The 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 18, 2006. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, 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 15, 2006 with the Hershey Bears defeating the Milwaukee Admirals four games to two to win the ninth Calder Cup in team history.

Milwaukee's Darren Haydar set an AHL post-season record by scoring 6 game winning goals in a single playoff. Hershey's Frederic Cassivi tied an AHL record by recording 16 wins in one playoff. He also won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL Playoff MVP.

Playoff Seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 2005–06 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. However, it was possible for the fifth-placed team in the Atlantic Division to take the spot of the fourth-placed team in the East Division if they earned more points, since the East Division had one fewer team. This did not occur as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the fourth-placed team in the East Division finished with 85 points while the Lowell Lock Monsters, the fifth-placed team in the Atlantic Division, finished with 72 points. The Grand Rapids Griffins were the Western Conference regular season champions as well as the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners with the best overall regular season record. The Portland Pirates were the Eastern Conference regular season champions.

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Portland Pirates - Eastern Conference regular season champions, 114 points
  2. Hartford Wolf Pack - 104 points
  3. Manchester Monarchs - 93 points
  4. Providence Bruins - 92 points

East Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - 113 points
  2. Hershey Bears - 103 points
  3. Norfolk Admirals - 94 points
  4. Bridgeport Sound Tigers - 85 points

Western Conference[edit | edit source]

North Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Grand Rapids Griffins - Western Conference regular season champions; Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners, 115 points
  2. Syracuse Crunch - 102 points
  3. Manitoba Moose - 100 points
  4. Toronto Marlies - 92 points

West Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Milwaukee Admirals - 108 points
  2. Houston Aeros - 106 points
  3. Peoria Rivermen - 100 points
  4. Iowa Stars - 90 points

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Finals
                                     
A1  Portland 4  
A4  Providence 2  
  A1  Portland 4  
Atlantic Division
  A2  Hartford 2  
A3  Hartford 4
A2  Manchester 3  
  A1  Portland 3  
Eastern Conference
  E2  Hershey 4  
E1  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4  
E4  Bridgeport 3  
  E1  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0
East Division
  E2  Hershey 4  
E2  Hershey 4
E3  Norfolk 0  
  E2  Hershey 4
  W1  Milwaukee 2
N1  Grand Rapids 4  
N4  Toronto 1  
  N1  Grand Rapids 4
North Division
  N3  Manitoba 3  
N2  Syracuse 2
N3  Manitoba 4  
  N1  Grand Rapids 0
Western Conference
  W1  Milwaukee 4  
W1  Milwaukee 4  
W4  Iowa 3  
  W1  Milwaukee 4
West Division
  W2  Houston 0  
W2  Houston 4
W3  Peoria 0  

In each 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 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) Portland Pirates vs. (A4) Providence Bruins[edit | edit source]
Portland won series 4 – 2


(A2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (A3) Manchester Monarchs[edit | edit source]
Hartford won series 4 – 3


East Division[edit | edit source]

(E1) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (E4) Bridgeport Sound Tigers[edit | edit source]
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 4 – 3


(E2) Hershey Bears vs. (E3) Norfolk Admirals[edit | edit source]
Hershey won series 4 - 0


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

North Division[edit | edit source]

(N1) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. (N4) Toronto Marlies[edit | edit source]
Grand Rapids won series 4 - 1


1 - Game played at Ricoh Coliseum
2 - Game played at Air Canada Centre

(N2) Syracuse Crunch vs. (N3) Manitoba Moose[edit | edit source]
Manitoba won series 4 - 2


West Division[edit | edit source]

(W1) Milwaukee Admirals vs. (W4) Iowa Stars[edit | edit source]
Milwaukee won series 4 - 3


(W2) Houston Aeros vs. (W3) Peoria Rivermen[edit | edit source]
Houston won series 4 - 0


Division Finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

(A1) Portland Pirates vs. (A2) Hartford Wolf Pack[edit | edit source]
Portland won series 4 - 2


East Division[edit | edit source]

(E1) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (E2) Hershey Bears[edit | edit source]
Hershey won series 4 - 0


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

North Division[edit | edit source]

(N1) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. (N3) Manitoba Moose[edit | edit source]
Grand Rapids won series 4 - 3


West Division[edit | edit source]

(W1) Milwaukee Admirals vs. (W2) Houston Aeros[edit | edit source]
Milwaukee won series 4 - 0


Conference finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

(A1) Portland Pirates vs. (E2) Hershey Bears[edit | edit source]

Hershey won series 4 - 3


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

(N1) Grand Rapids Griffins vs. (W1) Milwaukee Admirals[edit | edit source]

Milwaukee won series 4 - 0


Calder Cup Final[edit | edit source]

(W1) Milwaukee Admirals vs. (E2) Hershey Bears[edit | edit source]

Hershey won series 4 - 2


See Also[edit | edit source]

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