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The 1973 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 3, 1973.[1] The eight teams that qualified played best-of-7 series for Division Semifinals and Finals. The division champions played a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 15, 1973 with the Cincinnati Swords defeating the Nova Scotia Voyageurs four games to one to win the only Calder Cup in team history.[2]

Playoff seedsEdit

After the 1972–73 AHL regular season, the top three teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Cincinnati Swords finished the regular season with the best overall record.[3]

Eastern DivisionEdit

  1. Nova Scotia Voyageurs - 101 points
  2. Boston Braves - 81 points
  3. Rochester Americans - 78 points
  4. Providence Reds - 78 points

Western DivisionEdit

  1. Cincinnati Swords - 113 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 95 points
  3. Virginia Wings - 92 points
  4. Richmond Robins - 70 points


  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
  1  Nova Scotia 4  
4  Providence 0  
  1  Nova Scotia 4  
Eastern Division
  2  Boston 0  
2  Boston 4
  3  Rochester 2  
    E1  Nova Scotia 1
  W1  Cincinnati 4
  1  Cincinnati 4  
4  Richmond 0  
1  Cincinnati 4
Western Division
  3  Virginia 2  
2  Hershey 3
  3  Virginia 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. There is no set series format due to arena scheduling conflicts and travel considerations.[4]

Division Semifinals Edit

Note: Home team is listed first.

Eastern DivisionEdit

(1) Nova Scotia Voyageurs vs. (4) Providence Reds Edit

Nova Scotia won series 4 – 0

(2) Boston Braves vs. (3) Rochester Americans Edit

Boston won series 4 - 2

Western DivisionEdit

(1) Cincinnati Swords vs. (4) Richmond Robins Edit

Cincinnati won series 4 - 0

(2) Hershey Bears vs. (3) Virginia Wings Edit

Virginia won series 4 - 3

Division FinalsEdit

Eastern DivisionEdit

(1) Nova Scotia Voyageurs vs. (2) Boston BravesEdit

Nova Scotia won series 4 - 0

Western DivisionEdit

(1) Cincinnati Swords vs. (3) Virginia WingsEdit

Cincinnati won series 4 - 2

Calder Cup FinalEdit

(W1) Cincinnati Swords vs. (E1) Nova Scotia VoyageursEdit

Cincinnati won series 4 - 1

See alsoEdit


  1. 1973 AHL playoff results The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 13, 2008.
  2. Calder Cup champions Retrieved on May 13, 2008.
  3. 1972-73 AHL standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 13, 2008.
  4. Frequently asked questions Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
Preceded by
1972 Calder Cup Playoffs
Calder Cup Playoffs
Succeeded by
1974 Calder Cup Playoffs
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