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1988–89 AHL season

The 1988–89 AHL season was the 53rd season of the American Hockey League. Fourteen teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The league abandoned awarding points for an overtime loss. The Sherbrooke Canadiens finished first overall in the regular season. The Adirondack Red Wings won their third Calder Cup championship.

1988-89 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
F. G. "Teddy" Oke TrophySherbrooke Canadiens
Season MVPStephan Lebeau
Top scorerStephan Lebeau
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs MVPSam St. Laurent
Finals championsAdirondack Red Wings
  Runners-upNew Haven Nighthawks
AHL seasons
← 1987-88

Team changesEdit

Final standingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points;

North GP W L T Pts GF GA
Sherbrooke Canadiens (MTL) 80 47 24 9 103 348 261
Halifax Citadels (QUE) 80 42 30 8 92 345 300
Moncton Hawks (WPG) 80 37 34 9 83 320 313
New Haven Nighthawks (LA) 80 35 35 10 80 325 309
Maine Mariners (BOS) 80 32 40 8 72 262 317
Springfield Indians (NYI) 80 32 44 4 68 287 341
Cape Breton Oilers (EDM) 80 27 47 6 60 308 388
South GP W L T Pts GF GA
Adirondack Red Wings (DET) 80 47 27 6 100 369 294
Hershey Bears (PHI) 80 40 30 10 90 361 309
Utica Devils (NJ) 80 37 34 9 83 309 295
Newmarket Saints (TOR) 80 38 36 6 82 339 334
Rochester Americans (BUF) 80 38 37 5 81 305 302
Baltimore Skipjacks (WAS) 80 30 46 4 64 317 347
Binghamton Whalers (HAR) 80 28 46 6 62 307 392

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Stephan Lebeau Sherbrooke Canadiens 78 70 64 134 47
Murray Eaves Adirondack Red Wings 80 46 72 118 84
Benoit Brunet Sherbrooke Canadiens 73 41 76 117 95
Mike Richard Baltimore Skipjacks 80 44 63 107 51
Don Biggs Hershey Bears 76 36 67 103 158
Terry Yake Binghamton Whalers 75 39 56 95 57
Ken Priestlay Rochester Americans 64 56 37 93 60
Hubie McDonough New Haven Nighthawks 74 37 55 92 41
Ron Wilson Moncton Hawks 80 31 61 92 110
Brian Dobbin Hershey Bears 59 43 48 91 61

Calder Cup playoffsEdit

Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
         
1 Sherbrooke 2
4 New Haven 4
4 New Haven 4
North Division
3 Moncton 2
2 Halifax 0
3 Moncton 4
N4 New Haven 1
S1 Adirondack 4
1 Adirondack 4
4 Newmarket 1
1 Adirondack 4
South Division
2 Hershey 3
2 Hershey 4
3 Utica 1

Trophy and award winnersEdit

Team awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Adirondack Red Wings
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Sherbrooke Canadiens
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
Adirondack Red Wings
Individual awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Stephan Lebeau - Sherbrooke Canadiens
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Stephan Lebeau - Sherbrooke Canadiens
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Stephan Lebeau - Sherbrooke Canadiens
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Dave Fenyves - Hershey Bears
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best Goaltender:
Randy Exelby - Sherbrooke Canadiens
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Randy Exelby & Francois Gravel - Sherbrooke Canadiens
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Tom McVie - Utica Devils
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Murray Eaves - Adirondack Red Wings
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Sam St. Laurent - Adirondack Red Wings
Other awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Bruce Landon
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Paul Abramowitz, Maine, (newspaper)
Pat Connolly, Cape Breton, (radio)
Brian Lambert, Springfield, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
John Forslund, Springfield Indians

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