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The 2008–09 AHL season is the 73rd season of the American Hockey League. 29 teams each played 80 games in the regular season, which ran from October 8 until April 12.[1]

2008–09 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 8, 2008 - April 12, 2009
Regular season
Macgregor Kilpatrick TrophyManitoba Moose
Season MVPAlexandre Giroux
Top scorerAlexandre Giroux
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs MVPMichal Neuvirth
Finals championsHershey Bears
  Runners-upManitoba Moose
AHL seasons

Contents

Team and NHL affiliation changesEdit

The Iowa Stars are renamed and are now called the Iowa Chops, and the Anaheim Ducks have replaced the Dallas Stars as the team's NHL affiliate.[2]

The Dallas Stars have no AHL affiliate this year, with the Texas Stars (based in Austin) to become their affiliate for the 2009–10 season.

On April 28, 2009, it was announced that two teams would be relocated for the 2009–10 season: the Quad City Flames would move to Abbotsford, BC, and the Philadelphia Phantoms would relocate to Glens Falls, NY.[3]

Affiliation changesEdit

AHL team new affiliate old affiliate
Iowa Chops Anaheim Ducks Dallas Stars
Portland Pirates Buffalo Sabres Anaheim Ducks
Rochester Americans Florida Panthers Buffalo Sabres/Florida Panthers

StandingsEdit

Blue indicates team has clinched division.
Green indicates team has clinched a playoff spot.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR) 80 46 27 3 4 99 243 216
Providence Bruins (BOS) 80 43 29 2 6 94 238 232
Portland Pirates (BUF) 80 39 31 3 7 88 249 239
Worcester Sharks (SJ) 80 42 35 1 2 87 223 223
Manchester Monarchs (LA) 80 37 35 0 8 82 211 218
Lowell Devils (NJ) 80 35 36 2 7 79 213 243
Springfield Falcons (EDM) 80 24 44 8 4 60 188 258
East Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
Hershey Bears (WSH) 80 49 23 2 6 106 296 240
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI) 80 49 23 3 5 106 241 212
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT) 80 49 25 3 3 104 274 212
Philadelphia Phantoms (PHI) 80 43 30 2 5 93 234 232
Binghamton Senators (OTT) 80 41 30 5 4 91 232 238
Norfolk Admirals (TB) 80 33 38 4 5 75 236 269
Albany River Rats (CAR) 80 33 40 3 4 73 219 258

Western ConferenceEdit

North Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
Manitoba Moose (VAN) 80 50 23 1 6 107 239 188
Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL) 80 49 27 4 0 102 263 201
Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) 80 43 25 6 6 98 255 226
Toronto Marlies (TOR) 80 39 29 5 7 90 240 229
Syracuse Crunch (CBJ) 80 40 32 5 3 88 214 226
Lake Erie Monsters (COL) 80 34 38 3 5 76 199 218
Rochester Americans (FLA) 80 29 43 0 8 66 184 259
West Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
Milwaukee Admirals (NSH) 80 49 22 3 6 107 229 195
Peoria Rivermen (STL) 80 43 31 2 4 92 215 211
Houston Aeros (MIN) 80 38 31 2 9 87 218 230
Rockford IceHogs (CHI) 80 40 34 0 6 86 229 220
Quad City Flames (CGY) 80 36 31 6 7 85 212 216
Chicago Wolves (ATL) 80 38 37 3 2 81 226 222
Iowa Chops (ANA) 80 33 33 4 10 80 209 260
San Antonio Rampage (PHX) 80 36 38 2 4 78 205 243

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Alexandre Giroux Hershey Bears 69 60 37 97 84
Keith Aucoin Hershey Bears 70 25 71 96 73
Jason Krog Manitoba Moose 74 30 56 86 30
Janne Pesonen Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 70 32 50 82 33
Artem Anisimov Hartford Wolfpack 80 37 44 81 50
Darren Haydar Grand Rapids Griffins 79 31 49 80 26
Tim Stapleton Toronto Marlies 70 28 51 79 26
Corey Locke Houston Aeros 77 25 54 79 60
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau Hartford Wolfpack 74 29 49 78 142
Kyle Greentree Quad City Flames 79 39 37 76 63

Calder Cup playoffsEdit

In each division, the fourth-place team will play the first-place team in the division semifinals, while the second-place team plays the third-place team.

BracketEdit

Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Finals
            
A1 Hartford 2
A4 Worcester 4
A4 Worcester 2
Atlantic Division
A2 Providence 4
A2 Providence 4
A3 Portland 1
A2 Providence 1
Eastern Conference
E1 Hershey 4
E1 Hershey 4
E4 Philadelphia 0
E1 Hershey 4
East Division
E3 WBS 3
E2 Bridgeport 1
E3 WBS 4
N1 Manitoba 2
E1 Hershey 4
N1 Manitoba 4
N4 Toronto 2
N1 Manitoba 4
North Division
N3 Grand Rapids 0
N2 Hamilton 2
N3 Grand Rapids 4
N1 Manitoba 4
Western Conference
W3 Houston 2
W1 Milwaukee 4
W4 Rockford 0
W1 Milwaukee 3
West Division
W3 Houston 4
W2 Peoria 3
W3 Houston 4
  • A is short for Atlantic Division
  • E is short for East Division
  • N is short for North Division
  • W is short for West Division

All Star ClassicEdit

The 22nd AHL All-Star Classic was played in Worcester, Massachusetts, on January 26, 2009, with the PlanetUSA All-Stars defeating the Canadian All-Stars 14–11 after scoring nine goals in the third period to come back from an 8–5 deficit. Corey Locke scored four goals for the Canadian All-Stars, while Jeff Taffe had a hat-trick for the PlanetUSA All-Stars.[4]
The host club was the Worcester Sharks. The 2009 event in Worcester marked the fourth time since 1995 that the AHL All-Star Classic took place in New England. The AHL All-Star Game was last held in Massachusetts in 1959 at the Eastern States Coliseum in West Springfield.[5]

Planet USA All-Stars Canadian All-Stars
Coach: Don Granato (Chicago Wolves) Bob Woods (Hershey Bears)
Assistant coach(es): Jason Christie, Wendell Young (Chicago Wolves) Mark French (Hershey Bears)
Starters:

  #15 F Martins Karsums (Providence Bruins)
  #16 F Ryan Vesce (Worcester Sharks)
  #17 F Chris Bourque (Hershey Bears)
  #5 D Jakub Kindl (Grand Rapids Griffins)
  #7 D Yannick Weber (Hamilton Bulldogs)
  #35 G Cory Schneider (Manitoba Moose)

  #9 F Mike Santorelli (Milwaukee Admirals)
  #12 F Alexandre Giroux (Hershey Bears)
  #14 F Chris Minard (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)
  #3 D Johnny Boychuk (Providence Bruins)
  #77 D Derek Joslin (Worcester Sharks)
  #29 G Mike Brodeur (Rochester Americans)

Reserves:

  #4 D Rory Fitzpatrick (Rochester Americans, captain)
  #6 D Ben Lovejoy (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)
  #8 F Jared Ross (Philadelphia Phantoms†)
  #11 F Keith Aucoin (Hershey Bears)
  #12 F Ryan Potulny (Springfield Falcons)
  #14 F Michael Ryan (Albany River Rats)
  #18 F Brian Salcido (Iowa Chops†)
  #20 F Petri Kontiola (Rockford Icehogs)
  #21 F Joe Motzko (Chicago Wolves)
  #22 F Jeff Taffe (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)
  #26 D Jaime Sifers (Toronto Marlies)
  #31 G Jeff Frazee (Lowell Devils)
  #40 D Mattias Karlsson (Binghamton Senators)
  #42 F Artem Anisimov (Hartford Wolf Pack†)
  #44 D Jonas Junland (Peoria Rivermen)
  #86 G Daniel Larsson (Grand Rapids Griffins)
  #10 F Tim Kennedy (Portland Pirates**)
  #18 F Drew Miller (Iowa Chops*)
  #19 F Nathan Gerbe (Portland Pirates**)
  #21 D Bobby Sanguinetti (Hartford Wolf Pack**)
  #90 F Nikita Filatov (Syracuse Crunch*)

  #2 D Andrew MacDonald (Bridgeport Sound Tigers)
  #6 D Cody Franson (Milwaukee Admirals)
  #7 D Brett Palin (Quad City Flames)
  #16 F Cal O'Reilly (Milwaukee Admirals)
  #20 D Bryan Helmer (Hershey Bears, captain)
  #24 F Derek MacKenzie (Syracuse Crunch†)
  #25 F Mark Mancari (Portland Pirates)
  #26 F Brandon Segal (Norfolk Admirals†)
  #30 G Tyler Weiman (Lake Erie Monsters†)
  #33 G Barry Brust (Houston Aeros)
  #37 F Mike Iggulden (Bridgeport Sound Tigers)
  #48 D Kyle Cumiskey (Lake Erie Monsters)
  #62 F Teddy Purcell (Manchester Monarchs)
  #75 D Danny Syvret (Philadelphia Phantoms†)
  #84 F Corey Locke (Houston Aeros)
  #97 F Brett MacLean (San Antonio Rampage)
  #1 G Brian Elliott (Binghamton Senators*)
  #10 F Jason Krog (Manitoba Moose**)
  #19 F Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Phantoms*)
  #24 F Steve Downie (Norfolk Admirals*)
  #39 F Martin St. Pierre (Providence Bruins*)

* indicates player was called up to his NHL team. ** indicates player was named to All-Star team, but missed game due to injury. † indicates player was named as a replacement due to callups or injury.

Trophy and award winnersEdit

Team awardsEdit

Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
Richard F. Canning Trophy
Eastern Conference playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
Western Conference playoff champions:
Manitoba Moose
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy
Regular season champions, League:
Manitoba Moose
Frank Mathers Trophy
Regular season champions, Eastern Conference:
Hershey Bears
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy
Regular season champions, Western Conference:
Manitoba Moose
Emile Francis Trophy
Regular season champions, Atlantic Division:
Hartford Wolf Pack
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular season champions, East Division:
Hershey Bears
Sam Pollock Trophy
Regular season champions, North Division:
Manitoba Moose
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular season champions, West Division:
Milwaukee Admirals

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The making of the AHL schedule". theahl.com. July 17, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  2. ^ "Iowa Chops to hit the ice this fall". theahl.com. July 9, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  3. ^ "Austin, Abbotsford, Glens Falls joining AHL in 2009–10". theahl.com. April 28, 2009. Archived from the original on 2 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  4. ^ "PlanetUSA prevails on record-setting night". theahl.com. Retrieved 2009-01-29.[dead link]
  5. ^ "AHL awards 2009 AHL All-Star Classic to Worcester". theahl.com. December 5, 2007. Archived from the original on December 8, 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
Preceded by
2007–08 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
2009–10 AHL season