Calder Cup Playoffs FAQ

The Calder Cup playoffs are one of the most exciting times to be a hockey fan and, whether you’re new to the sport or a 20-season veteran, you don’t want to miss out on all the postseason action. Check out the FAQ below to find out the answers to some of the most common questions our ticket representatives get about the postseason. Any questions not posted here can be directed to your rep or answered by calling 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

 How do the playoffs work in the American Hockey League?

The Calder Cup playoffs work in a seeded bracket system, with the teams being re-seeded following every round to determine home-ice advantage. To learn more about the details, check out TheAHL.com’s postseason primer.

What’s the Calder Cup?

The Calder Cup is the trophy that has been awarded to the championship AHL team since 1938. The Cup is named after Frank Calder, the National Hockey League’s first president (1917-1943).

How many teams make the playoffs?

In total 16 teams make the playoffs, eight from the Western Conference and eight from the Eastern Conference. Following the opening three rounds, the Calder Cup final pits the Western champion against the Eastern champion.

When do the playoffs start?

The postseason starts the week after the conclusion of the regular season in late April. Last season that date was Wednesday, April 23.

Have the Wolves ever won a championship?

The Wolves are four-time league champions, having won the Turner Cup twice (1998 & 2000) while in the International Hockey League and the Calder Cup twice (2002 & 2008) in the AHL.

How do I get tickets?

We will post more information here when it becomes available, but more ticket information can always be obtained by calling your Wolves ticket representative or our ticket hotline at 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

What if I’m a partial plan or season ticket holder?

Our fans with ticket packages will be among the first to learn about and purchase tickets for the postseason. Your Wolves rep will be happy to outline your options for you relevant to your plan.