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The Western Hockey League
Western Hockey League
(WHL) is a major junior ice hockey league based in Western Canada
Western Canada
and the Northwestern United States. The WHL is one of three leagues that constitute the Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
(CHL) as the highest level of junior hockey in Canada. Teams play for the Ed Chynoweth Cup, with the winner moving on to play for the Memorial Cup, Canada's national junior championship. WHL teams have won the Memorial Cup 19 times since the league became eligible to compete for the trophy. The league was founded in 1966, as the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League (CMJHL), with seven western Canadian teams in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan
and Alberta. From 1967, the league was renamed the Western Canadian Hockey League (WCHL), before settling on the current WHL starting in 1978. The league was the brainchild of Bill Hunter, who intended to build a western league capable of competing with the top leagues in Ontario and Quebec. Originally considered an "outlaw league" by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, the WHL was sanctioned as the top junior league in Western Canada
Western Canada
when junior hockey was reorganized in 1970. Today, the WHL comprises 22 teams, divided into two conferences of two divisions. The Eastern Conference comprises 12 teams from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta
Alberta
and British Columbia, while the Western Conference comprises ten teams from British Columbia, and the US states of Washington and Oregon.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Logo Timeline 1.2 Early years 1.3 Brawling '80s 1.4 Modern league

2 Member teams

2.1 Eastern Conference 2.2 Western Conference

3 Timeline of franchises (since 1966)

3.1 Cities represented

3.1.1 Alberta 3.1.2 British Columbia 3.1.3 Manitoba 3.1.4 Saskatchewan 3.1.5 Montana 3.1.6 Oregon 3.1.7 Washington

4 Education 5 Player eligibility 6 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
champions 7 Records 8 Trophies and awards 9 Commissioners 10 See also 11 References 12 External links

History[edit] Logo Timeline[edit]

1968–1978

1978–2002

2002–present

See also: Timeline of WHL history Despite winning the 1966 Memorial Cup, the Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings' owner, Bill Hunter, was growing concerned about the state of junior hockey in western Canada. Each of the West's four provinces had its own junior league, and Hunter felt that this put them at a disadvantage when competing nationally against the powerful leagues in Ontario
Ontario
and Quebec. Desiring stronger competition, Hunter's Oil Kings competed in the Alberta
Alberta
Senior Hockey League rather than the Alberta
Alberta
Junior Hockey League. The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) informed the Oil Kings that they were required to play in a junior hockey league for the 1966–67 season or would be held ineligible to compete for the Memorial Cup. This led Hunter to form a new league with five former members of the Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan
Junior Hockey League (SJHL), the Estevan Bruins, Regina Pats, Saskatoon
Saskatoon
Blades, Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw
Canucks, and Weyburn Red Wings, to leave the SJHL and join the Oil Kings and the Calgary Buffaloes in a new league known as the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League. Despite concerns that this new league would see the demise of the Alberta
Alberta
and Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan
leagues, the governing bodies in both provinces sanctioned the new league. The CAHA did not, however, declaring the CMJHL to be an "outlaw league" and suspending all teams and players from participation in CAHA sanctioned events.[1] The new league accused the CAHA of overstepping its boundaries and with the support of the players and their families, chose to play the season regardless.[2] The CMJHL renamed itself the Western Canada
Western Canada
Hockey League in 1967, adding four new teams to total 11 as the league stretched east into Manitoba. Concerns over the WCHL's relationship with the CAHA led the Pats, Canucks and Red Wings to withdraw before the 1968–69 season, returning to the SJHL. When the CAHA reorganized junior hockey in 1971, it named the WCHL one of three Tier I Major-Junior leagues, along with the Ontario
Ontario
Hockey Association's Tier I division (now the Ontario
Ontario
Hockey League) and the Quebec
Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League. Early years[edit]

Bobby Clarke's Bombers jersey on display at the 2007 Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The first decade of the WCHL saw constant expansion and franchise movement as the league spread throughout the West. The Flin Flon Bombers became the league's first powerhouse team, led by future NHL stars Bobby Clarke
Bobby Clarke
and Reggie Leach. The Brandon Wheat Kings
Brandon Wheat Kings
and Swift Current Broncos joined in 1967, the Medicine Hat Tigers
Medicine Hat Tigers
in 1970. The WCHL truly became a western league in 1971 when Estevan
Estevan
moved to B.C. to become the New Westminster
New Westminster
Bruins, joined by expansion franchises the Victoria Cougars and Vancouver
Vancouver
Nats. In the mid 1970s, the New Westminster Bruins
New Westminster Bruins
became the WCHL's first true dynasty, capturing four consecutive championships between 1975 and 1978. The Bruins also won back-to-back Memorial Cups in 1977 and 1978. In 1976, the Oil Kings succumbed to the competing Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers
of the World Hockey Association
World Hockey Association
and relocated to Portland to become the Winter Hawks, the WCHL's first American franchise.[3] With the addition of American teams in Seattle
Seattle
and Billings a year later, the WCHL shortened its name to the Western Hockey League. Brawling '80s[edit] The 1980s were marked by several brawls that involved police intervention, one of the most bizarre trades in hockey history, and the tragic deaths of four players in a bus crash. Early in the 1980–81 WHL season, Medicine Hat Tigers
Medicine Hat Tigers
GM/Coach Pat Ginnell traded blows with a linesman during a bench clearing brawl against the Lethbridge
Lethbridge
Broncos. Ginnell was found guilty of assault, fined $360, and suspended for 36 games by the WHL. In March 1982 a violent brawl between the Regina Pats
Regina Pats
and Calgary Wranglers saw the two teams collectively fined $2250 and players suspended for 73 games combined. Pats coach Bill LaForge would end up in a courtroom later that season when he got into an altercation with a fan. LaForge was acquitted when the judge noted that it was hard to convict a man for assault when faced with "an obnoxious person trying to get into the coach's area."[citation needed] LaForge resigned following the season after serving three separate suspensions. On January 19, 1983, the Seattle Breakers
Seattle Breakers
dealt Tom Martin and $35,000 to the Victoria Cougars for the Cougars' team bus. The deal made perfect sense upon further examination: the Breakers were unable to sign Martin, who wanted to play in his home town of Victoria, and the Cougars were unable to use the bus (which they had purchased from the folded Spokane Flyers) because they were unwilling to pay the taxes and duties required to register the vehicle in Canada. On December 30, 1986, tragedy struck the Swift Current Broncos
Swift Current Broncos
when their bus slid off an icy highway and rolled on the way to Regina for a game. Scott Kruger, Trent Kresse, Brent Ruff, and Chris Mantyka were killed.[4] The Broncos retired their numbers, and as of 2009[update] still wear a commemorative patch in remembrance of the four players who died. The WHL later renamed its award for most valuable player as the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy in their honour.[5] Modern league[edit]

Calgary Hitmen
Calgary Hitmen
in action against the Saskatoon
Saskatoon
Blades

The last 25 years in the WHL have been marked by another period of expansion and the return of the league to Western Canada's major cities. The Kamloops Blazers
Kamloops Blazers
became the WHL's second dynasty in the early 1990s when they won both the WHL Championship and Memorial Cup three times in four years between 1992 and 1995. The Kelowna
Kelowna
Rockets have become the third dynasty, winning three WHL titles in 2003, 2005, and 2009; and winning the Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
as host city in 2004. The Portland Winterhawks
Portland Winterhawks
became the first American team to win the Memorial Cup, winning it in 1983 while hosting the tournament. The Hawks won the Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
again in 1998 in Spokane, Washington. In 1995, the Calgary Hitmen
Calgary Hitmen
were born when a group of investors, including Bret "the Hitman" Hart, from whom the team got its name, were granted an expansion franchise. Despite early fears that the WHL could not succeed in an NHL city, the Hitmen have been a major success, averaging as many as 10,000 fans per game in 2004–05. The Hitmen were followed one year later by the Edmonton
Edmonton
Ice, who failed after only two seasons because of conflicts with the Edmonton
Edmonton
Oilers. The team would become the Kootenay Ice, who have become a major success in Cranbrook, British Columbia, despite being one of the smallest markets in the league. In the 2000s, the league gave birth to four new expansion teams — the Vancouver Giants
Vancouver Giants
in 2001, the Everett Silvertips
Everett Silvertips
in 2003, the Chilliwack Bruins
Chilliwack Bruins
in 2005 (who relocated in 2011 to become the Victoria Royals), and the Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings
in 2007, as the Oilers have taken an interest in cultivating a junior team in the Alberta capital. Since 2006 Shaw TV
Shaw TV
has become the television partner with the league in Canada
Canada
airing a game every Friday Night and other select games throughout the season as well as one round of every playoff series. Starting in 2009 FSN Northwest
FSN Northwest
agreed to air some games throughout the northwest United States. On February 21, 2011, that year's defending champions Calgary
Calgary
Hitmen hosted the Regina Pats, who are Canada's oldest major-junior hockey team, at McMahon Stadium for an outdoor game in conjunction with the 2011 Heritage Classic. The WHL teams wore retro inspired jerseys. The Spokane Chiefs
Spokane Chiefs
also announced they would host the Kootenay Ice outdoors on January 15, 2011, being the first game of such. The 2010–2011 season was the first to be featured in EA Sports
EA Sports
NHL 11 video game including all the teams and rosters. Member teams[edit]

A map of the WHL teams' home cities in the 2015-16 season.

For the 2017–18 season, the WHL comprises 22 teams divided into two conferences, making it the largest league in the CHL; the Ontario Hockey League has 20 teams and the Quebec
Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League has 18. The WHL has member teams across four Canadian provinces, and two American states. The Eastern Conference comprises teams from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta
Alberta
and eastern British Columbia. The Western Conference is made up of teams based in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. The top eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs, with the division winners declared the top two seeds in the first round of the post-season. The four remaining teams in each conference are reseeded by regular season points in the second round of the playoffs. Eastern Conference[edit]

Division Team City Arena Capacity Founded Head Coach

East Brandon Wheat Kings Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Keystone Centre 5,102 1967 David Anning

Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw
Warriors Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada Mosaic Place 4,414 1984* Tim Hunter

Prince Albert Raiders Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada Art Hauser Centre 3,366 1982 Marc Habscheid

Regina Pats Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Brandt Centre 6,484 1917 John Paddock

Saskatoon
Saskatoon
Blades Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada SaskTel Centre 15,195 1966 Dean Brockman

Swift Current
Swift Current
Broncos Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada Credit Union iPlex 3,239 1986* Emanuel Viveiros

Central Calgary
Calgary
Hitmen Calgary, Alberta, Canada Scotiabank Saddledome 19,289 1995 Mark French

Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Rogers Place 18,641 2007 Steve Hamilton

Kootenay Ice Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada Western Financial Place 4,654 1998* James Patrick[6]

Lethbridge
Lethbridge
Hurricanes Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada ENMAX Centre 5,470 1987* Brent Kisio

Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat
Tigers Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada Canalta Centre 6,016 1970 Shaun Clouston

Red Deer Rebels Red Deer, Alberta, Canada ENMAX Centrium 7,111 1992 Brent Sutter

Western Conference[edit]

Division Team City Arena Capacity Founded Head Coach

B.C. Kamloops
Kamloops
Blazers Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada Sandman Centre 5,464 1984* Don Hay

Kelowna
Kelowna
Rockets Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Prospera Place 6,286 1995* Jason Smith

Prince George Cougars Prince George, British Columbia, Canada CN Centre 5,971 1994* Richard Matvichuk

Vancouver
Vancouver
Giants Langley, British Columbia, Canada Langley Events Centre 5,276 2001 Jason McKee

Victoria Royals Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre 7,006 2011* Dan Price

U.S. Everett Silvertips Everett, Washington, United States Angel of the Winds Arena 8,149 2003 Dennis Williams

Portland Winterhawks Portland, Oregon, United States Memorial Coliseum Moda Center 10,407 18,280 1976* Mike Johnston

Seattle
Seattle
Thunderbirds Kent, Washington, United States accesso ShoWare Center 6,500 1985* Matt O’Dette[7]

Spokane Chiefs Spokane, Washington, United States Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 10,759 1985* Dan Lambert[8]

Tri-City Americans Kennewick, Washington, United States Toyota Center 6,000 1988* Mike Williamson

Timeline of franchises (since 1966)[edit]

Calgary Buffaloes (1966–67) → Calgary
Calgary
Centennials (1967–77) → Billings Bighorns (1977–82) → Nanaimo Islanders (1982–83) → New Westminster Bruins
New Westminster Bruins
(1983–88) → Tri-City Americans (1988–present) Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings
(1966–76) → Portland Winterhawks (1976–present) Estevan Bruins
Estevan Bruins
(1966–71) → New Westminster Bruins
New Westminster Bruins
(1971–81) → Kamloops
Kamloops
Junior Oilers (1981–84) → Kamloops
Kamloops
Blazers (1984–present) Moose Jaw Canucks
Moose Jaw Canucks
(1966–68) Regina Pats
Regina Pats
(1966–68, 1970–present) Saskatoon Blades
Saskatoon Blades
(1966–present) Weyburn Red Wings
Weyburn Red Wings
(1966–68) Brandon Wheat Kings
Brandon Wheat Kings
(1967–present) Flin Flon Bombers
Flin Flon Bombers
(1967–78) → Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings
(1978–79) → Great Falls Americans (1979–80) → Spokane Flyers (1980–82) Swift Current Broncos
Swift Current Broncos
(1967–74) → Lethbridge Broncos (1974–86) → Swift Current Broncos
Swift Current Broncos
(1986–present) Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Jets (1967–73) → Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Clubs (1973–76) → Winnipeg Monarchs (1976–77) → Calgary Wranglers (1977–87) → Lethbridge Hurricanes (1987–present) Medicine Hat Tigers
Medicine Hat Tigers
(1970–present) Vancouver Nats (1971–73) → Kamloops
Kamloops
Chiefs (1973–77) → Seattle Breakers (1977–85) → Seattle Thunderbirds
Seattle Thunderbirds
(1985–present) Victoria Cougars (1971–94) → Prince George Cougars (1994–present) Winnipeg Warriors (1980–84) → Moose Jaw Warriors
Moose Jaw Warriors
(1984–present) Kelowna
Kelowna
Wings (1982–85) → Spokane Chiefs
Spokane Chiefs
(1985–present) Prince Albert Raiders
Prince Albert Raiders
(1982–present) Tacoma Rockets
Tacoma Rockets
(1991–95) → Kelowna Rockets
Kelowna Rockets
(1995–present) Red Deer Rebels
Red Deer Rebels
(1992–present) Calgary Hitmen
Calgary Hitmen
(1995–present) Edmonton Ice
Edmonton Ice
(1996–98) → Kootenay Ice
Kootenay Ice
(1998–present) Vancouver Giants
Vancouver Giants
(2001–present) Everett Silvertips
Everett Silvertips
(2003–present) Chilliwack Bruins
Chilliwack Bruins
(2006–11) → Victoria Royals
Victoria Royals
(2011–present) Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Oil Kings
(2007–present)

Cities represented[edit]

Alberta[edit]

Calgary
Calgary
1966–87, 1995–present Edmonton
Edmonton
1966–76, 1978–79, 1996–98, 2007–present Lethbridge
Lethbridge
1974–86, 1987–present Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat
1970–present Red Deer 1992–present

British Columbia[edit]

Chilliwack
Chilliwack
2006–2011 Cranbrook 1998–present Kamloops
Kamloops
1973–77, 1981–present Kelowna
Kelowna
1982–85, 1995–present Nanaimo
Nanaimo
1982–83 New Westminster
New Westminster
1971–81, 1983–88 Prince George 1994–present Vancouver
Vancouver
1971–73, 2001–present Victoria 1971–94, 2011–present

Manitoba[edit]

Brandon 1967–present Flin Flon
Flin Flon
1967–78 Winnipeg
Winnipeg
1967–77, 1980–84

Saskatchewan[edit]

Estevan
Estevan
1966–71 Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw
1966–68, 1984–present Prince Albert 1982–present Regina 1966–68, 1970–present Saskatoon
Saskatoon
1966–present Swift Current
Swift Current
1967–74, 1986–present Weyburn
Weyburn
1966–68

Montana[edit]

Billings 1977–82 Great Falls 1979–80

Oregon[edit]

Portland 1976–present

Washington[edit]

Everett 2003–present Seattle
Seattle
1977–present Spokane 1980–82, 1985–present Tacoma 1991–95 Tri-Cities 1988–present

Education[edit] The WHL has taken a much greater role in its players educational needs in recent years. The league operates a scholarship program that offers one full year of tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees for each season they play in the WHL. Since the program was introduced in 1993, more than 3000 scholarships of this calibre have been handed out at a total value of C$9 million.[9] Each team maintains an academic advisor, who monitors the academic progress of all players along with the league's Director of Education Services.[10] Canadian universities and colleges recruit extensively from the WHL, affording graduating players the opportunity to continue playing hockey as they attend post-secondary institutions. The U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), though, considers graduates of the WHL (and the other two CHL members, the OHL and QMJHL) to be professionals and thus ineligible to participate in college hockey programs in the United States. Players hoping to receive scholarships to, and play for, American universities must play Junior A hockey in one of the Canadian Junior Hockey League's member organizations or the United States
United States
Hockey League to retain their NCAA eligibility.[11] Player eligibility[edit] The WHL Bantam Draft is an annual event which teams select players from bantam hockey league age groups, 14 or 15 years old. The order of selection depends on the final standings of the teams, the last place team selects first the second to last will choose second and so on. Players aged 15–20 are eligible to play in the WHL, though 15-year-olds are permitted to play only five games unless their midget team's season has ended. Also, each team is allowed to have only three 20-year-olds on their rosters, unless there is an expansion team, in which case five 20-year-olds are eligible to play. Each team is permitted to carry only two non-North American players.[12] Each of the CHL's three member leagues are granted exclusive territorial rights to players from within North America. The WHL holds rights to players from the four western provinces, the U.S. Pacific Northwest, all other U.S. states west of the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
(except Missouri), and the Yukon, Northwest Territories
Northwest Territories
and Nunavut. Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
champions[edit] The Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
has been captured by a WHL team 19 times since the league's founding

2014: Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings 2008: Spokane Chiefs 2007: Vancouver
Vancouver
Giants 2004: Kelowna
Kelowna
Rockets 2002: Kootenay Ice 2001: Red Deer Rebels 1998: Portland Winter Hawks

1995: Kamloops
Kamloops
Blazers 1994: Kamloops
Kamloops
Blazers 1992: Kamloops
Kamloops
Blazers 1991: Spokane Chiefs 1989: Swift Current
Swift Current
Broncos 1988: Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat
Tigers

1987: Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat
Tigers 1985: Prince Albert Raiders 1983: Portland Winter Hawks 1978: New Westminster
New Westminster
Bruins 1977: New Westminster
New Westminster
Bruins 1974: Regina Pats

Records[edit] Individual

Most goals in a season: 108, Ray Ferraro, 1983–84 Most assists in a season: 136, Rob Brown, 1986–87 Most points in a season: 212, Rob Brown, 1986–87 Most penalty minutes in a season: 511, Brent Gogol, 1977–78 Most points in a season, rookie: 145, Petr Nedved, 1989–90 Most points in a season, defenceman: 140, Cam Plante, 1983–84 Most hat-tricks in a season: 15, Ray Ferraro, 1983–84 Most goals in a single game: 7, Five times, last by Kimbi Daniels, 1990–91

Team

Most wins in a season: 60, Victoria Cougars, 1980–81 Most wins in an inaugural season: 35, Everett Silvertips, 2003–04 Most points in a season: 125, Brandon Wheat Kings, 1978–79 Most goals in a season: 496, Kamloops
Kamloops
Blazers, 1986–87 Fewest goals against in a season: 125, Kelowna
Kelowna
Rockets, 2003–04 Most powerplay goals in a season: 180, Swift Current
Swift Current
Broncos, 1988–89

Trophies and awards[edit] Main article: List of Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
awards

The Ed Chynoweth Cup
Ed Chynoweth Cup
is awarded to the WHL's champion

Ed Chynoweth Cup—playoff champions Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy—regular season champions Four Broncos Memorial Trophy—player of the year Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy—scholastic player of the year Bob Clarke Trophy—top scorer Brad Hornung Trophy—most sportsmanlike player Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy—top defencemen Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy—rookie of the year Del Wilson Trophy—top goaltender Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy—coach of the year Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy—executive of the year Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy—top official St. Clair Group Trophy—marketing/public relations award Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy—humanitarian of the year WHL Plus-Minus Award airBC Trophy—most valuable player in the playoffs

Commissioners[edit]

Ed Chynoweth – 1972–1995 Dev Dley – 1995–2000 Ron Robison – 2000–present

See also[edit]

List of CHL franchise post-season droughts List of ice hockey leagues Ontario
Ontario
Hockey League Quebec
Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League List of sports attendance figures

References[edit]

General

Flett, Corey; Watts, Jessie, eds. (2008). 2008–09 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League.  " Western Hockey League
Western Hockey League
seasons". hockeydb.org. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  Richard Lapp; Silas White. Local Heroes: A History of the Western Hockey League. 

Specific

^ "Buffaloes continue program". Calgary
Calgary
Herald. 1966-10-04. p. 14.  ^ "CMJHL may play without official sanction of CAHA". Calgary
Calgary
Herald. 1966-10-05. p. 55.  ^ Matheson, Jim (1976-05-26). "Oil Kings get CAHA nod for move to Portland". Edmonton
Edmonton
Journal. p. 67.  ^ Naylor, David & Leriche, Timothy (1986-12-31). "Tragedy hits hockey club". Calgary
Calgary
Sun. p. 5.  ^ "Four Broncos Memorial Trophy". Western Hockey League. Archived from the original on October 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  ^ Howard, Devin. "New ICE head coach excited to work with junior players".  ^ "Matt O'Dette Joins T-Birds Coaching Staff – Seattle Thunderbirds". www.seattlethunderbirds.com.  ^ " Dan Lambert Named Chiefs' Head Coach – Spokane Chiefs". spokanechiefs.com.  ^ Aykroyd, Lucas (December 2008). "School's in Session". Prospects Hockey: WHL9–WHL11.  ^ Flett, Corey; Watts, Jessie, eds. (2008). 2008–09 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 191.  ^ Lamb, Kirk (2008). "Guide for College Bound Hockey Players". Alberta Junior Hockey League. p. 34.  ^ "WHL Frequently Asked Questions". Western Hockey League. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 

External links[edit]

Official website of the Western Hockey League Official website of the Canadian Hockey League

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Western Hockey League

Western Conference Eastern Conference

B.C. Division

Kamloops
Kamloops
Blazers Kelowna
Kelowna
Rockets Prince George Cougars Vancouver
Vancouver
Giants Victoria Royals

U.S. Division

Everett Silvertips Portland Winterhawks Seattle
Seattle
Thunderbirds Spokane Chiefs Tri-City Americans

Central Division

Calgary
Calgary
Hitmen Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings Kootenay Ice Lethbridge
Lethbridge
Hurricanes Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat
Tigers Red Deer Rebels

East Division

Brandon Wheat Kings Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw
Warriors Prince Albert Raiders Regina Pats Saskatoon
Saskatoon
Blades Swift Current
Swift Current
Broncos

CHL Memorial Cup Ed Chynoweth Cup History Seasons Awards OHL QMJHL

Category Portal Project

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Defunct Western Hockey League
Western Hockey League
teams

Billings Bighorns Calgary
Calgary
Buffaloes Calgary
Calgary
Centennials Calgary
Calgary
Wranglers Chilliwack
Chilliwack
Bruins Edmonton
Edmonton
Ice Edmonton
Edmonton
Oil Kings Estevan
Estevan
Bruins Flin Flon
Flin Flon
Bombers Great Falls Americans Kamloops
Kamloops
Chiefs Kamloops
Kamloops
Junior Oilers Kelowna
Kelowna
Wings Lethbridge
Lethbridge
Broncos Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw
Canucks Nanaimo
Nanaimo
Islanders New Westminster
New Westminster
Bruins Seattle
Seattle
Breakers Spokane Flyers Tacoma Rockets Vancouver
Vancouver
Nats Victoria Cougars Weyburn
Weyburn
Red Wings Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Clubs Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Jets Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Monarchs Winnipeg
Winnipeg
Warriors

CHL Memorial Cup Ed Chynoweth Cup WHL seasons WHL history Awards OHL QMJHL

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Current arenas in the Western Hockey League

Eastern Conference

Art Hauser Centre (Prince Albert, SK) Brandt Centre
Brandt Centre
(Regina, SK) Canalta Centre
Canalta Centre
(Medicine Hat, AB) Credit Union iPlex (Swift Current, SK) ENMAX Centre (Lethbridge, AB) ENMAX Centrium
ENMAX Centrium
(Red Deer, AB) Mosaic Place
Mosaic Place
(Moose Jaw, SK) Rogers Place
Rogers Place
(Edmonton, AB) SaskTel Centre
SaskTel Centre
(Saskatoon, SK) Scotiabank Saddledome
Scotiabank Saddledome
(Calgary, AB) Western Financial Place (Cranbrook, BC) Westman Place (Brandon, MB)

Western Conference

accesso ShoWare Center
ShoWare Center
(Kent, WA) Angel of the Winds Arena
Angel of the Winds Arena
(Everett, WA) CN Centre
CN Centre
(Prince George, BC) Langley Events Centre
Langley Events Centre
(Langley, BC) Moda Center
Moda Center
/ Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Portland, OR) Prospera Place
Prospera Place
(Kelowna, BC) Sandman Centre
Sandman Centre
(Kamloops, BC) Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
(Victoria, BC) Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
(Spokane, WA) Toyota Center (Kennewick, WA)

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Canadian Hockey League

Leagues

Western Hockey League Ontario
Ontario
Hockey League Quebec
Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League

Presidents

Ed Chynoweth (1975–1995) David Branch
David Branch
(1996–present)

History

Canadian Amateur Hockey Association List of CHL franchise post-season droughts List of CHL playoffs series Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
Players' Association

Events

Memorial Cup
Memorial Cup
(list of champions) CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game CHL Canada/Russia Series CHL Import Draft Teddy bear toss

Awards

Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award CHL Player of the Year CHL Top Scorer Award CHL Goaltender of the Year CHL Defenceman of the Year CHL Rookie of the Year CHL Top Draft Prospect Award CHL Scholastic Player of the Year CHL Sportsman of the Year CHL Humanitarian of the Year CHL Executive of the Year

Canadian Hockey League
Canadian Hockey League
web site

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Junior ice hockey leagues in North America

Canadian Hockey League

Ontario
Ontario
Hockey League Quebec
Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League Western Hockey League

Hockey Canada

Junior A

CJHL Alberta British Columbia Central Canada Manitoba Maritime Northern Ontario Ontario Quebec Saskatchewan Superior International

Junior B

Calgary Capital Capitale Central Canada Chaudiere-Appalaches Greater Ontario Heritage Island Keystone Kootenay International Lakehead Lac St-Louis Laurentides-Lanaudiere Metropolitaine New Brunswick North Eastern Alberta North West Nova Scotia Pacific Prairie Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean St. John's Vancouver
Vancouver
Island

Junior C

Calgary Central West Hanover Tache Hockey Expert Laval Lac St-Jean Lac St-Louis Mauricie Montreal National Capital Noralta Nova Scotia Nunavut Orford-St-Francois PEI Provincial Qu’Appelle Valley Rive-Nord Richelieu Valley Saguenay Yamaska-Missisquoi

Other

Manitoba
Manitoba
Major

USA Hockey

Tier I

United States
United States
Hockey League

Tier II

North American Hockey League

Tier III

EHL (EHL, EHL Premier) NA3HL RMJHL

United Hockey Union

Tier II

Western States

Tier III

Canadian Premier

Independent

Greater Metro USPHL (NCDC, Premier, Elite)

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