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RICHARD F. CANNING TROPHY

canning_200.jpgRichard Canning served the AHL for over 50 years and is best remembered as the "father" of the league's Constitution, By-Laws and Regulations.

He began his hockey career in 1938 as a legal advisor to long-time friend and owner of the Providence Reds, Louis A.R. Pieri. He then joined the League in 1957 as executive vice president.

The following year, Mr. Canning was named President of the AHL, a position he held until 1961. In 1974, he returned as vice president and general counsel, where he worked until 1990.

Established in 1990, the Richard F. Canning Trophy was originally awarded to the Northern Division (1990-95) and Northern Conference (1996-97) playoff champions, and has gone to the Eastern Conference playoff champions since 1998.

2013-14 St. John's IceCaps Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2012-13 Syracuse Crunch Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2011-12 Norfolk Admirals Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2010-11 Binghamton Senators Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2009-10 Hershey Bears Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2008-09 Hershey Bears Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2007-08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2006-07 Hershey Bears Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2005-06
Hershey Bears
Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2004-05
Philadelphia Phantoms
Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2003-04
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2002-03
Hamilton Bulldogs
Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2001-02
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Eastern Conference (playoffs)
2000-01
Saint John Flames
Eastern Conference (playoffs)
1999-2000
Hartford Wolf Pack
Eastern Conference (playoffs)
1998-99
Providence Bruins
Eastern Conference (playoffs)
1997-98
Saint John Flames
Eastern Conference (playoffs)
1996-97
Hamilton Bulldogs
Northern Conference (playoffs)
1995-96
Portland Pirates
Northern Conference (playoffs)
1994-95
Albany River Rats
Northern Division (playoffs)
1993-94
Portland Pirates
Northern Division (playoffs)
1992-93
Springfield Indians
Northern Division (playoffs)
1991-92
Adirondack Red Wings
Northern Division (playoffs)
1990-91
Springfield Indians
Northern Division (playoffs)
1989-90
Springfield Indians
Northern Division (playoffs)