The 1989 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 4, 1989. 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 16, 1989 with the Adirondack Red Wings defeating the New Haven Nighthawks four games to one to win the Calder Cup for the third time in team history. Adirondack's Sam St. Laurent won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.

Playoff Seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 1988–89 AHL regular season, the top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Sherbrooke Canadiens finished the regular season with the best overall record.

Northern Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Sherbrooke Canadiens - 103 points
  2. Halifax Citadels - 92 points
  3. Moncton Hawks - 83 points
  4. New Haven Nighthawks - 80 points

Southern Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Adirondack Red Wings - 100 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 90 points
  3. Utica Devils - 83 points
  4. Newmarket Saints - 82 points

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
                           
  1  Sherbrooke 2  
4  New Haven 4  
  4  New Haven 4  
Northern Division
  3  Moncton 2  
2  Halifax 0
  3  Moncton 4  
    N4  New Haven 1
  S1  Adirondack 4
  1  Adirondack 4  
4  Newmarket 1  
  1  Adirondack 4
Southern Division
  2  Hershey 3  
2  Hershey 4
  3  Utica 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) Sherbrooke Canadiens vs. (4) New Haven Nighthawks[edit | edit source]

New Haven won series 4 – 2


(2) Halifax Citadels vs. (3) Moncton Hawks[edit | edit source]

Moncton won series 4 - 0


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

(1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (4) Newmarket Saints[edit | edit source]

Adirondack won series 4 - 1


(2) Hershey Bears vs. (3) Utica Devils[edit | edit source]

Hershey won series 4 - 1


Division Finals[edit | edit source]

Northern Division[edit | edit source]

(3) Moncton Hawks vs. (4) New Haven Nighthawks[edit | edit source]

New Haven won series 4 - 2


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

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

Adirondack won series 4 - 3


Calder Cup Final[edit | edit source]

(S1) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (N4) New Haven Nighthawks[edit | edit source]

Adirondack won series 4 - 1


See Also[edit | edit source]

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