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FRANK S. MATHERS TROPHY

mathers_200.jpgNamed after Frank Mathers, a 1992 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame and a member of the inaugural class of inductees into the AHL Hall of Fame (2006), the Frank Mathers Trophy is now awarded to the team that finishes with the best regular-season record in the East Division.

First presented in 1996, the trophy was previously given to the winners of the Southern Division (1996), Mid-Atlantic Division (1997-2001) and South Division (2002-03), as well as the regular-season champions of the Eastern Conference (2004-11).

Mathers, who passed away in 2005, began his AHL career in 1948 as a player for the Pittsburgh Hornets. In 1956 he joined the Hershey Bears as a player and went on to lead the franchise as head coach, general manager and president.

During his 35 years in Chocolatetown, Mathers helped lead the Bears to 15 Calder Cup Finals and six championships.

2013-14 Binghamton Senators East Division
2012-13 Syracuse Crunch East Division
2011-12 Norfolk Admirals East Division
2010-11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Eastern Conference (reg. season)
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2007-08 Providence Bruins Eastern Conference (reg. season)
2006-07 Hershey Bears Eastern Conference (reg. season)
2005-06
Portland Pirates
Eastern Conference (reg. season)
2004-05
Manchester Monarchs
Eastern Conference (reg. season)
2003-04
Hartford Wolf Pack
Eastern Conference (reg. season)
2002-03
Norfolk Admirals
South Division
2001-02
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South Division
2000-01
Rochester Americans
Mid-Atlantic Division
1999-2000
Kentucky Thoroughblades
Mid-Atlantic Division
1998-99
Philadelphia Phantoms
Mid-Atlantic Division
1997-98
Philadelphia Phantoms
Mid-Atlantic Division
1996-97
Philadelphia Phantoms
Mid-Atlantic Division
1995-96
Binghamton Rangers
Southern Division