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The Ed Chynoweth Cup is an ice hockey club championship trophy awarded to the playoff champion of the Western Hockey League
Western Hockey League
(WHL). Originally called the President's Cup when the league was founded in 1966, the trophy was renamed in 2007 to honour Ed Chynoweth's long service to junior hockey in Canada. The WHL champion earns a berth into the Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
tournament, Canada's major junior championship. The Kamloops Blazers
Kamloops Blazers
have won the most championships with six, followed by the Medicine Hat Tigers
Medicine Hat Tigers
with five. The Spokane Chiefs
Spokane Chiefs
were the first team to win the renamed trophy in the 2007–08 WHL season. The current (2016–17) holders of the Ed Chynoweth Cup are the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Contents

1 History 2 List of winners 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References

History[edit] The WHL was founded in 1966 by seven teams from Alberta and Saskatchewan who were hoping to improve the quality of junior hockey in western Canada.[1] Despite gaining approval from the governing bodies of both provinces, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) objected to the formation of the interprovincial league, refusing to sanction the circuit and suspending all players and officials who participated in the league from participation in any CAHA league or event.[2] Declared an "outlaw league" by the CAHA, the WHL's founders chose to play on, though the league was ruled ineligible to participate in the Memorial Cup, Canada's national junior championship.[1] The first President's Cup champion was the Moose Jaw Canucks
Moose Jaw Canucks
in 1967.[3] In 1971, the CAHA reorganized the top level of junior hockey into two tiers, sanctioning the WHL as the top league in western Canada and one of three leagues that formed the "Major-Junior" tier, the others being the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) (today the Ontario Hockey League
Ontario Hockey League
(OHL)) and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), The 1971 champion Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings
thus faced the Quebec Remparts in the 1972 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
final, though, it nearly failed to materialize as the OHA and QMJHL initially refused to face the western champion. The Oil Kings were defeated by Quebec in an abbreviated series. The two teams played a best-of-three series, in which the first team with two victories won the title, as opposed to the normal best-of-seven (first team to four wins).[4] Three years later, in 1974, the Regina Pats
Regina Pats
became the first WHL champion to win the national title.[5] The New Westminster Bruins
New Westminster Bruins
emerged as the first dynasty in league history, winning four consecutive championships between 1975 and 1978,[3] along with two Memorial Cups in 1977 and 1978.[6] In 1976, the Portland Winter Hawks
Portland Winter Hawks
became the first American-based team in the WHL.[7] Six years later, the 1981–82 Winter Hawks recorded more firsts, becoming the first American team to win the President's Cup as well as the first American team to compete for the Memorial Cup.[8] One year later, the Winter Hawks won the 1983 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
becoming the first American champion, and the first to win the Memorial Cup without winning its own league title, as Portland hosted the tournament and was guaranteed a spot in the tournament despite losing the WHL final to the Lethbridge Broncos.[9]

The Calgary Hitmen
Calgary Hitmen
celebrate after winning the 2010 championship

On December 30, 1986, four members of the Swift Current Broncos—Scott Kruger, Trent Kresse, Brent Ruff and Chris Mantyka—were killed when the team bus crashed outside Swift Current.[10] The community rallied around the team, and less than three years later, the Broncos emerged as the top team in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). Featuring Scott Kruger's younger brothers Darren and Trevor, the 1988–89 Broncos became the first team in WHL history to sweep their way through the playoffs, winning the President's Cup without losing a single game in the post-season.[11] The Broncos faced the host Saskatoon Blades
Saskatoon Blades
in the 1989 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
final, defeating their provincial rivals in the first all-WHL national championship.[12] The Kamloops Blazers
Kamloops Blazers
dominated the WHL in the early 1990s, capturing four league championships between 1990 and 1995 and three Memorial Cups to cap a period where WHL teams won seven Memorial Cup championships in a nine-year period between 1987 and 1995.[3][5] In 2007, the league renamed the championship trophy the Ed Chynoweth Cup in honour of Ed Chynoweth's long tenure with the league.[3] Chynoweth had served as president of both the WHL and CHL, from 1972 and 1975 respectively, until leaving both posts in 1995 to form the Edmonton Ice. He remained with the franchise through its transfer to Kootenay until his death in 2008.[3] Chynoweth was described by Ontario Hockey League
Ontario Hockey League
commissioner David Branch
David Branch
as being "the architect of the Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
as we know it today".[13] Chynoweth was posthumously elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame
Hockey Hall of Fame
in 2008.[14] List of winners[edit]

Number in parenthesis denotes total championships won to that point

Season Winning team[3] Finalist[15] Games[15][a] Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
result-

1966–67 Moose Jaw Canucks
Moose Jaw Canucks
(1) Regina Pats 4–1 Ineligible[b]

1967–68 Estevan Bruins
Estevan Bruins
(1) Flin Flon Bombers 4–0–1 Estevan lost final[16][b]

1968–69 Flin Flon Bombers
Flin Flon Bombers
(1) Edmonton Oil Kings 4–2 Ineligible[b]

1969–70 Flin Flon Bombers
Flin Flon Bombers
(2) Edmonton Oil Kings 4–0 Ineligible[b]

1970–71 Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings
(1) Flin Flon Bombers 4–1–1 Edmonton lost final[17]

1971–72 Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings
(2) Regina Pats 4–1 Edmonton finished third[18]

1972–73 Medicine Hat Tigers
Medicine Hat Tigers
(1) Saskatoon Blades 3–0–2 Medicine Hat finished third[19]

1973–74 Regina Pats
Regina Pats
(1) Calgary Centennials 4–0 Regina won Memorial Cup[6]

1974–75 New Westminster Bruins
New Westminster Bruins
(1) Saskatoon Blades 4–3 New Westminster lost final[20]

1975–76 New Westminster Bruins
New Westminster Bruins
(2) Saskatoon Blades 4–2–1 New Westminster lost final[21]

1976–77 New Westminster Bruins
New Westminster Bruins
(3) Brandon Wheat Kings 4–1 New Westminster won Memorial Cup[6]

1977–78 New Westminster Bruins
New Westminster Bruins
(4) Billings Bighorns 4–0 New Westminster won Memorial Cup[6]

1978–79 Brandon Wheat Kings
Brandon Wheat Kings
(1) Portland Winter Hawks 4–2 Brandon lost final[22]

1979–80 Regina Pats
Regina Pats
(2) Victoria Cougars 4–1 Regina finished third[23]

1980–81 Victoria Cougars (1) Calgary Wranglers 4–3 Victoria finished third[24]

1981–82 Portland Winter Hawks
Portland Winter Hawks
(1) Regina Pats 4–1 Portland finished third[25]

1982–83 Lethbridge Broncos (1) Portland Winter Hawks 4–1 Portland won Memorial Cup[c] Lethbridge finished fourth[26]

1983–84 Kamloops Blazers
Kamloops Blazers
(1) Regina Pats 4–3 Kamloops finished third[27]

1984–85 Prince Albert Raiders
Prince Albert Raiders
(1) Kamloops Blazers 4–0 Prince Albert won Memorial Cup[6]

1985–86 Kamloops Blazers
Kamloops Blazers
(2) Medicine Hat Tigers 4–1 Kamloops finished third[28] Portland finished fourth[d]

1986–87 Medicine Hat Tigers
Medicine Hat Tigers
(2) Portland Winter Hawks 4–3 Medicine Hat won Memorial Cup[6]

1987–88 Medicine Hat Tigers
Medicine Hat Tigers
(3) Kamloops Blazers 4–2 Medicine Hat won Memorial Cup[6]

1988–89 Swift Current Broncos
Swift Current Broncos
(1) Portland Winterhawks 4–0 Swift Current won Memorial Cup[12] Saskatoon lost final[e]

1989–90 Kamloops Blazers
Kamloops Blazers
(3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 4–1 Kamloops finished fourth[29]

1990–91 Spokane Chiefs
Spokane Chiefs
(1) Lethbridge Hurricanes 4–0 Spokane Won Memorial Cup[6]

1991–92 Kamloops Blazers
Kamloops Blazers
(4) Saskatoon Blades 4–3 Kamloops won Memorial Cup[6] Seattle finished third[f]

1992–93 Swift Current Broncos
Swift Current Broncos
(2) Portland Winter Hawks 4–3 Swift Current finished fourth[30]

1993–94 Kamloops Blazers
Kamloops Blazers
(5) Saskatoon Blades 4–3 Kamloops Won Memorial Cup[6]

1994–95 Kamloops Blazers
Kamloops Blazers
(6) Brandon Wheat Kings 4–2 Kamloops won Memorial Cup[6] Brandon finished third[g]

1995–96 Brandon Wheat Kings
Brandon Wheat Kings
(2) Spokane Chiefs 4–1 Brandon finished third[31]

1996–97 Lethbridge Hurricanes
Lethbridge Hurricanes
(1) Seattle Thunderbirds 4–0 Lethbridge lost final[32]

1997–98 Portland Winter Hawks
Portland Winter Hawks
(2) Brandon Wheat Kings 4–0 Portland won Memorial Cup[6] Spokane finished third[h]

1998–99 Calgary Hitmen
Calgary Hitmen
(1) Kamloops Blazers 4–1 Calgary lost final[33]

1999–00 Kootenay Ice
Kootenay Ice
(1) Spokane Chiefs 4–2 Kootenay finished fourth[34]

2000–01 Red Deer Rebels
Red Deer Rebels
(1) Portland Winter Hawks 4–1 Red Deer won Memorial Cup[6] Regina finished third[i]

2001–02 Kootenay Ice
Kootenay Ice
(2) Red Deer Rebels 4–2 Kootenay won Memorial Cup[6]

2002–03 Kelowna Rockets
Kelowna Rockets
(1) Red Deer Rebels 4–2 Kelowna finished third[35]

2003–04 Medicine Hat Tigers
Medicine Hat Tigers
(4) Everett Silvertips 4–0 Kelowna won Memorial Cup[j] Medicine Hat finished third[36]

2004–05 Kelowna Rockets
Kelowna Rockets
(2) Brandon Wheat Kings 4–1 Kelowna finished fourth[37]

2005–06 Vancouver Giants
Vancouver Giants
(1) Moose Jaw Warriors 4–0 Vancouver finished third[38]

2006–07 Medicine Hat Tigers
Medicine Hat Tigers
(5) Vancouver Giants 4–3 Vancouver won Memorial Cup[k] Medicine Hat lost final[39]

2007–08 Spokane Chiefs
Spokane Chiefs
(2) Lethbridge Hurricanes 4–0 Spokane won Memorial Cup[6]

2008–09 Kelowna Rockets
Kelowna Rockets
(3) Calgary Hitmen 4–2 Kelowna lost final

2009–10 Calgary Hitmen
Calgary Hitmen
(2) Tri-City Americans 4–1 Brandon lost final[l] Calgary finished third

2010–11 Kootenay Ice
Kootenay Ice
(3) Portland Winterhawks 4–1 Kootenay finished third

2011–12 Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings
(3) Portland Winterhawks 4–3 Edmonton finished fourth

2012–13 Portland Winterhawks
Portland Winterhawks
(3) Edmonton Oil Kings 4–2 Portland lost final[m] Saskatoon finished fourth

2013–14 Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings
(4) Portland Winterhawks 4–3 Edmonton won Memorial Cup

2014–15 Kelowna Rockets
Kelowna Rockets
(4) Brandon Wheat Kings 4–0 Kelowna lost final

2015–16 Brandon Wheat Kings
Brandon Wheat Kings
(3) Seattle Thunderbirds 4-1 Brandon finished fourth Red Deer lost semifinal

2016–17 Seattle Thunderbirds
Seattle Thunderbirds
(1) Regina Pats 4-2 Seattle finished fourth

See also[edit]

J. Ross Robertson Cup — OHL championship President's Cup — QMJHL championship List of CHL franchise post-season droughts List of Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
champions

Notes[edit]

a In some playoff years, ties were possible, and are noted in win–loss–tie format b The league did not receive official sanctioning by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association until 1971, and thus was not eligible to compete for the Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
between 1967 and 1970.[40] In spite of this, the 1968 Estevan Bruins
Estevan Bruins
did compete in the Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
final, the only team in the WHL's first four years permitted to do so.[16] c Portland qualified for the 1983 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
as the host team.[9] d Portland qualified for the 1986 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
as the host team after New Westminster withdrew as the host.[41] e Saskatoon qualified for the 1989 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
as the host team.[12] f Seattle qualified for the 1992 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
as the host team.[42] g Kamloops both hosted the 1995 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
and qualified as the league winner. As the losing finalist, Brandon played as the WHL's second representative.[43] h Spokane qualified for the 1998 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
as the host team.[44] i Regina qualified for the 2001 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
as the host team.[45] j Kelowna qualified for the 2004 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
as the host team.[36] k Vancouver qualified for the 2007 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
as the host team.[46] l Brandon qualified for the 2010 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
as the host team. m Saskatoon qualified for the 2013 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
as the host team.[47]

References[edit]

General

Lapp, Richard; Macaulay, Alec (1997). The Memorial Cup. Harbour Publishing. ISBN 1-55017-170-4. 

Specific

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