The 2001 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 10, 2001. 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 May 28, 2001 with the Saint John Flames defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins four games to two to win the first Calder Cup in team history.

Saint John's Steve Begin won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP. Wilkes-Barre Scranton defenseman Chris Kelleher set an AHL playoff record for points scored by a defenseman in one playoff with 25 (7 goals, 18 assists). This record was broken in 2008 by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Alex Goligoski.

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Playoff Seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 2000–01 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 each division, it was possible for teams to crossover to another division for the playoffs. The fifth-placed team in the New England Division could qualify for the fourth playoff spot in the Canadian Division if they earned more points than the fourth-placed team in the Canadian Division. The fifth-placed team in the Mid-Atlantic Division could qualify for the fourth playoff spot in the South Division if they earned more points than the fourth-placed team in the South Division. The Worcester IceCats were the Eastern Conference regular season champions as well as the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners with the best overall regular season record. The Rochester Americans were the Western Conference regular season champions.

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Canadian Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Saint John Flames - 100 points
  2. Quebec Citadelles - 89 points
  3. St. John's Maple Leafs - 80 points

New England Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Worcester IceCats - Eastern Conference regular season champions; Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners, 108 points
  2. Hartford Wolf Pack - 94 points
  3. Providence Bruins - 84 points
  4. Lowell Lock Monsters - 80 points
  5. Portland Pirates - 74 points (Played in the Canadian Division bracket by virtue of earning more points than the fourth-placed team in that division)

Western Conference[edit | edit source]

Mid-Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Rochester Americans - Western Conference regular season champions, 104 points
  2. Syracuse Crunch - 83 points
  3. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - 83 points
  4. Philadelphia Phantoms - 82 points
  5. Hershey Bears - 75 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. Kentucky Thoroughblades - 97 points
  2. Cincinnati Mighty Ducks - 95 points
  3. Norfolk Admirals - 90 points

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
C1  Saint John 3  
N5  Portland 0  
  C1  Saint John 4  
Canadian Division
  C2  Quebec 1  
C2  Quebec 3
C3  St. John's 1  
  C1  Saint John 4  
Eastern Conference
  N3  Providence 1  
N1  Worcester 3  
N4  Lowell 1  
  N1  Worcester 3
New England Division
  N3  Providence 4  
N2  Hartford 2
N3  Providence 3  
  C1  Saint John 4
  M2  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2
M1  Rochester 1  
M4  Philadelphia 3  
  M4  Philadelphia 2
Mid-Atlantic Division
  M2  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4  
M2  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3
M3  Syracuse 2  
  M2  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4
Western Conference
  M5  Hershey 0  
S1  Kentucky 0  
M5  Hershey 3  
  M5  Hershey 4
Southern Division
  S3  Norfolk 1  
S2  Cincinnati 1
S3  Norfolk 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.

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Canadian Division[edit | edit source]

(C1) Saint John Flames vs. (N5) Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]
Saint John won series 3 – 0


(C2) Quebec Citadelles vs. (C3) St. John's Maple Leafs[edit | edit source]
Quebec won series 3 - 1


New England Division[edit | edit source]

(N1) Worcester IceCats vs. (N4) Lowell Lock Monsters[edit | edit source]
Worcester won series 3 – 1


(N2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (N3) Providence Bruins[edit | edit source]
Providence won series 3 - 2


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

Mid-Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

(M1) Rochester Americans vs. (M4) Philadelphia Phantoms[edit | edit source]
Philadelphia won series 3 - 1


(M2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (M3) Syracuse Crunch[edit | edit source]
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 3 - 2


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

(S1) Kentucky Thoroughblades vs. (M5) Hershey Bears[edit | edit source]
Hershey won series 3 - 0


(S2) Cincinnati Mighty Ducks vs. (S3) Norfolk Admirals[edit | edit source]
Norfolk won series 4 - 3


1 - at Cincinnati Gardens
2 - at Norfolk, Virginia

Division Finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Canadian Division[edit | edit source]

(C1) Saint John Flames vs. (C2) Quebec Citadelles[edit | edit source]
Saint John won series 4 - 1


New England Division[edit | edit source]

(N1) Worcester IceCats vs. (N3) Providence Bruins[edit | edit source]
Providence won series 4 - 3


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

Mid-Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

(M2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (M4) Philadelphia Phantoms[edit | edit source]
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 4 - 2


Southern Division[edit | edit source]

(S3) Norfolk Admirals vs. (M5) Hershey Bears[edit | edit source]
Hershey won series 4 - 1


Conference finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

(C1) Saint John Flames vs. (N3) Providence Bruins[edit | edit source]

Saint John won series 4 - 1


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

(M2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (M5) Hershey Bears[edit | edit source]

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 4 - 0


Calder Cup Final[edit | edit source]

(C1) Saint John Flames vs. (M2) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins[edit | edit source]

Saint John won series 4 - 2


See Also[edit | edit source]

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