2019 Calder Cup playoffs

The 2019 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 17, 2019 with the playoff format that was introduced in 2016. The sixteen teams that qualified, four from each division, play a 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.

2019 Calder Cup playoffs
Tournament details
DatesApril 17–June 8, 2019
Final positions
ChampionsCharlotte Checkers
Runner-upChicago Wolves

The playoffs ended with the Charlotte Checkers winning their first Calder Cup in franchise history, defeating the Chicago Wolves in five games in the Calder Cup Finals.[1]

Playoff seeds

After the 2018–19 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualify for the playoffs. The top four teams in each division ranked by points qualify for the 2019 Calder Cup playoffs. The Charlotte Checkers were the first team to clinch a playoff spot on March 22[2] and won the regular season title with three games remaining.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

  1. Charlotte Checkers – 110 points (.724)
  2. Bridgeport Sound Tigers – 95 points (.625)
  3. Hershey Bears – 94 points (.618)
  4. Providence Bruins – 87 points (.572)

North Division

  1. Syracuse Crunch – 102 points (.671)
  2. Rochester Americans – 99 points (.651)
  3. Toronto Marlies – 91 points (.599)
  4. Cleveland Monsters – 84 points (.553)

Western Conference

Central Division

  1. Chicago Wolves – 98 points (.645)
  2. Milwaukee Admirals – 88 points (.579)
  3. Iowa Wild – 87 points (.572), 33 ROWs
  4. Grand Rapids Griffins – 87 points (.572), 32 ROWs

Pacific Division

  1. Bakersfield Condors – 89 points (.654)
  2. San Jose Barracuda – 85 points (.625)
  3. San Diego Gulls – 80 points (.588)
  4. Colorado Eagles – 77 points (.566)


  Division semifinals Division finals Conference finals Calder Cup final
A1 Charlotte 3  
A4 Providence 1  
  A1 Charlotte 4  
  A3 Hershey 0  
A2 Bridgeport 2
A3 Hershey 3  
  A1 Charlotte 4  
Eastern Conference
  N3 Toronto 2  
N1 Syracuse 1  
N4 Cleveland 3  
  N4 Cleveland 0
  N3 Toronto 4  
N2 Rochester 0
N3 Toronto 3  
  A1 Charlotte 4
  C1 Chicago 1
C1 Chicago 3  
C4 Grand Rapids 2  
  C1 Chicago 4
  C3 Iowa 2  
C2 Milwaukee 2
C3 Iowa 3  
  C1 Chicago 4
Western Conference
  P3 San Diego 2  
P1 Bakersfield 3  
P4 Colorado 1  
  P1 Bakersfield 2
  P3 San Diego 4  
P2 San Jose 1
P3 San Diego 3  

Division semifinals

Eastern Conference

(A1) Charlotte Checkers vs. (A4) Providence Bruins

Charlotte won series 3–1

(A2) Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. (A3) Hershey Bears

Hershey won series 3–2

(N1) Syracuse Crunch vs. (N4) Cleveland Monsters

Cleveland won series 3–1

(N2) Rochester Americans vs. (N3) Toronto Marlies

Toronto won series 3–0

Western Conference

(C1) Chicago Wolves vs. (C4) Grand Rapids Griffins

Chicago won series 3–2

(C2) Milwaukee Admirals vs. (C3) Iowa Wild

Iowa won series 3–2

(P1) Bakersfield Condors vs. (P4) Colorado Eagles

Bakersfield won series 3–1

(P2) San Jose Barracuda vs. (P3) San Diego Gulls

San Diego won series 3–1

Division finals

Eastern Conference

(A1) Charlotte Checkers vs. (A3) Hershey Bears

Charlotte won series 4–0

(N3) Toronto Marlies vs. (N4) Cleveland Monsters

Toronto won series 4–0

Western Conference

(C1) Chicago Wolves vs. (C3) Iowa Wild

Chicago won series 4–2

(P1) Bakersfield Condors vs. (P3) San Diego Gulls

San Diego won series 4–2

Conference finals

Eastern Conference

(A1) Charlotte Checkers vs. (N3) Toronto Marlies

Charlotte won series 4–2

Western Conference

(C1) Chicago Wolves vs. (P3) San Diego Gulls

Chicago won series 4–2

Calder Cup Finals

Note 1: All times are in Eastern Time (UTC−04:00).
Note 2: Game times in italics signify games to be played only if necessary.

(A1) Charlotte Checkers vs. (C1) Chicago Wolves

Charlotte won series 4–1

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
Andrew PoturalskiCharlotte Checkers 1812112312
Morgan GeekieCharlotte Checkers 19810186
Tomas JurcoCharlotte Checkers 187111818
Adam CracknellSan Diego Gulls 1579160
Jeremy BraccoToronto Marlies 13412162
Curtis McKenzieChicago Wolves 21871551
Aleksi SaarelaCharlotte Checkers 1778154
Cody GlassChicago Wolves 2278156
Nicolas RoyCharlotte Checkers 19691514
Tomas HykaChicago Wolves 22312156
Zach WhitecloudChicago Wolves 223121511

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)

Dustin TokarskiCharlotte Checkers55012481.74.9350275:08
Christopher GibsonBridgeport Sound Tigers42212391.91.9270283:20
Kasimir KaskisuoToronto Marlies1293356262.14.9271729:57
Vitek VanecekHershey Bears41313992.25.9351240:32
Kevin BoyleSan Diego Gulls733175142.25.9201373:52


  1. "Check and mate! Charlotte wins Calder Cup". American Hockey League. June 8, 2019.
  3. "2019 Calder Cup Skater Stats". theahl.com. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  4. "2019 Calder Cup Goalie Stats". theahl.com. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
Preceded by
2018 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
Succeeded by
2020 Calder Cup playoffs
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