The 1987 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 8, 1987. 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 23, 1987 with the Rochester Americans defeating the Sherbrooke Canadiens four games to three to win the Calder Cup for the fifth time in team history. Rochester's Dave Fenyves won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.

Sherbrooke set an AHL record for goals scored in one playoff with 85. The Cape Breton Oilers tied this record in 1993.

Playoff SeedsEdit

After the 1986–87 AHL regular season, the top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Sherbrooke Canadiens finished the regular season with the best overall record.

Northern DivisionEdit

  1. Sherbrooke Canadiens - 102 points
  2. Adirondack Red Wings - 93 points
  3. Moncton Golden Flames - 92 points
  4. Nova Scotia Oilers - 79 points

Southern DivisionEdit

  1. Rochester Americans - 101 points
  2. Binghamton Whalers - 101 points
  3. New Haven Nighthawks - 99 points
  4. Hershey Bears - 87 points


  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
  1  Sherbrooke 4  
4  Nova Scotia 1  
  1  Sherbrooke 4  
Northern Division
  2  Adirondack 1  
2  Adirondack 4
  3  Moncton 2  
    N1  Sherbrooke 3
  S1  Rochester 4
  1  Rochester 4  
4  Hershey 1  
  1  Rochester 4
Southern Division
  2  Binghamton 2  
2  Binghamton 4
  3  New Haven 3  

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 Semifinals Edit

Note: Home team is listed first.

Northern DivisionEdit

(1) Sherbrooke Canadiens vs. (4) Nova Scotia Oilers Edit

Sherbrooke won series 4 – 1

(2) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (3) Moncton Golden Flames Edit

Adirondack won series 4 - 2

Southern DivisionEdit

(1) Rochester Americans vs. (4) Hershey Bears Edit

Rochester won series 4 - 1

(2) Binghamton Whalers vs. (3) New Haven Nighthawks Edit

Binghamton won series 4 - 3

Division FinalsEdit

Northern DivisionEdit

(1) Sherbrooke Canadiens vs. (2) Adirondack Red WingsEdit

Sherbrooke won series 4 - 1

Southern DivisionEdit

(1) Rochester Americans vs. (2) Binghamton WhalersEdit

Rochester won series 4 - 2

Calder Cup FinalEdit

(N1) Sherbrooke Canadiens vs. (S1) Rochester AmericansEdit

Rochester won series 4 - 3

See AlsoEdit

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