1977–78 AHL season

The 1977–78 AHL season was the 42nd season of the American Hockey League. The season was in jeopardy when the last of the original eight franchises of the "International-American Hockey League", the Rhode Island Reds (previously Providence Reds) folded in the offseason, and the AHL was left with five teams. The league increased its member teams by four, when the North American Hockey League and Southern Hockey Leagues both folded before the 1977–78 season. Two teams joined from the NAHL, and another from the SHL, along with one expansion team.

1977-78 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
F. G. "Teddy" Oke TrophyMaine Mariners
Season MVPBlake Dunlop
Top scorerRick Adduono
Gord Brooks
Calder Cup playoffs
Finals championsMaine Mariners
  Runners-upNew Haven Nighthawks

North and south divisions were resumed. The F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy resumes as the regular season championship trophy for the north division, and the John D. Chick Trophy resumes as the regular season championship trophy for the south division. The Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award is first awarded to the player best exemplifying sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.

Nine teams were scheduled to play 80 games each, however the Hampton Gulls folded on February 10, 1978, playing 46 games. The Maine Mariners finished first overall in the regular season, and won the Calder Cup championship as a first year expansion team.

Team changes

Final standings

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
Maine Mariners (PHI)804328995305256
Nova Scotia Voyageurs (MTL)8137281690304250
Springfield Indians (LA)813933987348350
Binghamton Dusters (PIT)812746862287377
South GP W L T Pts GF GA
Rochester Americans (BOS)814331793332296
New Haven Nighthawks (NYR)8038311187313292
Philadelphia Firebirds8135351181294290
Hershey Bears8127441064281324
Hampton Gulls461528333142171

Suspended operations.

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Gord BrooksPhiladelphia Firebirds8142569840
Rick AdduonoRochester Americans7638609834
Al HillMaine Mariners80325991118
Bob CollyardPhiladelphia Firebirds7928629042
Andre PeloffySpringfield Indians6733558873
Gordie ClarkRochester Americans7537518818
Joe HardyBinghamton Dusters7324638756
Tom ColleyNew Haven Nighthawks8032548617
Charlie SimmerSpringfield Indians75424183100

Calder Cup playoffs

  Division Semifinals     Division Finals     Calder Cup Final
  North Division     1 Maine 4  
  2 Nova Scotia 3     2 Nova Scotia 3    
  3 Springfield 1         N1 Maine 4
      S2 New Haven 1
  South Division     1 Rochester 2    
  2 New Haven 3     2 New Haven 4  
  3 Philadelphia 1  

Trophy and award winners

Team awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Maine Mariners
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Maine Mariners
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
Rochester Americans
Individual awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Blake Dunlop - Maine Mariners
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Rick Adduono - Rochester Americans &
Gord Brooks - Philadelphia Firebirds
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Norm Dupont - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Terry Murray - Maine Mariners
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Bob Holland & Maurice Barrette - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Bob McCammon - Maine Mariners
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Blake Dunlop - Maine Mariners
Other awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Sam Pollock
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Brian Thayer, Maine, (newspaper)
Al Kalter, Binghamton, (radio)
Tim Melton, Hershey & Frank Fixaris, Maine, (television)

See also


Preceded by
1976–77 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1978–79 AHL season
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