League Information and Facts
1996-1997 Standings
# Team GP W T L OTW OTL GF GA +/- TP Postseason
Northern Conference: Canadian Division
1. St. John's Maple Leafs 80 36 10 28 - 6 265 264 1 88 Conference SF loss
2. Saint John Flames 80 28 13 36 - 3 237 269 -32 72 Conference QF loss
3. Hamilton Bulldogs 80 28 9 39 - 4 220 276 -56 69 Final loss
4. Fredericton Canadiens 80 26 8 44 - 2 234 283 -49 62 Did not make playoffs
Northern Conference: Empire Division
1. Rochester Americans 80 40 9 30 - 1 298 257 41 90 Conference SF loss
2. Adirondack Red Wings 80 38 12 28 - 2 258 249 9 90 Conference QF loss
3. Albany River Rats 80 38 9 28 - 5 269 231 38 90 Conference Final loss
4. Syracuse Crunch 80 32 10 38 - 0 241 265 -24 74 Conference QF loss
5. Binghamton Rangers 80 27 13 38 - 2 245 300 -55 69 Conference QF loss
Southern Conference: Mid-Atlantic Div.
1. Philadelphia Phantoms 80 49 10 18 - 3 325 230 95 111 Conference SF loss
2. Hershey Bears 80 43 10 22 - 5 273 220 53 101 Champion
3. Kentucky Thoroughblades 80 36 9 35 - - 278 284 -6 81 Conference QF loss
4. Baltimore Bandits 80 30 10 37 - 3 251 285 -34 73 Conference QF loss
5. Carolina Monarchs 80 28 4 43 - 5 273 303 -30 65 Did not make playoffs
Southern Conference: New England Div.
1. Worcester IceCats 80 43 9 23 - 5 256 234 22 100 Conference QF loss
2. Springfield Falcons 80 41 12 25 - 2 268 229 39 96 Conference Final loss
3. Portland Pirates 80 37 10 26 - 7 279 264 15 91 Conference QF loss
4. Providence Bruins 80 35 3 40 - 2 262 289 -27 75 Conference SF loss