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This is the 2021-22 American Hockey League season. This is the league's 86th season.

Scheduling

On June 7, 2021 the league issued a statement saying that they AHL Board of Governors approved the alignment for the 2021-22 season.[1]

Teams will play an unequal number of games for 2021-22:

  • Chicago, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Hershey, Lehigh Valley, Milwaukee, Rochester, Springfield, Syracuse, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will play 76 games
  • Belleville, Bridgeport, Charlotte, Hartford, Iowa, Laval, Manitoba, Providence, Rockford, Texas, Toronto, Utica will play 72 games
  • Abbotsford, Bakersfield, Colorado, Henderson, Ontario, San Diego, San Jose, Stockton, Tucson (the Pacific Division) will play 68 games.[2]

The season commences on October 15th.

The playoff format will be announced in the summer of 2021. As part of the announcement for the 2021-22 season it was stated that there will be an increase in the number of teams qualifying for the playoffs over each of the next two seasons.

As part of the announcement, the league announced that all teams will play 72 games starting with the 2022-23 season with the expected addition of the Palm Springs AHL team which had their arena construction begin on June 3, 2021.[3]

Membership Changes

  • All of the teams that made temporary relocations due to local restrictions involving the AHL team's home area or even the NHL team's home arena will return to their previous home except for the Binghamton Devils who relocated to Utica, New York for the 2021-22 season:

Teams

Standings

  y–  indicates team has clinched division and a playoff spot
  x–  indicates team has clinched a playoff spot
  e–  indicates team has been eliminated from playoff contention

Final standings as of April 30, 2022[7]

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Charlotte Checkers (FLA/SEA) 72 42 24 5 1 90 .625 234 197
x–Springfield Thunderbirds (STL) 76 43 24 6 3 95 .625 233 221
x–Providence Bruins (BOS) 72 36 25 5 6 83 .576 199 192
x–Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT) 76 35 33 4 4 78 .513 209 225
x–Hershey Bears (WSH) 76 34 32 6 4 78 .513 202 209
x–Bridgeport Islanders (NYI) 72 31 30 7 4 73 .507 213 226
e–Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR) 72 32 32 6 2 72 .500 205 225
e–Lehigh Valley Phantoms (PHI) 76 29 32 10 5 73 .480 195 239
North Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Utica Comets (NJD) 72 43 20 8 1 95 .660 246 206
x–Syracuse Crunch (TBL) 76 41 26 7 2 91 .599 242 229
x–Laval Rocket (MTL) 72 39 26 5 2 85 .590 246 231
x–Belleville Senators (OTT) 72 40 28 4 0 84 .583 219 218
x–Rochester Americans (BUF) 76 37 29 7 3 84 .553 254 270
e–Toronto Marlies (TOR) 72 37 30 4 1 79 .549 243 244
e–Cleveland Monsters (CBJ) 76 28 35 8 5 69 .454 207 262

Western Conference

Central Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Chicago Wolves (CAR) 76 50 16 5 5 110 .724 261 194
x–Manitoba Moose (WPG) 72 41 24 5 2 89 .618 228 204
x–Milwaukee Admirals (NSH) 76 39 28 5 4 87 .572 229 228
x–Rockford IceHogs (CHI) 72 37 30 4 1 79 .549 223 221
x–Texas Stars (DAL) 72 32 28 6 6 76 .528 219 230
e–Iowa Wild (MIN) 72 32 31 4 5 73 .507 202 209
e–Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) 76 33 35 6 2 74 .487 209 240
Pacific Division GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pts% GF GA
y–Stockton Heat (CGY) 68 45 16 5 2 97 .713 242 185
x–Ontario Reign (LAK) 68 41 18 5 4 91 .669 259 219
x–Colorado Eagles (COL) 68 39 22 4 3 85 .625 244 207
x–Bakersfield Condors (EDM) 68 37 21 5 5 84 .618 225 192
x–Abbotsford Canucks (VAN) 68 39 23 5 1 84 .618 230 200
x–Henderson Silver Knights (VGK) 68 35 28 4 1 75 .551 209 203
x–San Diego Gulls (ANA) 68 28 33 4 3 63 .463 197 223
e–Tucson Roadrunners (ARI) 68 23 39 5 1 52 .382 182 268
e–San Jose Barracuda (SJS) 68 20 42 4 2 46 .338 202 291


2022 Calder Cup playoffs

The league revised the format for the Calder Cup Playoffs.In each division the all but the bottom two teams will qualify for the playoffs. The first round will be a best-of-three series with six teams in the Atlantic Division, five in the North Division, five in the Central Division and seven in the Pacific Division. Teams will be ranked by points percentage as teams are playing an unequal number of games.[8]

First Round
May 2 – 9
Division Semifinals
May 6 – 19
Division Finals
May 21 – 29
Conference Finals
June 3 – 15
Calder Cup Finals
June 19 – 25
A1 Charlotte 3
A3 Providence 0 A6 Bridgeport 1
A6 Bridgeport 2 Atlantic DivisionA1 Charlotte 0
A2 Springfield 3
A2 Springfield 3 Eastern Conference
A4 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2 A4 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0
A5 Hershey 1 A2 Springfield 4
N3 Laval 3
N1 Utica 2
N4 Belleville 0 N5 Rochester 3
N5 Rochester 2 North DivisionN5 Rochester 0
N3 Laval 3
N2 Syracuse 2
N3 Laval 3
A2 Springfield 1
C1 Chicago 4
C1 Chicago 3
C4 Rockford 2 C4 Rockford 0
C5 Texas 0 Central DivisionC1 Chicago 3
C3 Milwaukee 1
C2 Manitoba 2 Western Conference
C3 Milwaukee 3
C1 Chicago 4
P1 Stockton 2
P1 Stockton 3
P4 Bakersfield 2 P4 Bakersfield 0
P5 Abbotsford 0 Pacific DivisionP1 Stockton 3
P2 Ontario 2 P3 Colorado 1
P7 San Diego 0 P2 Ontario 0
P3 Colorado 2 P3 Colorado 3
P6 Henderson 0

Atlantic Division First Round

North Division First Round

Central Division First Round

Pacific Division First Round

Atlantic Division Semifinals

North Division Semifinals

Central Division Semifinals

Pacific Division Semifinals

Atlantic Division Final

North Division Final

Central Division Final

Pacific Division Final

Eastern Conference Final

Western Conference Final

Calder Cup Final

References

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