The 1996 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 19, 1996. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, played best-of-5 series for division semifinals and best-of-7 series for division finals and conference finals. The conference champions played a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on June 13, 1996 with the Rochester Americans defeating the Portland Pirates four games to three to win the sixth Calder Cup in team history. Rochester's Dixon Ward won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.

The Saint John Flames set an AHL playoff record by winning 6 games in overtime. This record was equaled by the Milwaukee Admirals in 2004.

Playoff Seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 1995-96 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. However, due to the uneven number of teams in the each conference, it was possible for the fifth-placed team in the five team divisions to crossover to the playoffs for the four team divisions. This could only happen if the fifth-placed team in a five team division earned more points than the fourth-placed team in the four team division in the same conference. In this case, the fifth-placed team from the five team division would play in place of the fourth-placed team from the four team division in that part of the playoff bracket. The Albany River Rats were the Southern Conference regular season champions and also had the best overall record for the regular season. The Springfield Falcons were the Northern Conference regular season champions.

Northern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Prince Edward Island Senators - 85 points
  2. Saint John Flames - 85 points
  3. St. John's Maple Leafs - 80 points
  4. Fredericton Canadiens - 79 points

Northern Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Springfield Falcons - Northern Conference regular season champions, 100 points
  2. Worcester IceCats - 88 points
  3. Portland Pirates - 78 points
  4. Providence Bruins - 74 points

Southern Conference[edit | edit source]

Central Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Albany River Rats - Southern Conference regular season champions; Best regular season record, 115 points
  2. Adirondack Red Wings - 86 points
  3. Rochester Americans - 83 points
  4. Cornwall Aces - 80 points
  5. Syracuse Crunch - 74 points (Played in the South Division bracket by virtue of earning more points than the fourth-placed team in that division)

Southern Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Binghamton Rangers - 88 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 86 points
  3. Baltimore Bandits - 77 points

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
A1  P.E.I. 2  
A4  Fredericton 3  
  A4  Fredericton 1  
Atlantic Division
  A2  Saint John 4  
A2  Saint John 3
A3  St. John's 1  
  A2  Saint John 3  
Northern Conference
  N3  Portland 4  
N1  Springfield 3  
N4  Providence 1  
  N1  Springfield 2
Northern Division
  N3  Portland 4  
N2  Worcester 1
N3  Portland 3  
  N3  Portland 3
  C3  Rochester 4
C1  Albany 1  
C4  Cornwall 3  
  C4  Cornwall 0
Central Division
  C3  Rochester 4  
C2  Adirondack 0
C3  Rochester 3  
  C3  Rochester 4
Southern Conference
  C5  Syracuse 1  
S1  Binghamton 1  
C5  Syracuse 3  
  C5  Syracuse 4
Southern Division
  S3  Baltimore 3  
S2  Hershey 2
S3  Baltimore 3  

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: All times are in Eastern Time (UTC-4).
Note 2: Game times in italics signify games to be played only if necessary.
Note 3: Home team is listed first.
Note 4: The number of overtime periods played (where applicable) is not specified

Northern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

(A1) Prince Edward Island Senators vs. (A4) Fredericton Canadiens[edit | edit source]
Fredericton won series 3 – 2


(A2) Saint John Flames vs. (A3) St. John's Maple Leafs[edit | edit source]
Saint John won series 3 - 1


Northern Division[edit | edit source]

(N1) Springfield Falcons vs. (N4) Providence Bruins[edit | edit source]
Springfield won series 3 – 1


(N2) Worcester IceCats vs. (N3) Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]
Portland won series 3 - 1


Southern Conference[edit | edit source]

Central Division[edit | edit source]

(C1) Albany River Rats vs. (C4) Cornwall Aces[edit | edit source]
Cornwall won series 3 - 1


(C2) Adirondack Red Wings vs. (C3) Rochester Americans[edit | edit source]
Rochester won series 3 - 0


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

(S1) Binghamton Rangers vs. (C5) Syracuse Crunch[edit | edit source]
Syracuse won series 3 - 1


(S2) Hershey Bears vs. (S3) Baltimore Bandits[edit | edit source]
Baltimore won series 3 - 2


Division Finals[edit | edit source]

Northern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

(A2) Saint John Flames vs. (A4) Fredericton Canadiens[edit | edit source]
Saint John won series 4 - 1


Northern Division[edit | edit source]

(N1) Springfield Falcons vs. (N3) Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]
Portland won series 4 - 2


Southern Conference[edit | edit source]

Central Division[edit | edit source]

(C3) Rochester Americans vs. (C4) Cornwall Aces[edit | edit source]
Rochester won series 4 - 0


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

(S3) Baltimore Bandits vs. (C5) Syracuse Crunch[edit | edit source]
Syracuse won series 4 - 3


Conference Finals[edit | edit source]

Northern Conference[edit | edit source]

(A2) Saint John Flames vs. (N3) Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]

Portland won series 4 - 3


Southern Conference[edit | edit source]

(C3) Rochester Americans vs. (C5) Syracuse Crunch[edit | edit source]

Rochester won series 4 - 1


Calder Cup Final[edit | edit source]

(C3) Rochester Americans vs. (N3) Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]

Rochester won series 4 - 3


See Also[edit | edit source]

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