1938–39 AHL season

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The 1938–39 AHL season was the third season of the International-American Hockey League, known in the present day as the American Hockey League. It was also the first season that the I-AHL played as a fully unified league. For the previous two seasons, the International Hockey League and Canadian-American Hockey League had played as a "circuit of mutual convenience" with an interlocking schedule. However, on June 29, 1938, the IHL and C-AHL formally merged into a single circuit under the I-AHL name.

Eight teams played 54 games each in the schedule. The Hershey Bears won the F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy as the Western Division champions, while the Cleveland Barons won the Calder Cup as league champions.

Team changes[edit]

  • One of the I-AHL's first acts as a fully merged league was to grant an expansion franchise to the Hershey Bears, based in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Bears transferred from the Eastern Amateur Hockey League to the I-AHL's West Division. The Bears have been in the I-AHL/AHL ever since, without relocating or renaming. As of the end of the 2016–17 season, they are the oldest team in the league, and the seventh oldest team in all of professional hockey (behind only the NHL's Original Six) still playing in its current city and under its current name.

Final standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points;

East GP W L T Pts GF GA
Philadelphia Ramblers 54 32 17 5 69 214 161
Providence Reds 54 21 22 11 53 136 153
Springfield Indians 54 16 29 9 41 121 179
New Haven Eagles 54 14 30 10 38 114 174
West GP W L T Pts GF GA
Hershey Bears 54 31 18 5 67 140 110
Syracuse Stars 54 26 19 9 61 152 117
Cleveland Barons 54 23 22 9 55 145 138
Pittsburgh Hornets 54 22 28 4 46 176 166

Scoring leaders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Don Deacon Pittsburgh Hornets 46 24 41 65 41
Bill Carse Philadelphia Ramblers 54 24 33 57 22
James MacDonald Philadelphia Ramblers 49 18 37 55 48
Murray Armstrong Syracuse Stars 50 27 27 54 10
Joe Krol Philadelphia Ramblers 54 24 30 54 34
Phil Hergesheimer Cleveland Barons 54 34 19 53 23
Lorne Duguid Cleveland/Pittsburgh 54 19 32 51 23
Norm Locking Syracuse Stars 53 20 30 50 28
Bobby Kirk Philadelphia Ramblers 49 14 36 50 12
Cliff Barton Philadelphia Ramblers 52 21 28 49 16

Calder Cup playoffs[edit]

  Preliminary Round League Semi-Final Calder Cup Final
                           
  E1 Philadelphia 3  
  W1 Hershey 2  
    E1 Philadelphia 1
  W3 Cleveland 3
  E2 Providence 2  
W2 Syracuse 1  
  E2 Providence 0
  W3 Cleveland 2  
E3 Springfield 1
  W3 Cleveland 2  

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1937–38 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1939–40 AHL season