The 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 14, 2004. Twenty teams, the top five from each division, qualified for the playoffs. The fourth- and fifth-placed teams in each division played best-of-3 series in the qualifying round. The four winners, in addition to the other twelve teams that qualified, played best-of-7 series for division semifinals, finals and conference finals. The conference champions played a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on June 6, 2004 with the Milwaukee Admirals defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins four games to none to win the first Calder Cup in team history. Milwaukee's Wade Flaherty won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP.

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Records[edit | edit source]

Several league records were set during the 2004 Calder Cup Playoffs.

  • A total of 93 games were played throughout the playoffs, the most of any Calder Cup Playoffs
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lost 12 times during the 2004 playoffs, the most games lost in a single playoff
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also played in a record 11 overtime games in one playoff
  • There were 17 shutouts overall, the most in any single playoff
  • 27 overtime games were played, the most in a single playoff
  • Milwaukee tied a record by recording six overtime victories in one playoff
  • Wade Flaherty became the first goaltender to win 16 games in a single playoff

Playoff Seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 2003–04 AHL regular season, 20 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top five teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Milwaukee Admirals were the Western Conference regular season champions as well as the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners with the best overall regular season record. The Hartford Wolf Pack were the Eastern Conference regular season champions.

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Hartford Wolf Pack - Eastern Conference regular season champions, 102 points
  2. Manchester Monarchs - 92 points
  3. Worcester IceCats - 90 points
  4. Providence Bruins - 87 points
  5. Portland Pirates - 85 points

East Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Philadelphia Phantoms - 101 points
  2. Bridgeport Sound Tigers - 98 points
  3. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - 86 points
  4. Binghamton Senators - 80 points
  5. Norfolk Admirals - 79 points

Western Conference[edit | edit source]

North Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Hamilton Bulldogs - 96 points
  2. Syracuse Crunch - 93 points
  3. Rochester Americans - 89 points
  4. Cleveland Barons - 89 points
  5. Toronto Roadrunners - 81 points

West Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Milwaukee Admirals - Western Conference regular season champions; Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners, 102 points
  2. Chicago Wolves - 96 points
  3. Grand Rapids Griffins - 96 points
  4. Houston Aeros - 74 points
  5. Cincinnati Mighty Ducks - 72 points

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Qualification
                 
A4 Providence Bruins 0
A5 Portland Pirates 2
  Qualification
                 
E4 Binghamton Senators 0
E5 Norfolk Admirals 2
  Qualification
                 
W4 Houston Aeros 0
W5 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks 2
  Qualification
                 
N4 Cleveland Barons 2
N5 Toronto Roadrunners 1
  Division Semi-finals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Finals
                                     
A1  Hartford 4  
A5  Portland 1  
  A1  Hartford 4  
 
  A3  Worcester 0  
A3  Worcester 4
A2  Manchester 2  
  A1  Hartford 3  
Eastern
  E3  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4  
E1  Philadelphia 4  
E5  Norfolk 2  
  E1  Philadelphia 2
 
  E3  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4  
E3  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4
E2  Bridgeport Sound 3  
  E3  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0
  W1  Milwaukee 4
N1  Hamilton 4  
N4  Cleveland 2  
  N1  Hamilton 0
 
  N3  Rochester 4  
N3  Rochester 4
N2  Syracuse Crunch 3  
  N3  Rochester 1
Western
  W1  Milwaukee 4  
W1  Milwaukee 4  
W5  Cincinnati 3  
  W1  Milwaukee 4
 
  W3  Chicago 2  
W3  Chicago 4
W2  Grand Rapids 0  

In the qualification round all games are played at the arena of the fourth seed. In each round after the Qualification Round, the higher seed receives home ice advantage, meaning they can play a maximum of four home games if the series reaches seven games. There is no set series format for each series after the Qualification Round due to arena scheduling conflicts and travel considerations.

Division Qualifiers[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]

(A4) Providence Bruins vs. (A5) Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]
Portland won series 2 – 0


East Division[edit | edit source]

(E4) Binghamton Senators vs. (E5) Norfolk Admirals[edit | edit source]
Norfolk won series 2 – 0


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

North Division[edit | edit source]

(N4) Cleveland Barons vs. (N5) Toronto Roadrunners[edit | edit source]
Cleveland won series 2 – 1


West Division[edit | edit source]

(W4) Houston Aeros vs. (W5) Cincinnati Mighty Ducks[edit | edit source]
Cincinnati won series 2 – 0


Division Semifinals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

(A1) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (A5) Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]
Hartford won series 4 – 1


(A2) Manchester Monarchs vs. (A3) Worcester IceCats[edit | edit source]
Worcester won series 4 – 2


East Division[edit | edit source]

(E1) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (E5) Norfolk Admirals[edit | edit source]
Philadelphia won series 4 – 2


(E2) Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. (E3) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins[edit | edit source]
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 4 - 3


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

North Division[edit | edit source]

(N1) Hamilton Bulldogs vs. (N4) Cleveland Barons[edit | edit source]
Hamilton won series 4 - 2


(N2) Syracuse Crunch vs. (N3) Rochester Americans[edit | edit source]
Rochester won series 4 - 3


West Division[edit | edit source]

(W1) Milwaukee Admirals vs. (W5) Cincinnati Mighty Ducks[edit | edit source]
Milwaukee won series 4 - 3


(W2) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. (W3) Chicago Wolves[edit | edit source]
Chicago won series 4 - 0


Division Finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

(A1) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (A3) Worcester IceCats[edit | edit source]
Hartford won series 4 - 0


East Division[edit | edit source]

(E1) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (E3) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins[edit | edit source]
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 4 - 2


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

North Division[edit | edit source]

(N1) Hamilton Bulldogs vs. (N3) Rochester Americans[edit | edit source]
Rochester won series 4 - 0


West Division[edit | edit source]

(W1) Milwaukee Admirals vs. (W3) Chicago Wolves[edit | edit source]
Milwaukee won series 4 - 2


Conference finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

(A1) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (E3) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins[edit | edit source]

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 4 - 3


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

(W1) Milwaukee Admirals vs. (N3) Rochester Americans[edit | edit source]

Milwaukee won series 4 - 1


1 - Game played at Buffalo, NY
2 - Game played at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial

Calder Cup Final[edit | edit source]

(W1) Milwaukee Admirals vs. (E3) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins[edit | edit source]

Milwaukee won series 4 - 0


See Also[edit | edit source]

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