The 1973 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 3, 1973. The eight teams that qualified played best-of-7 series for Division Semifinals and Finals. The division champions played a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 15, 1973 with the Cincinnati Swords defeating the Nova Scotia Voyageurs four games to one to win the only Calder Cup in team history.

Playoff Seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 1972–73 AHL regular season, the top three teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Cincinnati Swords finished the regular season with the best overall record.

Eastern Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Nova Scotia Voyageurs - 101 points
  2. Boston Braves - 81 points
  3. Rochester Americans - 78 points
  4. Providence Reds - 78 points

Western Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Cincinnati Swords - 113 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 95 points
  3. Virginia Wings - 92 points
  4. Richmond Robins - 70 points

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  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  

In each round, the team that earned more points during the regular season receives home ice advantage, meaning they receive the "extra" game on home-ice if the series reaches the maximum number of games. There is no set series format due to arena scheduling conflicts and travel considerations.

Division Semifinals[edit | edit source]

Note: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Nova Scotia Voyageurs vs. (4) Providence Reds[edit | edit source]

Nova Scotia won series 4 – 0


(2) Boston Braves vs. (3) Rochester Americans[edit | edit source]

Boston won series 4 - 2


Western Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Cincinnati Swords vs. (4) Richmond Robins[edit | edit source]

Cincinnati won series 4 - 0


(2) Hershey Bears vs. (3) Virginia Wings[edit | edit source]

Virginia won series 4 - 3


Division Finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Nova Scotia Voyageurs vs. (2) Boston Braves[edit | edit source]

Nova Scotia won series 4 - 0


Western Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Cincinnati Swords vs. (3) Virginia Wings[edit | edit source]

Cincinnati won series 4 - 2


Calder Cup Final[edit | edit source]

(W1) Cincinnati Swords vs. (E1) Nova Scotia Voyageurs[edit | edit source]

Cincinnati won series 4 - 1


See Also[edit | edit source]

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