SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The AHL Board of Governors has approved the qualification rules and format for the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs. They are expected to start after the regular season ends on April 24th and finish by June 23rd.
This year we will see an expanded playoffs, as 23 teams will qualify for five rounds of postseason play. The league will also depend upon regular season points percentage to determine seeding for the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs.
All but two teams from each of the AHL’s four divisions will qualify for postseason.
The breakdown of number of teams to qualify for the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs is below.
- Atlantic Division – 6
- North Division – 5
- Central Division – 5
- Pacific Division – 7
Games played per round will vary throughout the playoffs. The breakdown is below.
- First Round is a best-of-three series
- Division Semifinals is a best-of-five series
- Division Finals is a best-of-five series
- Conference Finals is a best-of-seven series
- Calder Cup Finals is a best-of seven series
To add even more fun to the mix, the AHL is allowing the top two teams in the Atlantic, top three teams in the North, top three teams in the Central, and the first place team in the Pacific to receive byes into the Division Semifinals.
For a visual representation of the playoffs, check out the empty bracket provided by the AHL.