|2009–10 AHL season|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Duration||October 2, 2009 - April 11, 2010|
|Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy||Hershey Bears|
|Season MVP||Keith Aucoin|
|Top scorer||Keith Aucoin|
|Calder Cup playoffs|
|Calder Cup playoffs MVP||Chris Bourque|
|Finals champions||Hershey Bears|
The 2009–10 AHL season was the 74th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-nine teams played 80 regular-season games each from October 2 to April 11. This season featured the addition of one new team, the relocation of two others, and the involuntary suspension of another.
European pre-season openers
On June 11, 2009, both the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Toronto Marlies were invited to participate in a four-team preseason tournament in Edinburgh, Scotland, to celebrate Scotland's contribution to the game of ice hockey.
The Edinburgh Capitals, Scotland's only Elite Ice Hockey team, hosted the tournament from September 24–27. The Bulldogs and Marlies played the Capitals and the Belfast Giants in order to win the Gardiner Cup. Hamilton defeated Toronto in the final.
The top four teams from each division played for the Calder Cup. The league's rules included one exception: if the fifth-place team in the Atlantic Division finishes better than the fourth-place team in the East Division, they assume the fourth playoff spot in the East Division. The Atlantic Division's Bridgeport Sound Tigers qualified for the playoffs under this proviso.
Team and NHL affiliation changes
On April 28, 2009, it was announced that two teams would be relocated for the 2009–10 season and one expansion team would join:
- Quad City Flames would move to Abbotsford, BC due to poor ticket sales. They became the Abbotsford Heat.
- Philadelphia Phantoms would relocate to Glens Falls, NY due to the Wachovia Spectrum being demolished fall of 2009. They became the Adirondack Phantoms.
- Texas Stars joined the league with a limited membership and will be operated by the Dallas Stars. The limited membership is conditioned on the completed purchase of an existing AHL franchise within one year.
- Iowa Chops involuntarily suspended operations on July 7, 2009, by the AHL Board of Governors for the 2009-10 season for being "unable to remedy certain violations of the provisions of the league's Constitution and By-Laws" .
|AHL team||new affiliate||old affiliate|
- indicates team has clinched division and a playoff spot
- indicates team has clinched a playoff spot
- indicates team has been eliminated from playoff contention
|y–Worcester Sharks (SJ)||80||49||25||3||3||104||275||239|
|x–Portland Pirates (BUF)||80||45||24||7||4||101||244||214|
|x–Manchester Monarchs (LA)||80||43||28||3||6||95||213||200|
|x–Lowell Devils (NJ)||80||39||31||4||6||88||239||232|
|x–Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)||80||38||32||4||6||86||201||220|
|e–Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR)||80||36||33||6||5||83||231||251|
|e–Providence Bruins (BOS)||80||36||38||5||1||78||207||226|
|e–Springfield Falcons (EDM)||80||25||39||12||4||66||207||296|
|y–Hershey Bears (WSH)||80||60||17||0||3||123||342||198|
|x–Albany River Rats (CAR)||80||43||29||3||5||94||244||231|
|x–Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)||80||41||34||2||3||87||239||229|
|e–Norfolk Admirals (TB)||80||39||35||3||3||84||208||214|
|e–Binghamton Senators (OTT)||80||36||35||6||3||81||251||260|
|e–Syracuse Crunch (CBJ)||80||34||39||4||3||75||227||272|
|e–Adirondack Phantoms (PHI)||80||32||41||3||4||71||199||251|
|y–Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL)||80||52||17||3||8||115||271||182|
|x–Rochester Americans (FLA)||80||44||33||2||1||91||253||247|
|x–Abbotsford Heat (CGY)||80||39||29||5||7||90||217||231|
|x–Manitoba Moose (VAN)||80||40||33||5||2||87||204||232|
|e–Toronto Marlies (TOR)||80||33||35||6||6||78||193||261|
|e–Lake Erie Monsters (COL)||80||34||37||1||8||77||234||257|
|e–Grand Rapids Griffins (DET)||80||34||39||3||4||75||244||265|
|y–Chicago Wolves (ATL)||80||49||24||1||6||105||264||214|
|x–Texas Stars (DAL)||80||46||27||3||4||99||238||198|
|x–Rockford IceHogs (CHI)||80||44||30||3||3||94||226||226|
|x–Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)||80||41||30||2||7||91||237||220|
|e–Peoria Rivermen (STL)||80||38||33||2||7||85||233||248|
|e–San Antonio Rampage (PHX)||80||36||32||5||7||84||235||244|
|e–Houston Aeros (MIN)||80||34||34||7||5||80||206||224|
The following players led the league in points at the conclusion of the regular season.
|Keith Aucoin||Hershey Bears||72||35||71||106||+27||49|
|Alexandre Giroux||Hershey Bears||69||50||53||103||+32||34|
|Corey Locke||Hartford Wolf Pack||76||31||54||85||-5||44|
|Jerome Samson||Albany River Rats||74||37||41||78||+8||66|
|David Desharnais||Hamilton Bulldogs||60||27||51||78||+30||34|
|Brock Trotter||Hamilton Bulldogs||75||36||41||77||+33||56|
|Jason Krog||Chicago Wolves||78||14||61||75||+17||34|
|Mark Mancari||Portland Pirates||74||28||46||74||+16||55|
|Charles Linglet†||Springfield Falcons||75||19||55||74||0||36|
|Martin St. Pierre||Binghamton Senators||77||24||48||72||-24||50|
^† = No longer with listed team
GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (in minutes); SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average; SV% = Save percentage; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout loss
|Cedrick Desjardins||Hamilton Bulldogs||47||2576||1067||86||6||2.00||0.919||29||9||4|
|Jonathan Bernier||Manchester Monarchs||58||3424||1823||116||9||2.03||0.936||30||21||6|
|Curtis Sanford||Hamilton Bulldogs||41||2230||935||79||4||2.13||0.916||23||11||3|
|Braden Holtby||Hershey Bears||37||2146||1000||83||2||2.32||0.917||25||8||2|
|Mark Dekanich||Milwaukee Admirals||49||2804||1266||109||4||2.33||0.914||27||16||4|
Calder Cup playoffs
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||Conference Finals||Calder Cup Final|
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2008–09 AHL season
|AHL seasons||Succeeded by|
2010–11 AHL season
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