1979–80 AHL season

The 1979–80 AHL season was the 44th season of the American Hockey League. Ten teams were scheduled to play 80 games each. The New Haven Nighthawks finished first overall in the regular season. The Hershey Bears won their sixth Calder Cup championship.

1979-80 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
F. G. "Teddy" Oke TrophyNew Brunswick Hawks
Season MVPNorm Dube
Top scorerNorm Dube
Calder Cup playoffs
Finals championsHershey Bears
  Runners-upNew Brunswick Hawks

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
New Brunswick Hawks794427896325271
Nova Scotia Voyageurs794329793331271
Maine Mariners8041281193307266
Adirondack Red Wings8032371175297309
Springfield Indians8031371274292302
South GP W L T Pts GF GA
New Haven Nighthawks8046259101350305
Hershey Bears803539676289273
Syracuse Firebirds803142769303364
Rochester Americans8028421066260327
Binghamton Dusters802449755268334

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Norm DubeNova Scotia Voyageurs79406110149
Keith ActonNova Scotia Voyageurs7545539838
Gordie ClarkMaine Mariners7947439064
Bruce BoudreauNew Brunswick7536549047
Bill LocheadNew Haven Nighthawks6846438990
Rick ShinskeAdirondack Red Wings7822588020
Paul EvansMaine Mariners8021567766
Rick MeagherNova Scotia Voyageurs6432447653
Dan MetivierNova Scotia Voyageurs7635407529
Gord BrooksSyracuse Firebirds7734417538

Calder Cup playoffs

Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
1 New Brunswick 4
4 Adirondack 1
1 New Brunswick 4
North 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
South Division
2 Hershey 4
2 Hershey 4
3 Syracuse 0

Trophy and award winners

Team awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
New Brunswick Hawks
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
New Haven Nighthawks
Individual awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Norm Dube - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Norm Dube - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Darryl Sutter - New Brunswick Hawks
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Rick Vasko - Adirondack Red Wings
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Rick St. Croix & Robbie Moore - Maine Mariners
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Doug Gibson - Hershey Bears
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Norm Dube - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Other awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Ned Harkness
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Paul Marslano, New Haven, (newspaper)
Bill Brady, Springfield, (radio)
Dale Darling, Maine, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Bruce Landon, Springfield Indians

See also


Preceded by
1978–79 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1980–81 AHL season
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