The 1986 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 9, 1986. The eight teams that qualified, four from each division, 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 21, 1986 with the Adirondack Red Wings defeating the Hershey Bears four games to two to win the Calder Cup for the second time in team history.Hershey's Tim Tookey won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP, becoming the first player from the losing finalist to win the award.

Playoff Seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 1985–86 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. Adirondack Red Wings - 90 points
  2. Maine Mariners - 89 points
  3. Moncton Golden Flames - 80 points
  4. Fredericton Express - 78 points

Southern Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Hershey Bears - 99 points
  2. Binghamton Whalers - 87 points
  3. St. Catharines Saints - 81 points
  4. New Haven Nighthawks - 79 points

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
                           
  1  Adirondack 4  
4  Fredericton 2  
  1  Adirondack 4  
Northern Division
  3  Moncton 1  
2  Maine 1
  3  Moncton 4  
    N1  Adirondack 4
  S1  Hershey 2
  1  Hershey 4  
4  New Haven 1  
  1  Hershey 4
Southern Division
  3  St. Catharines 3  
2  Binghamton 2
  3  St. Catharines 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.

Northern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (4) Fredericton Express[edit | edit source]

Adirondack won series 4 – 2


(2) Maine Mariners vs. (3) Moncton Golden Flames[edit | edit source]

Moncton won series 4 - 1


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

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

Hershey won series 4 - 1


(2) Binghamton Whalers vs. (3) St. Catharines Saints[edit | edit source]

St. Catharines won series 4 - 2


Division Finals[edit | edit source]

Northern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (3) Moncton Golden Flames[edit | edit source]

Adirondack won series 4 - 1


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Hershey Bears vs. (3) St. Catharines Saints[edit | edit source]

Hershey won series 4 - 3


Calder Cup Final[edit | edit source]

(S1) Hershey Bears vs.(N1) Adirondack Red Wings[edit | edit source]

Adirondack won series 4 - 2


See Also[edit | edit source]

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