2004-05 AHL Season
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2004%E2%80%9305 AHL Season

The 2004-05 AHL season was the 69th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-eight teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Rochester Americans finished first overall in the regular season. The Philadelphia Phantoms won the Calder Cup, defeating the Chicago Wolves in the finals.

Ice experimentation during a Rochester Americans game at HSBC Arena (now KeyBank Center) in Buffalo, New York

This season featured a wealth of talent in the AHL, as the National Hockey League was in the midst of a lockout. Many players who otherwise may have been called up to be members of NHL teams for the season spent the full season in the AHL instead. The lockout also provided opportunity for several NHL arenas -- including those in Anaheim, Buffalo, Nashville, San Jose and Tampa -- to host AHL games during the season. The Edmonton Road Runners, meanwhile, played the entire season in Rexall Place, normally the home of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

In addition, the shootout (previously used in the 1986-87 season) was reintroduced to the league, to decide a winner in games which remained tied following the overtime period. The team winning a shootout was credited with a win, and the losing team with an overtime loss. [1]

The AHL also announced a series of experimental rule changes, most notably a restricted area for goaltenders. Playing the puck outside the restricted area results in an automatic two-minute delay of game penalty.

Team changes

Final standings

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

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division GP W L OTL SL Pts GF GA
Manchester Monarchs (LA) 80 51 21 4 4 110 258 176
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR) 80 50 24 3 3 106 206 160
Lowell Lock Monsters (CAR/CGY) 80 47 27 5 1 100 242 190
Providence Bruins (BOS) 80 40 30 7 3 90 211 202
Worcester Ice Cats (STL) 80 39 34 3 4 85 212 223
Portland Pirates (WAS) 80 34 34 6 6 80 175 242
Springfield Falcons (TB) 80 24 47 3 6 57 161 255
East Division GP W L OTL SL Pts GF GA
Binghamton Senators (OTT) 80 47 21 7 5 106 276 217
Philadelphia Phantoms (PHI) 80 48 25 4 3 103 235 185
Norfolk Admirals (CHI) 80 43 30 6 1 93 200 188
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT) 80 39 27 7 7 92 227 219
Hershey Bears (COL) 80 39 37 2 2 82 207 226
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI) 80 37 38 1 4 79 192 222
Albany River Rats (NJ) 80 29 38 6 7 71 198 248

Western Conference

North Division GP W L OTL SL Pts GF GA
Rochester Americans (BUF) 80 51 19 6 4 112 243 208
St. John's Maple Leafs (TOR) 80 46 28 5 1 98 244 232
Manitoba Moose (VAN) 80 44 26 7 3 98 243 210
Hamilton Bulldogs (MON/DAL) 80 38 29 6 7 89 225 210
Syracuse Crunch (CBJ) 80 36 33 4 7 83 215 230
Edmonton Road Runners (EDM) 80 32 33 11 4 79 201 223
Cleveland Barons (SJ) 80 35 37 6 2 78 200 226
West Division GP W L OTL SL Pts GF GA
Chicago Wolves (ATL) 80 49 24 2 5 105 245 211
Milwaukee Admirals (NAS) 80 47 24 5 4 103 247 207
Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (ANA) 80 44 31 4 1 93 206 191
Houston Aeros (MIN) 80 40 28 6 6 92 212 195
Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) 80 41 35 2 2 86 200 200
San Antonio Rampage (FLA) 80 27 45 5 3 62 156 232
Utah Grizzlies (PHX) 80 23 50 5 2 53 156 265

Scoring leaders

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

Leading goaltenders

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%
Steve Valiquette Hartford Wolf Pack 35 1900 19 11 1 56 7 1.77 0.935
Jason LaBarbera Hartford Wolf Pack 53 2937 31 16 2 90 6 1.84 0.934
Adam Hauser Manchester Monarchs 32 1867 19 11 0 60 5 1.93 0.933
Cam Ward Lowell Lock Monsters 50 2829 27 17 3 94 6 1.99 0.937
Josh Harding Houston Aeros 42 2388 21 16 3 80 4 2.01 0.930

Calder Cup Playoffs

Division Semi-finals Division Finals Conference Finals Calder Cup Finals
            
A1 Manchester 2
A4 Providence 4
A4 Providence 4
A3 Lowell 1
A2 Hartford 2
A3 Lowell 4
A Providence 2
Eastern
E Philadelphia 4
E1 Binghamton 2
E4 WBS 4
E4 WBS 1
E2 Philadelphia 4
E2 Philadelphia 4
E3 Norfolk 2
E Philadelphia 4
W Chicago 0
N1 Rochester 4
N4 Hamilton 0
N1 Rochester 1
N3 Manitoba 4
N2 St. John's 1
N3 Manitoba 4
N Manitoba 0
Western
W Chicago 4
W1 Chicago 4
W4 Houston 1
W1 Chicago 4
W3 Cincinnati 1
W2 Milwaukee 3
W3 Cincinnati 4

All Star Classic

The 18th AHL All-Star Classic was played on February 14, 2005, at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Team PlanetUSA defeated team Canada 5-4 in a shootout win. In the skills competition held the night before, team PlanetUSA defeated team Canada 17-13. [2]

Trophy and award winners

Team awards

Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Philadelphia Phantoms
Richard F. Canning Trophy
Eastern Conference playoff champions:
Philadelphia Phantoms
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
Western Conference playoff champions:
Chicago Wolves
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy
Regular season champions, League:
Rochester Americans
Frank Mathers Trophy
Regular Season champions, Eastern Conference:
Manchester Monarchs
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy
Regular Season champions, Western Conference:
Rochester Americans
Emile Francis Trophy
Regular Season champions, Atlantic Division:
Manchester Monarchs
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, East Division:
Binghamton Senators
Sam Pollock Trophy
Regular Season champions, North Division:
Rochester Americans
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, West Division:
Chicago Wolves

Individual awards

Other awards

James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Mark Chipman, Manitoba Moose
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award
Career contributions:
Glenn Stanford
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Jonathan Bombulie, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (newspaper)
Derek Wills, Hamilton (radio)
Brendan O'Reilly, Binghamton (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Brian Lewis, Hamilton Bulldogs
Michael Condon Memorial Award
Outstanding service, on-ice official:
Matt Dunne

See also

References


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