The 1981–82 AHL season was the 46th season of the American Hockey League. Eleven teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The New Brunswick Hawks finished first overall in the regular season, and won their first Calder Cup championship.

Team ChangesEdit

  • The Fredericton Express join the AHL as an expansion team, based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, playing in the North Division.
  • The Erie Blades, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, transfer to the AHL as an expansion team, from the defunct Eastern Hockey League, and play in the South Division.

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 80482111107338227
Maine Mariners 804726 7101325272
Nova Scotia Voyageurs 80353510 80330313
Springfield Indians 803243 5 69278319
Fredericton Express 802055 5 45275408
South GP W L T Pts GF GA
Binghamton Whalers 804628 6 98329266
Rochester Americans 804031 9 89325286
New Haven Nighthawks 803933 8 86292276
Hershey Bears 803638 6 78316347
Adirondack Red Wings 803437 9 77299285
Erie Blades 802252 6 50317425

Scoring LeadersEdit

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Mike Kaszycki New Brunswick Hawks 80 36 82 118 67
Gordie Clark Maine Mariners 80 50 51 101 34
Wayne Schaab Maine Mariners 80 27 69 96 22
Guy Carbonneau Nova Scotia Voyageurs 77 27 67 94 124
Wes Jarvis Hershey Bears 56 31 61 92 44
Bob Sullivan Binghamton Whalers 74 47 43 90 44
Paul Evans Maine Mariners 79 33 57 90 42
Richard David Fredericton Express 74 51 32 83 18
Mike Krushelnyski Erie Blades 62 31 52 83 44
Steve Larmer New Brunswick Hawks 74 38 44 82 46

Calder Cup PlayoffsEdit

Main article: 1982 Calder Cup Playoffs
  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
  N1  New Brunswick 3  
S5  Adirondack 2  
  N1  New Brunswick 4  
North Division
  N3  Nova Scotia 1  
N2  Maine 1
  N3  Nova Scotia 3  
    N1  New Brunswick 4
  S1  Binghamton 1
  S1  Binghamton 3  
S4  Hershey 2  
  S1  Binghamton 4
South Division
  S2  Rochester 1  
S2  Rochester 3
  S3  New Haven 1  

Trophy and Award WinnersEdit

Team awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
New Brunswick Hawks
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
New Brunswick Hawks
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
Binghamton Whalers
Individual Awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Mike Kaszycki - New Brunswick Hawks
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Mike Kaszycki - New Brunswick Hawks
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Bob Sullivan - Binghamton Whalers
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Dave Farrish - New Brunswick Hawks
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Bob Janecyk & Warren Skorodenski - New Brunswick Hawks
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Larry Kish - Binghamton Whalers
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Mike Kaszycki - New Brunswick Hawks
Other Awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Roy Mlakar
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Barry Meisel, Binghamton, (newspaper)
Dave Morrell, Fredericton, (radio)
John Logan, Moncton, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Rick Peckham, Rochester Americans

See AlsoEdit

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