The Toronto Marlies officially ended the 2017-2018 hockey season with their Game 7 win over the Texas Stars last night. All of the cups have been won and here are the leagues and teams that have claimed their titles:
American Hockey League (AHL): Toronto Marlies
Andreas Johnson and Mason Marchment each scored twice while netminder Garret Sparks made 29 saves at the Marlies defeated the Texas Stars 6-1 in Game 7 to win their first Calder Cup and the first men’s professional hockey title for the city of Toronot since 1967.
ECHL: Colorado Eagles
Colorado defeated the Florida Everblades in seven games to repeat as Kelly Cup champions in their final season before moving to the AHL next season. The Eagles rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the third period as Gabriel Verpaelst netted the game winner with 2:29 left.
Federal Hockey League (FHL): Watertown Wolves
The Wolves defeated the Port Huron Prowlers 3 games to 1 to win the Commissioner’s Cup. This was their second FHL title having won it previously in 2015. Gavin Yates led the Wolves with six goals in the playoffs and was awarded the league’s MVP.
Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL): Huntsville Havoc
The Havoc became the first fourth-seeded team to win the SPHL President’s Cup beating the Peoria Rivermen 2 games to 1. Sy Nutkevtich, who scored a goal in each playoff game against Peoria, had 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in the postseason and was named the MVP. This was the Havoc’s second league title. They last won it in 2010.
National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL): Metropolitan Riveters
The Riveters knocked off the defending Isobel Cup champs with a 1-0 win over the Buffalo Beauts. Katie Fitzgerald was the game’s MVP as she held Buffalo scoreless. Alexa Gruschow got the game’s only goal in the first period for the Riveters. This was their first Isobel Cup title.
North American Hockey League (NAHL): Shreveport Mudbugs
The Mudbugs came from behind to beat the Minot Minotauros 2-1 to win the Robertson Cup. Cole Quisenberry tipped home the game winner early in the third period for the Mudbugs. This was the Mudbugs’ first title in the NAHL. The franchise had previously won titles in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2011 in the Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL) and Central Hockey League (CHL).
United States Hockey League (USHL): Fargo Force
The Force won their first title in team history winning the Clark Cup over the Youngstown Phantoms. The Force got a late goal from Ty Farmer and an empty net goal from Mark Senden wo win 4-2 in Game 4 and clinch the series 3 games to 1. It took 10 years, 667 games and 63 playoff games for their first title.
Western Hockey League (WHL): Swift Current Broncos
The Broncos captured the Memorial Cup for the first time in 25 years. Beck Malenstyn put in an empty net goal to shut the door on the Everett Silvertips for a 3-0 win in Game 6. It wasn’t an easy path for the Broncos as it took them seven games to eliminate the Regina Pats in the first round and another seven games to advance past Moose Jaw in the second round. In the Eastern Conference final, they defeated Lethbridge 4 games to 2.
PRO Chess League:After two draws that kept extending a playoff, Zaven Adriasyan won in game three of his sudden-death blitz match with Wang Yue to give the Armenia Eagles the championship in the PRO Chess League. The Eagles finished the regular season winning the Eastern Division with a record of 6.5-2.5. They were the only #1 seed to advance to California, meaning they were both the Eastern Division champions in the regular season, and won the divisional bracket in the postseason. The opening round of the playoffs saw them cruise over the Estonia Horses 10.5-5.5, while in the quarterfinals they used their top-seeded draw odds to get by the Mumbai Movers after an 8-8 score.
AMERICAN ULTIMATE DISC LEAGUE (AUDL): The Raleigh Flyers (3-1) continued their dominance over the Nashville Nightwatch (0-2) as they took advantage of crucial turnovers by the Nightwatch in the third quarter to get some separation for a 31-26 win in Nashville. Jacob Fairfax went up for an incredible goal in between Nashville defenders as time expired before halftime to give the Flyers some momentum. This was Raleigh’s 10th straight win over Nashville. In the earlier women’s game, the Raleigh Radiance won in sudden death overtime over the Nashville Nightshade 15-14.
PBA BOWLING LEAGUE: The Silver Lake Atom Splitters dominated their semifinal and final matches Sunday to win the Professional Bowlers Association’s Elias Cup for the third time in five years at Bayside Bowl in Portland. The team of Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, A.J. Johnson, Tom Daugherty and Chris Barnes won all eight games during the two-day tournament, capped by four straight victories in the finals against the Philadelphia Hitmen.
SOUTHERN PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE (SPHL): Splitting the first two games in the SPHL semifinals, the Huntsville Havoc and Macon Mayhem needed overtime in game three to determine which team’s season would come to an end and which would move on to the championship series. Both clubs were evenly matched, but the Havoc scored late in the third to send it to the extra frame and Peter Sikalis notched his first goal of the playoffs in overtime to send Huntsville on the SPHL finals.
ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE (AFL): The Philadelphia Soul (2-0) unveiled their ArenaBowl championship banner in their home opener and defeated the Baltimore Brigade (1-1) in their home opener 54-49. With only seconds left in the game, Dan Raudabaugh found Darius Reynolds in the end zone for the win.
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE (AHL): Matthew Highmore, Chris DiDomenico and Lance Bouma contributed three unanswered tallies to break a 2-2 deadlock in the second period and guide the Rockford IceHogs to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Wolves in front of a crowd of 5,418 at the BMO Harris Bank Center Sunday night. With their win, the IceHogs now hold a 2-0 lead in their first-round Calder Cup playoff series against the Wolves, and are just one win shy of advancing to the second round. In other series, Lehigh Valley 1, Providence 1; Charlotte 2, Wilkes Barre/Scranton 0; Toronto 2, Utica 0; Syracuse 2, Rochester 0; Grand Rapids 1, Manitoba 1; Tucson 1, San Jose 1; Texas 2, Ontario 1.
ECHL: The Ft. Wayne Komets defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones 4-2 at Cincinnati Sunday in game 5 of the Central division semifinals and eliminated Cincinnati 4 games to 1 in the best-of-seven first-round series to advance to round 2 against the Toledo Walleye. The Komets rallied from a 2-1 deficit with three unanswered goals late in the third period from Jason Binkley, Phelix Martineau and Cold Sol in a span of 6:11 to take the win and advance to the second round series for the fifth straight season. Fort Wayne Goaltender Michael Houser earned the win making 16 saves on 18 shots.
FEDERAL HOCKEY LEAGUE (FHL): The battle for the Commissioners Cup got interesting on Saturday night as the Watertown Wolves pulled of a 3-2 win in Port Huron to even the best-of-five series at 1-1. Anton Lennartsson scored at 12:40 of the third period on a Wolves power play to break a 2-2 tie. The goal stood up as the game winner, disappointing 1,279 Prowlers fans in attendance at McMorran Place Arena.
NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE (NAHL): For the sixth time in eight seasons, the Austin Bruins will appear in the Central Division Finals. After defeating the Minnesota Wilderness 5-3 on Saturday night at Northwoods Credit Union Arena in Cloquet, they took the Semifinal series, three games to one and will play either the Aberdeen Wings or Minot Minotauros next weekend for the right to represent the Central Division at the Robertson Cup Tournament.
UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE (USHL): The Clark Cup is down to the final four teams as they square off in the conference semifinals. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals: Team USA and Chicago Steel are tied at 1-1. Youngstown leads Dubuque 2-0. In the West: Waterloo and Lincoln are tied 1-1. Omaha and Fargo are tied 1-1.
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE (WHL): A night after a close Game One victory, the Swift Current Broncos and Lethbridge Hurricanes got right back at it for Game Two and it was a close contest. Former Lethbridge Hurricane and now Swift Current Bronco forward Giorgio Estephan had a night to remember as he potted his second career WHL postseason hat trick in the most dramatic of ways, 4-3 in overtime.
AMERICAN ARENA LEAGUE (AAL): Jacques Alston scored touchdowns the first four times he touched the ball to stake the Heroes to a four-touchdown lead and set the tone for an 89-20 American Arena League rout of the Upstate Dragons at the Crown Coliseum. Darting and spinning his way through the Upstate defense, Alston had touchdown runs of 13, 28 and 16 yards in the opening quarter along with a 35-yard scoring reception. He added a fifth touchdown run from five yards out in the fourth quarter to cap a six carry, 68-yard rushing effort.
NATIONAL ARENA LEAGUE (NAL): The Carolina Cobras (2-1) opened their second home game of the season with a victory over the Massachusetts Pirates (2-1) 55-47. This win leaves the NAL with one undefeated team, which is the Columbus Lions (2-0).
INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE (IFL): The Sioux Falls Storm faced the Cedar Rapids Titans on Saturday, April 21 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center during a week nine contest. The Storm came out on top 65-48 against rival Titans.
CHAMPIONS INDOOR FOOTBALL (CIF): The Omaha Beef got back to their winning ways with an important win against the Kansas City Phantoms 47-41. Anthony Iannotti led the offense with six total touchdowns (3-running and 3-passing) and Chris Perry added two interceptions returning one for a touchdown for the defense.
NATIONAL LACROSSE LEAGUE (NLL): The Calgary Roughnecks swept the series with the Vancouver Stealth (4-0) with a 26-11 victory over the Stealth and tied a franchise record for most goals for in a single game.
COASTAL PLAIN LEAGUE (CPL): The Lexington County (SC) Blowfish of the summer-collegiate CPL will be renamed the Lexington County Pancakes when the team plays the league’s newest team called the Macon (GA) Bacon during the 2018 season.
It is the middle of June and the ice has finally melted on the 2016-2017 hockey season. Here is a recap on the champions of each league:
National Hockey League (NHL): Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins are the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1997 and 1998. The Penguins defeated Columbus (4-1), Washington (4-3), Ottawa (4-3) and Nashville (4-2) to win their 5th cup in franchise history. Sidney Crosby was named the MVP.
American Hockey League (AHL): Grand Rapids Griffins
The Griffins defeated the Syracuse Crunch in six games to win their second Calder Cup. They defeated Milwaukee (3-0), Chicago (4-1) and San Jose (4-1) on their way to the Cup final. Griffins’ forward Tyler Bertuzzi was named the finals MVP. The Griffins are the top farm team for the Detroit Red Wings.
ECHL: Colorado Eagles
The Eagles won their first Kelly Cup championship in team history. Defenseman Matt Register was named the MVP to become the first defenseman in the ECHL’s 29-year history to receive the award. The Eagles defeated Idaho (4-1), Allen (4-2), Toledo (4-1) and South Carolina (4-0) to win the Cup. The Eagles are affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche.
Federal Hockey League (FHL): Danville Dashers
The Dashers completed the best season in Danville history by winning the Commissioner’s Cup after setting a new league record with 129 points in the regular season. The Dashers defeated Watertown (2-1) and Berlin (3-2) to win their first championship. Danville forward Gehrett Sargis was named the MVP of the Commissioner Cup playoffs with four goals and four assists.
Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL): Macon Mayhem
The Mayhem won their first President’s Cup title in just their second season. They defeated Columbus (2-1), Pensacola (2-0) and Peoria (2-0). Goalie Jordan Ruby was named the MVP.
North American Hockey League (NAHL): Lone Star Brahmas
The Brahmas were crowned Robertson Cup National Champions. Drake Glover was named the tournament MVP to lead the Brahmas their first title. Lone Star defeated Wichita Falls (3-0), Corpus Christi (3-2), Janesville (2-0) and Aston (1-0) on their way to the Robertson Cup.
United States Hockey League (USHL): Chicago Steel
The Steel won the Clark Cup Championship beating the Sioux City Musketeers 3 games to 2 for their first title. Eduards Tralmaks was the MVP with 10 goals and two assists in the playoffs. His 10 goals are tied for the most in USHL playoff history. Chicago defeated Youngstown (3-2) and Dubuque (3-1) in the playoffs.
Western Hockey League (WHL): Seattle Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup for the first time in the team’s 40-year history. Mathew Barzal was named the MVP. Seattle defeated Tri-City (4-0), Everett (4-0), Kelowna (4-2) and Regina (4-2). The Thunderbirds won a dramatic Game 6 at Regina in overtime to win the cup.
National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL): Buffalo Beauts
The Beauts stunned heavily favored Boston Pride to win the Isobel Cup. Despite a third place finish in the regular season, Buffalo defeated the Pride 3-2 to win the title. Buffalo goalie Brianne McLaughlin was named MVP with 60 saves in the game. The Beauts defeated New York (4-2) and Boston (3-2) in the playoffs.
American Hockey League – The San Jose Barracuda and Grand Rapids Griffins are the first two teams to advance to the Calder Cup semifinals. San Jose eliminated San Diego four games to one and Grand Rapids made it by defeated Chicago by the same margin. On the other side of the bracket, the Hershey Bears lead the Providence Bruins three games to two and a chance to wrap it up at home tonight. The Syracuse Crunch and Toronto Marlies are tied at three games apiece with the deciding game to be played tomorrow night in Syracuse.
ECHL – The South Carolina Stingrays kept the Manchester Monarchs from taking a 3-0 lead in the series with a 5-3 win on home ice to cut Manchester’s lead to 2-1 in the semifinals. The Toledo Walleye dropped their first home game of the playoffs on Saturday, losing to the Colorado Eagles 4-3. Their semifinal series is now tied at 1-1.
Federal Hockey League – Season completed. Danville Dashers are the champions.
Southern Professional Hockey League – Season completed. Macon Mayhem are the champions.
North American Hockey League – The Lone Star Brahmas won the Robertson Cup National Championship Game with a 3-0 win over the Aston Rebels. Max Prawdzik stopped all 17 shots that came his way and Drake Glover brought home Tournament MVP honors as the NAHL South Division’s Lone Star Brahmas won their first-ever NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship on Sunday afternoon at the Essentia Health Duluth Heritage Sports Center.
United States Hockey League – The Sioux City Musketeers and Chicago Steel are tied 1-1 in the Clark Cup Final. Following Sioux City’s 5-4 overtime victory in Game 1 and Chicago’s 5-1 triumph in Game 2, the Steel will host the Musketeers in Game 3 of the 2017 Clark Cup Final at Fox Valley Ice Arena on Friday night.
Western Hockey League – For the first time in 40 years, the Seattle Thunderbirds are the league champions. History was made Sunday evening at the Brandt Centre in Regina as forward Alexander True lifted the Seattle Thunderbirds to an overtime win in Game 6 of the 2017 WHL Championship Series. The Danish forward scored 12:36 into the first overtime period, completing an electrifying comeback by the visitors. Co-captain Mathew Barzal was named WHL Playoffs MVP after registering 25 points (7G-18A) in 16 games.
Two minor leagues have crowned their champions. Two others are still in the thick of their playoffs. Junior leagues are also playing their playoffs as well but I will list those later when the leagues have their champions.
Here are the current playoff results in each league:
American Hockey League (AHL) – First Round (Best-of-five)