The 1981 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 7, 1981.[1] The eight teams that qualified played best-of-7 series for Division Semifinals and Division Finals. The division champions played a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 20, 1981 with the Adirondack Red Wings defeating the Maine Mariners four games to two to win the Calder Cup for the first time in team history.[2]

Maine set an AHL record for the most goals allowed in one playoff with 81.[3] What makes this more notable is that the AHL playoffs now consist of four rounds of best-of-7 series, whereas Maine set this record in only 20 games—where the playoffs consisted of only three rounds of best-of-7 series.[1][4]

Playoff seedsEdit

After the 1980–81 AHL regular season, the top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Hershey Bears finished the regular season with the best overall record.[5]

Northern DivisionEdit

  1. Maine Mariners - 97 points
  2. New Brunswick Hawks - 84 points
  3. Nova Scotia Voyageurs - 81 points
  4. Springfield Indians - 73 points

Southern DivisionEdit

  1. Hershey Bears - 103 points
  2. Adirondack Red Wings - 75 points
  3. Binghamton Whalers - 70 points
  4. New Haven Nighthawks - 69 points


  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
  1  Maine 4  
4  Springfield 3  
  1  Maine 4  
Northern Division
  2  New Brunswick 3  
2  New Brunswick 4
  3  Nova Scotia 2  
    N1  Maine 2
  S2  Adirondack 4
  1  Hershey 4  
4  New Haven 0  
1  Hershey 2
Southern Division
  2  Adirondack 4  
2  Adirondack 4
  3  Binghamton 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. 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 indicated

Northern DivisionEdit

(1) Maine Mariners vs. (4) Springfield Indians Edit

Maine won series 4 - 3

(2) New Brunswick Hawks vs. (3) Nova Scotia Voyageurs Edit

New Brunswick won series 4 - 2

Southern DivisionEdit

(1) Hershey Bears vs. (4) New Haven Nighthawks Edit

Hershey won series 4 - 0

(2) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (3) Binghamton Whalers Edit

Adirondack won series 4 - 2

Division FinalsEdit

Northern DivisionEdit

(1) Maine Mariners vs. (2) New Brunswick HawksEdit

Maine won series 4 - 3

Southern DivisionEdit

(1) Hershey Bears vs. (2) Adirondack Red WingsEdit

Adirondack won series 4 - 2

Calder Cup FinalEdit

(N1) Maine Mariners vs. (S2) Adirondack Red WingsEdit

Adirondack won series 4 - 2

Game AdsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1981 AHL playoff results The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 10, 2008.
  2. Calder Cup champions Retrieved on May 10, 2008.
  3. Calder Cup record book: Teams Retrieved on May 10, 2008.
  4. 2007 Calder Cup playoffs Retrieved on May 10, 2008.
  5. 1980-81 AHL standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 10, 2008.
  6. Frequently asked questions Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
Preceded by
1980 Calder Cup Playoffs
Calder Cup Playoffs
Succeeded by
1982 Calder Cup Playoffs
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