2005–06 AHL season

The 2005–06 AHL season was the 70th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-seven teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Hershey Bears won the Calder Cup, defeating the Milwaukee Admirals in the finals.

To celebrate the AHL's 70th anniversary, the league announced on January 6, 2006, the first inductees into the AHL's new Hall of Fame [1]. The first inductees were; Johnny Bower, Jack Butterfield, Jody Gage, Fred Glover, Willie Marshall, Frank Mathers and Eddie Shore.

Team changes

Final standings

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime Losses; SL = Shootout 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

Leading goaltenders

Note: GP = Games Played; Mins = Minutes Played; W = Wins; L = Losses: OTL = Overtime Losses; SL = Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Allowed; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average

Calder Cup playoffs

Division Semi-finalsDivision FinalsConference FinalsCalder Cup Finals
            
A1Portland4
A4Providence2
A1Portland4
A2Hartford2
A3Hartford4
A2Manchester3
APortland3
Eastern
EHershey4
E1WBS4
E4Bridgeport3
E1WBS0
E2Hershey4
E2Hershey4
E3Norfolk0
EHershey4
WMilwaukee2
N1Grand Rapids4
N4Toronto1
N1Grand Rapids4
N3Manitoba3
N2Syracuse2
N3Manitoba4
NGrand Rapids0
Western
WMilwaukee4
W1Milwaukee4
W4Iowa3
W1Milwaukee4
W2Houston0
W2Houston4
W3Peoria0

All Star Classic

The 19th AHL All-Star Classic was played on February 1, 2006, at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Team Canada defeated team PlanetUSA 9–4. In the skills competition held the night before, team Canada defeated team PlanetUSA 21–12 in front of two sellout crowds of 15,115, the largest for an AHL event. [2]

Trophy and award winners

Team awards

Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
Richard F. Canning Trophy
Eastern Conference playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
Western Conference playoff champions:
Milwaukee Admirals
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy
Regular season champions, League:
Grand Rapids Griffins
Frank Mathers Trophy
Regular Season champions, Eastern Conference:
Portland Pirates
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy
Regular Season champions, Western Conference:
Grand Rapids Griffins
Emile Francis Trophy
Regular Season champions, Atlantic Division:
Portland Pirates
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, East Division:
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Sam Pollock Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Grand Rapids Griffins
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, West Division:
Milwaukee Admirals

Individual awards

Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Donald MacLean - Grand Rapids Griffins
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Kirby Law - Houston Aeros
Willie Marshall Award
Top goal scorer:
Donald MacLean - Grand Rapids Griffins &
Denis Hamel - Binghamton Senators
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Patrick O'Sullivan - Houston Aeros
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Andy Delmore - Syracuse Crunch
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best Goaltender:
Dany Sabourin - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Dany Sabourin - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Kevin Dineen - Portland Pirates
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Mark Cullen - Norfolk Admirals
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award
Community Service Award:
Mitch Fritz - Springfield Falcons
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Frederic Cassivi - Hershey Bears

Other awards

James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Doug Yingst, Hershey Bears
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award
Career contributions:
Al Coates
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Phil Janack, Albany (newspaper)
Kelly Moore, Manitoba (radio)
Gregg Mace, Hershey (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Mike Wojociechowski, Milwaukee Admirals
Michael Condon Memorial Award
Outstanding service, on-ice official:
Luke Galvin

See also

References

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