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|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Duration||October 2014 - April 2015|
|Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy||Manchester Monarchs|
|Season MVP||Brian O'Neill|
|Top scorer||Brian O'Neill|
|Calder Cup playoffs|
|Eastern Conference champions||Manchester Monarchs|
|Eastern Conference runners-up||Hartford Wolf Pack|
|Western Conference champions||Utica Comets|
|Western Conference runners-up||Grand Rapids Griffins|
|Calder Cup playoffs MVP||Jordan Weal|
|Calder Cup playoffs|
Team and NHL affiliation changes
- The Adirondack Phantoms relocated to Allentown, Pennsylvania, to play as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
- The Abbotsford Heat relocated to Glens Falls, New York, after the City of Abbotsford terminated their lease agreement with the Calgary Flames. The team became the Adirondack Flames and played out of the Glens Falls Civic Center.
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
- 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.
- Shootouts switched to the NHL format of three skaters a side.
- 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.
indicates team has clinched division and a playoff spot
indicates team has clinched a playoff spot
indicates team has been eliminated from playoff contention
|1||y– Manchester Monarchs (LA)||AT||76||50||17||6||3||109||241||176|
|2||y– Hershey Bears (WSH)||ET||76||46||22||5||3||100||218||181|
|3||y– Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR)||NE||76||43||24||5||4||95||221||214|
|4||x– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)||ET||76||45||24||3||4||97||212||163|
|5||x– Syracuse Crunch (TB)||NE||76||41||25||10||0||92||218||219|
|6||x– Providence Bruins (BOS)||AT||76||41||26||7||2||91||209||185|
|7||x– Worcester Sharks (SJ)||AT||76||41||29||4||2||88||224||198|
|8||x– Portland Pirates (ARI)||AT||76||39||28||7||2||87||203||190|
|9||e– Springfield Falcons (CBJ)||NE||76||38||28||8||2||86||192||209|
|10||e– Albany Devils (NJ)||NE||76||37||28||5||6||85||199||201|
|11||e– Binghamton Senators (OTT)||ET||76||34||34||7||1||76||242||258|
|12||e– St. John's IceCaps (WPG)||AT||76||32||33||9||2||75||183||235|
|13||e– Lehigh Valley Phantoms (PHI)||ET||76||33||35||7||1||74||194||237|
|14||e– Norfolk Admirals (ANA)||ET||76||27||39||6||4||64||168||219|
|15||e– Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)||NE||76||28||40||7||1||64||213||246|
|1||y– Utica Comets (VAN)||NO||76||47||20||7||2||103||219||182|
|2||y– Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)||MW||76||46||22||6||2||100||249||185|
|3||y– San Antonio Rampage (FLA)||WT||76||45||23||7||1||98||248||222|
|4||x– Rockford IceHogs (CHI)||MW||76||46||23||5||2||99||222||180|
|5||x– Texas Stars (DAL)||WT||76||40||22||13||1||94||242||216|
|6||x– Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)||WT||76||41||27||5||3||90||224||212|
|7||x– Toronto Marlies (TOR)||NO||76||40||27||9||0||89||207||203|
|8||x– Chicago Wolves (STL)||MW||76||40||29||6||1||87||210||198|
|9||e– Lake Erie Monsters (COL)||MW||76||35||29||8||4||82||211||240|
|10||e– Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL)||NO||76||34||29||12||1||81||201||208|
|11||e– Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)||MW||76||33||28||8||7||81||206||218|
|12||e– Adirondack Flames (CGY)||NO||76||35||33||6||2||78||233||240|
|13||e– Charlotte Checkers (CAR)||WT||76||31||38||6||1||69||172||231|
|14||e– Rochester Americans (BUF)||NO||76||29||41||5||1||64||209||251|
|15||e– Iowa Wild (MIN)||WT||76||23||49||2||2||50||172||245|
|Brian O'Neill||Manchester Monarchs||71||22||58||80||55|
|Andy Miele||Grand Rapids Griffins||71||26||44||70||42|
|Jordan Weal||Manchester Monarchs||73||20||49||69||56|
|Jonathan Marchessault||Syracuse Crunch||68||24||43||67||38|
|Chris Bourque||Hartford Wolf Pack||73||29||37||66||66|
|Shane Prince||Binghamton Senators||72||28||37||65||31|
|Andrew Agozzino||Lake Erie Monsters||74||30||34||64||55|
|Dustin Jeffrey||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||69||25||39||64||22|
|Travis Morin||Texas Stars||63||22||41||63||40|
|Teemu Pulkkinen||Grand Rapids Griffins||46||34||27||61||30|
The following goaltenders with a minimum 1500 minutes played lead the league in goals against average. Updated as of April 19, 2015.
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
|Matt Murray||Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins||40||2320:49||1029||61||12||1.58||.941||25||10||3|
|Jacob Markstrom||Utica Comets||32||1879:36||895||59||5||1.88||.934||22||7||2|
|Anton Forsberg||Springfield Falcons||30||1763:51||808||59||3||2.01||.927||20||8||1|
|Jeremy Smith||Providence Bruins||39||2277:53||1156||78||3||2.05||.933||22||11||5|
|Aaron Dell||Worcester Sharks||26||1544:08||728||53||4||2.06||.927||15||8||2|
Calder Cup playoffs
|Conference quarterfinals||Conference semifinals||Conference finals||Calder Cup Final|
|(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)|
|6||Oklahoma City||3||Western Conference|
- 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.
First All-Star Team
- Matt Murray (G)
- Brad Hunt (D)
- Chris Wideman (D)
- Chris Bourque (LW)
- Andy Miele (C)
- Teemu Pulkkinen (RW)
Second All-Star Team
- Jacob Markstrom (G)
- Colin Miller (D)
- Bobby Sanguinetti (D)
- Shane Prince (LW)
- Jordan Weal (C)
- Brian O'Neill (RW)
- "Allentown's hockey team will be Lehigh Valley Phantoms". mcall.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
- "After losing $7.3M hosting the Calgary Flames' AHL team, Abbotsford pays $5.5M to get them to leave". nationalpost.com. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
- "Flames' AHL franchise heading to Glens Falls". theahl.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
- "It's official: Glens Falls keeping AHL hockey League approves team move to Adirondack". saratogian.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
- OT in AHL now 7 minutes. Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
- Dhiren Mahiban (November 6, 2014). Report: AHL changes rule following Leggio incident. ProHockeyTalk.com. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
- "Top Scorers - 2014-15 Regular Season - All Players". AHL.
- "Top Goalies - 2014-15 Regular Season - Goals Against Average". AHL.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 5, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)