1995–96 AHL season

The 1995–96 AHL season was the 60th season of the American Hockey League. The AHL expands by two teams and realigns into two conferences, and four divisions. The Northern Conference includes the North and Atlantic Divisions. The Southern Conference include the South Division and the newly created Central Division.

1995-96 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
F. G. "Teddy" Oke TrophySpringfield Falcons
Season MVPBrad Smyth
Top scorerBrad Smyth
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs MVPDixon Ward
Finals championsRochester Americans
  Runners-upPortland Pirates

The league introduces two new trophies for division champions of the regular season. The Frank Mathers Trophy is first awarded for the south division, and the Sam Pollock Trophy is first awarded for the atlantic Division. The John D. Chick Trophy becomes awarded to the central division.

The AHL revives awarding points for overtime losses, last awarded in the 1987–88 AHL season. Eighteen teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Albany River Rats finished first overall in the regular season. The Rochester Americans won their sixth Calder Cup championship.

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;

Northern Conference

Atlantic GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Prince Edward Island Senators (OTT)8038336385303313
Saint John Flames (CGY)80353011485272264
St. John's Maple Leafs (TOR)80313114480248274
Fredericton Canadiens (MTL)80343511079307308
Cape Breton Oilers (EDM)8033403473290323
Springfield Falcons (HFD/WPG)804222115100272215
Worcester IceCats (STL)80362812488242244
Portland Pirates (WAS)80323410478282283
Providence Bruins (BOS)80303610474249280

Southern Conference

Albany River Rats (NJ)80541970115322218
Adirondack Red Wings (DET)8038328286271247
Rochester Americans (BUF)8037345483294297
Cornwall Aces (COL)8034347580249251
Syracuse Crunch (VAN)8031375774257307
Binghamton Rangers (NYR)8039317388333331
Hershey Bears (PHI)80363011386301287
Baltimore Bandits (ANA)8033369277279299
Carolina Monarchs (FLA)80283811370313343

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Brad SmythCarolina Monarchs68685812680
Jim MontgomeryHershey Bears78347110595
Mike CasselmanCarolina Monarchs70346810246
Gilbert DionneCarolina Monarchs55435810129
Peter FerraroBinghamton Rangers684853101157
Chris FerraroBinghamton Rangers77326799208
Craig CharronRochester Americans7243529579
Jean-Yves RoyPrince Edward Island Senators6740559564
Dixon WardRochester Americans7138569474
Brett HarkinsCarolina Monarchs5523719444
Andrew BrunettePortland Pirates69286694125

Calder Cup playoffs

Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
A1 P.E.I. 2
A4 Fredericton 3
A4 Fredericton 1
Atlantic Division
A2 Saint John 4
A2 Saint John 3
A3 St. John's 1
A2 Saint John 3
Northern Conference
N3 Portland 4
N1 Springfield 3
N4 Providence 1
N1 Springfield 2
North Division
N3 Portland 4
N2 Worcester 1
N3 Portland 3
N3 Portland 3
C3 Rochester 4
C1 Albany 1
C4 Cornwall 3
C4 Cornwall 0
Central Division
C3 Rochester 4
C2 Adirondack 0
C3 Rochester 3
C3 Rochester 4
Southern Conference
C5 Syracuse 1
S1 Binghamton 1
C5 Syracuse 3
C5 Syracuse 4
South Division
S3 Baltimore 3
S2 Hershey 2
S3 Baltimore 3

All Star Classic

The 9th AHL All-Star Game was played on January 16, 1996, at the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Team USA defeated Team Canada 6-5. In the inaugural AHL skills competition held the day before the All-Star Game, Team USA won 14-12 over Team Canada.[1]

Trophy and award winners

Team Awards

Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Rochester Americans
Richard F. Canning Trophy
Northern Conference playoff champions:
Portland Pirates
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
Southern Conference playoff champions:
Rochester Americans
Frank Mathers Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
Binghamton Rangers
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Springfield Falcons
Sam Pollock Trophy
Regular Season champions, Atlantic Division:
Prince Edward Island Senators
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, Central Division:
Albany River Rats

Individual awards

Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Brad Smyth - Carolina Monarchs
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Brad Smyth - Carolina Monarchs
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Darcy Tucker - Fredericton Canadiens
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Barry Richter - Binghamton Rangers
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best Goaltender:
Manny Legace - Springfield Falcons
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Manny Legace & Scott Langkow - Springfield Falcons
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Robbie Ftorek - Albany River Rats
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Ken Gernander - Binghamton Rangers
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Dixon Ward - Rochester Americans

Other awards

James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Steve Donner, Rochester Americans
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Kevin Oklobzija, Rochester, (newspaper)
Seth Everett, Syracuse, (radio)
Tom Caron, New England Sports Network, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Tim Kuhl, Syracuse Crunch

See also


Preceded by
1994–95 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1996–97 AHL season
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