Frank Mathers Trophy

The Frank Mathers Trophy is presented annually to the AHL team that finishes with the best regular season record in the Eastern Conference. Previously, it was awarded to winner of the Southern Division (1996), Mid-Atlantic Division (1997–2001), South Division (2002–2003), and East Division (2012–2015).

The award is named after former Hershey Bears player, coach, general manager, and team president Frank Mathers.


Total awards won
Wins Team
4 Hershey Bears
3 Norfolk Admirals
Philadelphia Phantoms
2 Toronto Marlies
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
1 Binghamton Rangers
Binghamton Senators
Charlotte Checkers
Hartford Wolf Pack
Kentucky Thoroughblades
Manchester Monarchs
Philadelphia Phantoms
Portland Pirates
Providence Bruins
Rochester Americans
Syracuse Crunch

Eastern Conference champions (2016–present)

Season Team Win
2018–19Charlotte Checkers1
2017–18Toronto Marlies2
2016–17Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins2
2015–16Toronto Marlies1

East Division champions (2012–2015)

Season Team Win
2014–15Hershey Bears4
2013–14Binghamton Senators1
2012–13Syracuse Crunch1
2011–12Norfolk Admirals3

Eastern Conference regular season champions (2004–2011)

Season Team Win
2010–11Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins1
2009–10Hershey Bears3
2008–09Hershey Bears2
2007–08Providence Bruins1
2006–07Hershey Bears1
2005–06Portland Pirates1
2004–05Manchester Monarchs1
2003–04Hartford Wolf Pack1

South Division champions (2002–2003)

Season Team Win
2002–03Norfolk Admirals2
2001–02Norfolk Admirals1

Mid-Atlantic Division champions (1997–2001)

Season Team Win
2000–01Rochester Americans1
1999–00Kentucky Thoroughblades1
1998–99Philadelphia Phantoms3
1997–98Philadelphia Phantoms2
1996–97Philadelphia Phantoms1

Southern Division champions (1996)

Season Team Win
1995–96Binghamton Rangers1
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