2007 Calder Cup playoffs

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The 2007 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 18, 2007. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-7 series for division semifinals, finals and conference finals. The conference champions played a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on June 7, 2007 with the Hamilton Bulldogs defeating the Hershey Bears four games to one to win the first Calder Cup in team history.[1] This was a rematch of the 1997 Calder Cup Final, where Hershey defeated Hamilton in five games.[2]

Carey Price won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP, and became only the third teenage goaltender to lead his team to a Calder Cup championship in AHL history.[3]

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Playoff seeds

After the 2006–07 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. However, it was possible for the fifth-placed team in the West Division to take the spot of the fourth-placed team in the North Division if they earned more points, since the North Division had one fewer team. This did not occur as the Grand Rapids Griffins, the fourth-placed team in the North Division finished with 85 points while the Peoria Rivermen, the fifth-placed team in the West Division, finished with 84 points. The Hershey Bears were the Eastern Conference regular season champions as well as the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners with the best overall regular season record. The Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights were the Western Conference regular season champions.[4]

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

  1. Manchester Monarchs - 110 points
  2. Hartford Wolf Pack - 98 points
  3. Providence Bruins - 94 points
  4. Worcester Sharks - 93 points

East Division

  1. Hershey Bears - Eastern Conference regular season champions; Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners, 114 points
  2. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - 108 points
  3. Norfolk Admirals - 108 points
  4. Albany River Rats - 81 points

Western Conference

North Division

  1. Manitoba Moose - 102 points
  2. Rochester Americans - 98 points
  3. Hamilton Bulldogs - 95 points
  4. Grand Rapids Griffins - 85 points

West Division

  1. Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights - Western Conference regular season champions, 104 points
  2. Chicago Wolves - 101 points
  3. Milwaukee Admirals - 96 points
  4. Iowa Stars - 88 points

Bracket

 Division SemifinalsDivision FinalsConference FinalsCalder Cup Final
                   
A1 Manchester4 
A4 Worcester2 
 A1 Manchester4 
Atlantic Division 
 A3 Providence2 
A2 Hartford3
 
A3 Providence4 
 A1 Manchester0 
Eastern Conference
 E1 Hershey4 
E1 Hershey4 
 
E4 Albany1 
 E1 Hershey4
East Division 
 E2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton1 
E2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton4
 
E3 Norfolk2 
 E1 Hershey1
 N3 Hamilton4
N1 Manitoba4 
N4 Grand Rapids3 
 N1 Manitoba2
North Division 
 N3 Hamilton4 
N2 Rochester2
 
N3 Hamilton4 
 N3 Hamilton4
Western Conference
 W2 Chicago1 
W1 Omaha2 
W4 Iowa4 
 W4 Iowa2
West Division 
 W2 Chicago4 
W2 Chicago4
W3 Milwaukee0 

In each round the higher seed receives home ice advantage, meaning they can play a maximum of four home games if the series reaches seven games. There is no set series format for each series due to arena scheduling conflicts and travel considerations.[5]

Division Semifinals

Note 1: All times are in Eastern Time (UTC-4).
Note 2: Game times in italics signify games to be played only if necessary.
Note 3: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

(A1) Manchester Monarchs vs. (A4) Worcester Sharks
Manchester won series 4 – 2


(A2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (A3) Providence Bruins
Providence won series 4 – 3


East Division

(E1) Hershey Bears vs. (E4) Albany River Rats
Hershey won series 4 – 1


(E2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (E3) Norfolk Admirals
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 4 - 2


Western Conference

North Division

(N1) Manitoba Moose vs. (N4) Grand Rapids Griffins
Manitoba won series 4 - 3


(N2) Rochester Americans vs. (N3) Hamilton Bulldogs
Hamilton won series 4 - 2


West Division

(W1) Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. (W4) Iowa Stars
Iowa won series 4 - 2


(W2) Chicago Wolves vs. (W3) Milwaukee Admirals
Chicago won series 4 - 0


Division Finals

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

(A1) Manchester Monarchs vs. (A3) Providence Bruins
Manchester won series 4 - 2


East Division

(E1) Hershey Bears vs. (E2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Hershey won series 4 - 1


Western Conference

North Division

(N1) Manitoba Moose vs. (N3) Hamilton Bulldogs
Hamilton won series 4 - 2


West Division

(W2) Chicago Wolves vs. (W4) Iowa Stars
Chicago won series 4 - 2


Conference finals

Eastern Conference

(E1) Hershey Bears vs. (A1) Manchester Monarchs

Hershey won series 4 - 0


Western Conference

(W2) Chicago Wolves vs. (N3) Hamilton Bulldogs

Hamilton won series 4 - 1


Calder Cup Final

(E1) Hershey Bears vs. (N3) Hamilton Bulldogs

Hamilton won series 4 - 1


See also

References

  1. ^ Dogged determination caldercup.com. Retrieved on April 27, 2008
  2. ^ 1997 Calder Cup Playoffs caldercup.com. Retrieved on April 27, 2008
  3. ^ Bulldogs win Calder Cup! hamiltonbulldogs.com. Retrieved on May 5, 2008
  4. ^ 2006-07 AHL Standings theahl.com. Retrieved on April 27, 2008
  5. ^ Frequently asked questions theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
  6. ^ 2007 Calder Cup Playoffs caldercup.com. Retrieved on April 27, 2008
Preceded by
2006 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
2007
Succeeded by
2008 Calder Cup playoffs