American Hockey League

AHL Morning Skate: 6.6.19

Take a game-day spin around the AHL ice with latest news and notes from the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs in today’s AHL Morning Skate.

Playoff Brackets | Today’s Scoreboard | League Stats

Game 4 – Tonight, 8:00 ET, AHLTV
(CHA leads series, 2-1)
TV: NHL Network (tape delay: Friday, 1:00 ET), WCIU “The U Too”

Charlotte brings a 2-1 series lead into tonight’s Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals following a 4-1 victory over Chicago last night… Alex Nedeljkovic (9-4, 2.29, .918) made 38 saves for the Checkers — a career high for a regulation game — and Jake Bean (1-4-5), Patrick Brown (5-5-10), Martin Necas (4-7-11) and Tomas Jurco (7-10-17) all had two-point nights… Brown scored the Checkers’ sixth shorthanded goal in their last six games… Julien Gauthier (5-2-7), who missed Games 1 and 2 of the series, opened the scoring 1:51 into last night’s contest… Charlotte has scored the first goal in all three games of the Finals, all within the first four minutes of play… Brooks Macek (3-1-4) ended a 12-game drought with the Wolves’ only goal of Game 3, knocking in a rebound with 5:11 remaining in the third period… Zach Whitecloud (3-11-14) picked up an assist, his sixth point in the last five games (1-5-6)… Oscar Dansk (10-7, 2.35, .916) turned aside 22 shots for Chicago… The Wolves are 3-0 this postseason in games when trailing a series; they came back from 2-1 series deficits to eliminate Grand Rapids in the first round and San Diego in the conference finals… Charlotte is 2-for-8 on the power play in the series, and 7-for-8 with two shorthanded goals scored on the penalty kill… The Wolves have lost back-to-back games for the third time this postseason; they followed up the other occasions with three straight wins and four straight wins… Seventeen different Checkers skaters have recorded at least one point in the Finals… During the 185:30 played over the first three games of the series, Charlotte has led for 113:30 (61.2 percent) and the game has been tied for 72:00 (38.8 percent); Chicago has not yet played with a lead… The Checkers are now 8-0 in playoff games decided by three goals or more.

2019 Calder Cup Finals (best-of-7)
A1-Charlotte Checkers vs. C1-Chicago Wolves | Series Infographic
Game 1 – Sat., June 1 – Chicago 4, CHARLOTTE 3 (OT) | Recap/Highlights
Game 2 – Sun., June 2 – CHARLOTTE 5, Chicago 3 | Recap/Highlights
Game 3 – Wed., June 5 – Charlotte 4, CHICAGO 1 | Recap/Highlights
Game 4 – Thu., June 6 – Charlotte at Chicago, 8:00, AHLTV, NHL Network**
Game 5 – Sat., June 8 – Charlotte at Chicago, 8:00, AHLTV, NHL Network
*Game 6 – Thu., June 13 – Chicago at Charlotte, 7:00, AHLTV, NHL Network
*Game 7 – Fri., June 14 – Chicago at Charlotte, 7:00, AHLTV, NHL Network
*if necessary… All times Eastern
**delayed broadcast (Friday, 1:00 ET)

About the Calder Cup
The Calder Cup is named for Frank Calder, the first president of the NHL (1917-43) and one of the driving forces behind the formation of the American Hockey League.

While the AHL’s history dates back to the fall of 1936, the Calder Cup trophy was first awarded in 1938 to the Providence Reds for winning the second International-American Hockey League championship. (In 1996, George Parsons of the Syracuse Stars was presented the Calder Cup in a ceremony at the Onondaga County War Memorial; it is believed the Stars never received a trophy for their 1937 championship.)

In 2001, the trophy’s base was changed to include two tiers of plaques, which feature the rosters of each of the last 20 Calder Cup champions; the plaques from the first 62 champions are on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The entire trophy now stands 24 inches tall and weighs 25 pounds. The bowl, made of sterling silver, is 12 inches high and eight inches in diameter; the base is made of Brazilian mahogany.

Calder Cup Finals History
Last 20 Calder Cup Finals results and Jack Butterfield Trophy winners (playoff MVP):

2018 – Toronto Marlies 4, Texas Stars 3 (Andreas Johnsson, TOR)
2017 – Grand Rapids Griffins 4, Syracuse Crunch 2 (Tyler Bertuzzi, GR)
2016 – Lake Erie Monsters 4, Hershey Bears 0 (Oliver Bjorkstrand, LE)
2015 – Manchester Monarchs 4, Utica Comets 1 (Jordan Weal, MCH)
2014 – Texas Stars 4, St. John’s IceCaps 1 (Travis Morin, TEX)
2013 – Grand Rapids Griffins 4, Syracuse Crunch 2 (Tomas Tatar, GR)
2012 – Norfolk Admirals 4, Toronto Marlies 0 (Alexandre Picard, NOR)
2011 – Binghamton Senators 4, Houston Aeros 2 (Robin Lehner, BNG)
2010 – Hershey Bears 4, Texas Stars 2 (Chris Bourque, HER)
2009 – Hershey Bears 4, Manitoba Moose 2 (Michal Neuvirth, HER)
2008 – Chicago Wolves 4, W-B/Scranton Penguins 2 (Jason Krog, CHI)
2007 – Hamilton Bulldogs 4, Hershey Bears 1 (Carey Price, HAM)
2006 – Hershey Bears 4, Milwaukee Admirals 2 (Frederic Cassivi, HER)
2005 – Philadelphia Phantoms 4, Chicago Wolves 0 (Antero Niittymaki, PHI)
2004 – Milwaukee Admirals 4, W-B/Scranton Penguins 0 (Wade Flaherty, MIL)
2003 – Houston Aeros 4, Hamilton Bulldogs 3 (Johan Holmqvist, HOU)
2002 – Chicago Wolves 4, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1 (Pasi Nurminen, CHI)
2001 – Saint John Flames 4, W-B/Scranton Penguins 2 (Steve Begin, SJN)
2000 – Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Rochester Americans 2 (Derek Armstrong, HFD)
1999 – Providence Bruins 4, Rochester Americans 1 (Peter Ferraro, PRO)

Alumni Watch
In Game 4 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final on Monday night, Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves as St. Louis defeated Boston, 4-2… The series is tied at two games apiece heading into Game 5 tonight.

Watch the Calder Cup Playoffs on AHLTV
Don’t miss a second on the road to the 2019 Calder Cup championship. AHLTV features live streaming of every AHL game in high definition on desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices, as well as OTT platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. A subscription is just $24.99 for the entire postseason, or just $7.99 for a day pass. Visit for details.

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