1980 Calder Cup playoffs

The 1980 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 8, 1980.[1] The playoff format was expanded from six to eight teams. The eight teams that qualified played best-of-seven series for Division Semifinals and Division Finals. The division champions played a best-of-seven series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 17, 1980, with the Hershey Bears defeating the New Brunswick Hawks four games to two to win the Calder Cup for the sixth time in team history.[2]

1980 Calder Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 8-May 17, 1980
Teams8
Final positions
ChampionsHershey Bears
Runner-upNew Brunswick Hawks
1979
1981

Playoff seedsEdit

After the 1979–80 AHL regular season, the top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The New Haven Nighthawks finished the regular season with the best overall record.[3]

Northern DivisionEdit

  1. New Brunswick Hawks - 96 points
  2. Nova Scotia Voyageurs - 93 points
  3. Maine Mariners - 93 points
  4. Adirondack Red Wings - 75 points

Southern DivisionEdit

  1. New Haven Nighthawks - 101 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 76 points
  3. Syracuse Firebirds - 69 points
  4. Rochester Americans - 66 points

BracketEdit

Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
         
1 New Brunswick 4
4 Adirondack 1
1 New Brunswick 4
Northern Division
3 Maine 2
2 Nova Scotia 2
3 Maine 4
N1 New Brunswick 2
S2 Hershey 4
1 New Haven 4
4 Rochester 0
1 New Haven 2
Southern Division
2 Hershey 4
2 Hershey 4
3 Syracuse 0

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 1: Home team is listed first.
Note 2: The number of overtime periods played (where applicable) is not indicated

Northern DivisionEdit

(1) New Brunswick Hawks vs. (4) Adirondack Red WingsEdit

April 8 New Brunswick Hawks 3 - 1 Adirondack Red Wings
April 9 New Brunswick Hawks 4 - 1 Adirondack Red Wings
April 11 Adirondack Red Wings 2 - 4 New Brunswick Hawks
April 13 Adirondack Red Wings 5 - 2 New Brunswick Hawks
April 14 New Brunswick Hawks 6 - 2 Adirondack Red Wings
New Brunswick won series 4 - 1


(2) Nova Scotia Voyageurs vs. (3) Maine MarinersEdit

April 10 Nova Scotia Voyageurs 2 - 3 OT Maine Mariners
April 12 Nova Scotia Voyageurs 3 - 2 Maine Mariners
April 15 Maine Mariners 7 - 0 Nova Scotia Voyageurs
April 17 Maine Mariners 6 - 5 OT Nova Scotia Voyageurs
April 19 Nova Scotia Voyageurs 4 - 2 Maine Mariners
April 21 Maine Mariners 7 - 3 Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Maine won series 4 - 2


Southern DivisionEdit

(1) New Haven Nighthawks vs. (4) Rochester AmericansEdit

April 8 New Haven Nighthawks 4 - 1 Rochester Americans
April 10 Rochester Americans 2 - 4 New Haven Nighthawks
April 12 New Haven Nighthawks 8 - 4 Rochester Americans
April 15 Rochester Americans 4 - 6 New Haven Nighthawks
New Haven won series 4 - 0


(2) Hershey Bears vs. (3) Syracuse FirebirdsEdit

April 8 Hershey Bears 5 - 3 Syracuse Firebirds
April 9 Syracuse Firebirds 3 - 5 Hershey Bears
April 12 Hershey Bears 8 - 1 Syracuse Firebirds
April 15 Syracuse Firebirds 3 - 5 Hershey Bears
Hershey won series 4 - 0


Division FinalsEdit

Northern DivisionEdit

(1) New Brunswick Hawks vs. (2) Maine MarinersEdit

April 23 New Brunswick Hawks 3 - 2 OT Maine Mariners
April 28 Maine Mariners 2 - 3 New Brunswick Hawks
April 30 New Brunswick Hawks 2 - 6 Maine Mariners
May 3 Maine Mariners 7 - 5 New Brunswick Hawks
May 4 New Brunswick Hawks 5 - 2 Maine Mariners
May 6 Maine Mariners 2 - 3 OT New Brunswick Hawks
New Brunswick won series 4 - 2


Southern DivisionEdit

(1) New Haven Nighthawks vs. (2) Hershey BearsEdit

April 21 New Haven Nighthawks 3 - 5 Hershey Bears
April 23 Hershey Bears 7 - 3 New Haven Nighthawks
April 25 New Haven Nighthawks 10 - 3 Hershey Bears
April 26 Hershey Bears 1 - 3 New Haven Nighthawks
April 27 New Haven Nighthawks 4 - 5 Hershey Bears
April 30 Hershey Bears 4 - 3 New Haven Nighthawks
Hershey won series 4 - 2


Calder Cup FinalEdit

(N1) New Brunswick Hawks vs. (S2) Hershey BearsEdit

May 9 New Brunswick Hawks 3 - 5 Hershey Bears
May 10 New Brunswick Hawks 4 - 5 OT Hershey Bears
May 12 Hershey Bears 3 - 6 New Brunswick Hawks
May 14 Hershey Bears 3 - 2 OT New Brunswick Hawks
May 16 New Brunswick Hawks 4 - 2 Hershey Bears
May 17 Hershey Bears 7 - 4 New Brunswick Hawks
Hershey won series 4 - 2


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1980 AHL playoff results The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 11, 2008.
  2. ^ Hershey Bears history: 1970s Archived 2008-05-11 at the Wayback Machine Official website for Hershey Bears. Retrieved on May 11, 2008.
  3. ^ 1979–80 AHL standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 11, 2008.
  4. ^ Frequently asked questions Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
Preceded by
1979 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
1980
Succeeded by
1981 Calder Cup playoffs