2011–12 AHL season

The 2011–12 AHL season is the 76th season of the American Hockey League. The regular season began on October 7, 2011, and concluded on April 15, 2012. The 2012 Calder Cup playoffs follows the conclusion of the regular season.[1]

2011–12 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 7, 2011 - April 15, 2012
Regular season
Macgregor Kilpatrick TrophyNorfolk Admirals
Season MVPCory Conacher
Top scorerChris Bourque
Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs MVPAlexandre Picard
Finals championsNorfolk Admirals
  Runners-upToronto Marlies

Regular season

The 2011–12 season will feature scheduling changes in the regular season and post season. The major change will be the elimination of four games and extending the season by a week. The reasoning behind the change is to eliminate teams having to play four games in five nights. This will bring the total number of games for each team to 76. To accomplish that, the league has decided to add an additional week to the season.[2]

On July 5, 2011, the league's new realignment was revealed. The league moved from having four divisions of seven/eight teams to six even divisions of five teams, similar to that of the NHL. The Western Conference consists of the West, Midwest, and North divisions; the Eastern Conference consists of the Atlantic, Northeast, and East divisions. As a result of the Manitoba Moose relocating to St. John's, they have switched to the Eastern Conference, while the Charlotte Checkers have moved to the Western Conference.

The third installment of the AHL Outdoor Classic took place in Canada, with the Hamilton Bulldogs hosting the Toronto Marlies in a regional rivalry game at Ivor Wynne Stadium on January 21. The Marlies won the game 7–2 in front of a crowd of 20,565 spectators. This marks the first time the event has been played in Canada, and the event was moved up to the third weekend in January, instead of the third weekend in February as it has been in previous years. In addition to this game, another outdoor AHL game, between the Hershey Bears and the Adirondack Phantoms, took place as part of the 2012 NHL Winter Classic festivities on January 6, 2012. The Phantoms won that game 4–3 in overtime, and an AHL attendance record was set as the game drew a crowd of 45,653 fans.[3]

The Norfolk Admirals set a professional hockey record with 28 consecutive wins.

Playoff format

The 2011–12 playoff format will change as a result of the scheduling changes. The first round of the playoffs will now be a best of five series and the following rounds will continue to be best of seven game series'.[2]

Eight teams per conference will qualify for the playoffs. The three division winners will earn the top three seeds. Seeds four through eight will be determined by regular season points out of the remaining teams in the division. Team will be re-seeded after the first round so that the highest remaining seed plays the lowest remaining seed.

Team and NHL affiliation changes

Team changes

Affiliation changes

AHL team New affiliate Old affiliate
St. John's IceCaps (formerly Manitoba)Winnipeg (formerly Atlanta)Vancouver
Chicago WolvesVancouverAtlanta (now Winnipeg)
Rochester AmericansBuffaloFlorida
San Antonio RampageFloridaPhoenix
Portland PiratesPhoenixBuffalo


 y–  indicates team has clinched division and a playoff spot
 x–  indicates team has clinched a playoff spot
 e–  indicates team has been eliminated from playoff contention

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y–St. John's IceCaps (WPG)7643255394240216
x–Manchester Monarchs (LA)7639322383207208
e–Portland Pirates (PHX)7636314581223254
e–Providence Bruins (BOS)7635343477193214
e–Worcester Sharks (SJ)7631334874199218
Northeast Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y–Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)7641263691233219
x–Connecticut Whale (NYR)7636267786210208
e–Adirondack Phantoms (PHI)7637352278204217
e–Springfield Falcons (CBJ)7636343378217231
e–Albany Devils (NJ)7631346573190226
East Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y–Norfolk Admirals (TB)76551812113273180
x–Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)7644252595235215
x–Hershey Bears (WSH)7638264888244225
x–Syracuse Crunch (ANA)7637295584238234
e–Binghamton Senators (OTT)7629405265201243

Western Conference

North Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y–Toronto Marlies (TOR)7644245396217175
x–Rochester Americans (BUF)76362610486224221
e–Lake Erie Monsters (COL)7637293784189210
e–Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)7633327477245249
e–Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL)7634352575185226
Midwest Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y–Chicago Wolves (VAN)7642274391213193
x–Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)7640292587210190
e–Charlotte Checkers (CAR)7638293685209214
e–Peoria Rivermen (STL)7639332282217207
e–Rockford IceHogs (CHI)7635322779207228
West Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
y–Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)7645224599213176
x–Abbotsford Heat (CGY)7642263592200201
x–San Antonio Rampage (FLA)7641303287197204
x–Houston Aeros (MIN)76352551186202206
e–Texas Stars (DAL)7631403267224251

Statistical leaders

Leading skaters

The following players are sorted by points, then goals.[4]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Chris Bourque Hershey Bears 7327669342
Cory Conacher Norfolk Admirals 75394180114
Patrick Maroon Syracuse Crunch 75324274120
T. J. Hensick Peoria Rivermen 6621497020
Keith Aucoin Hershey Bears 4311597034
Tyler Johnson Norfolk Admirals 7531376828
Trevor Smith Norfolk Admirals 6425426770
Travis Morin Texas Stars 7613536646
Ryan Potulny Hershey Bears 6133326532
Kris Newbury Connecticut Whale 65253964130

Leading goaltenders

The following goaltenders with a minimum 1500 minutes played led the league in goals against average.[5]

GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (in minutes); SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; SV% = Save percentage; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout loss

Ben ScrivensToronto Marlies 39229210527842.040.92622151
Yann DanisOklahoma City Barons 43254411658852.070.92426142
Cedrick DesjardinsLake Erie Monsters 3219359976832.110.93216115
Jeremy SmithMilwaukee Admirals 563283152511952.170.92231192
Dustin TokarskiNorfolk Admirals 45258211099652.230.91332110

Calder Cup playoffs

AHL awards

Calder Cup : Norfolk Admirals
Les Cunningham Award : Cory Conacher, Norfolk
John B. Sollenberger Trophy : Chris Bourque, Hershey
Willie Marshall Award : Cory Conacher, Norfolk
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award : Cory Conacher, Norfolk
Eddie Shore Award : Mark Barberio, Norfolk
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award : Yann Danis, Oklahoma City
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award : Ben Scrivens, Toronto
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award : Jon Cooper, Norfolk
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award : Chris Minard, Grand Rapids
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award : Nick Petrecki, Worcester
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy : Alexandre Picard, Norfolk
Richard F. Canning Trophy : Norfolk Admirals
Robert W. Clarke Trophy : Toronto Marlies
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy: Norfolk Admirals
Frank Mathers Trophy: Norfolk Admirals
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy: Chicago Wolves
Emile Francis Trophy : St. John's IceCaps
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy: Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Sam Pollock Trophy: Toronto Marlies
John D. Chick Trophy: Oklahoma City Barons
James C. Hendy Memorial Award: Glenn Stanford, St. John's
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award: Lyman G Bullard, Jr.
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards: Dave Eminian, Peoria (Newspaper), Pete Michaud, Norfolk (Radio), Aaron LaFontaine, Toronto (TV)
Ken McKenzie Award: Mike Lappan, Charlotte
Michael Condon Memorial Award: Bob Paquette


  • On December 10, 2011, Chicago Wolves forward Darren Haydar recorded his 700th career AHL point. He became the 22nd player in league history to reach this milestone.
  • On February 11, 2012, Worcester Sharks coach Roy Sommer recorded his 500th win as an AHL coach. He became the fourth coach in league history to reach this milestone.
  • On March 18, 2012, the Norfolk Admirals broke the single-season consecutive wins record at 18, finishing the streak with 28 consecutive wins at the close of the season, the longest such streak in professional hockey worldwide.[6][7] The previous record was set by the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2004–05.
  • On March 25, 2012, Springfield Falcons forward Alexandre Giroux recorded his 700th career AHL point. He became the 23rd player in league history to reach this milestone.

See also


Preceded by
2010–11 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
2012–13 AHL season
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