The 1976 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 3, 1976.[1] The top three teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The two division winners earned byes for the Division Semifinals while the other two teams in each division played best-of-5 series. The winners played best-of-7 series with the team that received the first round bye in their division. The winners of each Division Final played a best-of-7 series for the Calder Cup. The Calder Cup Final ended on April 28, 1976 with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs defeating the Hershey Bears four games to one to win the Calder Cup for the second time in team history.[2]

Playoff seedsEdit

After the 1975–76 AHL regular season, the top three teams from each division qualified for the playoffs. The Nova Scotia Voyageurs finished the regular season with the best overall record.[3] The two division champions earned byes to the Division Finals.[1]

Northern DivisionEdit

  1. Nova Scotia Voyageurs - 104 points
  2. Rochester Americans - 93 points
  3. Providence Reds - 76 points

Southern DivisionEdit

  1. Hershey Bears - 84 points
  2. Richmond Robins - 66 points
  3. New Haven Nighthawks - 66 points


  Division Semifinals     Division Finals     Calder Cup Final
  Northern Division     1 Nova Scotia 4  
  2 Rochester 3     2 Rochester 0    
  3 Providence 0         N1 Nova Scotia 4
      S1 Hershey 1
  Southern Division     1 Hershey 4    
  2 Richmond 3     2 Richmond 1  
  3 New Haven 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.[4]

Division Semifinals Edit

Note: Home team is listed first.


  • Nova Scotia Voyageurs (Northern Division regular-season champions)
  • Hershey Bears (Southern Division regular-season champions)

Northern DivisionEdit

(2) Rochester Americans vs. (3) Providence Reds Edit

Rochester won series 3 - 0

Southern DivisionEdit

(2) Richmond Robins vs. (3) New Haven Nighthawks Edit

Richmond won series 3 - 0

Division FinalsEdit

Northern DivisionEdit

(1) Nova Scotia Voyageurs vs. (2) Rochester AmericansEdit

Nova Scotia won series 4 - 0

Southern DivisionEdit

(1) Hershey Bears vs. (2) Richmond RobinsEdit

Hershey won series 4 - 1

Calder Cup FinalEdit

(N1) Nova Scotia Voyageurs vs. (S1) Hershey BearsEdit

Nova Scotia won series 4 - 1

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1976 AHL playoff results The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 11, 2008.
  2. Calder Cup champions Retrieved on May 11, 2008.
  3. 1975–76 AHL standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 11, 2008.
  4. Frequently asked questions Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
Preceded by
1975 Calder Cup Playoffs
Calder Cup Playoffs
Succeeded by
1977 Calder Cup Playoffs
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