The 1988 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 6, 1988. 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 12, 1988 with the Hershey Bears defeating the Fredericton Express four games to zero to win the Calder Cup for the seventh time in team history. Hershey went an unprecedented 12-0 during their Calder Cup run, which also set an AHL record for most consecutive games won in one playoff. Hershey's Wendell Young won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.

Playoff Seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 1987–88 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 - 99 points
  2. Fredericton Express - 95 points
  3. Sherbrooke Canadiens - 89 points
  4. Nova Scotia Oilers - 81 points

Southern Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Hershey Bears - 105 points
  2. Rochester Americans - 100 points
  3. Adirondack Red Wings - 99 points
  4. Binghamton Whalers - 87 points

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
                           
  1  Maine 4  
4  Nova Scotia 1  
  1  Maine 1  
Northern Division
  2  Fredericton 4  
2  Fredericton 4
  3  Sherbrooke 2  
    N2  Fredericton 0
  S1  Hershey 4
  1  Hershey 4  
4  Binghamton 0  
  1  Hershey 4
Southern Division
  3  Adirondack 0  
2  Rochester 3
  3  Adirondack 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) Maine Mariners vs. (4) Nova Scotia Oilers[edit | edit source]

Maine won series 4 – 1


(2) Fredericton Express vs. (3) Sherbrooke Canadiens[edit | edit source]

Fredericton won series 4 - 2


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Hershey Bears vs. (4) Binghamton Whalers[edit | edit source]

Hershey won series 4 - 0


(2) Rochester Americans vs. (3) Adirondack Red Wings[edit | edit source]

Adirondack won series 4 - 3


Division Finals[edit | edit source]

Northern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Maine Mariners vs. (2) Fredericton Express[edit | edit source]

Fredericton won series 4 - 1


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Hershey Bears vs. (3) Adirondack Red Wings[edit | edit source]

Hershey won series 4 - 0


Calder Cup Final[edit | edit source]

(S1) Hershey Bears vs. (N2) Fredericton Express[edit | edit source]

Hershey won series 4 - 0


See Also[edit | edit source]

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