The 1991 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 2, 1991. Ten teams, five from each division, qualified for the playoffs. The top 3 teams in each division received a bye for the preliminary round while the fourth- and fifth-placed teams in each division played a two-game, total goal series with the winners advancing to the Division Semifinals. The eight remaining teams then 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, 1991 with the Springfield Indians defeating the Rochester Americans four games to two to win the Calder Cup for the second consecutive year, and the seventh and final time in team history. This was a rematch of the 1990 Calder Cup Final where Springfield defeated Rochester four games to two. Similarly, a Springfield goaltender—this time Kay Whitmore -- won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.

Playoff SeedsEdit

After the 1990-91 AHL regular season, the top five teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Rochester Americans finished the regular season with the best overall record.

Northern DivisionEdit

  1. Springfield Indians - 96 points
  2. Cape Breton Oilers - 90 points
  3. Moncton Hawks - 84 points
  4. Fredericton Canadiens - 81 points
  5. Maine Mariners - 80 points

Southern DivisionEdit

  1. Rochester Americans - 99 points
  2. Binghamton Rangers - 94 points
  3. Baltimore Skipjacks - 85 points
  4. Hershey Bears - 78 points
  5. Adirondack Red Wings - 76 points


  Preliminary Round Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
    1  Springfield 4  
4  Fredericton 11     4  Fredericton 3    
  1  Springfield 4  
5  Maine 7     Northern Division
  3  Moncton 1    
2  Cape Breton 0
  3  Moncton 4  
    N1  Springfield 4
  S1  Rochester 2
  2  Binghamton 4    
3  Baltimore 2    
  2  Binghamton 0
4  Hershey 13   Southern Division
  1  Rochester 4  
5  Adirondack 4     1  Rochester 4
    4  Hershey 1  

In the preliminary round, the fourth-placed team is the home team for both games of the total-goal series. In each subsequent 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.

Preliminary RoundEdit

Note: Home team is listed first.

Northern DivisionEdit

(4) Fredericton Canadiens vs. (5) Maine MarinersEdit

Fredericton won 11 - 7 on aggregate.

Southern DivisionEdit

(4) Hershey Bears vs. (5) Adirondack Red WingsEdit

Hershey won 13 - 4 on aggregate.

Division SemifinalsEdit

Northern DivisionEdit

(1) Springfield Falcons vs. (4) Fredericton CanadiensEdit

Springfield won series 4 – 3

(2) Cape Breton Oilers vs. (3) Moncton HawksEdit

Moncton won series 4 - 0

Southern DivisionEdit

(1) Rochester Americans vs. (4) Hershey BearsEdit

Rochester won series 4 - 1

(2) Binghamton Rangers vs. (3) Baltimore SkipjacksEdit

Binghamton won series 4 - 2

Division FinalsEdit

Northern DivisionEdit

(1) Springfield Indians vs. (3) Moncton HawksEdit

Springfield won series 4 - 1

Southern DivisionEdit

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

Rochester won series 4 - 0

Calder Cup FinalEdit

(S1) Rochester Americans vs. (N1) Springfield IndiansEdit

Springfield won series 4 - 2

See AlsoEdit

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