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The 1997 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 18, 1997.[1] The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-5 series for division semifinals and best-of-7 series for division finals and conference finals. The conference champions played a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on June 13, 1997, with the Hershey Bears defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs four games to one to win the eighth Calder Cup in team history.[2] Hershey's Mike McHugh won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.[3]

Hershey set an AHL playoff record by scoring 35 powerplay goals during the 1997 Calder Cup playoffs. Furthermore, Game 2 of the Mid-Atlantic Division final between Hershey and Philadelphia set an AHL playoff record for the most penalty minutes in one game by both teams with 350 (Hershey, 179; Philadelphia, 171).[4] In addition, Hershey's Jean-Francois Labbe set an AHL playoff record for goaltenders by playing in 23 games in one playoff.[5]

Playoff seedsEdit

After the 1996-97 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. However, due to the uneven number of teams in the each conference, it was possible for the fifth-placed team in the five team divisions to crossover to the playoffs for the four team divisions. This could only happen if the fifth-placed team in a five team division earned more points than the fourth-placed team in the four team division in the same conference. In this case, the fifth-placed team from the five team division would play in place of the fourth-placed team from the four team division in that part of the playoff bracket. The Philadelphia Phantoms were the Southern Conference regular season champions and also had the best overall regular season record. The Rochester Americans were the Northern Conference regular season champions.[6]

Northern ConferenceEdit

Canadian DivisionEdit

  1. St. John's Maple Leafs - 88 points
  2. Saint John Flames - 72 points
  3. Hamilton Bulldogs - 69 points

Empire State DivisionEdit

  1. Rochester Americans - Northern Conference regular season champions, 90 points
  2. Adirondack Red Wings - 90 points
  3. Albany River Rats - 90 points
  4. Syracuse Crunch - 74 points
  5. Binghamton Rangers - 69 points (Played in the Canadian Division bracket by virtue of earning more points than the fourth-placed team in that division)

Southern ConferenceEdit

New England DivisionEdit

  1. Worcester IceCats - 100 points
  2. Springfield Falcons - 96 points
  3. Portland Pirates - 91 points
  4. Providence Bruins - 75 points

Mid-Atlantic DivisionEdit

  1. Philadelphia Phantoms - Southern Conference regular season champions; Best overall regular season record, 111 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 101 points
  3. Kentucky Thoroughblades - 81 points
  4. Baltimore Bandits - 73 points

BracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
C1  St. John's 3  
E5  Binghamton 1  
  C1  St. John's 3  
  C3  Hamilton 4  
C2  Saint John 2
C3  Hamilton 3  
  C3  Hamilton 4  
Northern Conference
  E3  Albany 1  
E1  Rochester 3  
E4  Syracuse 0  
  E1  Rochester 3
  E3  Albany 4  
E2  Adirondack 1
E3  Albany 3  
  C3  Hamilton 1
  M2  Hershey 4
N1  Worcester 2  
N4  Providence 3  
  N4  Providence 1
  N2  Springfield 4  
N2  Springfield 3
N3  Portland 2  
  N2  Springfield 3
Southern Conference
  M2  Hershey 4  
M1  Philadelphia 3  
M4  Baltimore 0  
  M1  Philadelphia 3
  M2  Hershey 4  
M2  Hershey 3
M3  Kentucky 1  

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.[7]

Division SemifinalsEdit

Note 1: All times are in Eastern Time.
Note 2: Game times in italics signify games to be played only if necessary.
Note 3: Home team is listed first.

Northern ConferenceEdit

Canadian DivisionEdit

(C1) St. John's Maple Leafs vs. (E5) Binghamton RangersEdit
St. John's won series 3 – 1


(C2) Saint John Flames vs. (C3) Hamilton BulldogsEdit
Hamilton won series 3 - 2


Empire State DivisionEdit

(E1) Rochester Americans vs. (E4) Syracuse CrunchEdit
Rochester won series 3 – 0


(E2) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (E3) Albany River RatsEdit
Albany won series 3 - 1


Southern ConferenceEdit

New England DivisionEdit

(N1) Worcester IceCats vs. (N4) Providence BruinsEdit
Providence won series 3 - 2


(N2) Springfield Falcons vs. (N3) Portland PiratesEdit
Springfield won series 3 - 2


Mid-Atlantic DivisionEdit

(M1) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (M4) Baltimore BanditsEdit
Philadelphia won series 3 - 0


(M2) Hershey Bears vs. (M3) Kentucky ThoroughbladesEdit
Hershey won series 3 - 1


Division FinalsEdit

Northern ConferenceEdit

Canadian DivisionEdit

(C1) St. John's Maple Leafs vs. (C3) Hamilton BulldogsEdit
Hamilton won series 4 - 3


Empire State DivisionEdit

(E1) Rochester Americans vs. (E3) Albany River RatsEdit
Albany won series 4 - 3


Southern ConferenceEdit

New England DivisionEdit

(N2) Springfield Falcons vs. (N4) Providence BruinsEdit
Springfield won series 4 - 1


Mid-Atlantic DivisionEdit

(M1) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (M2) Hershey BearsEdit
Hershey won series 4 - 3


Conference finalsEdit

Northern ConferenceEdit

(E3) Albany River Rats vs. (C3) Hamilton BulldogsEdit

Hamilton won series 4 - 1


Southern ConferenceEdit

(M2) Hershey Bears vs. (N2) Springfield FalconsEdit

Hershey won series 4 - 3


Calder Cup FinalEdit

(M2) Hershey Bears vs. (C3) Hamilton BulldogsEdit

Hershey won series 4 - 1


Game AdsEdit


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1997 Calder Cup Playoffs caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 2, 2008.
  2. Calder Cup Finals open tonight, caldercup.com, June 2, 2006. Retrieved on May 2, 2008.
  3. Jack A. Butterfield Trophy ahlhalloffame.com. Retrieved on May 6, 2008.
  4. Calder Cup record book: Teams caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 6, 2008.
  5. Calder Cup record book: Players caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 6, 2008.
  6. 1996-97 AHL Standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 2, 2008.
  7. Frequently asked questions theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
Preceded by
1996 Calder Cup Playoffs
Calder Cup Playoffs
1997
Succeeded by
1998 Calder Cup Playoffs
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