2001–02 AHL season

The 2001–02 AHL season was the 66th season of the American Hockey League. It was the season of the biggest growth in the AHL's history, as it accepted eight new teams. The demise of the International Hockey League brought six teams transferring from the defunct league, in addition to two expansion teams.

2001–02 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
Macgregor Kilpatrick TrophyBridgeport Sound Tigers
Season MVPEric Boguniecki
Top scorerDonald MacLean
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs MVPPasi Nurminen
Finals championsChicago Wolves
  Runners-upBridgeport Sound Tigers

The AHL realigns divisions again. The Eastern conference consists of the East, North and Canadian divisions. The Western conference consists of the Central, South and West divisions. The league also announces three additional trophies. Two of which are to be awarded for the regular season champions of the new divisions. The Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy goes to the West division, and the Emile Francis Trophy goes to the North division. The third trophy, the Michael Condon Memorial Award is first awarded for outstanding service by an on-ice official in the AHL.

Twenty-seven teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers finished first overall in the regular season. The Chicago Wolves won their first Calder Cup championship, in their inaugural AHL season.

Team changes

Teams from the International Hockey League

Six teams transferred to the American Hockey League, when the International Hockey League ceased operations.

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
Quebec Citadelles (MTL)80352715388257254
Hamilton Bulldogs (EDM)80373010387247205
St. John's Maple Leafs (TOR)80342717287256240
Manitoba Moose (VAN)8039334486270260
Saint John Flames (CGY)80293413475182202
North GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Lowell Lock Monsters (CAR)80412511396229209
Manchester Monarchs (LA)80382811390236225
Worcester IceCats (STL)8039337186245218
Portland Pirates (WSH)80303115479220225
Springfield Falcons (TB/PHX)8035412274213237
East GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)8043258498240192
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR)80412610395249243
Providence Bruins (BOS)8035338482190223
Albany River Rats (NJ)801442121252172271

Western Conference

Central GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Syracuse Crunch (CBJ)80392313596228193
Rochester Americans (BUF)80323015382206211
Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (ANA/DET)80333311380216211
Cleveland Barons (SJ)8029407469223268
West GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Grand Rapids Griffins (OTT)80422711095217178
Houston Aeros (MIN)80392610593234232
Utah Grizzlies (DAL/FLA)8040296591240225
Chicago Wolves (ATL)8037317586250236
Milwaukee Admirals (NAS)80303510575198207
South GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Norfolk Admirals (CHI)80382612492222205
Hershey Bears (COL)80362711689200193
Philadelphia Phantoms (PHI)80332715586206210
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)80204413356201274

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Donald MacLeanSt. John's Maple Leafs7533548749
Eric BogunieckiWorcester IceCats45384684100
Rob BrownChicago Wolves80295483103
Brad SmythHartford Wolf Pack7934488290
Jason ChimeraHamilton Bulldogs77265177158
Justin PapineauWorcester IceCats7538387686
Eric LandryQuebec Citadelles73263662119
Brian SwansonHamilton Bulldogs6534397326
Bob WrenSt. John's Maple Leafs6924497383

Calder Cup Playoffs

Eastern Conference Qualifier
   
7 St. John's Maple Leafs 2
10 Providence Bruins 0
Eastern Conference Qualifier
   
8 Worcester IceCats 1
9 Manitoba Moose 2
Western Conference Qualifier
   
7 Chicago Wolves 2
10 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks 1
Western Conference Qualifier
   
8 Philadelphia Phantoms 2
9 Rochester Americans 0
  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
1 Bridgeport 3     1 Bridgeport 4  
8 Manitoba 1     7 St. John's 0  
2 Lowell 2 Eastern Conference
7 St. John's 3  
    1 Bridgeport 4  
  6 Hamilton 3  
3 Quebec 0  
6 Hamilton 3  
4 Hartford 3   4 Hartford 1
5 Manchester 2     6 Hamilton 4  
  E1 Bridgeport 1
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W7 Chicago 4
1 Syracuse 3     1 Syracuse 3
8 Philadelphia 0     7 Chicago 4  
2 Grand Rapids 2
7 Chicago 3  
  4 Houston 1
  7 Chicago 4  
3 Norfolk 1  
6 Hershey 3   Western Conference
4 Houston 3   4 Houston 4
5 Utah 2     6 Hershey 0  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

All Star Classic

The 15th AHL All-Star Game was played on February 14, 2002 at the Mile One Stadium in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Team Canada defeated Team PlanetUSA 13-11. In the skills competition held the day before the All-Star Game, Team Canada won 21-9 over Team PlanetUSA.

Trophy and award winners

Team awards

Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Chicago Wolves
Richard F. Canning Trophy
Eastern Conference playoff champions:
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
Western Conference playoff champions:
Chicago Wolves
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy
Regular season champions, league:
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Frank Mathers Trophy
Regular season champions, South Division:
Norfolk Admirals
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy
Regular season champions, West Division:
Grand Rapids Griffins
Emile Francis Trophy
Regular season champions, North Division:
Lowell Lock Monsters
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular season champions, East Division:
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Sam Pollock Trophy
Regular season champions, Canadian Division:
Quebec Citadelles
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular season champions, Central Division:
Syracuse Crunch

Individual Awards

Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Eric Boguniecki - Worcester IceCats
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Donald MacLean - St. John's Maple Leafs
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Tyler Arnason - Norfolk Admirals
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
John Slaney - Philadelphia Phantoms
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best goaltender:
Martin Prusek - Grand Rapids Griffins
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Martin Prusek, Simon Lajeunesse & Mathieu Chouinard - Grand Rapids Griffins
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Bruce Cassidy - Grand Rapids Griffins
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Nathan Dempsey - St. John's Maple Leafs
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award
Community Service Award:
Travis Roche - Houston Aeros
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Pasi Nurminen - Chicago Wolves

Other awards

James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Glenn Stanford, St. John's Maple Leafs
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award
Career contributions:
Bruce Landon
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Garry McKay, Hamilton, (newspaper)
WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids, (radio)
Tom Grace, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Jim Sarosy, Syracuse Crunch
Michael Condon Memorial Award
Outstanding service, on-ice official:
Jim Doyle

See also

References

Preceded by
2000–01 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
2002–03 AHL season
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