The 2011–12 AHL season was the 76th season of the American Hockey League. The regular season began on October 7, 2011 and is scheduled to conclude on April 15, 2012. The 2012 Calder Cup playoffs followed the conclusion of the regular season.
The 2011-12 season will feature scheduling changes in the regular season and post season. The major change will be the elimination of four games and extending the season by a week. The reasoning behind the change is to eliminate teams having to play four games in five nights. This will bring the total number of games for each team to 76. To accomplish that, the league has decided to add an additional week to the season.
On July 5, 2011, the league's new realignment was revealed. The league moved from having four divisions of seven/eight teams to six even divisions of five teams, similar to that of the NHL. The Western Conference consists of the West, Midwest, and North divisions; the Eastern Conference consists of the Atlantic, Northeast, and East divisions. As a result of the Manitoba Moose relocating to St. John's, they have switched to the Eastern Conference, while the Charlotte Checkers have moved to the Western Conference.
The third installment of the AHL Outdoor Classic will take place in Canada, with the Hamilton Bulldogs hosting the Toronto Marlies in a regional rivalry game at Ivor Wynne Stadium. This marks the first time the event has been played in Canada, and the event will be moved up to the third weekend in January, instead of the third weekend in February as it has been in previous years.
The 2011-12 playoff format will change as a result of the scheduling changes. The first round of the playoffs will now be a best of five series and the following rounds will continue to be best of seven game series'.
Eight teams per conference will qualify for the playoffs. The three division winners will earn the top three seeds. Seeds four through eight will be determined by regular season points out of the remaining teams in the division. Team will be re-seeded after the first round so that the highest remaining seed plays the lowest remaining seed.
Team and NHL Affiliation ChangesEdit
- The Manitoba Moose relocated to St John's, Newfoundland due to the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL relocating to Winnipeg, Manitoba as the Winnipeg Jets. They became the St. John's IceCaps, affiliating as the Jets' farm club.
|AHL Team||New Affiliate||Old Affiliate|
|St. John's IceCaps (formerly Manitoba)||Winnipeg (formerly Atlanta)||Vancouver|
|Chicago Wolves||Vancouver||Atlanta (now Winnipeg)|
|San Antonio Rampage||Florida||Phoenix|
indicates team has clinched division and a playoff spot
indicates team has clinched a playoff spot
indicates team has been eliminated from playoff contention
Eastern Conference Edit
|y–St. John's IceCaps (WPG)||76||43||25||5||3||94||240||216|
|x–Manchester Monarchs (LA)||76||39||32||2||3||83||207||208|
|e–Portland Pirates (PHX)||76||36||31||4||5||81||223||254|
|e–Providence Bruins (BOS)||76||35||34||3||4||77||193||214|
|e–Worcester Sharks (SJ)||76||31||33||4||8||74||199||218|
|y–Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)||76||41||26||3||6||91||233||219|
|x–Connecticut Whale (NYR)||76||36||26||7||7||86||210||208|
|e–Adirondack Phantoms (PHI)||76||37||35||2||2||78||204||217|
|e–Springfield Falcons (CBJ)||76||36||34||3||3||78||217||231|
|e–Albany Devils (NJ)||76||31||34||6||5||73||190||226|
|y–Norfolk Admirals (TB)||76||55||18||1||2||113||273||180|
|x–Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)||76||44||25||2||5||95||235||215|
|x–Hershey Bears (WSH)||76||38||26||4||8||88||244||225|
|x–Syracuse Crunch (ANA)||76||37||29||5||5||84||238||234|
|e–Binghamton Senators (OTT)||76||29||40||5||2||65||201||243|
Western Conference Edit
|y–Toronto Marlies (TOR)||76||44||24||5||3||96||217||175|
|x–Rochester Americans (BUF)||76||36||26||10||4||86||224||221|
|e–Lake Erie Monsters (COL)||76||37||29||3||7||84||189||210|
|e–Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)||76||33||32||7||4||77||245||249|
|e–Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL)||76||34||35||2||5||75||185||226|
|y–Chicago Wolves (VAN)||76||42||27||4||3||91||213||193|
|x–Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)||76||40||29||2||5||87||210||190|
|e–Charlotte Checkers (CAR)||76||38||29||3||6||85||209||214|
|e–Peoria Rivermen (STL)||76||39||33||2||2||82||217||207|
|e–Rockford IceHogs (CHI)||76||35||32||2||7||79||207||228|
|y–Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)||76||45||22||4||5||99||213||176|
|x–Abbotsford Heat (CGY)||76||42||26||3||5||92||200||201|
|x–San Antonio Rampage (FLA)||76||41||30||3||2||87||197||204|
|x–Houston Aeros (MIN)||76||35||25||5||11||86||202||206|
|e–Texas Stars (DAL)||76||31||40||3||2||67||224||251|
Statistical Leaders Edit
Leading Skaters Edit
The following players are sorted by points, then goals.
GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes
|Chris Bourque||Hershey Bears||73||27||66||93||42|
|Cory Conacher||Norfolk Admirals||75||39||41||80||114|
|Patrick Maroon||Syracuse Crunch||75||32||42||74||120|
|T.J. Hensick||Peoria Rivermen||66||21||49||70||20|
|Keith Aucoin||Hershey Bears||43||11||59||70||34|
|Tyler Johnson||Norfolk Admirals||75||31||37||68||28|
|Trevor Smith||Norfolk Admirals||64||25||42||67||70|
|Travis Morin||Texas Stars||76||13||53||66||46|
|Ryan Potulny||Hershey Bears||61||33||32||65||32|
|Kris Newbury||Connecticut Whale||65||25||39||64||130|
Leading Goaltenders Edit
The following goaltenders with a minimum 1500 minutes played led the league in goals against average.
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
|Ben Scrivens||Toronto Marlies||39||2292||1052||78||4||2.04||0.926||22||15||1|
|Yann Danis||Oklahoma City Barons||43||2544||1165||88||5||2.07||0.924||26||14||2|
|Cedrick Desjardins||Lake Erie Monsters||32||1935||997||68||3||2.11||0.932||16||11||5|
|Jeremy Smith||Milwaukee Admirals||56||3283||1525||119||5||2.17||0.922||31||19||2|
|Dustin Tokarski||Norfolk Admirals||45||2582||1109||96||5||2.23||0.913||32||11||0|
Calder Cup PlayoffsEdit
- Main article: 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs
- On December 10, 2011, Chicago Wolves forward Darren Haydar recorded his 700th career AHL point. He became the 22nd player in league history to reach this milestone.
- On February 11, 2012, Worcester Sharks coach Roy Sommer recorded his 500th win as an AHL coach. He became the fourth coach in league history to reach this milestone.
- On March 18, 2012, the Norfolk Admirals set the single-season consecutive wins record at 18. The previous record was set by the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2004–05.
- On March 25, 2012, Springfield Falcons forward Alexandre Giroux recorded his 700th career AHL point. He became the 23rd player in league history to reach this milestone.