The 1974 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 3, 1974. 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 8, 1974 with the Hershey Bears defeating the Providence Reds four games to one to win the Calder Cup for the fifth time in team history.

Richmond and Baltimore tied the AHL playoff record for highest scoring shutout in game 2 of their Southern division semifinal, which Richmond won 10-0.

Playoff Seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 1973–74 AHL regular season, the top three teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Rochester Americans finished the regular season with the best overall record.

Northern Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Rochester Americans - 97 points
  2. Providence Reds - 88 points
  3. Nova Scotia Voyageurs - 86 points
  4. New Haven Nighthawks - 80 points

Southern Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Baltimore Clippers - 94 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 92 points
  3. Cincinnati Swords - 91 points
  4. Richmond Robins - 58 points

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  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  

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.

Northern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Rochester Americans vs. (4) New Haven Nighthawks[edit | edit source]

New Haven won series 4 – 2


(2) Providence Reds vs. (3) Nova Scotia Voyageurs[edit | edit source]

Providence won series 4 - 2


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Baltimore Clippers vs. (4) Richmond Robins[edit | edit source]

Baltimore won series 4 - 1


(2) Hershey Bears vs. (3) Cincinnati Swords[edit | edit source]

Hershey won series 4 - 1


Division Finals[edit | edit source]

Northern Division[edit | edit source]

(2) Providence Reds vs. (4) New Haven Nighthawks[edit | edit source]

Providence won series 4 - 0


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Baltimore Clippers vs. (2) Hershey Bears[edit | edit source]

Hershey won series 4 - 0


Calder Cup Final[edit | edit source]

(S2) Hershey Bears vs. (N2) Providence Reds[edit | edit source]

Hershey won series 4 - 1


See also[edit | edit source]

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