The 2012 Calder Cup playoffs of the American Hockey League began on April 19, 2012 with a slightly different playoff format than in other recent years. The sixteen teams that qualified, eight from each conference, will play a best-of-five series in the conference quarterfinals, and the playoffs will then continue with best-of-seven series for the conference semifinals, conference finals and Calder Cup finals.

The Norfolk Admirals defeated the Toronto Marlies in four games to win the Calder Cup for the first time in Norfolk's history.

Playoff seeds[edit | edit source]

After the 2011–12 AHL regular season, 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The top eight teams from each conference qualifies for the playoffs.

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Division[edit | edit source]

  1. St. John's IceCaps – 94 points
  2. Manchester Monarchs – 83 points

Northeast Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Bridgeport Sound Tigers – 91 points
  2. Connecticut Whale – 86 points

East Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Norfolk Admirals – 113 points
  2. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – 95 points
  3. Hershey Bears – 88 points
  4. Syracuse Crunch – 84 points

Western Conference[edit | edit source]

North Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Toronto Marlies – 96 points
  2. Rochester Americans – 86 points (30 regulation and overtime wins, 1−1 in season series against Houston, +3 goal difference)

Midwest Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Chicago Wolves – 91 points
  2. Milwaukee Admirals – 87 points (36 regulation and overtime wins, 3−1 in season series against San Antonio)

West Division[edit | edit source]

  1. Oklahoma City Barons – 99 points
  2. Abbotsford Heat – 92 points
  3. San Antonio Rampage – 87 points (36 regulation and overtime wins, 1−3 in season series against Milwaukee)
  4. Houston Aeros – 86 points (30 regulation and overtime wins, 1−1 in season series against Rochester, −4 goal difference)

Bracket[edit | edit source]

  Conference Quarter Finals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
1  Norfolk 3  
8  Manchester 1  
  1  Norfolk 4  
 
  6  Connecticut 2  
2  St. John's 3
7  Syracuse 1  
  1  Norfolk 4  
Eastern Conference
  2  St. John's 0  
3  Bridgeport 0  
6  Connecticut 3  
  2  St. John's 4
 
  4  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3  
4  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3
5  Hershey 2  
  E1  Norfolk 4
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W2  Toronto 0
1  Oklahoma City 3  
8  Houston 1  
  1  Oklahoma City 4
 
  6  San Antonio 1  
2  Toronto 3
7  Rochester 0  
  1  Oklahoma City 1
Western Conference
  2  Toronto 4  
3  Chicago 2  
6  San Antonio 3  
  2  Toronto 4
 
  4  Abbotsford 1  
4  Abbotsford 3
5  Milwaukee 0  

Conference Quarterfinals[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]

(1) Norfolk Admirals vs. (8) Manchester Monarchs[edit | edit source]

Norfolk won series 3–1


(2) St. John's IceCaps vs. (7) Syracuse Crunch[edit | edit source]

St. John's won series 3–1


(3) Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. (6) Connecticut Whale[edit | edit source]

Connecticut won series 3–0


(4) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. (5) Hershey Bears[edit | edit source]

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won series 3–2


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

(1) Oklahoma City Barons vs. (8) Houston Aeros[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma City won series 3–1


(2) Toronto Marlies vs. (7) Rochester Americans[edit | edit source]

Toronto won series 3–0


(3) Chicago Wolves vs. (6) San Antonio Rampage[edit | edit source]

San Antonio won series 3–2


(4) Abbotsford Heat vs. (5) Milwaukee Admirals[edit | edit source]

Abbotsford won series 3–0


Conference Semifinals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

(1) Norfolk Admirals vs. (6) Connecticut Whale[edit | edit source]

Norfolk won series 4–2

* Game five was played at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

(2) St. John's IceCaps vs. (4) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins[edit | edit source]

St. John's won series 4–3


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

(1) Oklahoma City Barons vs. (6) San Antonio Rampage[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma City won series 4–1


(2) Toronto Marlies vs. (4) Abbotsford Heat[edit | edit source]

Toronto won series 4–1


Conference Finals[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

(1) Norfolk Admirals vs. (2) St. John's IceCaps[edit | edit source]

Norfolk won series 4–0


Western Conference[edit | edit source]

(1) Oklahoma City Barons vs. (2) Toronto Marlies[edit | edit source]

Toronto won series 4–1


Calder Cup Finals[edit | edit source]

Norfolk Admirals vs. Toronto Marlies[edit | edit source]

Norfolk wins series 4–0


Playoff statistical leaders[edit | edit source]

Leading skaters[edit | edit source]

These are the top ten skaters based on points. If there is a tie in points, goals take precedence over assists.[1]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Picard, AlexandreAlexandre Picard Norfolk Admirals 18 9 7 16 48
Smith, TrevorTrevor Smith Norfolk Admirals 18 5 11 16 20
Conacher, CoryCory Conacher Norfolk Admirals 18 2 13 15 28
Johnson, TylerTyler Johnson Norfolk Admirals 14 6 8 14 6
Dupuis, PhilippePhilippe Dupuis Toronto Marlies 17 4 10 14 20
Frattin, MattMatt Frattin Toronto Marlies 13 10 3 13 6
D'Amigo, JerryJerry D'Amigo Toronto Marlies 17 8 5 13 12
McDonald, ColinColin McDonald Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 12 6 7 13 2
Arcobello, MarkMark Arcobello Oklahoma City Barons 14 5 8 13 6
Matsumoto, JonJon Matsumoto San Antonio Rampage 10 4 9 13 8

Leading goaltenders[edit | edit source]

This is a combined table of the top five goaltenders based on goals against average and the top five goaltenders based on save percentage with at least 360 minutes played. The table is initially sorted by goals against average, with the criterion for inclusion in bold.[2]

GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; SV% = Save percentage; SO = Shutouts; TOI = Time on ice (in minutes)

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
Dustin Tokarski Norfolk Admirals 14 12 2 373 21 1.46 .944 3 865
Ben Scrivens Toronto Marlies 17 11 6 509 33 1.92 .935 3 1029
Cameron Talbot Connecticut Whale 9 5 4 327 20 2.10 .939 2 571
Brad Thiessen Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 12 6 6 292 27 2.14 .908 0 756
Danny Taylor Abbotsford Heat 7 4 3 192 16 2.26 .917 0 425
Eddie Pasquale St. John's IceCaps 15 7 8 482 37 2.42 .923 0 917

Photos[edit | edit source]

Broadcasting[edit | edit source]

Leafs TV, as the main broadcaster of the Toronto Marlies, will air the Calder Cup Final in Canada. While the channel is normally restricted to the home market of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Leafs TV has allowed television providers outside of the Leafs' market to carry the channel during the Calder Cup to allow nationwide coverage of the games. In the United States, CBS Sports Network picked up the broadcast rights in the United States beginning with game 3, simulcasting the Leafs TV feed. Additionally in Canada, Sportsnet One will also join Leafs TV to air games 4-6 of the series. The series will also be carried on ESPN America, and on the NHL Home Ice channel on Sirius XM.[3]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Top Scorers - 2012 Playoffs. AHL (2012-06-09).
  2. Top Goalies - 2012 Playoffs. AHL. Retrieved on 2012-06-09.
  3. CBS Sports Network to air Finals. AHL. Retrieved on 8 June 2012.
Preceded by
2011 Calder Cup playoffs
Calder Cup playoffs
2012
Succeeded by
2013 Calder Cup playoffs
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