The 1989 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 4, 1989. 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 16, 1989 with the Adirondack Red Wings defeating the New Haven Nighthawks four games to one to win the Calder Cup for the third time in team history. Adirondack's Sam St. Laurent won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.

Playoff SeedsEdit

After the 1988–89 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 - 103 points
  2. Halifax Citadels - 92 points
  3. Moncton Hawks - 83 points
  4. New Haven Nighthawks - 80 points

Southern DivisionEdit

  1. Adirondack Red Wings - 100 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 90 points
  3. Utica Devils - 83 points
  4. Newmarket Saints - 82 points


  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
  1  Sherbrooke 2  
4  New Haven 4  
  4  New Haven 4  
Northern Division
  3  Moncton 2  
2  Halifax 0
  3  Moncton 4  
    N4  New Haven 1
  S1  Adirondack 4
  1  Adirondack 4  
4  Newmarket 1  
  1  Adirondack 4
Southern Division
  2  Hershey 3  
2  Hershey 4
  3  Utica 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 Semifinals Edit

Note: Home team is listed first.

Northern DivisionEdit

(1) Sherbrooke Canadiens vs. (4) New Haven Nighthawks Edit

New Haven won series 4 – 2

(2) Halifax Citadels vs. (3) Moncton Hawks Edit

Moncton won series 4 - 0

Southern DivisionEdit

(1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (4) Newmarket Saints Edit

Adirondack won series 4 - 1

(2) Hershey Bears vs. (3) Utica Devils Edit

Hershey won series 4 - 1

Division FinalsEdit

Northern DivisionEdit

(3) Moncton Hawks vs. (4) New Haven NighthawksEdit

New Haven won series 4 - 2

Southern DivisionEdit

(1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (2) Hershey BearsEdit

Adirondack won series 4 - 3

Calder Cup FinalEdit

(S1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (N4) New Haven NighthawksEdit

Adirondack won series 4 - 1

See AlsoEdit

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