1988–89 AHL season

The 1988–89 AHL season was the 53rd season of the American Hockey League. Fourteen teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The league abandoned awarding points for an overtime loss. The Sherbrooke Canadiens finished first overall in the regular season. The Adirondack Red Wings won their third Calder Cup championship.

1988-89 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
F. G. "Teddy" Oke TrophySherbrooke Canadiens
Season MVPStephan Lebeau
Top scorerStephan Lebeau
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs MVPSam St. Laurent
Finals championsAdirondack Red Wings
  Runners-upNew Haven Nighthawks

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
Sherbrooke Canadiens (MTL)8047249103348261
Halifax Citadels (QUE)804230892345300
Moncton Hawks (WPG)803734983320313
New Haven Nighthawks (LA)8035351080325309
Maine Mariners (BOS)803240872262317
Springfield Indians (NYI)803244468287341
Cape Breton Oilers (EDM)802747660308388
South GP W L T Pts GF GA
Adirondack Red Wings (DET)8047276100369294
Hershey Bears (PHI)8040301090361309
Utica Devils (NJ)803734983309295
Newmarket Saints (TOR)803836682339334
Rochester Americans (BUF)803837581305302
Baltimore Skipjacks (WAS)803046464317347
Binghamton Whalers (HAR)802846662307392

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Stephan LebeauSherbrooke Canadiens78706413447
Murray EavesAdirondack Red Wings80467211884
Benoit BrunetSherbrooke Canadiens73417611795
Mike RichardBaltimore Skipjacks80446310751
Don BiggsHershey Bears763667103158
Terry YakeBinghamton Whalers7539569557
Ken PriestlayRochester Americans6456379360
Hubie McDonoughNew Haven Nighthawks7437559241
Ron WilsonMoncton Hawks80316192110
Brian DobbinHershey Bears5943489161

Calder Cup playoffs

Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
1 Sherbrooke 2
4 New Haven 4
4 New Haven 4
North Division
3 Moncton 2
2 Halifax 0
3 Moncton 4
N4 New Haven 1
S1 Adirondack 4
1 Adirondack 4
4 Newmarket 1
1 Adirondack 4
South Division
2 Hershey 3
2 Hershey 4
3 Utica 1

Trophy and award winners

Team awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Adirondack Red Wings
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Sherbrooke Canadiens
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
Adirondack Red Wings
Individual awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Stephan Lebeau - Sherbrooke Canadiens
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Stephan Lebeau - Sherbrooke Canadiens
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Stephan Lebeau - Sherbrooke Canadiens
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Dave Fenyves - Hershey Bears
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best Goaltender:
Randy Exelby - Sherbrooke Canadiens
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Randy Exelby & Francois Gravel - Sherbrooke Canadiens
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Tom McVie - Utica Devils
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Murray Eaves - Adirondack Red Wings
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Sam St. Laurent - Adirondack Red Wings
Other awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Bruce Landon
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Paul Abramowitz, Maine, (newspaper)
Pat Connolly, Cape Breton, (radio)
Brian Lambert, Springfield, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
John Forslund, Springfield Indians

See also


Preceded by
1987–88 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1989–90 AHL season
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