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The 1985 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 10, 1985. The eight teams that qualified, four from each division, played best-of-7 series for Division Semifinals and Division Finals. The division champions played a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 24, 1985 with the Sherbrooke Canadiens defeating the Baltimore Skipjacks four games to two to win the Calder Cup for the only time in team history. Sherbrooke's Brian Skrudland won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.

The Maine Mariners set an AHL playoff record during the Northern division final against Sherbrooke by scoring three goals 23 seconds apart. Maine scored at 19:29, 19:42, and 19:52 of the second period in the game, thereby setting a new AHL playoff record for the three fastest goals scored.

Playoff SeedsEdit

After the 1984–85 AHL regular season, the top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Binghamton Whalers finished the regular season with the best overall record.

Northern DivisionEdit

  1. Maine Mariners - 86 points
  2. Fredericton Express - 80 points
  3. Sherbrooke Canadiens - 79 points
  4. Nova Scotia Oilers - 79 points

Southern DivisionEdit

  1. Binghamton Whalers - 112 points
  2. Baltimore Skipjacks - 98 points
  3. Rochester Americans - 93 points
  4. Springfield Indians - 76 points

BracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
                           
  1  Maine 4  
4  Nova Scotia 2  
  1  Maine 1  
North Division
  3  Sherbrooke 4  
2  Fredericton 2
  3  Sherbrooke 4  
    N3  Sherbrooke 4
  S2  Baltimore 2
  1  Binghamton 4  
4  Springfield 0  
  1  Binghamton 0
South Division
  2  Baltimore 4  
2  Baltimore 4
  3  Rochester 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.

Division SemifinalsEdit

Note: Home team is listed first.

Northern DivisionEdit

(1) Maine Mariners vs. (4) Nova Scotia Oilers Edit

Maine won series 4 – 2


(2) Fredericton Express vs. (3) Sherbrooke CanadiensEdit

Sherbrooke won series 4 - 2


Southern DivisionEdit

(1) Binghamton Whalers vs. (4) Springfield Indians Edit

Binghamton won series 4 - 0


(2) Baltimore Skipjacks vs. (3) Rochester AmericansEdit

Baltimore won series 4 - 1


Division FinalsEdit

Northern DivisionEdit

(1) Maine Mariners vs. (3) Sherbrooke CanadiensEdit

Sherbrooke won series 4 - 1


Southern DivisionEdit

(1) Binghamton Whalers vs. (2) Baltimore SkipjacksEdit

Baltimore won series 4 - 0


Calder Cup FinalEdit

(S2) Baltimore Skipjacks vs.(N3) Sherbrooke CanadiensEdit

Sherbrooke won series 4 - 2


See AlsoEdit

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