The 1981 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 7, 1981. The eight teams that qualified played best-of-7 series for Division Semifinals and Division Finals. The division champions played a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on May 20, 1981 with the Adirondack Red Wings defeating the Maine Mariners four games to two to win the Calder Cup for the first time in team history.

Maine set an AHL record for the most goals allowed in one playoff with 81. What makes this more notable is that the AHL playoffs now consist of four rounds of best-of-7 series, whereas Maine set this record in only 20 games—where the playoffs consisted of only three rounds of best-of-7 series.

Playoff Seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 1980–81 AHL regular season, the top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Hershey Bears finished the regular season with the best overall record.

Northern Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Maine Mariners - 97 points
  2. New Brunswick Hawks - 84 points
  3. Nova Scotia Voyageurs - 81 points
  4. Springfield Indians - 73 points

Southern Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Hershey Bears - 103 points
  2. Adirondack Red Wings - 75 points
  3. Binghamton Whalers - 70 points
  4. New Haven Nighthawks - 69 points

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
                           
  1  Maine 4  
4  Springfield 3  
  1  Maine 4  
Northern Division
  2  New Brunswick 3  
2  New Brunswick 4
  3  Nova Scotia 2  
    N1  Maine 2
  S2  Adirondack 4
  1  Hershey 4  
4  New Haven 0  
  1  Hershey 2
Southern Division
  2  Adirondack 4  
2  Adirondack 4
  3  Binghamton 2  

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 1: Home team is listed first.
Note 2: The number of overtime periods played (where applicable) is not indicated

Northern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Maine Mariners vs. (4) Springfield Indians[edit | edit source]

Maine won series 4 - 3


(2) New Brunswick Hawks vs. (3) Nova Scotia Voyageurs[edit | edit source]

New Brunswick won series 4 - 2


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Hershey Bears vs. (4) New Haven Nighthawks[edit | edit source]

Hershey won series 4 - 0


(2) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (3) Binghamton Whalers[edit | edit source]

Adirondack won series 4 - 2


Division Finals[edit | edit source]

Northern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Maine Mariners vs. (2) New Brunswick Hawks[edit | edit source]

Maine won series 4 - 3


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Hershey Bears vs. (2) Adirondack Red Wings[edit | edit source]

Adirondack won series 4 - 2


Calder Cup Final[edit | edit source]

(N1) Maine Mariners vs. (S2) Adirondack Red Wings[edit | edit source]

Adirondack won series 4 - 2


See Also[edit | edit source]

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