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The coveted Calder Cup has been a motivational force for American Hockey League teams throughout the League's 70-year history. It is one of our sport’s greatest challenges and ultimate honors to hoist the Calder Cup in victory.

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The trophy is named for Frank Calder, who served as the National Hockey League’s first President from 1917 to 1943. During the 1920’s, Mr. Calder was instrumental in guiding hockey into the mainstream of America’s major cities including Boston, New York, Detroit and Chicago, while helping in the formation of the American League.

A total of 25 different cities have had their AHL member club win the Calder Cup, including the Hershey Bears, who tied the original Cleveland Barons’ all-time record when they won their ninth Calder Cup championship in 2006. The Bears have also played in a record 19 Finals series during their 68 seasons in the AHL.

Twenty-seven members of the Hockey Hall of Fame have won the Calder Cup, including Johnny Bower, Terry Sawchuk, Emile Francis, Gerry Cheevers, Al Arbour, Andy Bathgate, Larry Robinson, Doug Harvey and 2006 inductee Patrick Roy.

Not only have great players won the Calder Cup, but outstanding coaches have also hoisted the AHL's championship trophy. Hall of Famer Fred “Bun” Cook holds the distinction of winning seven Calder Cups in his career; no other AHL head coach has ever won more than three. And in 2006, Carolina’s Peter Laviolette became just the sixth man ever to win both the Stanley Cup and the Calder Cup as a head coach. Other current NHL head coaches with Calder Cup titles on their resumes include Nashville’s Barry Trotz (Portland, 1994), Tampa Bay’s John Tortorella (Rochester, 1996), Atlanta’s Bob Hartley (Hershey, 1997) and Calgary’s Jim Playfair (Saint John, 2001).

More than 100 players and coaches have won both the Calder Cup and Stanley Cup in their careers, including Ace Bailey, Brian Engblom, Dick Gamble, Butch Goring, Adam Graves, Peter Mahovlich, Kirk Maltby, Ab McDonald, Fred Shero and Brian Skrudland.

AHL Hall of Famer Willie Marshall is the league’s all-time leading scorer in both the regular season and the playoffs. Marshall reached the Calder Cup postseason 17 times in his career and recorded 119 points in 112 games.

Four men share the honor of having won the most Calder Cups during their playing careers: Bob Solinger, Les Duff, AHL Hall of Famer Fred Glover and current Binghamton Senators assistant coach Mike Busniuk.

Calder Cup-winning teams have impacted significantly on the success of their NHL parent clubs. On three occasions an AHL club and its NHL affiliate won their respective championships in the same year: In 1976 and 1977, the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup while their AHL affiliate, the Nova Scotia Voyageurs, won the Calder Cup. And in 1995, the Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils saw their AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats, win a championship as well.

Only one team has been able to win the Calder Cup in three consecutive years. The Springfield Indians, under the leadership of Hockey and AHL Hall of Famers Eddie Shore and Jack Butterfield, skated to Calder Cup championships in 1960, 1961 and 1962.

In the 2006-07 season, 27 teams will once again compete for the Calder Cup, with the Hershey Bears looking to become the first team since the 1990-91 Springfield Indians to successfully defend their title.

Calder Cup Winners


Season
Champion
Series
General Manager
Head Coach
Runner-Up
05-06
Hershey Bears
4-2
Doug Yingst
Bruce Boudreau
Milwaukee Admirals
04-05
Philadelphia Phantoms
4-0
Bob Clarke
John Stevens
Chicago Wolves
03-04
Milwaukee Admirals
4-0
Phil Wittliff
Claude Noel
W-B/Scranton Penguins
02-03
Houston Aeros
4-3
Dave Barr
Todd McLellan
Hamilton Bulldogs
01-02
Chicago Wolves
4-1
Kevin Cheveldayoff
John Anderson
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
00-01
Saint John Flames
4-2
Stew MacDonald
Jim Playfair
W-B/Scranton Penguins
99-00
Hartford Wolf Pack
4-2
Don Maloney
John Paddock
Rochester Americans
98-99
Providence Bruins
4-1
Harry Sinden
Peter Laviolette
Rochester Americans
97-98
Philadelphia Phantoms
4-2
Bob Clarke
Bill Barber
Saint John Flames
96-97
Hershey Bears
4-1
Doug Yingst
Bob Hartley
Hamilton Bulldogs
95-96
Rochester Americans
4-3
Joe Baumann
John Tortorella
Portland Pirates
94-95
Albany River Rats
4-0
John Weisbrod
Robbie Ftorek
Fredericton Canadiens
93-94
Portland Pirates
4-2
Godfrey Wood
Barry Trotz
Moncton Hawks
92-93
Cape Breton Oilers
4-1
David Andrews
George Burnett
Rochester Americans
91-92
Adirondack Red Wings
4-3
Barry Melrose
Barry Melrose
St. John's Maple Leafs
90-91
Springfield Indians
4-2
Bruce Landon
Jim Roberts
Rochester Americans
89-90
Springfield Indians
4-2
Bruce Landon
Jim Roberts
Rochester Americans
88-89
Adirondack Red Wings
4-1
Neil Smith
Bill Dineen
New Haven Nighthawks
87-88
Hershey Bears
4-0
Frank Mathers
John Paddock
Fredericton Express
86-87
Rochester Americans
4-3
George Bergantz
John Van Boxmeer
Sherbrooke Canadiens
85-86
Adirondack Red Wings
4-2
Neil Smith
Bill Dineen
Hershey Bears
84-85
Sherbrooke Canadiens
4-2
Serge Savard
Pierre Creamer
Baltimore Skipjacks
83-84
Maine Mariners
4-1
Max McNab
Tom McVie/John Paddock
Rochester Americans
82-83
Rochester Americans
4-0
George Bergantz
Mike Keenan
Maine Mariners
81-82
New Brunswick Hawks
4-1
Bob Pulford
Orval Tessier
Binghamton Whalers
80-81
Adirondack Red Wings
4-2
Ned Harkness
Tom Webster & J.P. LeBlanc
Maine Mariners
79-80
Hershey Bears
4-2
Frank Mathers
Doug Gibson
New Brunswick Hawks
78-79
Maine Mariners
4-0
Keith Allen
Bob McCammon
New Haven Nighthawks
77-78
Maine Mariners
4-1
Keith Allen
Bob McCammon
New Haven Nighthawks
76-77
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
4-2
Al MacNeil
Al MacNeil
Rochester Americans
75-76
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
4-1
Al MacNeil
Al MacNeil
Hershey Bears
74-75
Springfield Indians
4-1
Ted Shore
Ron Stewart
New Haven Nighthawks
73-74
Hershey Bears
4-1
Frank Mathers
Chuck Hamilton
Providence Reds
72-73
Cincinnati Swords
4-1
Fred Hunt
Floyd Smith
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
71-72
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
4-2
Al MacNeil
Al MacNeil
Baltimore Clippers
70-71
Springfield Kings
4-0
John Wilson
John Wilson
Providence Reds
69-70
Buffalo Bisons
4-0
Fred Hunt
Fred Shero
Springfield Kings
68-69
Hershey Bears
4-1
Frank Mathers
Frank Mathers
Quebec Aces
67-68
Rochester Americans
4-2
Joe Crozier
Joe Crozier
Quebec Aces
66-67
Pittsburgh Hornets
4-0
Baz Bastien
Baz Bastien
Rochester Americans
65-66
Rochester Americans
4-2
Joe Crozier
Joe Crozier
Cleveland Barons
64-65
Rochester Americans
4-1
Joe Crozier
Joe Crozier
Hershey Bears
63-64
Cleveland Barons
4-0
Jack Gordon
Fred Glover
Quebec Aces
62-63
Buffalo Bisons
4-3
Fred Hunt
Bill Reay
Hershey Bears
61-62
Springfield Indians
4-1
Jack Butterfield
Pat Egan
Buffalo Bisons
60-61
Springfield Indians
4-0
Jack Butterfield
Pat Egan
Hershey Bears
59-60
Springfield Indians
4-1
Jack Butterfield
Pat Egan
Rochester Americans
58-59
Hershey Bears
4-2
Lloyd Blinco
Frank Mathers
Buffalo Bisons
57-58
Hershey Bears
4-2
Lloyd Blinco
Frank Mathers
Springfield Indians
56-57
Cleveland Barons
4-1
Jim Hendy
Jack Gordon
Rochester Americans
55-56
Providence Reds
4-0
Terry Reardon
John Crawford
Cleveland Barons
54-55
Pittsburgh Hornets
4-2
Jim Balmer
Howie Meeker
Buffalo Bisons
53-54
Cleveland Barons
4-2
Jim Hendy
Fred (Bun) Cook
Hershey Bears
52-53
Cleveland Barons
4-3
Jim Hendy
Fred (Bun) Cook
Pittsburgh Hornets
51-52
Pittsburgh Hornets
4-2
Jim Balmer
"King" Clancy
Providence Reds
50-51
Cleveland Barons
4-3
Jim Hendy
Fred (Bun) Cook
Buffalo Bisons
49-50
Indianapolis Capitals
4-0
Dick Miller
Ott Heller
Cleveland Barons
48-49
Providence Reds
4-3
Lou Pieri
Terry Reardon
Hershey Bears
47-48
Cleveland Barons
4-0
Al Sutphin
Fred (Bun) Cook
Buffalo Bisons
46-47
Hershey Bears
4-3
John Sollenberger
Don Penniston
Pittsburgh Hornets
45-46
Buffalo Bisons
4-3
Art Chapman
Frank Beisler
Cleveland Barons
44-45
Cleveland Barons
4-2
Bill Cook
Fred (Bun) Cook
Hershey Bears
43-44
Buffalo Bisons
4-0
Eddie Shore
Art Chapman
Cleveland Barons
42-43
Buffalo Bisons
3-0
Eddie Shore
Art Chapman
Indianapolis Capitals
41-42
Indianapolis Capitals
3-2
Dick Miller
Herb Lewis
Hershey Bears
40-41
Cleveland Barons
3-2
Al Sutphin
Bill Cook
Hershey Bears
39-40
Providence Reds
3-0
Lou Pieri
Fred (Bun) Cook
Pittsburgh Hornets
38-39
Cleveland Barons
3-1
Al Sutphin
Bill Cook
Philadelphia Ramblers
37-38
Providence Reds
3-1
Lou Pieri
Fred (Bun) Cook
Syracuse Stars
36-37
Syracuse Stars
3-1
John C. Johnston
Eddie Powers
Philadelphia Ramblers

 
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