The 1972–73 AHL season was the 37th season of the American Hockey League. Twelve teams played 76 games each in the schedule. The Cincinnati Swords finished first overall in the regular season, and won the Calder Cup championship.

Team Changes[edit | edit source]

  • The New Haven Nighthawks join the AHL as an expansion team, based in New Haven, Connecticut, playing in the East Division.
  • The Cleveland Barons move midseason to Jacksonville, Florida, becoming the Jacksonville Barons.
  • The Tidewater Wings are renamed the Virginia Wings.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points;

East GP W L T Pts GF GA
Nova Scotia Voyageurs 76 43 18 15 101 316 191
Boston Braves 76 34 29 13 81 248 256
Rochester Americans 76 33 31 12 78 239 276
Providence Reds 76 32 30 14 78 253 255
Springfield Kings 76 18 42 16 52 265 344
New Haven Nighthawks 76 16 40 20 52 246 331
West GP W L T Pts GF GA
Cincinnati Swords 76 54 17 5 113 351 206
Hershey Bears 76 42 23 11 95 326 231
Virginia Wings 76 38 22 16 92 258 221
Richmond Robins 76 30 36 10 70 272 280
Cleveland / Jacksonville Barons 76 23 44 9 55 251 329
Baltimore Clippers 76 17 48 11 45 210 315

Scoring Leaders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Yvon Lambert Nova Scotia Voyageurs 76 52 52 104 84
Tony Featherstone Nova Scotia Voyageurs 74 49 54 103 78
Morris Stefaniw Nova Scotia Voyageurs 64 30 71 101 80
Bill Inglis Cincinnati Swords 75 40 57 97 29
Jeannot Gilbert Hershey Bears 74 29 42 71 24
Rene Drolet Richmond Robins 76 34 53 87 30
Orest Kindrachuk Richmond Robins 72 35 51 86 133
Rick Dudley Cincinnati Swords 64 40 44 84 159
Danny Schock Richmond Robins 74 48 36 84 37

Calder Cup Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Main article: 1973 Calder Cup Playoffs
  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
                           
  1  Nova Scotia 4  
4  Providence 0  
  1  Nova Scotia 4  
Eastern Division
  2  Boston 0  
2  Boston 4
  3  Rochester 2  
    E1  Nova Scotia 1
  W1  Cincinnati 4
  1  Cincinnati 4  
4  Richmond 0  
  1  Cincinnati 4
Western Division
  3  Virginia 2  
2  Hershey 3
  3  Virginia 4  

Trophy and Award Winners[edit | edit source]

Team Awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Cincinnati Swords
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, East Division:
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, West Division:
Cincinnati Swords
Individual Awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Bill Inglis - Cincinnati Swords
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Yvon Lambert - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Ron Anderson - Boston Braves
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Ray McKay - Cincinnati Swords
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Michel Larocque & Michel Deguise - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Floyd Smith - Cincinnati Swords
Other Awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Richard F. Canning
James H. Ellery Memorial Award
Outstanding media coverage:
Jerry Linquist, Baltimore

See Also[edit | edit source]

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