2002-03 AHL Season
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2002%E2%80%9303 AHL Season

The 2002-03 AHL season was the 67th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-eight teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Hamilton Bulldogs finished first overall in the regular season. The Houston Aeros won their first Calder Cup championship.

Team changes

Final standings

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

Eastern Conference

Canadian GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Hamilton Bulldogs (EDM/MTL) 80 49 19 8 4 110 279 191
Manitoba Moose (VAN) 80 37 33 8 2 84 229 228
St. John's Maple Leafs (TOR) 80 32 40 6 2 72 236 285
Saint John Flames (CGY) 80 32 41 6 1 71 203 223
North GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Providence Bruins (BOS) 80 44 20 11 5 104 268 227
Manchester Monarchs (LA) 80 40 23 11 6 97 254 209
Worcester IceCats (STL) 80 35 27 15 3 88 235 220
Portland Pirates (WSH) 80 33 28 13 6 85 221 195
Lowell Lock Monsters (CAR) 80 19 51 7 3 48 175 275
East GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Binghamton Senators (OTT) 80 43 26 9 2 97 239 207
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI) 80 40 26 11 3 94 219 198
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR) 80 33 27 12 8 86 255 236
Springfield Falcons (PHX/TB) 80 34 38 7 1 76 202 243
Albany River Rats (NJ) 80 25 37 11 7 68 197 235

Western Conference

Central GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Grand Rapids Griffins (DET) 80 48 22 8 2 106 240 177
Rochester Americans (BUF) 80 31 30 14 5 81 219 221
Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (ANA) 80 26 35 13 6 71 202 242
Syracuse Crunch (CBJ) 80 27 41 8 4 66 201 256
Cleveland Barons (SJ) 80 22 48 5 5 54 203 286
West GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Houston Aeros (MIN) 80 47 23 7 3 104 266 222
Chicago Wolves (ATL) 80 43 25 8 4 98 276 237
San Antonio Rampage (FLA) 80 36 29 11 4 87 235 226
Milwaukee Admirals (NSH) 80 32 27 14 7 85 247 251
Utah Grizzlies (DAL) 80 37 34 4 5 83 227 243
South GP W L T OTL Pts GF GA
Norfolk Admirals (CHI) 80 37 26 12 5 91 201 187
Hershey Bears (COL) 80 36 27 14 3 89 217 209
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT) 80 36 32 7 5 84 245 248
Philadelphia Phantoms (PHI) 80 33 33 6 8 80 198 212

Scoring leaders

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

Calder Cup playoffs

Eastern Conference Qualifier
   
7 Hartford Wolf Pack 0
10 Springfield Falcons 2
Eastern Conference Qualifier
   
8 Portland Pirates 1
9 Manitoba Moose 2
Western Conference Qualifier
   
7 Milwaukee Admirals 2
10 Rochester Americans 1
Western Conference Qualifier
   
8 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2
9 Utah Grizzlies 0
  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Calder Cup Final
                                     
1 Hamilton 3     1 Hamilton 4  
8 Springfield 1     9 Manitoba 3  


2 Providence 1 Eastern Conference
7 Manitoba 3  
    1 Hamilton 4  
  3 Binghamton 1  
3 Binghamton 3  
6 Worcester 0  
4 Manchester 0   3 Binghamton 4
5 Bridgeport 3     5 Bridgeport 2  


  E1 Hamilton 3
(Pairings are re-seeded after the first round.)
  W2 Houston 4
1 Grand Rapids 3     1 Grand Rapids 4
8 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1     4 Chicago 0  
2 Houston 3
7 Milwaukee 0  
  1 Grand Rapids 3
  2 Houston 4  
3 Norfolk 3  
6 San Antonio 0   Western Conference
4 Chicago 3   2 Houston 4
5 Hershey 2     3 Norfolk 2  
  • During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice.

All Star Classic

The 16th AHL All-Star Game was played on February 3, 2003 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Team Canada defeated Team PlanetUSA 10-7. In the skills competition held the day before the All-Star Game, Team Canada won 15-13 over Team PlanetUSA. [1]

Trophy and award winners

Team awards

Calder Cup
Playoff champions:
Houston Aeros
Richard F. Canning Trophy
Eastern Conference playoff champions:
Hamilton Bulldogs
Robert W. Clarke Trophy
Western Conference playoff champions:
Houston Aeros
Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy
Regular season champions, league:
Hamilton Bulldogs
Frank Mathers Trophy
Regular season champions, South Division:
Norfolk Admirals
Norman R. "Bud" Poile Trophy
Regular season champions, West Division:
Houston Aeros
Emile Francis Trophy
Regular season champions, North Division:
Providence Bruins
F. G. "Teddy" Oke Trophy
Regular season champions, East Division:
Binghamton Senators
Sam Pollock Trophy
Regular season champions, Canadian Division:
Hamilton Bulldogs
John D. Chick Trophy
Regular season champions, Central Division:
Grand Rapids Griffins

Individual awards

Other awards

James C. Hendy Memorial Award
Most outstanding executive:
Jeff Barrett, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Thomas Ebright Memorial Award
Career contributions:
Bill Watters
James H. Ellery Memorial Awards
Outstanding media coverage:
Joe Conklin, Grand Rapids, (newspaper)
Dave Ahlers, Portland, (radio)
Rogers Sportsnet, (television)
Ken McKenzie Award
Outstanding marketing executive:
Don Helbig, Cincinnati Mighty Ducks
Michael Condon Memorial Award
Outstanding service, on-ice official:
Marty Demers

See also

References


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