1997–98 AHL season

The 1997–98 AHL season was the 62nd season of the American Hockey League. The AHL shifts teams in their divisions, and the Canadian division reverts to being named Atlantic division. The Northern conference is renamed the Eastern conference, and the Southern conference renamed the Western conference.

The league introduces three new trophies. The Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy first awarded for the team which finishes in first place in the league during the regular season. The Yanick Dupre Memorial Award is given to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of community service. The Thomas Ebright Memorial Award honors an individual with outstanding career contributions to the AHL.

Eighteen teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Philadelphia Phantoms repeated finishing first overall in the regular season, and won their first 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;

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Calder Cup playoffs

Division SemifinalsDivision FinalsConference FinalsCalder Cup Final
            
A1Saint John3
A4St. John's1
A1Saint John4
Atlantic Division
A3Portland2
A2Fredericton1
A3Portland3
A1Saint John4
Eastern Conference
N2Hartford1
N1Springfield1
N4Worcester3
N4Worcester3
New England Division
N2Hartford4
N2Hartford3
N3New Haven0
A1Saint John2
M1Philadelphia4
E1Albany3
E4Adirondack0
E1Albany4
Empire State Division
E3Hamilton0
E2Hamilton3
E3Syracuse2
E1Albany2
Western Conference
M1Philadelphia4
M1Philadelphia3
E5Rochester1
M1Philadelphia4
Mid-Atlantic Division
M2Hershey0
M2Hershey3
M3Kentucky0

All Star Classic

The 11th AHL All-Star Game was played on February 11, 1998, at the Onondaga War Memorial in Syracuse, New York. Team Canada defeated Team PlanetUSA 11-10. In the skills competition held the day before the All-Star Game, Team PlanetUSA won 13-8 over Team Canada. [1]

Trophy and award winners

Team awards

Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Philadelphia Phantoms
Richard F. Canning Trophy
Eastern Conference playoff champions:
Saint John Flames
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
Western Conference playoff champions:
Philadelphia Phantoms
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy
Regular season champions, League:
Philadelphia Phantoms
Frank Mathers Trophy
Regular Season champions, Mid-Atlantic Division:
Philadelphia Phantoms
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, New England Division:
Springfield Falcons
Sam Pollock Trophy
Regular Season champions, Atlantic Division:
Saint John Flames
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, Empire State Division:
Albany River Rats

Individual awards

Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Steve GuollaKentucky Thoroughblades
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Peter WhitePhiladelphia Phantoms
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Danny BriereSpringfield Falcons
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Jamie HewardPhiladelphia Phantoms
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best Goaltender:
Scott LangkowSpringfield Falcons
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Jean-Sebastien Giguere & Tyler MossSaint John Flames
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Bill StewartSaint John Flames
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Craig CharronRochester Americans
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award
Community Service Award:
John JakopinBeast of New Haven
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Mike ManelukPhiladelphia Phantoms

Other awards

James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Frank Miceli, Philadelphia Phantoms
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award
Career contributions:
Jack Butterfield
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Brendan McCarthy, St. John's & Bill Ballou, Worcester, (newspaper)
Lance McAllister, Cincinnati, (radio)
Rich Coppola, Hartford / New Haven, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Chris Palin, Rochester Americans

See also

References

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