Richard F. Canning Trophy

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The Richard F. Canning Trophy is presented annually to the team that advances to the AHL's Calder Cup Finals as the playoff winner of the Eastern Conference. Prior to 1996, it was given to the playoffs champion of the Northern Division/Conference.

The award is named after former AHL President Richard F. Canning, who served in that role from 1958 to 1961. He would serve the AHL in various roles for over five decades.

The current holders of the Canning Trophy are the St. John's IceCaps, who are in their first reign. The IceCaps captured the trophy by defeating the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in six games in the 2014 AHL Eastern Conference Championship series. With the elimination of the IceCaps from playoff contention for the 2014-15 season, a different team will claim the trophy at the conclusion of the 2015 Eastern Conference Championship series.


Total awards won
Wins Team
4 Hershey Bears
3 Springfield Indians
2 Hamilton Bulldogs
Portland Pirates
Saint John Flames
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
1 Adirondack Red Wings
Albany River Rats
Binghamton Senators
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Hartford Wolf Pack
Manchester Monarchs
Norfolk Admirals
Philadelphia Phantoms
Providence Bruins
St. John's IceCaps
Syracuse Crunch

Eastern Conference playoffs champions (1998–present)[edit]

Season Team Win
2015–16 Hershey Bears 5
2014–15 Manchester Monarchs 1
2013–14 St. John's IceCaps 1
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch 1
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals 1
2010–11 Binghamton Senators 1
2009–10 Hershey Bears † 4
2008–09 Hershey Bears † 3
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2
2006–07 Hershey Bears 2
2005–06 Hershey Bears † 1
2004–05 Philadelphia Phantoms 1
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs 2
2001–02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1
2000–01 Saint John Flames 2
1999–00 Hartford Wolf Pack 1
1998–99 Providence Bruins 1
1997–98 Saint John Flames 1

Northern Conference playoffs champions (1996–1997)[edit]

Season Team Win
1996–97 Hamilton Bulldogs 1
1995–96 Portland Pirates 2

North Division playoffs champions (1990–1995)[edit]

Season Team Win
1994–95 Albany River Rats 1
1993–94 Portland Pirates † 1
1992–93 Springfield Indians 3
1991–92 Adirondack Red Wings 1
1990–91 Springfield Indians † 2
1989–90 Springfield Indians † 1

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