1973 Calder Cup playoffs

The 1973 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 3, 1973.[1] The eight teams that qualified played best-of-seven series for Division Semifinals and Finals. The division champions played a best-of-seven series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 15, 1973, with the Cincinnati Swords defeating the Nova Scotia Voyageurs four games to one to win the only Calder Cup in team history.[2]

1973 Calder Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 3–May 15, 1973
Teams8
Final positions
ChampionsCincinnati Swords
Runner-upNova Scotia Voyageurs
1972
1974

Playoff seedsEdit

After the 1972–73 AHL regular season, the top three teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Cincinnati Swords finished the regular season with the best overall record.[3]

Eastern DivisionEdit

  1. Nova Scotia Voyageurs - 101 points
  2. Boston Braves - 81 points
  3. Rochester Americans - 78 points
  4. Providence Reds - 78 points

Western DivisionEdit

  1. Cincinnati Swords - 113 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 95 points
  3. Virginia Wings - 92 points
  4. Richmond Robins - 70 points

BracketEdit

Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
         
1 Nova Scotia 4
4 Providence 0
1 Nova Scotia 4
Eastern Division
2 Boston 0
2 Boston 4
3 Rochester 2
E1 Nova Scotia 1
W1 Cincinnati 4
1 Cincinnati 4
4 Richmond 0
1 Cincinnati 4
Western Division
3 Virginia 2
2 Hershey 3
3 Virginia 4

In each round, the team that earned more points during the regular season receives home ice advantage, meaning they receive the "extra" game on home-ice if the series reaches the maximum number of games. There is no set series format due to arena scheduling conflicts and travel considerations.[4]

Division SemifinalsEdit

Note: Home team is listed first.

Eastern DivisionEdit

(1) Nova Scotia Voyageurs vs. (4) Providence RedsEdit

April 3 Nova Scotia Voyageurs 7 - 2 Providence Reds
April 6 Nova Scotia Voyageurs 5 - 1 Providence Reds
April 8 Providence Reds 4 - 6 Nova Scotia Voyageurs
April 10 Providence Reds 3 - 4 OT Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Nova Scotia won series 4 – 0


(2) Boston Braves vs. (3) Rochester AmericansEdit

April 3 Boston Braves 3 - 2 OT Rochester Americans
April 7 Boston Braves 6 - 4 Rochester Americans
April 8 Rochester Americans 5 - 4 Boston Braves
April 11 Rochester Americans 5 - 3 Boston Braves
April 13 Boston Braves 5 - 4 Rochester Americans
April 15 Rochester Americans 4 - 6 Boston Braves
Boston won series 4 - 2


Western DivisionEdit

(1) Cincinnati Swords vs. (4) Richmond RobinsEdit

April 4 Cincinnati Swords 5 - 1 Richmond Robins
April 6 Cincinnati Swords 8 - 3 Richmond Robins
April 8 Richmond Robins 4 - 7 Cincinnati Swords
April 10 Richmond Robins 4 - 5 OT Cincinnati Swords
Cincinnati won series 4 - 0


(2) Hershey Bears vs. (3) Virginia WingsEdit

April 6 Virginia Wings 2 - 3 Hershey Bears
April 8 Virginia Wings 3 - 2 Hershey Bears
April 10 Hershey Bears 5 - 4 OT Virginia Wings
April 12 Hershey Bears 7 - 4 Virginia Wings
April 14 Hershey Bears 4 - 5 Virginia Wings
April 15 Virginia Wings 7 - 0 Hershey Bears
April 17 Hershey Bears 3 - 5 Virginia Wings
Virginia won series 4 - 3


Division FinalsEdit

Eastern DivisionEdit

(1) Nova Scotia Voyageurs vs. (2) Boston BravesEdit

April 18 Nova Scotia Voyageurs 8 - 1 Boston Braves
April 20 Nova Scotia Voyageurs 8 - 2 Boston Braves
April 22 Boston Braves 1 - 4 Nova Scotia Voyageurs
April 24 Boston Braves 1 - 7 Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Nova Scotia won series 4 - 0


Western DivisionEdit

(1) Cincinnati Swords vs. (3) Virginia WingsEdit

April 19 Cincinnati Swords 2 - 3 Virginia Wings
April 22 Cincinnati Swords 6 - 2 Virginia Wings
April 24 Virginia Wings 2 - 4 Cincinnati Swords
April 26 Virginia Wings 2 - 0 Cincinnati Swords
May 1 Cincinnati Swords 4 - 3 Virginia Wings
May 2 Virginia Wings 1 - 5 Cincinnati Swords
Cincinnati won series 4 - 2


Calder Cup FinalEdit

(W1) Cincinnati Swords vs. (E1) Nova Scotia VoyageursEdit

May 4 Cincinnati Swords 7 - 3 Nova Scotia Voyageurs
May 6 Cincinnati Swords 7 - 6 Nova Scotia Voyageurs
May 9 Nova Scotia Voyageurs 0 - 3 Cincinnati Swords
May 11 Nova Scotia Voyageurs 5 - 2 Cincinnati Swords
May 15 Cincinnati Swords 5 - 1 Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Cincinnati won series 4 - 1


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1973 AHL playoff results The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 13, 2008.
  2. ^ Calder Cup champions Archived 2008-05-26 at the Wayback Machine caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 13, 2008.
  3. ^ 1972-73 AHL standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 13, 2008.
  4. ^ Frequently asked questions Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
Preceded by
1972 Calder Cup Playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
1973
Succeeded by
1974 Calder Cup Playoffs