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The 1979–80 AHL season was the 44th season of the American Hockey League. Ten teams were scheduled to play 80 games each. The New Haven Nighthawks finished first overall in the regular season. The Hershey Bears won their sixth Calder Cup championship.

Team ChangesEdit

  • The Adirondack Red Wings join the AHL as an expansion team, based in Glens Falls, New York, playing in the North Division.
  • The Philadelphia Firebirds move to Syracuse, New York becoming the Syracuse Firebirds.

Final StandingsEdit

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

North GP W L T Pts GF GA
New Brunswick Hawks 794427 8 96325271
Nova Scotia Voyageurs 794329 7 93331271
Maine Mariners 80412811 93307266
Adirondack Red Wings 80323711 75297309
Springfield Indians 80313712 74292302
South GP W L T Pts GF GA
New Haven Nighthawks 804625 9101350305
Hershey Bears 803539 6 76289273
Syracuse Firebirds 803142 7 69303364
Rochester Americans 80284210 66260327
Binghamton Dusters 802449 7 55268334

Scoring LeadersEdit

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Norm Dube Nova Scotia Voyageurs 79 40 61101 49
Keith Acton Nova Scotia Voyageurs 75 45 53 98 38
Gordie Clark Maine Mariners 79 47 43 90 64
Bruce Boudreau New Brunswick 75 36 54 90 47
Bill Lochead New Haven Nighthawks 68 46 43 89 90
Rick Shinske Adirondack Red Wings 78 22 58 80 20
Paul Evans Maine Mariners 80 21 56 77 66
Rick Meagher Nova Scotia Voyageurs 64 32 44 76 53
Dan Metivier Nova Scotia Voyageurs 76 35 40 75 29
Gord Brooks Syracuse Firebirds 77 34 41 75 38

Calder Cup PlayoffsEdit

Main article: 1980 Calder Cup Playoffs
  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
                           
  1  New Brunswick 4  
4  Adirondack 1  
  1  New Brunswick 4  
North Division
  3  Maine 2  
2  Nova Scotia 2
  3  Maine 4  
    N1  New Brunswick 2
  S2  Hershey 4
  1  New Haven 4  
4  Rochester 0  
  1  New Haven 2
South Division
  2  Hershey 4  
2  Hershey 4
  3  Syracuse 0  

Trophy and Award WinnersEdit

Team Awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
New Brunswick Hawks
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
New Haven Nighthawks
Individual Awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Norm Dube - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Norm Dube - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Darryl Sutter - New Brunswick Hawks
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Rick Vasko - Adirondack Red Wings
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Rick St. Croix & Robbie Moore - Maine Mariners
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Doug Gibson - Hershey Bears
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Norm Dube - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Other Awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Ned Harkness
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Paul Marslano, New Haven, (newspaper)
Bill Brady, Springfield, (radio)
Dale Darling, Maine, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Bruce Landon, Springfield Indians

See AlsoEdit

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