2018 Calder Cup playoffs

The 2018 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 19, 2018, with the playoff format that was introduced in 2016. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-five series in the division semifinals, with the playoffs continuing with best-of-seven series for the division finals, conference finals, and Calder Cup finals.

2018 Calder Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 19–June 14, 2018
Final positions
ChampionsToronto Marlies
Runner-upTexas Stars

A Division finals game between the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the Charlotte Checkers became the longest game in AHL history by going 86:48 into overtime when Alex Krushelnyski of the Phantoms scored the winning 2–1 goal. The game started at 7:03 pm on May 9 and ended at 1:09 am on May 10. The Checkers had 95 shots on goal and Alex Lyon would finish with 94 saves, while Alex Nedeljkovic would finish with 51 saves on 53 shots. The previous record of 82:58 into overtime was set in 2008, also between the AHL affiliates of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Carolina Hurricanes.[1]

The Toronto Marlies won their first Calder Cup, beating the Texas Stars four games to three in the finals.

Playoff seeds

After the 2017–18 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams in each division ranked by points percentage (points earned divided by points available) qualify for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs.[2] The Toronto Marlies were the first team to clinch a playoff spot and went on to claim the regular season title with four games remaining.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

  1. Lehigh Valley Phantoms – 104 points (.684)
  2. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – 99 points (.651)
  3. Charlotte Checkers – 96 points (.632)
  4. Providence Bruins – 95 points (.625)

North Division

  1. Toronto Marlies– 112 points (.737)
  2. Syracuse Crunch – 100 points (.658)
  3. Rochester Americans – 91 points (.599)
  4. Utica Comets – 88 points (.579)

Western Conference

Central Division

  1. Chicago Wolves – 95 points (.625)
  2. Grand Rapids Griffins – 93 points (.612)
  3. Manitoba Moose – 92 points (.605)
  4. Rockford IceHogs – 88 points (.579)

Pacific Division

  1. Tucson Roadrunners – 90 points (.662)
  2. Texas Stars – 90 points (.592)
  3. Ontario Reign – 79 points (.581)
  4. San Jose Barracuda – 76 points (.559), 33 ROWs


  Division semifinals Division finals Conference finals Calder Cup final
A1 Lehigh Valley 3  
A4 Providence 1  
  A1 Lehigh Valley 4  
  A3 Charlotte 1  
A2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0
A3 Charlotte 3  
  A1 Lehigh Valley 0  
Eastern Conference
  N1 Toronto 4  
N1 Toronto 3  
N4 Utica 2  
  N1 Toronto 4
  N2 Syracuse 0  
N2 Syracuse 3
N3 Rochester 0  
  N1 Toronto 4
  P2 Texas 3
C1 Chicago 0  
C4 Rockford 3  
  C4 Rockford 4
  C3 Manitoba 0  
C2 Grand Rapids 2
C3 Manitoba 3  
  C4 Rockford 2
Western Conference
  P2 Texas 4  
P1 Tucson 3  
P4 San Jose 1  
  P1 Tucson 1
  P2 Texas 4  
P2 Texas 3
P3 Ontario 1  

Division semifinals

Note 1: Home team is listed first.
Note 2: Higher-seeded team had the choice of games 1, 2, and 5 at home or games 3, 4, and 5 at home.

Eastern Conference

(A1) Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. (A4) Providence Bruins

Lehigh Valley won series 3–1

(A2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (A3) Charlotte Checkers

Charlotte won series 3–0

(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (N4) Utica Comets

Toronto won series 3–2

(N2) Syracuse Crunch vs. (N3) Rochester Americans

Syracuse won series 3–0

Western Conference

(C1) Chicago Wolves vs. (C4) Rockford IceHogs

Rockford won series 3–0

(C2) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. (C3) Manitoba Moose

Manitoba won series 3–2

(P1) Tucson Roadrunners vs. (P4) San Jose Barracuda

Tucson won series 3–1

(P2) Texas Stars vs. (P3) Ontario Reign

Texas won series 3–1

Division finals

Note: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Conference

(A1) Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. (A3) Charlotte Checkers

Lehigh Valley won series 4–1
  1. Game 4 became the longest game in AHL history by going 86:48 into overtime. The previous record of 82:58 into overtime was set in 2008.

(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (N2) Syracuse Crunch

Toronto won series 4–0

Western Conference

(C3) Manitoba Moose vs. (C4) Rockford IceHogs

Rockford won series 4–0

(P1) Tucson Roadrunners vs. (P2) Texas Stars

Texas won series 4–1

Conference finals

Note: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Conference

(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (A1) Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Toronto won series 4–0

Western Conference

(P2) Texas Stars vs. (C4) Rockford IceHogs

Texas won series 4–2

Calder Cup Finals

Note: Home team is listed first.

(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (P2) Texas Stars

Toronto won series 4–3

Playoff statistical leaders

Leading skaters

These are the top ten skaters based on points. If there is a tie in points, goals take precedence over assists.[3]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Andreas JohnssonToronto Marlies 161014244
Curtis McKenzieTexas Stars 221192027
Chris DiDomenicoRockford IceHogs 137111822
Trevor MooreToronto Marlies 20611174
Justin DowlingTexas Stars 22413172
Ben SmithToronto Marlies 2079160
Chris MuellerToronto Marlies 20412166
Travis MorinTexas Stars 22781516
Brian FlynnTexas Stars 2269156
Carl GrundstromToronto Marlies 20861414

Leading goaltenders

This is a combined table of the top five goaltenders based on goals against average and the top five goaltenders based on save percentage with at least 240 minutes played. The table is initially sorted by goals against average, with the criterion for inclusion in bold.[4]

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

Alex LyonLehigh Valley Phantoms1165449251.98.9440757:59
Alex NedeljkovicCharlotte Checkers844234192.11.9191540:44
Adin HillTucson Roadrunners945258202.12.9222566:04
Garret SparksToronto Marlies19145497422.22.91521134:20
Collin DeliaRockford IceHogs1073340262.34.9240666:42
Mike McKennaTexas Stars22148752552.41.92721371:00
Thatcher DemkoUtica Comets523191142.69.9270312:23


  1. "Marathon men: Phantoms win longest AHL game ever". AHL. May 10, 2018.
  3. "2018 Calder Cup Skater Stats". theahl.com. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  4. "2018 Calder Cup Goalie Stats". theahl.com. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
Preceded by
2017 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
Succeeded by
2019 Calder Cup playoffs
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