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The 1986 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 9, 1986. The eight teams that qualified, four from each division, 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 21, 1986 with the Adirondack Red Wings defeating the Hershey Bears four games to two to win the Calder Cup for the second time in team history. Hershey's Tim Tookey won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP, becoming the first player from the losing finalist to win the award.
- Adirondack Red Wings - 90 points
- Maine Mariners - 89 points
- Moncton Golden Flames - 80 points
- Fredericton Express - 78 points
- Hershey Bears - 99 points
- Binghamton Whalers - 87 points
- St. Catharines Saints - 81 points
- New Haven Nighthawks - 79 points
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||Calder Cup Final|
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.
Division Semifinals Edit
- Note: Home team is listed first.
(1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (4) Fredericton Express Edit
|April 10||Adirondack Red Wings||5 - 4||Fredericton Express|
|April 12||Adirondack Red Wings||1 - 4||Fredericton Express|
|April 14||Fredericton Express||4 - 5||Adirondack Red Wings|
|April 16||Fredericton Express||9 - 6||Adirondack Red Wings|
|April 18||Adirondack Red Wings||9 - 3||Fredericton Express|
|April 20||Fredericton Express||4 - 5||2OT||Adirondack Red Wings|
|Adirondack won series 4 – 2|
(2) Maine Mariners vs. (3) Moncton Golden Flames Edit
|April 10||Maine Mariners||3 - 2||Moncton Golden Flames|
|April 13||Maine Mariners||2 - 3||Moncton Golden Flames|
|April 14||Moncton Golden Flames||2 - 1||Maine Mariners|
|April 18||Moncton Golden Flames||4 - 3||3OT||Maine Mariners|
|April 19||Maine Mariners||2 - 3||Moncton Golden Flames|
|Moncton won series 4 - 1|
(1) Hershey Bears vs. (4) New Haven Nighthawks Edit
|April 9||Hershey Bears||3 - 4||2OT||New Haven Nighthawks|
|April 12||Hershey Bears||6 - 0||New Haven Nighthawks|
|April 13||New Haven Nighthawks||3 - 4||Hershey Bears|
|April 15||New Haven Nighthawks||4 - 5||Hershey Bears|
|April 16||Hershey Bears||5 - 4||New Haven Nighthawks|
|Hershey won series 4 - 1|
(2) Binghamton Whalers vs. (3) St. Catharines Saints Edit
|April 9||Binghamton Whalers||5 - 1||St. Catharines Saints|
|April 11||Binghamton Whalers||1 - 4||St. Catharines Saints|
|April 13||St. Catharines Saints||3 - 5||Binghamton Whalers|
|April 15||St. Catharines Saints||4 - 3||Binghamton Whalers|
|April 16||Binghamton Whalers||3 - 4||St. Catharines Saints|
|April 18||St. Catharines Saints||7 - 3||Binghamton Whalers|
|St. Catharines won series 4 - 2|
(1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (3) Moncton Golden FlamesEdit
|April 24||Adirondack Red Wings||6 - 2||Moncton Golden Flames|
|April 26||Adirondack Red Wings||2 - 1||Moncton Golden Flames|
|April 30||Moncton Golden Flames||4 - 6||Adirondack Red Wings|
|May 2||Moncton Golden Flames||6 - 5||2OT||Adirondack Red Wings|
|May 4||Adirondack Red Wings||3 - 2||2OT||Moncton Golden Flames|
|Adirondack won series 4 - 1|
(1) Hershey Bears vs. (3) St. Catharines SaintsEdit
|April 23||Hershey Bears||4 - 6||St. Catharines Saints|
|April 26||Hershey Bears||4 - 2||St. Catharines Saints|
|April 28||St. Catharines Saints||1 - 3||Hershey Bears|
|April 30||St. Catharines Saints||2 - 4||Hershey Bears|
|May 3||Hershey Bears||1 - 2||St. Catharines Saints|
|May 5||St. Catharines Saints||7 - 2||Hershey Bears|
|May 7||Hershey Bears||4 - 2||St. Catharines Saints|
|Hershey won series 4 - 3|
Calder Cup FinalEdit
(S1) Hershey Bears vs.(N1) Adirondack Red WingsEdit
|May 10||Hershey Bears||5 - 4||2OT||Adirondack Red Wings|
|May 13||Hershey Bears||4 - 5||Adirondack Red Wings|
|May 15||Adirondack Red Wings||5 - 2||Hershey Bears|
|May 17||Adirondack Red Wings||4 - 3||3OT||Hershey Bears|
|May 18||Hershey Bears||2 - 1||Adirondack Red Wings|
|May 21||Adirondack Red Wings||7 - 3||Hershey Bears|
|Adirondack won series 4 - 2|
- ↑ 1986 AHL playoff results The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 7, 2008.
- ↑ Calder Cup champions caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 7, 2008.
- ↑ Jack A. Butterfield Trophy caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 7, 2008.
- ↑ 1985-86 AHL standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 7, 2008.
- ↑ Frequently asked questions theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
1985 Calder Cup Playoffs
|Calder Cup Playoffs|
| Succeeded by|
1987 Calder Cup Playoffs
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