal out of place during a 2-on-0 breakaway, determining (correctly) that the penalty shot he would face under then-current rules would have been easier to defend than the 2-on-0 breakaway he was facing.[7]

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]

Eastern Conference Div GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
1 y– Manchester Monarchs (LA) AT 76 50 17 6 3 109 241 176
2 y– Hershey Bears (WSH) ET 76 46 22 5 3 100 218 181
3 y– Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR) NE 76 43 24 5 4 95 221 214
4 x– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT) ET 76 45 24 3 4 97 212 163
5 x– Syracuse Crunch (TB) NE 76 41 25 10 0 92 218 219
6 x– Providence Bruins (BOS) AT 76 41 26 7 2 91 209 185
7 x– Worcester Sharks (SJ) AT 76 41 29 4 2 88 224 198
8 x– Portland Pirates (ARZ) AT 76 39 28 7 2 87 203 190
9 e– Springfield Falcons (CBJ) NE 76 38 28 8 2 86 192 209
10 e– Albany Devils (NJ) NE 76 37 28 5 6 85 199 201
11 e– Binghamton Senators (OTT) ET 76 34 34 7 1 76 242 258
12 e– St. John's IceCaps (WPG) AT 76 32 33 9 2 75 183 235
13 e– Lehigh Valley Phantoms (PHI) ET 76 33 35 7 1 74 194 237
14 e– Norfolk Admirals (ANA) ET 76 27 39 6 4 64 168 219
15 e– Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI) NE 76 28 40 7 1 64 213 246

Western Conference[edit]

Western Conference Div GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
1 y– Utica Comets (VAN) NO 76 47 20 7 2 103 219 182
2 y– Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) MW 76 46 22 6 2 100 249 185
3 y– San Antonio Rampage (FLA) WT 76 45 23 7 1 98 248 222
4 x– Rockford IceHogs (CHI) MW 76 46 23 5 2 99 222 180
5 x– Texas Stars (DAL) WT 76 40 22 13 1 94 242 216
6 x– Oklahoma City Barons (EDM) WT 76 41 27 5 3 90 224 212
7 x– Toronto Marlies (TOR) NO 76 40 27 9 0 89 207 203
8 x– Chicago Wolves (STL) MW 76 40 29 6 1 87 210 198
9 e– Lake Erie Monsters (COL) MW 76 35 29 8 4 82 211 240
10 e– Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL) NO 76 34 29 12 1 81 201 208
11 e– Milwaukee Admirals (NSH) MW 76 33 28 8 7 81 206 218
12 e– Adirondack Flames (CGY) NO 76 35 33 6 2 78 233 240
13 e– Charlotte Checkers (CAR) WT 76 31 38 6 1 69 172 231
14 e– Rochester Americans (BUF) NO 76 29 41 5 1 64 209 251
15 e– Iowa Wild (MIN) WT 76 23 49 2 2 50 172 245

Statistical leaders[edit]

Leading skaters[edit]

The following players are sorted by points, then goals. Updated as of April 18, 2015.[8]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Brian O'Neill Manchester Monarchs 71 22 58 80 55
Andy Miele Grand Rapids Griffins 71 26 44 70 42
Jordan Weal Manchester Monarchs 73 20 49 69 56
Jonathan Marchessault Syracuse Crunch 68 24 43 67 38
Chris Bourque Hartford Wolf Pack 73 29 37 66 66
Shane Prince Binghamton Senators 72 28 37 65 31
Andrew Agozzino Lake Erie Monsters 74 30 34 64 55
Dustin Jeffrey Bridgeport Sound Tigers 69 25 39 64 22
Travis Morin Texas Stars 63 22 41 63 40
Teemu Pulkkinen Grand Rapids Griffins 46 34 27 61 30

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders with a minimum 1500 minutes played lead the league in goals against average. Updated as of April 19, 2015.[9]

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
Matt Murray Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 40 2320:49 1029 61 12 1.58 .941 25 10 3
Jacob Markstrom Utica Comets 32 1879:36 895 59 5 1.88 .934 22 7 2
Anton Forsberg Springfield Falcons 30 1763:51 808 59 3 2.01 .927 20 8 1
Jeremy Smith Providence Bruins 39 2277:53 1156 78 3 2.05 .933 22 11 5
Aaron Dell Worcester Sharks 26 1544:08 728 53 4 2.06 .927 15 8 2

Calder Cup playoffs[edit]

AHL awards[edit]

Calder Cup :
Les Cunningham Award : Brian O'Neill, Manchester
John B. Sollenberger Trophy : Brian O'Neill, Manchester
Willie Marshall Award : Teemu Pulkkinen, Grand Rapids
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award : Matt Murray, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Eddie Shore Award : Chris Wideman, Binghamton
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award : Matt Murray, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award : Matt Murray & Jeff Zatkoff, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award : Mike Stothers, Manchester
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award : Jeff Hoggan, Grand Rapids
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award : Kyle Hagel, Charlotte
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy :
Richard F. Canning Trophy :
Robert W. Clarke Trophy :
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy: Manchester Monarchs
Frank Mathers Trophy: Hershey Bears
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy: Grand Rapids Griffins
Emile Francis Trophy : Manchester Monarchs
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy: Hartford Wolf Pack
Sam Pollock Trophy: Utica Comets
John D. Chick Trophy: San Antonio Rampage
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


All-Rookie Team

Milestones[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://articles.mcall.com/2012-11-14/news/mc-allentown-lehigh-valley-phantoms-20121114_1_neighborhood-improvement-zone-rob-brooks-finance-arena-construction
  2. ^ http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/04/15/after-losing-7-3m-hosting-the-calgary-flames-ahl-team-abbotsford-pays-5-5m-to-get-them-to-leave/
  3. ^ http://theahl.com/flames-ahl-franchise-heading-to-glens-falls-p192047
  4. ^ http://www.saratogian.com/sports/20140505/its-official-glens-falls-keeping-ahl-hockey-league-approves-team-move-to-adirondack
  5. ^ http://theahl.com/ahl-announces-alignment-for-2014-15-p192750
  6. ^ a b OT in AHL now 7 minutes. Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  7. ^ Dhiren Mahiban (November 6, 2014). Report: AHL changes rule following Leggio incident. ProHockeyTalk.com. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "Top Scorers - 2014-15 Regular Season - All Players". AHL. 
  9. ^ "Top Goalies - 2014-15 Regular Season - Goals Against Average". AHL. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2013–14
AHL seasons Succeeded by
2015–16