The 1980–81 AHL season was the 45th season of the American Hockey League. Nine teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Hershey Bears finished first overall in the regular season. The Adirondack Red Wings won their first Calder Cup championship.

Team changesEdit

Final standingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; PTS = Points;

Maine Mariners 804528 7 97319292
New Brunswick Hawks 80373310 84317298
Nova Scotia Voyageurs 803837 5 81335298
Springfield Indians 803441 5 73312343
Hershey Bears 804724 9103357299
Adirondack Red Wings 803540 5 75305328
Binghamton Whalers 803242 6 70296336
New Haven Nighthawks 80294011 69295321
Rochester Americans 803042 8 68295316

Scoring leadersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Mark Lofthouse Hershey Bears 74 48 55 103 131
Dan Daoust Nova Scotia Voyageurs 80 38 60 98 106
Tony Cassolato Hershey Bears 74 48 46 94 23
Dave Gorman Nova Scotia Voyageurs 78 43 47 90 82
Normand Aubin New Brunswick Hawks 79 43 46 89 99
Guy Carbonneau Nova Scotia Voyageurs 78 35 53 88 87
Jean-Francois Sauve Rochester Americans 56 29 54 83 21
Craig Levie Nova Scotia Voyageurs 80 20 62 82 162
Paul Evans Maine Mariners 78 28 52 80 49
Reg Thomas Nova Scotia Voyageurs 74 36 43 79 90

Calder Cup playoffsEdit

See 1981 Calder Cup Playoffs

Trophy and award winnersEdit

Team awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Adirondack Red Wings
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Maine Mariners
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, South Division:
Hershey Bears
Individual awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Pelle Lindbergh - Maine Mariners
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Mike Lofthouse - Hershey Bears
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Pelle Lindbergh - Maine Mariners
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Craig Levie - Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Pelle Lindbergh & Robbie Moore - Maine Mariners
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Bob McCammon - Maine Mariners
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Tony Cassolato - Hershey Bears
Other awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Ed Anderson
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Rick Wheeler, Rochester, (newspaper)
Russ Small, Hershey, (radio)
Simeon Smith, Rochester, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Brent Hancock, Hershey Bears

Team PhotosEdit

Game AdsEdit

See alsoEdit


Preceded by
1979–80 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1981–82 AHL season
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