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.
- † = Eventual Calder Cup champions
Eastern Conference playoffs champions (1998–present)
|2019||Charlotte Checkers †||1|
|2018||Toronto Marlies †||1|
|2015||Manchester Monarchs †||1|
|2014||St. John's IceCaps||1|
|2012||Norfolk Admirals †||1|
|2011||Binghamton Senators †||1|
|2010||Hershey Bears †||4|
|2009||Hershey Bears †||3|
|2006||Hershey Bears †||1|
|2005||Philadelphia Phantoms †||1|
|2002||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||1|
|2001||Saint John Flames †||2|
|2000||Hartford Wolf Pack †||1|
|1999||Providence Bruins †||1|
|1998||Saint John Flames||1|
Northern Conference playoffs champions (1996–1997)