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The 1998 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 14, 1998.[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 10, 1998 with the Philadelphia Phantoms defeating the Saint John Flames four games to two to win the first Calder Cup in team history.[2] Philadelphia's Mike Maneluk won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the AHL playoff MVP.[3]

The Philadelphia Phantoms set an AHL playoff record by winning 9 road games in one playoff year.[4]

Playoff seedsEdit

After the 1997-98 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 Western Conference regular season champions as well as the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners with the best overall regular season record. The Springfield Falcons were the Eastern Conference regular season champions.[5]

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Atlantic DivisionEdit

  1. Saint John Flames - 99 points
  2. Fredericton Canadiens - 81 points
  3. Portland Pirates - 80 points
  4. St. John's Maple Leafs - 73 points

New England DivisionEdit

  1. Springfield Falcons - Eastern Conference regular season champions, 99 points
  2. Hartford Wolf Pack - 99 points
  3. Beast of New Haven - 85 points
  4. Worcester IceCats - 83 points

Western ConferenceEdit

Empire DivisionEdit

  1. Albany River Rats - 103 points
  2. Hamilton Bulldogs - 94 points
  3. Syracuse Crunch - 83 points
  4. Adirondack Red Wings - 74 points
  5. Rochester Americans - 72 points (Played in the Mid-Atlantic Division bracket by virtue of earning more points than the fourth-placed team in that division)

Mid-Atlantic DivisionEdit

  1. Philadelphia Phantoms - Western Conference regular season champions; Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners, 106 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 85 points
  3. Kentucky Thoroughblades - 70 points

BracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
A1  Saint John 3  
A4  St. John's 1  
  A1  Saint John 4  
  A3  Portland 2  
A2  Fredericton 1
A3  Portland 3  
  A1  Saint John 4  
Eastern Conference
  N2  Hartford 1  
N1  Springfield 1  
N4  Worcester 3  
  N4  Worcester 3
  N2  Hartford 4  
N2  Hartford 3
N3  New Haven 0  
  A1  Saint John 2
  M1  Philadelphia 4
E1  Albany 3  
E4  Adirondack 0  
  E1  Albany 4
  E3  Hamilton 0  
E2  Hamilton 3
E3  Syracuse 2  
  E1  Albany 2
Western Conference
  M1  Philadelphia 4  
M1  Philadelphia 3  
E5  Rochester 1  
  M1  Philadelphia 4
  M2  Hershey 0  
M2  Hershey 3
M3  Kentucky 0  

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 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.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Atlantic DivisionEdit

(A1) Saint John Flames vs. (A4) St. John's Maple LeafsEdit
Saint John won series 3 – 1


(A2) Fredericton Canadiens vs. (A3) Portland PiratesEdit
Portland won series 3 - 1


New England DivisionEdit

(N1) Springfield Falcons vs. (N4) Worcester IceCatsEdit
Springfield won series 3 – 1


(N2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (N3) Beast of New HavenEdit
Hartford won series 3 - 0


Western ConferenceEdit

Empire DivisionEdit

(E1) Albany River Rats vs. (E4) Adirondack Red WingsEdit
Albany won series 3 - 0


(E2) Hamilton Bulldogs vs. (E3) Syracuse CrunchEdit
Hamilton won series 3 - 2


Mid-Atlantic DivisionEdit

(M1) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (E5) Rochester AmericansEdit
Philadelphia won series 3 - 1


(M2) Hershey Bears vs. (M3) Kentucky ThoroughbladesEdit
Hershey won series 3 - 0


Division FinalsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Atlantic DivisionEdit

(A1) Saint John Flames vs. (A3) Portland PiratesEdit
Saint John won series 4 - 2


New England DivisionEdit

(N2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (N4) Worcester IceCatsEdit
Hartford won series 4 - 3


Western ConferenceEdit

Empire DivisionEdit

(E1) Albany River Rats vs. (E2) Hamilton BulldogsEdit
Albany won series 4 - 0


Mid-Atlantic DivisionEdit

(M1) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (M2) Hershey BearsEdit
Philadelphia won series 4 - 0


Conference finalsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

(N2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (A1) Saint John FlamesEdit

Saint John won series 4 - 1


Western ConferenceEdit

(M1) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (E1) Albany River RatsEdit

Philadelphia won series 4 - 2


Calder Cup FinalEdit

(M1) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (A1) Saint John FlamesEdit

Philadelphia won series 4 - 2


Game AdsEdit


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1998 Calder Cup Playoffs caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 2, 2008.
  2. Philadelphia Phantoms history timeline phantomshockey.com. 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. 1997-98 AHL Standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 2, 2008.
  6. Frequently asked questions theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
Preceded by
1997 Calder Cup Playoffs
Calder Cup Playoffs
1998
Succeeded by
1999 Calder Cup Playoffs
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