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.
- The Quebec Aces move to Richmond, Virginia becoming the Richmond Robins, playing in the West Division.
- The Montreal Voyageurs move to Halifax, Nova Scotia becoming the Nova Scotia Voyageurs.
- The Rochester Americans switch divisions from West to East.
- The Boston Braves join the AHL as an expansion team, based in Boston, Massachusetts, playing in the East Division.
- The Cincinnati Swords join the AHL as an expansion team, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, playing in the West Division.
- The Tidewater Wings join the AHL as an expansion team, based in Norfolk, Virginia, playing in the West Division.
Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; PTS = Points;
|Boston Braves †||76||41||21||14||96||260||191|
|Nova Scotia Voyageurs||76||41||21||14||96||274||202|
† First place tiebreaker determined by head-to-head competition during regular season.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
|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 playoffsEdit
Trophy and award winnersEdit
- Team awards
| Calder Cup|
|Nova Scotia Voyageurs|
| F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy|
Regular Season champions, East Division:
| John D. Chick Trophy|
Regular Season champions, West Division:
- 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|
1970–71 AHL season
|AHL seasons|| Succeeded by|
1972–73 AHL season
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