1978–79 AHL season

The 1978–79 AHL season was the 43rd season of the American Hockey League. The league inaugurates the Ken McKenzie Award, for the most outstanding marketing executive, showing its commitment to marketing and public relations.

1978-79 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
F. G. "Teddy" Oke TrophyMaine Mariners
Season MVPRocky Saganiuk
Top scorerBernie Johnston
Calder Cup playoffs
Finals championsMaine Mariners
  Runners-upNew Haven Nighthawks

Nine teams were scheduled to play 80 games each. The Maine Mariners repeated as first overall in the regular season, and won their second consecutive Calder Cup championship.

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 Mariners80452213103350252
New Brunswick Hawks8041291092315288
Nova Scotia Voyageurs803937482313302
Springfield Indians803338975289290
South GP W L T Pts GF GA
New Haven Nighthawks8046259101346271
Hershey Bears793536878311324
Binghamton Dusters793242569300320
Rochester Americans8026421264289349
Philadelphia Firebirds802349854230347

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Bernie JohnstonMaine Mariners7029669540
Wayne SchaabMaine Mariners8041509143
Kirk BowmanNew Brunswick Hawks8026568244
Bobby SheehanNew Haven Nighthawks7033488126
Rick MeagherNova Scotia Voyageurs7935468157
Dave LumleyNova Scotia Voyageurs61225880160
Claude NoelHershey Bears7630508027
Dale LewisNew Haven Nighthawks7629518020
Rocky SaganiukNew Brunswick Hawks6147297691
Andre PeloffySpringfield Indians77284876138

Calder Cup playoffs

  Division Semifinals     Division Finals     Calder Cup Final
  North Division     1 Maine 4  
  2 New Brunswick 2     3 Nova Scotia 2    
  3 Nova Scotia 3         N1 Maine 4
      S1 New Haven 0
  South Division     1 New Haven 4    
  2 Hershey 1     3 Binghamton 2  
  3 Binghamton 3  

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:
New Haven Nighthawks
Individual awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Rocky Saganiuk - New Brunswick Hawks
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Bernie Johnston - Maine Mariners
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Mike Meeker - Binghamton Dusters
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Terry Murray - Maine Mariners
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Pete Peeters & Robbie Moore - Maine Mariners
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Parker MacDonald - New Haven Nighthawks
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Bernie Johnston - Maine Mariners
Other awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Harry Sinden
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Eddie St. Pierre, Moncton, (newspaper)
Arnie Patterson, Nova Scotia, (radio)
Jack O'Neil, Springfield, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Roy Mlakar, New Haven Nighthawks

See also


Preceded by
1977–78 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1979–80 AHL season
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