2002–03 AHL season

The 2002–03 AHL season was the 67th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-eight teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Hamilton Bulldogs finished first overall in the regular season. The Houston Aeros won their first Calder Cup championship.

2002–03 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
Macgregor Kilpatrick TrophyHamilton Bulldogs
Season MVPJason Ward
Top scorerSteve Maltais
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs MVPJohan Holmqvist
Finals championsHouston Aeros
  Runners-upHamilton Bulldogs

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
Hamilton Bulldogs (EDM/MTL)80491984110279191
Manitoba Moose (VAN)8037338284229228
St. John's Maple Leafs (TOR)8032406272236285
Saint John Flames (CGY)8032416171203223
North GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Providence Bruins (BOS)804420115104268227
Manchester Monarchs (LA)80402311697254209
Worcester IceCats (STL)80352715388235220
Portland Pirates (WSH)80332813685221195
Lowell Lock Monsters (CAR)8019517348175275
Binghamton Senators (OTT)8043269297239207
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)80402611394219198
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR)80332712886255236
Springfield Falcons (PHX/TB)8034387176202243
Albany River Rats (NJ)80253711768197235

Western Conference

Central GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)80482282106240177
Rochester Americans (BUF)80313014581219221
Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (ANA)80263513671202242
Syracuse Crunch (CBJ)8027418466201256
Cleveland Barons (SJ)8022485554203286
Houston Aeros (MIN)80472373104266222
Chicago Wolves (ATL)8043258498276237
San Antonio Rampage (FLA)80362911487235226
Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)80322714785247251
Utah Grizzlies (DAL)8037344583227243
South GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Norfolk Admirals (CHI)80372612591201187
Hershey Bears (COL)80362714389217209
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)8036327584245248
Philadelphia Phantoms (PHI)8033336880198212

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Steve MaltaisChicago Wolves7930568686
Jean-Guy TrudelHouston Aeros7931548585
Michel PicardGrand Rapids Griffins6141448599
Mark MowersGrand Rapids Griffins7834478147
Simon GamacheChicago Wolves7635427737
Darren HaydarMilwaukee Admirals7529467536
Cory LaroseHouston Aeros / Hartford Wolf Pack8227487577
Craig DarbyAlbany River Rats7623517442
Mark GreigPhiladelphia Phantoms73304474127
Keith AucoinProvidence Bruins7825497471

Calder Cup playoffs

Eastern Conference Qualifier
7 Hartford Wolf Pack 0
10 Springfield Falcons 2
Eastern Conference Qualifier
8 Portland Pirates 1
9 Manitoba Moose 2
Western Conference Qualifier
7 Milwaukee Admirals 2
10 Rochester Americans 1
Western Conference Qualifier
8 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2
9 Utah Grizzlies 0
  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
1 Hamilton 3     1 Hamilton 4  
8 Springfield 1     9 Manitoba 3  
2 Providence 1 Eastern Conference
7 Manitoba 3  
    1 Hamilton 4  
  3 Binghamton 1  
3 Binghamton 3  
6 Worcester 0  
4 Manchester 0   3 Binghamton 4
5 Bridgeport 3     5 Bridgeport 2  
  E1 Hamilton 3
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W2 Houston 4
1 Grand Rapids 3     1 Grand Rapids 4
8 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1     4 Chicago 0  
2 Houston 3
7 Milwaukee 0  
  1 Grand Rapids 3
  2 Houston 4  
3 Norfolk 3  
6 San Antonio 0   Western Conference
4 Chicago 3   2 Houston 4
5 Hershey 2     3 Norfolk 2  
  • 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 16th AHL All-Star Game was played on February 3, 2003 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Team Canada defeated Team PlanetUSA 10-7. In the skills competition held the day before the All-Star Game, Team Canada won 15-13 over Team PlanetUSA.

Trophy and award winners

Team awards

Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Houston Aeros
Richard F. Canning Trophy
Eastern Conference playoff champions:
Hamilton Bulldogs
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
Western Conference playoff champions:
Houston Aeros
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy
Regular season champions, league:
Hamilton Bulldogs
Frank Mathers Trophy
Regular season champions, South Division:
Norfolk Admirals
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy
Regular season champions, West Division:
Houston Aeros
Emile Francis Trophy
Regular season champions, North Division:
Providence Bruins
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular season champions, East Division:
Binghamton Senators
Sam Pollock Trophy
Regular season champions, Canadian Division:
Hamilton Bulldogs
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular season champions, Central Division:
Grand Rapids Griffins

Individual awards

Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Jason Ward - Hamilton Bulldogs
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Steve Maltais - Chicago Wolves
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Darren Haydar - Milwaukee Admirals
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Curtis Murphy - Houston Aeros
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best goaltender:
Marc Lamothe - Grand Rapids Griffins
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Marc Lamothe, Joey MacDonald - Grand Rapids Griffins
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Claude Julien & Geoff Ward - Hamilton Bulldogs
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Chris Ferraro - Portland Pirates &
Eric Healey - Manchester Monarchs
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award
Community Service Award:
Jimmy Roy - Manitoba Moose
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Johan Holmqvist - Houston Aeros

Other awards

James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Jeff Barrett, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award
Career contributions:
Bill Watters
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Joe Conklin, Grand Rapids, (newspaper)
Dave Ahlers, Portland, (radio)
Rogers Sportsnet, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Don Helbig, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
Michael Condon Memorial Award
Outstanding service, on-ice official:
Marty Demers

See also


Preceded by
2001–02 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
2003–04 AHL season
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