2014–15 AHL season

The 2014–15 AHL season was the 79th season of the American Hockey League. The regular season began in October 2014 and ended in April 2015. The 2015 Calder Cup playoffs followed the conclusion of the regular season.

2014–15 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
DurationOctober 2014 - April 2015
Regular season
Macgregor Kilpatrick TrophyManchester Monarchs
Season MVPBrian O'Neill
Top scorerBrian O'Neill
Calder Cup playoffs
Eastern Conference championsManchester Monarchs
  Eastern Conference runners-upHartford Wolf Pack
Western Conference championsUtica Comets
  Western Conference runners-upGrand Rapids Griffins
Calder Cup playoffs MVPJordan Weal
Calder Cup playoffs
ChampionsManchester Monarchs
  Runners-upUtica Comets

Team and NHL affiliation changes

Relocations

On July 9, 2014, the President of the AHL announced a realignment for the 2014–15 season. Eastern Conference changes include the Lehigh Valley Phantoms relocation and swapping to the East Division from the Northeast Division with the Syracuse Crunch. Western Conference changes include the Lake Erie Monsters moving from the North Division to the Midwest Division, and the Iowa Wild moving from the Midwest to the West Division due to the Adirondack Flames relocation in to the North Division [5]

Rule changes

  • Overtime was extended to seven minutes. Following the first whistle beyond the first three minutes, both teams are reduced further from four to three men on the ice.[6]
  • Shootouts switched to the NHL format of three skaters a side.[6]
  • If a goaltender deliberately knocks the goal out of place during a breakaway, the goaltender shall be ejected from the game, and the backup goaltender will be required to face a penalty shot against any player of the opposing team's choosing. This rule was imposed midseason after Bridgeport Sound Tigers goaltender David Leggio knocked his goal out of place during a 2-on-0 breakaway, determining (correctly) that the penalty shot he would face under then-current rules would have been easier to defend than the 2-on-0 breakaway he was facing.[7]

Standings

 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

    Eastern Conference Div GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
    1y– Manchester Monarchs (LA)AT76501763109241176
    2y– Hershey Bears (WSH)ET76462253100218181
    3y– Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR)NE7643245495221214
    4x– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)ET7645243497212163
    5x– Syracuse Crunch (TB)NE76412510092218219
    6x– Providence Bruins (BOS)AT7641267291209185
    7x– Worcester Sharks (SJ)AT7641294288224198
    8x– Portland Pirates (ARI)AT7639287287203190
    9e– Springfield Falcons (CBJ)NE7638288286192209
    10e– Albany Devils (NJ)NE7637285685199201
    11e– Binghamton Senators (OTT)ET7634347176242258
    12e– St. John's IceCaps (WPG)AT7632339275183235
    13e– Lehigh Valley Phantoms (PHI)ET7633357174194237
    14e– Norfolk Admirals (ANA)ET7627396464168219
    15e– Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)NE7628407164213246

    Western Conference

      Western Conference Div GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA
      1y– Utica Comets (VAN)NO76472072103219182
      2y– Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)MW76462262100249185
      3y– San Antonio Rampage (FLA)WT7645237198248222
      4x– Rockford IceHogs (CHI)MW7646235299222180
      5x– Texas Stars (DAL)WT76402213194242216
      6x– Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)WT7641275390224212
      7x– Toronto Marlies (TOR)NO7640279089207203
      8x– Chicago Wolves (STL)MW7640296187210198
      9e– Lake Erie Monsters (COL)MW7635298482211240
      10e– Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL)NO76342912181201208
      11e– Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)MW7633288781206218
      12e– Adirondack Flames (CGY)NO7635336278233240
      13e– Charlotte Checkers (CAR)WT7631386169172231
      14e– Rochester Americans (BUF)NO7629415164209251
      15e– Iowa Wild (MIN)WT7623492250172245

      Statistical leaders

      Leading skaters

      The following players are sorted by points, then goals. Updated as of April 18, 2015.[8]

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

      Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
      Brian O'Neill Manchester Monarchs 7122588055
      Andy Miele Grand Rapids Griffins 7126447042
      Jordan Weal Manchester Monarchs 7320496956
      Jonathan Marchessault Syracuse Crunch 6824436738
      Chris Bourque Hartford Wolf Pack 7329376666
      Shane Prince Binghamton Senators 7228376531
      Andrew Agozzino Lake Erie Monsters 7430346455
      Dustin Jeffrey Bridgeport Sound Tigers 6925396422
      Travis Morin Texas Stars 6322416340
      Teemu Pulkkinen Grand Rapids Griffins 4634276130

      Leading goaltenders

      The following goaltenders with a minimum 1500 minutes played lead the league in goals against average. Updated as of April 19, 2015.[9]

      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

      Player Team GPTOISAGASOGAASV%WLOT
      Matt MurrayWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 402320:49102961121.58.94125103
      Jacob MarkstromUtica Comets 321879:368955951.88.9342272
      Anton ForsbergSpringfield Falcons 301763:518085932.01.9272081
      Jeremy SmithProvidence Bruins 392277:5311567832.05.93322115
      Aaron DellWorcester Sharks 261544:087285342.06.9271582

      Calder Cup playoffs

        Conference quarterfinals Conference semifinals Conference finals Calder Cup Final
                                           
      1 Manchester 3     1 Manchester 4  
      8 Portland 2     4 W-B/Scranton 1  
      2 Hershey 3 Eastern Conference
      7 Worcester 1  
          1 Manchester 4  
        3 Hartford 0  
      3 Hartford 3  
      6 Providence 2  
      4 W-B/Scranton 3   2 Hershey 2
      5 Syracuse 0     3 Hartford 4  
        E1 Manchester 4
      (Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
        W1 Utica 1
      1 Utica 3     1 Utica 4
      8 Chicago 2     6 Oklahoma City 3  
      2 Grand Rapids 3
      7 Toronto 2  
        1 Utica 4
        2 Grand Rapids 2  
      3 San Antonio 0  
      6 Oklahoma City 3   Western Conference
      4 Rockford 3   2 Grand Rapids 4
      5 Texas 0     4 Rockford 1  
      • 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.

      AHL awards

      Calder Cup : Manchester Monarchs
      Les Cunningham Award : Brian O'Neill, Manchester
      John B. Sollenberger Trophy : Brian O'Neill, Manchester
      Willie Marshall Award : Teemu Pulkkinen, Grand Rapids
      Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award : Matt Murray, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
      Eddie Shore Award : Chris Wideman, Binghamton
      Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award : Matt Murray, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
      Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award : Matt Murray & Jeff Zatkoff, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
      Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award : Mike Stothers, Manchester
      Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award : Jeff Hoggan, Grand Rapids
      Yanick Dupre Memorial Award : Kyle Hagel, Charlotte
      Jack A. Butterfield Trophy : Jordan Weal, Manchester[10]
      Richard F. Canning Trophy : Manchester Monarchs
      Robert W. Clarke Trophy : Utica Comets
      Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy: Manchester Monarchs
      Frank Mathers Trophy: Hershey Bears
      Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy: Grand Rapids Griffins
      Emile Francis Trophy : Manchester Monarchs
      F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy: Hartford Wolf Pack
      Sam Pollock Trophy: Utica Comets
      John D. Chick Trophy: San Antonio Rampage
      James C. Hendy Memorial Award: Vance Lederman, Syracuse
      Thomas Ebright Memorial Award: Michael Andlauer, Hamilton
      James H. Ellery Memorial Awards: Brendan Burke, Utica
      Ken McKenzie Award: Brian Coe, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
      Michael Condon Memorial Award: Mike Emanatian

      All-Star Teams

      First All-Star Team


      Second All-Star Team


      All-Rookie Team

      Milestones

      See also

      References

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      Preceded by
      2013–14
      AHL seasons Succeeded by
      2015–16
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