1994 Calder Cup playoffs

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The 1994 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 13, 1994.[1] The twelve teams that qualified, four from each division, played best-of-seven series for division semifinals and division finals. The highest remaining seed received a bye for the third round while the other two remaining teams played a best-of-3 series, with the winner advancing to play the bye-team in a best-of-seven series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 29, 1994, with the Portland Pirates defeating the Moncton Hawks four games to two to win the first Calder Cup in team history.[2] Portland's Olaf Kolzig won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.[3]

Portland's Mike Boback tied an AHL playoff record for points in a single playoff game by scoring 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in game 5 of the Northern division semifinal against the Albany River Rats.[4]

Playoff seeds[edit]

After the 1993-94 AHL regular season, 12 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The St. John's Maple Leafs finished the regular season with the best overall record.[5]

Atlantic Division[edit]

  1. St. John's Maple Leafs - 102 points
  2. Saint John Flames - 84 points
  3. Moncton Hawks - 81 points
  4. Cape Breton Oilers - 77 points

Northern Division[edit]

  1. Adirondack Red Wings - 98 points
  2. Portland Pirates - 96 points
  3. Albany River Rats - 84 points
  4. Springfield Indians - 71 points

Southern Division[edit]

  1. Hershey Bears - 87 points
  2. Hamilton Canucks - 79 points
  3. Cornwall Aces - 77 points
  4. Rochester Americans - 77 points

Bracket[edit]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Semifinal Calder Cup Final
                                     
A1 St. John's 4  
A4 Cape Breton 1  
  A1 St. John's 2  
Atlantic Division
  A3 Moncton 4  
A2 Saint John 3
A3 Moncton 4  
  BYE  
  N2 Portland  
N1 Adirondack 4  
N4 Springfield 2  
  N1 Adirondack 2     N2 Portland 4
Northern Division
  N2 Portland 4       A3 Moncton 2  
N2 Portland 4
N3 Albany 1  
  A3 Moncton 2  
  S3 Cornwall 0  
S1 Hershey 4  
S4 Rochester 0  
  S1 Hershey 3  
Southern Division
  S3 Cornwall 4  
S2 Hamilton 0
S3 Cornwall 4  

In each round the team that earned more points during the regular season receives home ice advantage, meaning they receive the "extra" game on home-ice if the series reaches the maximum number of games. For the Semifinal round, the team that earned the most points during the regular season out of the three remaining teams receives a bye directly to the Calder Cup Final. There is no set series format due to arena scheduling conflicts and travel considerations.[6]

Division Semifinals[edit]

Note 1: Home team is listed first.
Note 2: The number of overtime periods played (where applicable) is not specified

Atlantic Division[edit]

(A1) St. John's Maple Leafs vs. (A4) Cape Breton Oilers[edit]

St. John's won series 4 – 1


(A2) Saint John Flames vs. (A3) Moncton Hawks[edit]

Moncton won series 4 - 3


Northern Division[edit]

(N1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (N4) Springfield Indians[edit]

Adirondack won series 4 – 2


The deciding game was the last for the sixty-year-old Springfield Indians franchise, which moved to Worcester, Massachusetts, in the offseason to become the Worcester IceCats.

(N2) Portland Pirates vs. (N3) Albany River Rats[edit]

Portland won series 4 - 1


Southern Division[edit]

(S1) Hershey Bears vs. (S4) Rochester Americans[edit]

Hershey won series 4 - 0


(S2) Hamilton Canucks vs. (S3) Cornwall Aces[edit]

Cornwall won series 4 - 0


Division Finals[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]

(A1) St. John's Maple Leafs vs. (A3) Moncton Hawks[edit]

Moncton won series 4 - 2


Northern Division[edit]

(N1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (N2) Portland Pirates[edit]

Portland won series 4 - 2


Southern Division[edit]

(S1) Hershey Bears vs. (S3) Cornwall Aces[edit]

Cornwall won series 4 - 3


Semifinal[edit]

Bye[edit]

  • (N2) Portland Pirates receive a bye to the Calder Cup Final by virtue of having earned the highest point total in the regular season out of the three remaining teams.

(A3) Moncton Hawks vs. (S3) Cornwall Aces[edit]

Moncton won series 2 - 0


Calder Cup Final[edit]

(N2) Portland Pirates vs. (A3) Moncton Hawks[edit]

Portland won series 4 - 2


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1994 AHL playoff results The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 4, 2008.
  2. ^ Mighty Ducks align with AHL Pirates, CBC Sports, May 23, 2005. Retrieved on May 4, 2008.
  3. ^ Jack A. Butterfield Trophy ahlhalloffame.com. Retrieved on May 6, 2008.
  4. ^ Calder Cup record book: Players caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 6, 2008.
  5. ^ 1993-94 AHL standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 4, 2008.
  6. ^ Frequently asked questions theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
Preceded by
1993 Calder Cup Playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
1994
Succeeded by
1995 Calder Cup Playoffs