1986–87 AHL season

The 1986–87 AHL season was the 51st season of the American Hockey League. 13 teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The league institutes awarding one point in the standings, for an overtime loss. The league experimented with a shootout to settle games tied after a scoreless overtime period; the format would not be used again until the 2004–05 season.

1986-87 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
F. G. "Teddy" Oke TrophySherbrooke Canadiens
Season MVPTim Tookey
Top scorerTim Tookey
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs MVPDavid Fenyves
Finals championsRochester Americans
  Runners-upSherbrooke Canadiens

The Sherbrooke Canadiens finished first overall in the regular season. The Rochester Americans won their fifth Calder Cup championship.

Team changes

Final standings

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime losses; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points;

North GP W L OTL Pts GF GA
Sherbrooke Canadiens8050282102328257
Adirondack Red Wings804431593329296
Moncton Golden Flames804331692338315
Nova Scotia Oilers803839379318315
Maine Mariners803540575272298
Fredericton Express803243569292357
South GP W L OTL Pts GF GA
Rochester Americans8047267101315263
Binghamton Whalers8047267101309259
New Haven Nighthawks8044251199331315
Hershey Bears804336187329309
Baltimore Skipjacks803537878277295
Springfield Indians803440674296344
Newmarket Saints802848460226337

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Tim TookeyHershey Bears80517312445
Alain LemieuxBaltimore Skipjacks7241569762
Brett HullMoncton Golden Flames6750429216
Mitch LamoureuxHershey Bears78434689122
Ross FitzpatrickHershey Bears6645408534
Glenn MerkoskyAdirondack Red Wings7754318566
Ray AllisonHershey Bears7829558457
Bruce BoudreauNova Scotia Oilers7835478240
Serge BoisvertSherbrooke Canadiens7827548129
Wes JarvisNewmarket Saints7028507832

Calder Cup playoffs

Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
1 Sherbrooke 4
4 Nova Scotia 1
1 Sherbrooke 4
North Division
2 Adirondack 1
2 Adirondack 4
3 Moncton 2
N1 Sherbrooke 3
S1 Rochester 4
1 Rochester 4
4 Hershey 1
1 Rochester 4
South Division
2 Binghamton 2
2 Binghamton 4
3 New Haven 3

Trophy and Award winners

Team awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Rochester Americans
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Sherbrooke Canadiens
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
Rochester Americans
Individual awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Tim Tookey - Hershey Bears
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Tim Tookey - Hershey Bears
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Brett Hull - Moncton Golden Flames
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Brad Shaw - Binghamton Whalers
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best Goaltender:
Mark Laforest - Adirondack Red Wings
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Vincent Riendeau - Sherbrooke Canadiens
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Larry Pleau - Binghamton Whalers
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Glenn Merkosky - Adirondack Red Wings
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
David Fenyves - Rochester Americans
Other awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Joel Schiavone
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Joel Jacobson, Nova Scotia, (newspaper)
Dave Morrell, Fredericton, (radio)
Arnold Klinsky, Rochester, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Larry Haley, Moncton Golden Flames

See also


Preceded by
1985–86 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1987–88 AHL season
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