The 2005–06 AHL season was the 70th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-seven teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Hershey Bears won the Calder Cup, defeating the Milwaukee Admirals in the finals.

To celebrate the AHL's 70th anniversary, the league announced on January 6, 2006, the first inductees into the AHL's new Hall of Fame. The first inductees were; Johnny Bower, Jack Butterfield, Jody Gage, Fred Glover, Willie Marshall, Frank Mathers and Eddie Shore.


The Omaha Ak-sar-ben Knights' inaugural season was in the 2005-06 season

Team changesEdit

Final standingsEdit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime Losses; SL = Shootout Losses; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against; Pts = Points;

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SL Pts GF GA
Portland Pirates (ANA) 805319 5 3114306241
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR) 804824 2 6104292241
Manchester Monarchs (LA) 804330 3 4 93236230
Providence Bruins (BOS) 804331 1 5 92254217
Lowell Lock Monsters (CAR/COL) 802937 6 8 72222257
Springfield Falcons (TB) 802843 3 6 65220312
Albany River Rats (NJ) 802548 4 3 57206278
East Division GP W L OTL SL PTS GF GA
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)8051185 6113249178
Hershey Bears (WAS) 804421 510103262234
Norfolk Admirals (CHI) 804329 4 4 94259246
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI) 803833 6 3 85246253
Binghamton Senators (OTT) 803537 4 4 78258295
Philadelphia Phantoms (PHI) 803437 2 7 77197232

Western ConferenceEdit

North Division GP W L OTL SL PTS GF GA
Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) 8055201 4115323247
Syracuse Crunch (CBJ) 804725 5 3102272251
Manitoba Moose (VAN) 804424 7 5100243217
Toronto Marlies (TOR) 804129 6 4 92270263
Rochester Americans (BUF/FLA) 803739 2 2 78261270
Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL/EDM) 803541 0 4 74225251
Cleveland Barons (SJ) 802748 2 3 59210302
West Division GP W L OTL SL PTS GF GA
Milwaukee Admirals (NAS) 804921 6 4108268234
Houston Aeros (MIN) 805024 3 3106285242
Peoria Rivermen (STL) 804626 3 5100253226
Iowa Stars (DAL) 804131 1 7 90238228
Chicago Wolves (ATL)803632 4 8 84278275
Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (CGY) 803531 311 84206221
San Antonio Rampage (PHX) 802350 3 4 53153251

Scoring leadersEdit

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Kirby Law Houston Aeros 80436711095
Erik Westrum Houston Aeros 71346498138
Jiri Hudler Grand Rapids Griffins 7636609656
Patrick O'Sullivan Houston Aeros 7847469364
Darren Haydar Milwaukee Admirals 8035579250
Denis Hamel Binghamton Senators 7756359165
Donald MacLeanGrand Rapids Griffins7656328863
Brad Smyth Hartford Wolf Pack 8034528669
Ryan Shannon Portland Pirates 7127598644
Keith Aucoin Lowell Lock Monsters 7229568568

Leading goaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; Mins = Minutes Played; W = Wins; L = Losses: OTL = Overtime Losses; SL = Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Allowed; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player Team GP Mins W L SL GA SO GAA Sv%
Dany Sabourin Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4929433014411142.260.922
Wade Flaherty Manitoba Moose 4928222617411362.400.919
Brent Krahn Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights 5732412620913532.500.912
Mike Smith Iowa Stars 5030002519612532.500.917
Martin Houle Philadelphia Phantoms 402153181819122.540.914

Calder Cup PlayoffsEdit

  Division Semi-finals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Finals
A1  Portland 4  
A4  Providence 2  
  A1  Portland 4  
  A2  Hartford 2  
A3  Hartford 4
A2  Manchester 3  
  A  Portland 3  
  E  Hershey 4  
E1  WBS 4  
E4  Bridgeport 3  
  E1  WBS 0
  E2  Hershey 4  
E2  Hershey 4
E3  Norfolk 0  
  E  Hershey 4
  W  Milwaukee 2
N1  Grand Rapids 4  
N4  Toronto 1  
  N1  Grand Rapids 4
  N3  Manitoba 3  
N2  Syracuse 2
N3  Manitoba 4  
  N  Grand Rapids 0
  W  Milwaukee 4  
W1  Milwaukee 4  
W4  Iowa 3  
  W1  Milwaukee 4
  W2  Houston 0  
W2  Houston 4
W3  Peoria 0  

All Star ClassicEdit

The 19th AHL All-Star Classic was played on February 1, 2006 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Team Canada defeated team PlanetUSA 9–4. In the skills competition held the night before, team Canada defeated team PlanetUSA 21–12 in front of two sellout crowds of 15,115, the largest for an AHL event. [1]

Trophy and Award winnersEdit

Team AwardsEdit

Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
Richard F. Canning Trophy
Eastern Conference playoff champions:
Hershey Bears
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
Western Conference playoff champions:
Milwaukee Admirals
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy
Regular season champions, League:
Grand Rapids Griffins
Frank Mathers Trophy
Regular Season champions, Eastern Conference:
Portland Pirates
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy
Regular Season champions, Western Conference:
Grand Rapids Griffins
Emile Francis Trophy
Regular Season champions, Atlantic Division:
Portland Pirates
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, East Division:
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Sam Pollock Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Grand Rapids Griffins
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, West Division:
Milwaukee Admirals

Individual AwardsEdit

Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Donald MacLean - Grand Rapids Griffins
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Kirby Law - Houston Aeros
Willie Marshall Award
Top goal scorer:
Donald MacLean - Grand Rapids Griffins &
Denis Hamel - Binghamton Senators
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Patrick O'Sullivan - Houston Aeros
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Andy Delmore - Syracuse Crunch
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
Best Goaltender:
Dany Sabourin - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Dany Sabourin - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Kevin Dineen - Portland Pirates
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award
Sportsmanship / Perseverance:
Mark Cullen - Norfolk Admirals
Yanick Dupre Memorial Award
Community Service Award:
Mitch Fritz - Springfield Falcons
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy
MVP of the playoffs:
Frederic Cassivi - Hershey Bears

Other AwardsEdit

James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Doug Yingst, Hershey Bears
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award
Career contributions:
Al Coates
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Phil Janack, Albany, (newspaper)
Kelly Moore, Manitoba, (radio)
Gregg Mace, Hershey, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Mike Wojociechowski, Milwaukee Admirals
Michael Condon Memorial Award
Outstanding service, on-ice official:
Luke Galvin

Team PhotosEdit

See alsoEdit


Preceded by
2004–05 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
2006–07 AHL season
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