NHL vs. AHL: Is the Calder Cup Harder for Teams to Win?

January 11th, 2011 by Freddy Doll Leave a reply »
NHL and AHL fans share a passion for hockey. Some towns have American Hockey League teams but don't have National Hockey League teams.

For myself, I'm a fan of both the NHL and AHL. I often find myself locked into debates with people who are strictly NHL fans.

The debate? Which championship is harder to win: the Calder Cup in the AHL or the Stanley Cup in the NHL?

NHL fans usually point out that the NHL has the better talent. I will concede that fact; there is no hockey league in the world that can match the talent of the NHL. That is really the only part of the argument that NHL fans can win. Other than that, there isn't much difference between the leagues.

Now the argument really boils down to roster moves for me. This is what makes the Calder Cup harder to win: the fact that AHL teams don't control their own rosters.

NHL teams are able to make trades and add players to boost their rosters for the playoff run. AHL teams don't get this luxury. American Hockey League teams are at the mercy of their NHL parent clubs. All roster moves in the AHL are a result of what the parent club is doing with their team.


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