1987–88 AHL season

The 1987–88 AHL season was the 52nd season of the American Hockey League. Fourteen teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The league abandoned shootout, but continues to award points for an overtime loss. The Hershey Bears finished first overall in the regular season, and won their seventh Calder Cup championship.

1987-88 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
F. G. "Teddy" Oke TrophyMaine Mariners
Season MVPJody Gage
Top scorerBruce Boudreau
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs MVPWendell Young
Finals championsHershey Bears
  Runners-upFredericton Express

Team changes

Final standings

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

North GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Maine Mariners8044257499308284
Fredericton Express8042278395370318
Sherbrooke Canadiens8042334189316243
Nova Scotia Oilers8035349281323343
New Haven Nighthawks8033377376288307
Moncton Hawks8027438264286358
Springfield Indians8027448163269333
South GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Hershey Bears80502532105343256
Rochester Americans80462671100328272
Adirondack Red Wings80422311499306275
Binghamton Whalers8038318387353300
Utica Devils80343311281318307
Newmarket Saints8033338680282328
Baltimore Skipjacks8013589035268434

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Bruce BoudreauSpringfield Indians80427411684
Jean-Marc LanthierFredericton Express74357110637
Jody GageRochester Americans76604410446
Alfie TurcotteSherbrooke / Baltimore / Moncton66366610264
Gilles ThibaudeauSherbrooke Canadiens5939579645
Mike RichardBinghamton Whalers7246489423
Murray EavesAdirondack Red Wings6539549365
Tim LenardonUtica Devils7938539172
Marty DallmanNewmarket Saints7650398952
Tom MartinBinghamton Whalers71286189344

Calder Cup playoffs

Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
1 Maine 4
4 Nova Scotia 1
1 Maine 1
North Division
2 Fredericton 4
2 Fredericton 4
3 Sherbrooke 2
N2 Fredericton 0
S1 Hershey 4
1 Hershey 4
4 Binghamton 0
1 Hershey 4
South Division
3 Adirondack 0
2 Rochester 3
3 Adirondack 4

Trophy and award winners

Team awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Maine Mariners
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
Hershey Bears
Individual awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Jody Gage - Rochester Americans
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Bruce Boudreau - Springfield Indians
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Mike Richard - Binghamton Whalers
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
David Fenyves - Hershey Bears
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best Goaltender:
Wendell Young - Hershey Bears
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Vincent Riendeau & Jocelyn Perreault - Sherbrooke Canadiens
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
John Paddock - Hershey Bears &
Mike Milbury - Maine Mariners
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Bruce Boudreau - Springfield Indians
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Wendell Young - Hershey Bears
Other awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Tom Mitchell
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Mike Kane, Adirondack, (newspaper)
Jeff Rimer, Baltimore, (radio)
Frank Chiano, Rochester, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Doug Yingst, Hershey Bears

See also


Preceded by
1986–87 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1988–89 AHL season
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