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The 1994 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 13, 1994. The twelve teams that qualified, four from each division, played best-of-7 series for division semifinals and division finals. The highest remaining seed received a bye for the third round while the other two remaining teams played a best-of-3 series series, with the winner advancing to play the bye-team in a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 29, 1994 with the Portland Pirates defeating the Moncton Hawks four games to two to win the first Calder Cup in team history. Portland's Olaf Kolzig won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.

Portland's Mike Boback tied an AHL playoff record for points in a single playoff game by scoring 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in game 5 of the Northern division semifinal against the Albany River Rats.

Playoff SeedsEdit

After the 1993-94 AHL regular season, 12 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The St. John's Maple Leafs finished the regular season with the best overall record.

Atlantic DivisionEdit

  1. St. John's Maple Leafs - 102 points
  2. Saint John Flames - 84 points
  3. Moncton Hawks - 81 points
  4. Cape Breton Oilers - 77 points

Northern DivisionEdit

  1. Adirondack Red Wings - 98 points
  2. Portland Pirates - 96 points
  3. Albany River Rats - 84 points
  4. Springfield Indians - 71 points

Southern DivisionEdit

  1. Hershey Bears - 87 points
  2. Hamilton Canucks - 79 points
  3. Cornwall Aces - 77 points
  4. Rochester Americans - 77 points

BracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Semifinal Calder Cup Final
                                     
A1  St. John's 4  
A4  Cape Breton 1  
  A1  St. John's 2  
Atlantic Division
  A3  Moncton 4  
A2  Saint John 3
A3  Moncton 4  
   BYE  
  N2  Portland  
N1  Adirondack 4  
N4  Springfield 2  
  N1  Adirondack 2     N2  Portland 4
Northern Division
  N2  Portland 4       A3  Moncton 2  
N2  Portland 4
N3  Albany 1  
  A3  Moncton 2  
  S3  Cornwall 0  
S1  Hershey 4  
S4  Rochester 0  
  S1  Hershey 3  
Southern Division
  S3  Cornwall 4  
S2  Hamilton 0
S3  Cornwall 4  

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. For the Semifinal round, the team that earned the most points during the regular season out of the three remaining teams receives a bye directly to the Calder Cup Final. There is no set series format due to arena scheduling conflicts and travel considerations.

Division Semifinals Edit

Note 1: Home team is listed first.
Note 2: The number of overtime periods played (where applicable) is not specified

Atlantic DivisionEdit

(A1) St. John's Maple Leafs vs. (A4) Cape Breton Oilers Edit

St. John's won series 4 – 1


(A2) Saint John Flames vs. (A3) Moncton Hawks Edit

Moncton won series 4 - 3


Northern DivisionEdit

(N1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (N4) Springfield Indians Edit

Adirondack won series 4 – 2


The deciding game was the last for the sixty year old Springfield Indians franchise, which moved to Worcester, Massachusetts, in the offseason to become the Worcester IceCats.

(N2) Portland Pirates vs. (N3) Albany River Rats Edit

Portland won series 4 - 1


Southern DivisionEdit

(S1) Hershey Bears vs. (S4) Rochester Americans Edit

Hershey won series 4 - 0


(S2) Hamilton Canucks vs. (S3) Cornwall Aces Edit

Cornwall won series 4 - 0


Division FinalsEdit

Atlantic DivisionEdit

(A1) St. John's Maple Leafs vs. (A3) Moncton HawksEdit

Moncton won series 4 - 2


Northern DivisionEdit

(N1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (N2) Portland PiratesEdit

Portland won series 4 - 2


Southern DivisionEdit

(S1) Hershey Bears vs. (S3) Cornwall AcesEdit

Cornwall won series 4 - 3


SemifinalEdit

ByeEdit

  • (N2) Portland Pirates receive a bye to the Calder Cup Final by virtue of having earned the highest point total in the regular season out of the three remaining teams.

(A3) Moncton Hawks vs. (S3) Cornwall AcesEdit

Moncton won series 2 - 0


Calder Cup FinalEdit

(N2) Portland Pirates vs. (A3) Moncton HawksEdit

Portland won series 4 - 2


See AlsoEdit

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