Richard F. Canning Trophy

The Richard F. Canning Trophy is presented annually to the team that advances to the AHL's Calder Cup Finals as the playoff winner of the Eastern Conference. Prior to 1996, it was given to the playoffs champion of the Northern Division/Conference.

The award is named after former AHL President Richard F. Canning, who served in that role from 1958 to 1961. He would serve the AHL in various roles for over five decades.

The current holders of the Canning Trophy are the Charlotte Checkers. The Checkers captured the 2018 Canning trophy by defeating the Toronto Marlies, the incumbent Canning Trophy holders, in six games in the 2019 AHL Eastern Conference Championship series.


Total awards won
Wins Team
5 Hershey Bears
3 Springfield Indians
2 Hamilton Bulldogs
Portland Pirates
Saint John Flames
Syracuse Crunch
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
1 Adirondack Red Wings
Albany River Rats
Binghamton Senators
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Charlotte Checkers
Hartford Wolf Pack
Manchester Monarchs
Norfolk Admirals
Philadelphia Phantoms
Providence Bruins
St. John's IceCaps
Toronto Marlies

Eastern Conference playoffs champions (1998–present)

Season Team Win
2019Charlotte Checkers1
2018Toronto Marlies1
2017Syracuse Crunch2
2016Hershey Bears5
2015Manchester Monarchs1
2014St. John's IceCaps1
2013Syracuse Crunch1
2012Norfolk Admirals1
2011Binghamton Senators1
2010Hershey Bears †4
2009Hershey Bears †3
2008Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins2
2007Hershey Bears2
2006Hershey Bears †1
2005Philadelphia Phantoms1
2004Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins1
2003Hamilton Bulldogs2
2002Bridgeport Sound Tigers1
2001Saint John Flames2
2000Hartford Wolf Pack1
1999Providence Bruins1
1998Saint John Flames1

Northern Conference playoffs champions (1996–1997)

Season Team Win
1997Hamilton Bulldogs1
1996Portland Pirates2

North Division playoffs champions (1990–1995)

Season Team Win
1995Albany River Rats1
1994Portland Pirates †1
1993Springfield Indians3
1992Adirondack Red Wings1
1991Springfield Indians †2
1990Springfield Indians †1
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