1967–68 AHL season

The 1967–68 AHL season was the 32nd season of the American Hockey League. Eight teams played 72 games each in the schedule. The league played a limited interlocking schedule with the Western Hockey League which was a repeat of the experiment two seasons earlier. The Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award is first awarded to the "outstanding coach" in the league's regular season. The Rochester Americans finished first overall in the regular season, and won their third Calder Cup championship in four years.

1967-68 AHL season
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Regular season
F. G. "Teddy" Oke TrophyHershey Bears
Season MVPDave Creighton
Top scorerSimon Nolet
Calder Cup playoffs
Finals championsRochester Americans
  Runners-upQuebec Aces

Team changes

Final standings

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points;

East GP W L T Pts GF GA
Hershey Bears 72 34 30 8 76 276 248
Springfield Kings 72 31 33 8 70 247 276
Providence Reds 72 30 33 9 69 235 272
Baltimore Clippers 72 28 34 10 66 236 255
West GP W L T Pts GF GA
Rochester Americans 72 38 25 9 85 273 233
Quebec Aces 72 33 28 11 77 277 240
Buffalo Bisons 72 32 28 12 76 239 224
Cleveland Barons 72 28 30 14 70 236 255

Scoring leaders

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Simon Nolet Quebec Aces 70 44 52 96 45
Bob Barlow Rochester Americans 72 43 52 95 72
Jean-Guy Gendron Quebec Aces 72 29 58 87 72
Andre Lacroix Quebec Aces 54 41 46 87 18
Mike Nykoluk Hershey Bears 72 19 66 85 30
Tom McCarthy Baltimore Clippers 70 34 49 83 52
Roger DeJordy Hershey Bears 68 25 23 48 4
Jim Paterson Cleveland Barons 72 27 54 81 31

Calder Cup playoffs

First round
Second round
Finals

Trophy and award winners

Team awards
Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Rochester Americans
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular Season champions, East Division:
Hershey Bears
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular Season champions, West Division:
Rochester Americans
Individual awards
Les Cunningham Award
Most valuable player:
Dave Creighton - Providence Reds
John B. Sollenberger Trophy
Top point scorer:
Simon Nolet - Quebec Aces
Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
Rookie of the year:
Gerry Desjardins - Cleveland Barons
Eddie Shore Award
Defenceman of the year:
Bill Needham - Cleveland Barons
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award
Lowest goals against average:
Bobby Perreault - Rochester Americans
Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award
Coach of the year:
Vic Stasiuk - Quebec Aces
Other awards
James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
John B. Sollenberger (posthumously)
James H. Ellery Memorial Award
Outstanding media coverage:
Jim West, Baltimore

See also

References

Preceded by
1966–67 AHL season
AHL seasons Succeeded by
1968–69 AHL season
1966–67 AHL season

The 1966–67 AHL season was the 31st season of the American Hockey League. Nine teams played 72 games each in the schedule. The Pittsburgh Hornets finished first overall in the regular season, and won their first Calder Cup championship since being resurrected in 1961–62. It would also be the final season for Pittsburgh in the AHL, replaced by the NHL's Penguins the next season.

1968–69 AHL season

The 1968–69 AHL season was the 33rd season of the American Hockey League. Eight teams played 74 games each in the schedule. The Buffalo Bisons finished first overall in the regular season. The Hershey Bears won their fourth Calder Cup championship.

Baltimore Clippers

The Baltimore Clippers were a minor league professional ice hockey team from in Baltimore, Maryland, playing in the Baltimore Civic Center. The Clippers were members of the American Hockey League from 1962 to 1976, and then played one season in the Southern Hockey League. The team was managed by Terry Reardon for its first fourteen seasons, and won three division titles, but were unable to capture a Calder Cup title. Baltimore began as a farm team for the New York Rangers, and helped develop Hall of Fame players including, Eddie Giacomin, Doug Harvey, Jacques Plante and Jean Ratelle. The Clippers also featured eight alumni, who are now members of the AHL Hall of Fame. The team name "Clippers", was used by two previous professional hockey teams in Baltimore, and paid homage to local history in the Baltimore Clipper, and the Port of Baltimore.

Baltimore Skipjacks

The Baltimore Skipjacks were a minor league professional ice hockey team from Baltimore, Maryland. The Skipjacks played eleven seasons as members of the American Hockey League, from 1982 until 1993. The team originated in 1979 as the Baltimore Clippers in the Eastern Hockey League, and were renamed in 1981 for one season in the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, before joining the AHL. During its existence, the Skipjacks reached the Calder Cup finals once, won a division title in 1984, and played at the Baltimore Civic Center for all fourteen of its seasons. The Skipjacks were one of three AHL teams to play in Baltimore, including the Baltimore Clippers, and the Baltimore Bandits.

Rochester Americans

The Rochester Americans (colloquially the Amerks) are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League; the team is an owned-and operated affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres. The team plays its home games in Rochester, New York, at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. The Americans are the fourth-oldest franchise in the AHL, and have the second-longest continuous tenure among AHL teams in their current locations after the Hershey Bears. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in the 2015–16 season.

Rochester was awarded a new franchise in June 1956, when the Pittsburgh Hornets were forced to suspend operations after their arena, the Duquesne Gardens was razed in an urban renewal project. With the Hornets franchise in limbo until a new arena could be built, there was room in the league for a team in Rochester.

The Americans' team colors are red, white and blue. The logo is a patriotic badge with "Americans" written in cursive script. The Americans have played for the Calder Cup 16 times. They have won six Cups: in 1965, 1966, 1968, 1983, 1987 and 1996. They have lost in the finals ten times: in 1957, 1960, 1967, 1977, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999 and 2000.

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