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The 1972–73 AHL season was the 37th season of the American Hockey League. Twelve teams played 76 games each in the schedule. The Cincinnati Swords finished first overall in the regular season, and won the Calder Cup championship.

Team ChangesEdit

  • The New Haven Nighthawks join the AHL as an expansion team, based in New Haven, Connecticut, playing in the East Division.
  • The Cleveland Barons move midseason to Jacksonville, Florida, becoming the Jacksonville Barons.
  • The Tidewater Wings are renamed the Virginia Wings.

Final StandingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points;

East GP W L T Pts GF GA
Nova Scotia Voyageurs 76431815101316191
Boston Braves 76342913 81248256
Rochester Americans 76333112 78239276
Providence Reds 76323014 78253255
Springfield Kings 76184216 52265344
New Haven Nighthawks 76164020 52246331
West GP W L T Pts GF GA
Cincinnati Swords 765417 5113351206
Hershey Bears 76422311 95326231
Virginia Wings 76382216 92258221
Richmond Robins 76303610 70272280
Cleveland / Jacksonville Barons 762344 9 55251329
Baltimore Clippers 76174811 45210315

Scoring LeadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Yvon Lambert Nova Scotia Voyageurs 76 52 52 104 84
Tony Featherstone Nova Scotia Voyageurs 74 49 54 103 78
Morris Stefaniw Nova Scotia Voyageurs 64 30 71 101 80
Bill Inglis Cincinnati Swords 75 40 57 97 29
Jeannot Gilbert Hershey Bears 74 29 42 71 24
Rene Drolet Richmond Robins 76 34 53 87 30
Orest Kindrachuk Richmond Robins 72 35 51 86 133
Rick Dudley Cincinnati Swords 64 40 44 84 159
Danny Schock Richmond Robins 74 48 36 84 37

Calder Cup PlayoffsEdit

Main article: 1973 Calder Cup Playoffs
  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  

Trophy and Award WinnersEdit

Team Awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Cincinnati Swords
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, East Division:
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, West Division:
Cincinnati Swords
Individual Awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Bill Inglis - Cincinnati Swords
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Yvon Lambert - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Ron Anderson - Boston Braves
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Ray McKay - Cincinnati Swords
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Michel Larocque & Michel Deguise - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Floyd Smith - Cincinnati Swords
Other Awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Richard F. Canning
James H. Ellery Memorial Award
Outstanding media coverage:
Jerry Linquist, Baltimore

See AlsoEdit

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