The 1976 Calder Cup Playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 3, 1976. 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.
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. The two division champions earned byes to the Division Finals.
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||Calder Cup Final|
|Northern Division||1||Nova Scotia||4|
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
- Note: Home team is listed first.
- Nova Scotia Voyageurs (Northern Division regular-season champions)
- Hershey Bears (Southern Division regular-season champions)
(2) Rochester Americans vs. (3) Providence Reds Edit
|April 4||Rochester Americans||5 - 3||Providence Reds|
|April 7||Providence Reds||1 - 3||Rochester Americans|
|April 9||Rochester Americans||6 - 4||Providence Reds|
|Rochester won series 3 - 0|
(2) Richmond Robins vs. (3) New Haven Nighthawks Edit
|April 3||Richmond Robins||4 - 1||New Haven Nighthawks|
|April 4||New Haven Nighthawks||1 - 2||OT||Richmond Robins|
|April 7||Richmond Robins||4 - 1||New Haven Nighthawks|
|Richmond won series 3 - 0|
(1) Nova Scotia Voyageurs vs. (2) Rochester AmericansEdit
|April 12||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||6 - 2||Rochester Americans|
|April 14||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||5 - 3||Rochester Americans|
|April 16||Rochester Americans||1 - 5||Nova Scotia Voyageurs|
|April 18||Rochester Americans||3 - 6||Nova Scotia Voyageurs|
|Nova Scotia won series 4 - 0|
(1) Hershey Bears vs. (2) Richmond RobinsEdit
|April 10||Hershey Bears||2 - 4||Richmond Robins|
|April 11||Richmond Robins||3 - 4||Hershey Bears|
|April 13||Hershey Bears||3 - 1||Richmond Robins|
|April 16||Richmond Robins||5 - 7||Hershey Bears|
|April 17||Hershey Bears||2 - 1||Richmond Robins|
|Hershey won series 4 - 1|
Calder Cup FinalEdit
(N1) Nova Scotia Voyageurs vs. (S1) Hershey BearsEdit
|April 21||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||6 - 3||Hershey Bears|
|April 23||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||8 - 2||Hershey Bears|
|April 24||Hershey Bears||5 - 1||Nova Scotia Voyageurs|
|April 26||Hershey Bears||2 - 4||Nova Scotia Voyageurs|
|April 28||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||5 - 4||OT||Hershey Bears|
|Nova Scotia won series 4 - 1|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1976 AHL playoff results The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 11, 2008.
- ↑ Calder Cup champions caldercup.com. Retrieved on May 11, 2008.
- ↑ 1975–76 AHL standings The Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on May 11, 2008.
- ↑ Frequently asked questions theahl.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2008.
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