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This is the 2020-21 American Hockey League season. This is the league's 85th season.

Suspension of Play[edit | edit source]

The league released the following statement on March 12, 2020: With the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and fans of primary importance, the American Hockey League has announced the suspension of play until further notice, effective immediately, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AHL will continue to monitor developments and will provide updates on the 2019-20 season at the appropriate time.[1]

On May 11, 2020 the league officially announced that the balance of the season would be cancelled.[2]

No official word has been given as to the start date for the season as the National Hockey League delayed its' playoffs from early April to August with AHL players being used as replacement players for injured players.

The league would later announce a February 5th start date.

Calder Cup Playoffs Cancelled[edit | edit source]

On April 29th the league announced the cancellation of the 2021 Calder Cup Playoffs. Each team will have the chance to have their division conduct a playoff tournament.[3]

Membership Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Also on January 4th the league announced four temporary relocations due to local restrictions involving the AHL team's home area or the NHL team's home arena:

Teams[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

  y–  indicates team has clinched regular season division title

As of games May 20, 2021[6]

Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Providence Bruins (BOS) 25 15 6 2 2 32 .680 78 60
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR) 24 14 9 1 0 29 .604 82 74
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI) 24 8 14 2 0 18 .375 59 81
Canadian Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Laval Rocket (MTL) 36 23 9 3 1 50 .694 113 87
Manitoba Moose (WPG) 36 18 13 3 2 41 .569 109 102
Belleville Senators (OTT) 35 18 16 1 0 37 .529 102 111
Toronto Marlies (TOR) 35 16 17 0 2 34 .486 111 119
Stockton Heat (CGY) 30 11 17 2 0 24 .400 79 95
North Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Hershey Bears (WSH) 33 24 7 2 0 50 .758 110 77
Lehigh Valley Phantoms (PHI) 32 18 7 4 2 43* .672 96 92
Syracuse Crunch (TB/FLA) 32 19 10 3 0 41 .641 120 93
Utica Comets (VAN/STL) 28 16 11 0 1 33 .589 89 88
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT) 32 13 13 4 2 32 .500 92 107
Rochester Americans (BUF) 29 11 15 2 1 25 .431 89 116
Binghamton Devils (NJ) 35 7 20 5 2 22* .314 89 127
Central Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Chicago Wolves (CAR/NSH) 33 21 9 1 2 45 .682 132 94
Cleveland Monsters (CBJ) 29 16 10 1 2 35 .603 101 86
Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) 32 16 12 3 1 36 .563 96 97
Iowa Wild (MIN) 34 17 13 4 0 38 .559 107 113
Texas Stars (DAL) 38 17 18 3 0 37 .487 117 124
Rockford IceHogs (CHI) 32 12 19 1 0 25 .391 89 115
Pacific Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Henderson Silver Knights (VGK) 39 25 13 0 1 51 .654 125 102
Bakersfield Condors (EDM) 39 24 14 0 1 49 .628 129 104
San Diego Gulls (ANA) 44 26 17 1 0 53 .602 153 142
San Jose Barracuda (SJ) 36 15 15 4 2 36 .500 105 127
Colorado Eagles (COL) 34 15 15 3 1 34 .500 101 104
Ontario Reign (LA) 40 17 19 4 0 38 .475 136 149
Tucson Roadrunners (ARI) 36 13 20 3 0 29 .403 103 126
  • A game between the Phantoms and Devils was suspended while tied and not completed, resulting in a 1–1 tie and a point for each team.[7]

Calder Cup Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Original Playoff format[edit | edit source]

The top four teams in each division ranked by points qualify for the 2020 Calder Cup playoffs.

The 2021 Calder Cup playoffs features a divisional playoff format, leading to conference finals and ultimately the Calder Cup finals. The division semifinals are best-of-five series; all subsequent rounds are best-of-seven.

Divisional Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Updated Playoff Format[edit | edit source]

The Calder Cup Playoffs league wide were cancelled and the divisions were allowed to hold their own playoffs. The Pacific Division was the only division indicated they would like to hold a playoff.[8]

Pacific Division[edit | edit source]

All seven teams qualify for the playoffs. The fourth place team plays the seventh place team and the fifth place team plays the sixth place team in a single game playoff. The two winners meet in another single game playoff. The winner earns the fourth seed. The first two rounds will be held at the FivePoint Arena in Irvine, California on May 18th and 19th. The first place team will host the winner of the previous 3 games and the second place team will host the third place team in a best-of-three division semifinal series. The semifinal winners will meet in a best-of-three series at the higher seeded team. The playoff winner will win the John D. Chick Trophy.

Pacific Division Play-In First Round[edit | edit source]

Pacific Division Play-In Second Round[edit | edit source]

Play-In Bracket[edit | edit source]

Play-in Games
(May 18)
Play-in Final Game
(May 19)
      
4 San Jose Barracuda 2
7 Tucson Roadrunners 1
4 San Jose Barracuda 5
5 Colorado Eagles 1
5 Colorado Eagles 5 (OT)
6 Ontario Reign 4

Final results:[9]

Semifinal/Final Round[edit | edit source]

Semifinals
(best-of-3)
Finals
(best-of-3)
      
1 Henderson Silver Knights 2
4 San Jose Barracuda 0
1 Henderson Silver Knights 1
2 Bakersfield Condors 2
2 Bakersfield Condors 2
3 San Diego Gulls 1

Pacific Division Semifinals[edit | edit source]

(Best-of-Three, held May 21-24)

Pacific Division Final[edit | edit source]

(Best-of-Three)

References[edit | edit source]

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