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The 1973–74 AHL season was the 38th season of the American Hockey League. The league renamed its divisions, and the "East" Division became the "North" Division, and the "West" Division became the "South" Division. Twelve teams played 76 games each in the schedule. The Rochester Americans finished first overall in the regular season. The Hershey Bears and won their fifth Calder Cup championship.

This was the final season for the Cleveland/Jacksonville Barons as well as for the Boston Braves.

Final Standings[]

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

North GP W L T Pts GF GA
Rochester Americans 76 42 21 13 97 296 248
Providence Reds 76 38 26 12 88 330 244
Nova Scotia Voyageurs 76 37 27 12 86 263 223
New Haven Nighthawks 76 35 31 10 80 291 275
Boston Braves 76 23 40 13 59 239 297
Springfield Kings 76 21 40 15 57 251 327
South GP W L T Pts GF GA
Baltimore Clippers 76 42 24 10 94 310 232
Hershey Bears 76 39 23 14 92 320 241
Cincinnati Swords 76 40 25 11 91 273 233
Richmond Robins 76 22 40 14 58 248 320
Jacksonville Barons 76 24 44 8 56 244 334
Virginia Wings 76 22 44 10 54 216 307

Scoring Leaders[]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Steve West New Haven Nighthawks 76 50 60 110 41
Marc Dufour Baltimore Clippers 74 42 62 104 21
Art Stratton Rochester Americans 76 24 71 95 118
Bobby Rivard Baltimore Clippers 76 36 56 92 48
Barry Merrell Rochester Americans 75 28 59 87 49
Rick Middleton Providence Reds 63 36 48 84 14
Larry Fullan Nova Scotia Voyageurs 76 37 47 84 19
Murray Kuntz Rochester Americans 73 51 31 82 33
Doug Gibson Boston Braves 76 31 51 82 16
Howie Menard Baltimore Clippers 73 42 39 81 66

Calder Cup Playoffs[]

Main article: 1974 Calder Cup Playoffs
  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
                           
  1  Rochester 2  
4  New Haven 4  
  4  New Haven 0  
Northern Division
  2  Providence 4  
2  Providence 4
  3  Nova Scotia 2  
    N2  Providence 1
  S2  Hershey 4
  1  Baltimore 4  
4  Richmond 1  
  1  Baltimore 0
Southern Division
  2  Hershey 4  
2  Hershey 4
  3  Cincinnati 1  

Trophy and Award Winners[]

Team Awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Rochester Americans
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
Baltimore Clippers
Individual Awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Art Stratton - Rochester Americans
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Steve West - New Haven Nighthawks
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Rick Middleton - Providence Reds
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Gordie Smith - Springfield Kings
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Jim Shaw and Dave Elenbaas - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Don Cherry - Rochester Americans
Other Awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Arthur Whiteman
James H. Ellery Memorial Award
Outstanding media coverage:
George Taylor, Baltimore

See Also[]