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The 2009–10 AHL season was the 74th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-nine teams played 80 regular-season games each from October 2 to April 11. This season featured the addition of one new team, the relocation of two others, and the involuntary suspension of another.

League BusinessEdit

European pre-season openersEdit

On June 11, 2009, both the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Toronto Marlies were invited to participate in a four-team preseason tournament in Edinburgh, Scotland, to celebrate Scotland’s contribution to the game of ice hockey.

The Edinburgh Capitals, Scotland’s only Elite Ice Hockey team, hosted the tournament from September 24-27. The Bulldogs and Marlies played the Capitals and the Belfast Giants in order to win the Gardiner Cup. Hamilton defeated Toronto in the final.

Playoff FormatEdit

The top four teams from each division played for the Calder Cup. The league's rules included one exception: if the fifth-place team in the Atlantic Division finishes better than the fourth-place team in the East Division, they assume the fourth playoff spot in the East Division. The Atlantic Division's Bridgeport Sound Tigers qualified for the playoffs under this proviso.

Team and NHL Affiliation ChangesEdit

Team hangesEdit

On April 28, 2009, it was announced that two teams would be relocated for the 2009–10 season and one expansion team would join:

  • Quad City Flames would move to Abbotsford, BC due to poor ticket sales. They became the Abbotsford Heat.
  • Philadelphia Phantoms would relocate to Glens Falls, NY due to the Wachovia Spectrum being demolished fall of 2009. They became the Adirondack Phantoms.
  • Texas Stars joined the league with a limited membership and will be operated by the Dallas Stars. The limited membership is conditioned on the completed purchase of an existing AHL franchise within one year.
  • Iowa Chops were involuntarily suspended on July 7, 2009, by the AHL Board of Governors for the 2009-10 season for being "unable to remedy certain violations of the provisions of the league’s Constitution and By-Laws" .

Affiliation ChangesEdit

AHL team New Affiliate Old Affiliate
Texas Stars DAL None

Standings Edit

  •   y–  indicates team has clinched division and a playoff spot
  •   x–  indicates team has clinched a playoff spot
  •   e–  indicates team has been eliminated from playoff contention

Eastern Conference Edit

Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y– Worcester Sharks 80 49 25 3 3 104 275 239
x– Portland Pirates 80 45 24 7 4 101 244 214
x– Manchester Monarchs 80 43 28 3 6 95 213 200
x– Lowell Devils 80 39 31 4 6 88 239 232
x– Bridgeport Sound Tigers 80 38 32 4 6 86 201 220
e– Hartford Wolf Pack 80 36 33 6 5 83 231 251
e– Providence Bruins 80 36 38 5 1 78 207 226
e– Springfield Falcons 80 25 39 12 4 66 207 296
East Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y– Hershey Bears 80 60 17 0 3 123 342 198
x– Albany River Rats 80 43 29 3 5 94 244 231
x– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 80 41 34 2 3 87 239 229
e– Norfolk Admirals 80 39 35 3 3 84 208 214
e– Binghamton Senators 80 36 35 6 3 81 251 260
e– Syracuse Crunch 80 34 39 4 3 75 227 272
e– Adirondack Phantoms 80 32 41 3 4 71 199 251

Western Conference Edit

North Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y– Hamilton Bulldogs 80 52 17 3 8 115 271 183
x– Rochester Americans 80 44 33 2 1 91 253 247
x– Abbotsford Heat 80 39 29 5 7 90 217 231
x– Manitoba Moose 80 40 33 5 2 87 204 232
e– Toronto Marlies 80 33 35 6 6 78 193 261
e– Lake Erie Monsters 80 34 37 1 8 77 234 257
e– Grand Rapids Griffins 80 34 39 3 4 75 244 265
West Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y– Chicago Wolves 80 49 24 1 6 105 264 214
x– Texas Stars 80 46 27 3 4 99 238 198
x– Rockford IceHogs 80 44 30 3 3 94 226 226
x– Milwaukee Admirals 80 41 30 2 7 91 237 220
e– Peoria Rivermen 80 38 33 2 7 85 233 248
e– San Antonio Rampage 80 36 32 5 7 84 235 244
e– Houston Aeros 80 34 34 7 5 80 206 224

Statistical Leaders Edit

Leading Skaters Edit

The following players led the league in points at the conclusion of the regular season.

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Keith Aucoin Hershey Bears 72 35 71 106 +27 49
Alexandre Giroux Hershey Bears 69 50 53 103 +32 34
Corey Locke Hartford Wolf Pack 76 31 54 85 -5 44
Jerome Samson Albany River Rats 74 37 41 78 +8 66
David Desharnais Hamilton Bulldogs 60 27 51 78 +30 34
Brock Trotter Hamilton Bulldogs 75 36 41 77 +33 56
Jason Krog Chicago Wolves 78 14 61 75 +17 34
{Mark Mancari Portland Pirates 74 28 46 74 +16 55
Charles Linglet Springfield Falcons 75 19 55 74 0 36
Martin St. Pierre Binghamton Senators 77 24 48 72 -24 50

^† = No longer with listed team


Leading Goaltenders Edit

The following goaltenders with a minimum 1560 minutes played led the league in goals against average at the end of the regular season.

GP = Games Played; TOI = Time on Ice (in minutes); SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average; SV% = Save Percentage; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Loss

Player Team GP TOI SA GA SO GAA SV% W L OT
Cedrick Desjardins Hamilton Bulldogs 47 2576 1067 86 6 2.00 0.919 29 9 4
Jonathan Bernier Manchester Monarchs 58 3424 1823 116 9 2.03 0.936 30 21 6
Curtis Sanford Hamilton Bulldogs 41 2230 935 79 4 2.13 0.916 23 11 3
Braden Holtby Hershey Bears 37 2146 1000 83 2 2.32 0.917 25 8 2
Mark Dekanich Milwaukee Admirals 49 2804 1266 109 4 2.33 0.914 27 16 4


Calder Cup PlayoffsEdit

Main article: 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs

BracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
E1  Hershey 4  
A5  Bridgeport 1  
  E1  Hershey 4  
East Division
  E2  Albany 0  
E2  Albany 4
E3  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0  
  E1  Hershey 4  
Eastern Conference
  A3  Manchester 2  
A1  Worcester 4  
A4  Lowell 1  
  A1  Worcester 2
Atlantic Division
  A3  Manchester 4  
A2  Portland 0
A3  Manchester 4  
  E1  Hershey 4
  W2  Texas 2
N1  Hamilton 4  
N4  Manitoba 2  
  N1  Hamilton 4
North Division
  N3  Abbotsford 2  
N2  Rochester 3
N3  Abbotsford 4  
  N1  Hamilton 3
Western Conference
  W2  Texas 4  
W1  Chicago 4  
W4  Milwaukee 3  
  W1  Chicago 3
West Division
  W2  Texas 4  
W2  Texas 4
W3  Rockford 0  

AHL awardsEdit

Calder Cup : Hershey Bears
Les Cunningham Award : Keith Aucoin, Hershey
John B. Sollenberger Trophy : Keith Aucoin, Hershey
Willie Marshall Award : Alexandre Giroux, Hershey
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award : Tyler Ennis, Portland
Eddie Shore Award : Danny Groulx, Worcester
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award : Jonathan Bernier, Manchester
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award : Cedrick Desjardins & Curtis Sanford, Hamilton
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award : Guy Boucher, Hamilton
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award : Casey Borer, Albany
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award : Josh Tordjman, San Antonio
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy] : Chris Bourque, Hershey
Richard F. Canning Trophy : Hershey Bears
Robert W. Clarke Trophy : Texas Stars
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy: Hershey Bears
Frank Mathers Trophy: Hershey Bears
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy: Hamilton Bulldogs
Emile Francis Trophy : Worcester Sharks
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy: Hershey Bears
Sam Pollock Trophy: Hamilton Bulldogs
John D. Chick Trophy: Chicago Wolves
James C. Hendy Memorial Award: Howard Dolgon, Syracuse
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award: Tom Mitchell, Binghamton
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards: Pete Dougherty, Albany
Ken McKenzie Award: Jim Sarosy, Syracuse
Michael Condon Memorial Award: David Butova


See AlsoEdit

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