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The 1996–97 AHL season was the 61st season of the American Hockey League. The league renames its divisions due to relocating teams. The Northern Conferences consists of the Atlantic Division becoming the Canadian Division, and the Central Division becoming the Empire State Division. The Southern Conferences consists of the North Division becoming the New England Division, and the South Division becoming the Mid-Atlantic Division.

Eighteen teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Philadelphia Phantoms finished first overall in the regular season. The Hershey Bears won their eighth Calder Cup championship.

Team changes



Final standings

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points;

Northern Conference

Canadian GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
St. John's Maple Leafs 80 36 28 10 6 88 265 264
Saint John Flames 80 28 36 13 3 72 237 269
Hamilton Bulldogs 80 28 39 9 4 69 220 276
Fredericton Canadiens 80 26 44 8 2 62 234 283


Empire State GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Rochester Americans 80 40 30 9 1 90 298 257
Adirondack Red Wings 80 38 28 12 2 90 258 249
Albany River Rats 80 38 28 9 5 90 269 231
Syracuse Crunch 80 32 38 10 0 74 241 265
Binghamton Rangers 80 27 38 13 2 69 245 300


Southern Conference

New England GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Worcester IceCats 80 43 23 9 5 100 256 234
Springfield Falcons 80 41 25 12 2 96 268 229
Portland Pirates 80 37 26 10 7 91 279 264
Providence Bruins 80 35 40 3 2 75 262 289


Mid-Atlantic GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Philadelphia Phantoms 80 49 18 10 3 111 325 230
Hershey Bears 80 43 22 10 5 101 273 220
Kentucky Thoroughblades 80 36 35 9 0 81 278 284
Baltimore Bandits 80 30 37 10 3 73 251 285
Carolina Monarchs 80 28 43 4 5 65 273 303


Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes
Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Peter White Philadelphia Phantoms 80 44 61 105 28
Terry Yake Rochester Americans 78 34 67 101 77
Brian Wiseman St. John's Maple Leafs 71 33 62 95 83
Vaclav Prospal Philadelphia Phantoms 63 32 63 95 70
Patrik Juhlin Philadelphia Phantoms 78 31 60 91 24
Alexei Lojkin Fredericton Canadiens 79 33 56 89 41
Gilbert Dionne Carolina Monarchs 72 41 47 88 69
Blair Atcheynum Hershey Bears 77 42 45 87 57
Jan Caloun Kentucky Thoroughblades 66 43 43 86 68
Shawn McCosh Philadelphia Phantoms 79 30 51 81 110


Calder Cup playoffs

All Star Classic

The 10th AHL All-Star Game was played on January 16, 1997, at the Harbour Stationmarker in Saint John, New Brunswickmarker. Team World defeated Team Canada 3-2 in a shootout. In the skills competition held the day before the All-Star Game, Team World won 18-9 over Team Canada. [401409]

Trophy and award winners

Team awards

Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
Richard F. Canning Trophy
Northern Conference playoff champions:
Hamilton Bulldogs
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
Southern Conference playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
Frank Mathers Trophy
Regular season champions, Mid-Atlantic Division:
Philadelphia Phantoms
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular season champions, New England Division:
Worcester IceCats
Sam Pollock Trophy
Regular season champions, Canadian Division:
St. John's Maple Leafs
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular season champions, Empire State Division:
Rochester Americans


Individual awards

Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Jean-Francois Labbe - Hershey Bears
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Peter White - Philadelphia Phantoms
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Jaroslav Svejkovsky - Portland Pirates
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Darren Rumble - Philadelphia Phantoms
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best goaltender:
Jean-Francois Labbe - Hershey Bears
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Jean-Francois Labbe - Hershey Bears
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Greg Gilbert - Worcester IceCats
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Steve Passmore - Hamilton Bulldogs
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Mike McHugh - Hershey Bears


Other awards

James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Jay Feaster, Hershey Bears
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Lindsay Kramer, Syracuse, (newspaper)
Aaron Kennedy, Saint John, (radio)
Jim Ogle, Kentucky, (television)

Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Glenn Stanford, St. John's Maple Leafs & Carole Appleton, Springfield Falcons


See also



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