1971–72 AHL season

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The 1971–72 AHL season was the 36th season of the American Hockey League. Major changes occurred in the off-season. The league welcomed four expansion teams, and lost both Quebec-based teams. Eleven teams played 76 games each in the schedule. The Boston Braves finished first overall in the regular season. The Nova Scotia Voyageurs won their first Calder Cup championship.

Team changes[edit]

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
Boston Braves(BOS) 76 41 21 14 96 260 191
Nova Scotia Voyageurs (MTL) 76 41 21 14 96 274 202
Springfield Kings (LA) 76 31 30 15 77 273 266
Providence Reds (NYR) 76 28 37 11 67 250 274
Rochester Americans (VAN) 76 28 38 10 66 242 311
West GP W L T Pts GF GA
Baltimore Clippers (CAL) 76 34 31 11 79 266 253
Hershey Bears (PIT) 76 33 30 13 79 238 212
Cincinnati Swords (BUF) 76 30 28 18 78 252 258
Cleveland Barons (Independent) 76 32 34 10 74 269 263
Richmond Robins (PHI) 76 29 34 13 71 237 218
Tidewater Wings(DET) 76 22 45 9 53 197 275

First place tiebreaker determined by head-to-head competition during regular season.

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Don Blackburn Providence Reds 76 34 65 99 12
Fred Harvey Cleveland Barons 73 41 54 95 72
Terry Caffery Cleveland Barons 65 29 59 88 18
Gord Labossiere Cleveland Barons 66 40 45 85 71
Ed Hoekstra Springfield Kings 74 16 69 85 32
Pete Laframboise Baltimore Clippers 72 37 44 81 95
Wayne Rivers Springfield Kings 68 48 33 81 67
Germain Gagnon Nova Scotia Voyageurs 70 25 56 81 34
Joe Szura Baltimore Clippers 72 38 38 76 20
Doug Roberts Boston Braves 74 35 40 75 107

Calder Cup playoffs[edit]

Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
                 
1 Boston 4
4 Providence 1
1 Boston 0
Eastern Division
2 Nova Scotia 4
2 Nova Scotia 4
3 Springfield 1
E2 Nova Scotia 4
W1 Baltimore 2
1 Baltimore 4
4 Cleveland 2
1 Baltimore 4
Western Division
3 Cincinnati 2
2 Hershey 0
3 Cincinnati 4

Trophy and award winners[edit]

Team awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, East Division:
Boston Braves
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, West Division:
Baltimore Clippers
Individual awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Garry Peters - Boston Braves
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Don Blackburn - Providence Reds
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Terry Caffery - Cleveland Barons
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Noel Price - Springfield Kings / Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Dan Bouchard & Ross Brooks - Boston Braves
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Al MacNeil - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Other awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Robert W. Clarke
James H. Ellery Memorial Award
Outstanding media coverage:
Al Fischer, Baltimore

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1970–71 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1972–73 AHL season