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Your Calder Cup champions gallery!

On a wonderful Saturday night in Springfield, Massachusetts, a certain team from a certain Midwestern town proved their dominance once and for all.

How dominant were the Chicago Wolves from May 12 to June 25 as they rolled to the organization’s fifth league championship? We’re here to suggest this was the greatest postseason performance the AHL has witnessed since the 1987-88 Hershey Bears ran the table with a 12-0 record — backstopped by goaltender and postseason MVP Wendell Young, who would go on to many more years of greatness with the Wolves.

Here’s why: The Wolves outscored their opponents by a 76-35 margin. That makes them the first team since the 1988 Hershey Bears to more than double their opponents’ output (the Bears owned a 60-28 scoring margin). In addition, the Wolves’ +41 goal differential is unprecedented in Calder Cup history.

The 1993 Cape Breton Oilers owned a +38 margin (85-47). The 2006 Hershey Bears built a +36 margin (84-47). The 2019 Charlotte Checkers, who were powered in part by Wolves captain Andrew Poturalski, earned a +33 margin (77-44).

In the end, we’ll let others decide where this team ranks in the pantheon of AHL all-time greats. Thanks to our award-winning photographer Ross Dettman, who has been with the team from the beginning, we all can enjoy timeless moments of the team’s all-time celebration at MassMutual Center.

June 25, 2022- Calder Cup Finals Game 5 at Springfield Thunderbirds