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The 1991 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 2, 1991. Ten teams, five from each division, qualified for the playoffs. The top 3 teams in each division received a bye for the preliminary round while the fourth- and fifth-placed teams in each division played a two-game, total goal series with the winners advancing to the Division Semifinals. The eight remaining teams then 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 24, 1991 with the Springfield Indians defeating the Rochester Americans four games to two to win the Calder Cup for the second consecutive year, and the seventh and final time in team history. This was a rematch of the 1990 Calder Cup Final where Springfield defeated Rochester four games to two. Similarly, a Springfield goaltender—this time Kay Whitmore -- won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.

Playoff Seeds[]

After the 1990-91 AHL regular season, the top five teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Rochester Americans finished the regular season with the best overall record.

Northern Division[]

  1. Springfield Indians - 96 points
  2. Cape Breton Oilers - 90 points
  3. Moncton Hawks - 84 points
  4. Fredericton Canadiens - 81 points
  5. Maine Mariners - 80 points

Southern Division[]

  1. Rochester Americans - 99 points
  2. Binghamton Rangers - 94 points
  3. Baltimore Skipjacks - 85 points
  4. Hershey Bears - 78 points
  5. Adirondack Red Wings - 76 points

Bracket[]

  Preliminary Round Division Semifinals Division Finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
    1  Springfield 4  
4  Fredericton 11     4  Fredericton 3    
  1  Springfield 4  
5  Maine 7     Northern Division
  3  Moncton 1    
2  Cape Breton 0
   
  3  Moncton 4  
    N1  Springfield 4
  S1  Rochester 2
  2  Binghamton 4    
3  Baltimore 2    
  2  Binghamton 0
4  Hershey 13   Southern Division
  1  Rochester 4  
5  Adirondack 4     1  Rochester 4
 
    4  Hershey 1  

In the preliminary round, the fourth-placed team is the home team for both games of the total-goal series. In each subsequent 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.

Preliminary Round[]

Note: Home team is listed first.

Northern Division[]

(4) Fredericton Canadiens vs. (5) Maine Mariners[]

Fredericton won 11 - 7 on aggregate.


Southern Division[]

(4) Hershey Bears vs. (5) Adirondack Red Wings[]

Hershey won 13 - 4 on aggregate.


Division Semifinals[]

Northern Division[]

(1) Springfield Falcons vs. (4) Fredericton Canadiens[]

Springfield won series 4 – 3


(2) Cape Breton Oilers vs. (3) Moncton Hawks[]

Moncton won series 4 - 0


Southern Division[]

(1) Rochester Americans vs. (4) Hershey Bears[]

Rochester won series 4 - 1


(2) Binghamton Rangers vs. (3) Baltimore Skipjacks[]

Binghamton won series 4 - 2


Division Finals[]

Northern Division[]

(1) Springfield Indians vs. (3) Moncton Hawks[]

Springfield won series 4 - 1


Southern Division[]

(1) Rochester Americans vs. (2) Binghamton Rangers[]

Rochester won series 4 - 0


Calder Cup Final[]

(S1) Rochester Americans vs. (N1) Springfield Indians[]

Springfield won series 4 - 2


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