The 1998 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 14, 1998. 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 10, 1998 with the Philadelphia Phantoms defeating the Saint John Flames four games to two to win the first Calder Cup in team history. Philadelphia's Mike Maneluk won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the AHL playoff MVP.

The Philadelphia Phantoms set an AHL playoff record by winning 9 road games in one playoff year.

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Playoff Seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 1997-98 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 Philadelphia Phantoms were the Western Conference regular season champions as well as the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners with the best overall regular season record. The Springfield Falcons were the Eastern Conference regular season champions.

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Saint John Flames - 99 points
  2. Fredericton Canadiens - 81 points
  3. Portland Pirates - 80 points
  4. St. John's Maple Leafs - 73 points

New England Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Springfield Falcons - Eastern Conference regular season champions, 99 points
  2. Hartford Wolf Pack - 99 points
  3. Beast of New Haven - 85 points
  4. Worcester IceCats - 83 points

Western Conference[edit | edit source]

Empire Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Albany River Rats - 103 points
  2. Hamilton Bulldogs - 94 points
  3. Syracuse Crunch - 83 points
  4. Adirondack Red Wings - 74 points
  5. Rochester Americans - 72 points (Played in the Mid-Atlantic Division bracket by virtue of earning more points than the fourth-placed team in that division)

Mid-Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Philadelphia Phantoms - Western Conference regular season champions; Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners, 106 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 85 points
  3. Kentucky Thoroughblades - 70 points

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
A1  Saint John 3  
A4  St. John's 1  
  A1  Saint John 4  
Atlantic Division
  A3  Portland 2  
A2  Fredericton 1
A3  Portland 3  
  A1  Saint John 4  
Eastern Conference
  N2  Hartford 1  
N1  Springfield 1  
N4  Worcester 3  
  N4  Worcester 3
New England Division
  N2  Hartford 4  
N2  Hartford 3
N3  New Haven 0  
  A1  Saint John 2
  M1  Philadelphia 4
E1  Albany 3  
E4  Adirondack 0  
  E1  Albany 4
Empire State Division
  E3  Hamilton 0  
E2  Hamilton 3
E3  Syracuse 2  
  E1  Albany 2
Western Conference
  M1  Philadelphia 4  
M1  Philadelphia 3  
E5  Rochester 1  
  M1  Philadelphia 4
Mid-Atlantic Division
  M2  Hershey 0  
M2  Hershey 3
M3  Kentucky 0  

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.

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

(A1) Saint John Flames vs. (A4) St. John's Maple Leafs[edit | edit source]
Saint John won series 3 – 1


(A2) Fredericton Canadiens vs. (A3) Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]
Portland won series 3 - 1


New England Division[edit | edit source]

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


(N2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (N3) Beast of New Haven[edit | edit source]
Hartford won series 3 - 0


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

Empire Division[edit | edit source]

(E1) Albany River Rats vs. (E4) Adirondack Red Wings[edit | edit source]
Albany won series 3 - 0


(E2) Hamilton Bulldogs vs. (E3) Syracuse Crunch[edit | edit source]
Hamilton won series 3 - 2


Mid-Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

(M1) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (E5) Rochester Americans[edit | edit source]
Philadelphia won series 3 - 1


(M2) Hershey Bears vs. (M3) Kentucky Thoroughblades[edit | edit source]
Hershey won series 3 - 0


Division Finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

(A1) Saint John Flames vs. (A3) Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]
Saint John won series 4 - 2


New England Division[edit | edit source]

(N2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (N4) Worcester IceCats[edit | edit source]
Hartford won series 4 - 3


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

Empire Division[edit | edit source]

(E1) Albany River Rats vs. (E2) Hamilton Bulldogs[edit | edit source]
Albany won series 4 - 0


Mid-Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

(M1) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (M2) Hershey Bears[edit | edit source]
Philadelphia won series 4 - 0


Conference finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

(N2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (A1) Saint John Flames[edit | edit source]

Saint John won series 4 - 1


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

(M1) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (E1) Albany River Rats[edit | edit source]

Philadelphia won series 4 - 2


Calder Cup Final[edit | edit source]

(M1) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (A1) Saint John Flames[edit | edit source]

Philadelphia won series 4 - 2


See Also[edit | edit source]

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