2000–01 AHL season

The 2000–01 AHL season was the 65th season of the American Hockey League. The league realigns its divisions again. The Atlantic division is renamed the Canadian division. The Empire State division is replaced by the South division, with many teams shifting from the Mid-Atlantic division.

2000–01 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
Macgregor Kilpatrick TrophyWorcester IceCats
Season MVPDerek Armstrong
Top scorerDerek Armstrong
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs MVPSteve Begin
Finals championsSaint John Flames
  Runners-upWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Twenty teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Worcester IceCats finished first overall in the regular season. The Saint John Flames won their first 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;

Eastern Conference

Canadian GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Saint John Flames (CGY)80442475100269210
Quebec Citadelles (MTL)8041323489264252
St. John's Maple Leafs (TOR)8035358280247244
Hamilton Bulldogs (EDM)8028416567227281
New England GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Worcester IceCats (STL)80482093108264205
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR)8040268694263247
Providence Bruins (BOS)80353110484245242
Lowell Lock Monsters (LA/NYI)8035355580225244
Portland Pirates (WAS)8034404274250280
Springfield Falcons (PHX/NYI)8029378672253280

Western Conference

Mid-Atlantic GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Rochester Americans (BUF)80462293104224192
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)8036339283252248
Syracuse Crunch (CBJ)80333012583235254
Philadelphia Phantoms (PHI)8036345582246244
Hershey Bears (COL)8034394375216234
Albany River Rats (NJ)8030406470216262
South GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Kentucky Thoroughblades (SJ)80422512197273212
Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (ANA/DET)8041269495254240
Norfolk Admirals (CHI)80362613590241208
Louisville Panthers (FLA)8021515350200285

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Derek ArmstrongHartford Wolf Pack75326910173
Jean-Guy TrudelSpringfield Falcons8034659989
Ryan KraftKentucky Thoroughblades7738508836
Mark GreigPhiladelphia Phantoms7431578898
Brad SmythHartford Wolf Pack77502979110
Bill BowlerSyracuse Crunch7221587950
Mikael SamuelssonKentucky Thoroughblades6632467858
Marty MurraySaint John Flames5624527636
Jim MontgomeryKentucky Thoroughblades5522527444
Steve BancroftKentucky Thoroughblades80235073162

Calder Cup playoffs

Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
C1 Saint John 3
N5 Portland 0
C1 Saint John 4
Canadian Division
C2 Quebec 1
C2 Quebec 3
C3 St. John's 1
C1 Saint John 4
Eastern Conference
N3 Providence 1
N1 Worcester 3
N4 Lowell 1
N1 Worcester 3
New England Division
N3 Providence 4
N2 Hartford 2
N3 Providence 3
C1 Saint John 4
M2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2
M1 Rochester 1
M4 Philadelphia 3
M2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4
Mid-Atlantic Division
M4 Philadelphia 2
M2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3
M3 Syracuse 2
M2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4
Western Conference
M5 Hershey 0
S1 Kentucky 0
M5 Hershey 3
S3 Norfolk 1
Southern Division
M5 Hershey 4
S2 Cincinnati 1
S3 Norfolk 3

All Star Classic

The 14th AHL All-Star Game was played on January 15, 2001 at the First Union Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Team Canada defeated Team PlanetUSA 11-10. In the skills competition held the day before the All-Star Game, Team PlanetUSA won 16-8 over Team Canada.

Trophy and award winners

Team awards

Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Saint John Flames
Richard F. Canning Trophy
Eastern Conference playoff champions:
Saint John Flames
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
Western Conference playoff champions:
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy
Regular season champions, League:
Worcester IceCats
Frank Mathers Trophy
Regular Season champions, Mid-Atlantic Division:
Rochester Americans
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, New England Division:
Worcester IceCats
Sam Pollock Trophy
Regular Season champions, Canadian Division:
Saint John Flames
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
Kentucky Thoroughblades

Individual awards

Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Derek Armstrong - Hartford Wolf Pack
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Derek Armstrong - Hartford Wolf Pack
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Ryan Kraft - Kentucky Thoroughblades
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
John Slaney - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton / Philadelphia
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best goaltender:
Dwayne Roloson - Worcester IceCats
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Mika Noronen & Tom Askey - Rochester Americans
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Don Granato - Worcester IceCats
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Kent Hulst - Portland / Providence
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award
Community Service Award:
Mike Minard - St. John's Maple Leafs
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Steve Begin - Saint John Flames

Other awards

James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Stew MacDonald, Saint John Flames
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award
Career contributions:
Bill Torrey
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Tris Wykes, Norfolk, (newspaper)
Bob Crawford, Hartford, (radio)
Fox Sports Net, Pittsburgh, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Dave Cieslinski, Rochester Americans

See also


Preceded by
1999–2000 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
2001–02 AHL season
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