2003–04 AHL season

The 2003–04 AHL season was the 68th season of the American Hockey League. The league introduces the Willie Marshall Award in honour the career points leader in the AHL, and awards it to the annual top goal scorer.

2003–04 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
Macgregor Kilpatrick TrophyMilwaukee Admirals
Season MVPJason LaBarbera
Top scorerPavel Rosa
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs MVPWade Flaherty
Finals championsMilwaukee Admirals
  Runners-upWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

The AHL changes from a six division alignment to four divisions within two conferences. The Eastern conference consists of the Atlantic and East divisions, and the Western conference consists of the North and West divisions. Twenty-eight teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Milwaukee Admirals finished first overall in the regular season, and won the Calder Cup, defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the finals.

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

Atlantic Division GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR)804422122102198153
Manchester Monarchs (LA)8040287592223181
Worcester Ice Cats (STL)80372713390207186
Providence Bruins (BOS)80362911487170170
Portland Pirates (WAS)80322713885156160
Lowell Lock Monsters (CAR/CGY)8032366676208242
Springfield Falcons (PHX)8026439263179234
East Division GP W L T OTL PTS GF GA
Philadelphia Phantoms (PHI)80462572101216168
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)80412312498178140
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)80342810886197197
Binghamton Senators (OTT)8034349380210216
Norfolk Admirals (CHI)8035364579210216
Hershey Bears (COL/TB)8033348579203218
Albany River Rats (NJ)80213911962182157

Western Conference

North Division GP W L T OTL PTS GF GA
Hamilton Bulldogs (MON)80412510496235191
Syracuse Crunch (CBJ)80382510793239235
Rochester Americans (BUF)80372810589207188
Cleveland Barons (SJ)8037288789235220
Toronto Roadrunners (EDM)8035348381219224
Manitoba Moose (VAN)80323511277214232
St. John's Maple Leafs (TOR)8032368476225265
West Division GP W L T OTL PTS GF GA
Milwaukee Admirals (NAS)80462473102269191
Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)8044288096195166
Chicago Wolves (ATL)8042269396246208
Houston Aeros (MIN)80283414474197220
Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (ANA)80293713172188211
San Antonio Rampage (FLA)8030428068191231
Utah Grizzlies (DAL)8027426565162230

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Pavel Rosa Manchester Monarchs 77 39 49 88 32
Domenic Pittis Rochester Americans 75 20 57 77 137
Miroslav Zalesak Cleveland Barons 72 35 40 75 80
Eric Perrin Hershey Bears 71 21 54 75 49
Kirby Law Philadelphia Phantoms 74 32 41 73 139
Brad Boyes Cleveland Barons/Providence Bruins 78 31 41 72 51
Steve Kelly Manchester Monarchs 59 21 49 70 117
Craig Darby Albany River Rats 77 21 48 69 44
Jeff Hamilton Bridgeport Sound Tigers 67 43 25 68 26
Donald MacLean Syracuse Crunch 77 27 41 68 45

Calder Cup Playoffs

A4 Providence Bruins 0
A5 Portland Pirates 2
E4 Binghamton Senators 0
E5 Norfolk Admirals 2
W4 Houston Aeros 0
W5 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks 2
N4 Cleveland Barons 2
N5 Toronto Roadrunners 1
Division Semi-finals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Finals
A1 Hartford 4
A5 Portland 1
A1 Hartford 4
A3 Worcester 0
A3 Worcester 4
A2 Manchester 2
A1 Hartford 3
E3 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4
E1 Philadelphia 4
E5 Norfolk 2
E1 Philadelphia 2
E3 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4
E3 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4
E2 Bridgeport Sound 3
E3 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0
W1 Milwaukee 4
N1 Hamilton 4
N4 Cleveland 2
N1 Hamilton 0
N3 Rochester 4
N3 Rochester 4
N2 Syracuse Crunch 3
N3 Rochester 1
W1 Milwaukee 4
W1 Milwaukee 4
W5 Cincinnati 3
W1 Milwaukee 4
W3 Chicago 2
W3 Chicago 4
W2 Grand Rapids 0

All Star Classic

The 17th AHL All-Star Classic was played on February 9, 2004, at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Team Canada defeated team PlanetUSA 9-5. In the skills competition held the night before, team PlanetUSA defeated team Canada 18-9.[1]

Trophy and award winners

Team awards

Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Milwaukee Admirals
Richard F. Canning Trophy
Eastern Conference playoff champions:
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
Western Conference playoff champions:
Milwaukee Admirals
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy
Regular season champions, League:
Milwaukee Admirals
Frank Mathers Trophy
Regular Season champions, Eastern Conference:
Hartford Wolf Pack
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy
Regular Season champions, Western Conference:
Milwaukee Admirals
Emile Francis Trophy
Regular Season champions, Atlantic Division:
Hartford Wolf Pack
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, East Division:
Philadelphia Phantoms
Sam Pollock Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Hamilton Bulldogs
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, West Division:
Milwaukee Admirals

Individual awards

Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Jason LaBarbera - Hartford Wolf Pack
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Pavel Rosa - Manchester Monarchs
Willie Marshall Award
Top goal scorer:
Jeff Hamilton - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Wade Dubielewicz - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Curtis Murphy - Milwaukee Admirals
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best Goaltender:
Jason LaBarbera - Hartford Wolf Pack
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest Goals Against Average:
Wade Dubielewicz & Dieter Kochan - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Claude Noel - Milwaukee Admirals
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Ken Gernander - Hartford Wolf Pack
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award
Community Service Award:
Kurtis Foster - Chicago Wolves
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Wade Flaherty - Milwaukee Admirals

Other awards

James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Jeff Eisenberg, Manchester Monarchs
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award
Career contributions:
Roy Boe & Jack Kelley
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Mike Fornabaio, Bridgeport, (newspaper)
John Walton, Hershey, (radio)
Comcast Cable, Chicago, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Chris Schwartz, St. John's Maple Leafs
Michael Condon Memorial Award
Outstanding service, on-ice official:
Dan Murphy

See also


  1. "2004 Pepsi AHL All-Star Classic". theahl.com. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
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