The 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 16, 2008. 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 10, 2008 with the Chicago Wolves defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, four games to two, to win the second Calder Cup in team history. Jason Krog won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP, after having already been named the regular-season MVP. Krog also tied the AHL record for most assists in one playoff with 26. In Game 5 of the East Division Semifinals between the Philadelphia Phantoms and Albany River Rats, Ryan Potulny of Philadelphia scored 2:58 into the fifth overtime period, ending the longest game in AHL history. Chicago's Darren Haydar set two AHL playoff scoring records in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Final by recording his 52nd career AHL playoff goal, as well as his 120th career AHL playoff point. In the same game, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Alex Goligoski set an AHL record for most points scored by a defenseman in a single post-season with 26. This eclipsed the record set by former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Chris Kelleher, who scored 25 points in the 2001 Calder Cup Playoffs. Goligoski extended his record to 28 points before the playoffs ended.

Playoff Seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 2007–08 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top four teams from each division qualified for the playoffs, except in the North division where the fourth playoff spot was taken by the fifth-placed team from the West division since the fifth-placed San Antonio Rampage earned more points than the Hamilton Bulldogs during the season. This is because the West division has 8 teams while the other three divisions have 7 teams each. Therefore, this was the only situation in which a crossover was possible. The Providence Bruins were the Eastern Conference regular season champions as well as the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners with the best overall regular season record. The Chicago Wolves were the Western Conference regular season champions.

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Providence Bruins - Eastern Conference regular season champions; Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners, 117 points
  2. Hartford Wolf Pack - 110 points
  3. Portland Pirates - 99 points
  4. Manchester Monarchs - 88 points

East Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - 101 points
  2. Philadelphia Phantoms - 99 points
  3. Albany River Rats - 93 points
  4. Hershey Bears - 92 points

Western Conference[edit | edit source]

North Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Toronto Marlies - 109 points
  2. Syracuse Crunch - 100 points
  3. Manitoba Moose - 99 points
  4. San Antonio Rampage - 94 points (Fifth-place in West Division)

West Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Chicago Wolves - Western Conference regular season champions, 111 points
  2. Rockford IceHogs - 98 points
  3. Houston Aeros - 96 points
  4. Milwaukee Admirals - 95 points

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
A1  Providence 4  
A4  Manchester 0  
  A1  Providence 2  
Atlantic Division
  A3  Portland 4  
A2  Hartford 1
A3  Portland 4  
  A3  Portland 3  
Eastern Conference
  E1  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4  
E1  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4  
E4  Hershey 1  
  E1  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4
East Division
  E2  Philadelphia 1  
E2  Philadelphia 4
E3  Albany 3  
  E1  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2
  W1  Chicago 4
N1  Toronto 4  
W5  San Antonio 3  
  N1  Toronto 4
North Division
  N2  Syracuse 3  
N2  Syracuse 4
N3  Manitoba 2  
  N1  Toronto 1
Western Conference
  W1  Chicago 4  
W1  Chicago 4  
W4  Milwaukee 2  
  W1  Chicago 4
West Division
  W2  Rockford 3  
W2  Rockford 4
W3  Houston 1  

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) Providence Bruins vs. (A4) Manchester Monarchs[edit | edit source]
Providence wins series 4 – 0


(A2) Hartford Wolf Pack vs. (A3) Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]
Portland wins series 4 – 1


East Division[edit | edit source]

(E1) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (E4) Hershey Bears[edit | edit source]
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wins series 4 – 1


(E2) Philadelphia Phantoms vs. (E3) Albany River Rats[edit | edit source]
Philadelphia wins series 4 - 3


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

North Division[edit | edit source]

(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (W5) San Antonio Rampage[edit | edit source]
Toronto wins series 4 - 3


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


West Division[edit | edit source]

(W1) Chicago Wolves vs. (W4) Milwaukee Admirals[edit | edit source]
Chicago wins series 4 - 2


(W2) Rockford IceHogs vs. (W3) Houston Aeros[edit | edit source]
Rockford wins series 4 - 1


Division Finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

(A1) Providence Bruins vs. (A3) Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]
Portland wins series 4 - 2


East Division[edit | edit source]

(E1) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (E2) Philadelphia Phantoms[edit | edit source]
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wins series 4 – 1


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

North Division[edit | edit source]

(N1) Toronto Marlies vs. (N2) Syracuse Crunch[edit | edit source]
Toronto wins series 4 - 3


West Division[edit | edit source]

(W1) Chicago Wolves vs. (W2) Rockford IceHogs[edit | edit source]
Chicago wins series 4 - 3


Conference Finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

(E1) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (A3) Portland Pirates[edit | edit source]

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wins series 4-3


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

(W1) Chicago Wolves vs. (N1) Toronto Marlies[edit | edit source]

Chicago wins series 4 - 1


Calder Cup Final[edit | edit source]

(W1) Chicago Wolves vs. (E1) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins[edit | edit source]

Chicago wins series 4 - 2


See Also[edit | edit source]

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