1995 Calder Cup playoffs

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1995 Calder Cup playoffs
Tournament details
Dates April 12-May 26, 1995
Teams 12
Final positions
Champions Albany River Rats
Runner-up Fredericton Canadiens
1994
1996

The 1995 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 12, 1995.[1] The twelve teams that qualified, four from each division, played best-of-7 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-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 26, 1995, with the Albany River Rats defeating the Fredericton Canadiens four games to zero to win the first Calder Cup in team history.[2] Albany's Corey Schwab and Mike Dunham were co-winners of the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff co-MVPs.[3] Coincidentally, the River Rats parent club, the New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup in a four-game sweep over the Detroit Red Wings, making them the second pair of teams in history to win both the AHL's Calder Cup and NHL's Stanley Cup in the same season.

The Southern Division semifinal between Cornwall and Hershey was a penalty filled series. The two teams combined for 575 penalty minutes in the series, an AHL record. Hershey's 323 penalty minutes in that series set another AHL playoff record for most penalty minutes by one team in one series. Furthermore, Hershey set yet another AHL playoff record by accumulating 186 penalty minutes in game 5 of the series, the most by one team in one playoff game.[4]

Playoff seeds[edit]

After the 1994-95 AHL regular season, 12 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Albany River Rats finished the regular season with the best overall record.[5]

Atlantic Division[edit]

  1. Prince Edward Island Senators - 90 points
  2. St. John's Maple Leafs - 76 points
  3. Fredericton Canadiens - 75 points
  4. Saint John Flames - 67 points

Northern Division[edit]

  1. Albany River Rats - 109 points
  2. Portland Pirates - 104 points
  3. Providence Bruins - 89 points
  4. Adirondack Red Wings - 74 points

Southern Division[edit]

  1. Binghamton Rangers - 93 points
  2. Cornwall Aces - 85 points
  3. Hershey Bears - 78 points
  4. Rochester Americans - 77 points

Bracket[edit]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Semifinal Calder Cup Final
                                     
A1 P.E.I. 4  
A4 Saint John 1  
  A1 P.E.I. 2  
Atlantic Division
  A3 Fredericton 4  
A2 St. John's 1
A3 Fredericton 4  
  N1 Albany BYE  
   
N1 Albany 4  
N4 Adirondack 0  
  N1 Albany 4     N1 Albany 4
Northern Division
  N3 Providence 2       A3 Fredericton 0  
N2 Portland 3
N3 Providence 4  
  S2 Cornwall 0  
  A3 Fredericton 2  
S1 Binghamton 4  
S4 Rochester 1  
  S1 Binghamton 2  
Southern Division
  S2 Cornwall 4  
S2 Cornwall 4
S3 Hershey 2  

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 Calder Cup 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) Prince Edward Island Senators vs. (A4) Saint John Flames[edit]

Prince Edward Island won series 4 – 1


(A2) St. John's Maple Leafs vs. (A3) Fredericton Canadiens[edit]

Fredericton won series 4 - 1


Northern Division[edit]

(N1) Albany River Rats vs. (N4) Adirondack Red Wings[edit]

Albany won series 4 – 0


(N2) Portland Pirates vs. (N3) Providence Bruins[edit]

Providence won series 4 - 3


Southern Division[edit]

(S1) Binghamton Rangers vs. (S4) Rochester Americans[edit]

Binghamton won series 4 - 1


(S2) Cornwall Aces vs. (S3) Hershey Bears[edit]

Cornwall won series 4 - 2


Division Finals[edit]

Atlantic Division[edit]

(A1) Prince Edward Island Senators vs. (A3) Fredericton Canadiens[edit]

Fredericton won series 4 - 2


Northern Division[edit]

(N1) Albany River Rats vs. (N3) Providence Bruins[edit]

Albany won series 4 - 2


Southern Division[edit]

(S1) Binghamton Rangers vs. (S2) Cornwall Aces[edit]

Cornwall won series 4 - 2


Semifinal[edit]

Bye[edit]

  • (N1) Albany River Rats 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.

(S2) Cornwall Aces vs. (A3) Fredericton Canadiens[edit]

Fredericton won series 2 - 0


Calder Cup Final[edit]

(N1) Albany River Rats vs. (A3) Fredericton Canadiens[edit]

Albany won series 4 - 0


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1995 AHL playoff results The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 4, 2008.
  2. ^ River Rats Fan Zone: History albanyriverrats.com. Retrieved on May 4, 2008.
  3. ^ Jack A. Butterfield Trophy ahlhalloffame.com. Retrieved on May 6, 2008
  4. ^ Calder Cup record book: Teams caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 6, 2008.
  5. ^ 1994-95 AHL standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 4, 2008.
  6. ^ Frequently asked questions Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine. theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
Preceded by
1994 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
1995
Succeeded by
1996 Calder Cup playoffs