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This is a timeline of events throughout the 40 year history of the Western Hockey League The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ...

Contents


1960s

1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... City: Calgary, Alberta Existence: 1966-1977 Home Arena: Stampede Corral League Western Canada Hockey League Colours Red & White The Calgary Centennials were an ice hockey team that played in the Western Canada Hockey League from 1966-1977. ... The Portland Winterhawks are members of the Western Hockey League, the highest level of non-professional hockey in the world. ... The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ... The Regina Pats are a junior hockey team that plays in the Western Hockey League. ... The Saskatoon Blades are an ice hockey team in the Eastern Division of the Western Hockey League. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... City: Calgary, Alberta Existence: 1966-1977 Home Arena: Stampede Corral League Western Canada Hockey League Colours Red & White The Calgary Centennials were an ice hockey team that played in the Western Canada Hockey League from 1966-1977. ... The Flin Flon Bombers are a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) team based in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada. ... The Brandon Wheat Kings are a Canadian ice hockey team based in Brandon, Manitoba. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...

1970s

  • 1970: Regina Pats return, and play in the Eastern Division; Medicine Hat Tigers are granted a franchise, and play in the Western Division.
  • 1971: Estevan Bruins move to New Westminster, and play in the Western Division. Victoria Cougars, and Vancouver Nats granted franchises, both play in the Western Division. Swift Current and Saskatoon move to the Eastern Division.
  • 1973: Vancouver Nats move to Kamloops and become the Kamloops Chiefs; Winnipeg Jets become Winnipeg Clubs.
  • 1974: Swift Current Broncos move to Lethbridge
  • 1976: Edmonton Oil Kings move to Portland and become the Portland Winter Hawks. Winnipeg Clubs become Winnipeg Monarchs.
  • 1976: League splits into three divisions: East (Brandon, Saskatoon, Flin Flon, Regina); Central (Medicine Hat, Winnipeg, Lethbridge, Calgary); West (New Westminster, Kamloops, Portland, Victoria).
  • 1977: Calgary Centennials move to Billings to become the Billings Bighorns. Winnipeg Monarchs move to Calgary and become the Calgary Wranglers. Kamloops Chiefs fold. Seattle Breakers granted a franchise and play in the Western Division.
  • 1978: The WCHL becomes the Western Hockey League. Flin Flon Bombers move to Edmonton to become the second incarnation of the Edmonton Oil Kings.
  • 1979: Edmonton Oil Kings move to Great Falls to become the Great Falls Americans; They would fold on December 16.
  • 1979: The WHL shrinks back into two divisions: West (Portland, Victoria, Seattle, New Westminster) and East (Regina, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Billings, Brandon, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Great Falls)

1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... The Medicine Hat Tigers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League who play out of Medicine Hat, Alberta. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Member of Parliament Peter Julian (NDP) Dawn Black (NDP) Member of the Legislative Assembly Chuck Puchmayr (NDP) Mayor Wayne Wright Councillors Jonathan Cote Calvin Donnelly Bill Harper Betty McIntosh Bob Osterman Lorrie Williams Location , Population (2001) 54,656 Immigrant Population 15,025 (28%) Languages English(Official) 78% French(Official) 1... City: Victoria, British Columbia Existence: 1971-1994 Home Arena: Victoria Memorial Arena League Western Hockey League Colours Blue, Red, Gold & White The Victoria Cougars were a major junior ice hockey team based in Victoria, British Columbia that played in the Western Hockey League between 1971 and 1994. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1973 calendar). ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... Motto:Salus Et Opes [Health and Abundance] Member of Parliament Betty Hinton(Conservative) - Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo Members of the Legislative Assembly Claude Richmond(BC Liberal) - Kamloops Kevin Krueger (BC Liberal) - Kamloops-North Thompson Governing Body Kamloops City Council Mayor Terry Lake (recently elected in November 2005 municipal elections. ... City: Seattle, Washington League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: U.S. Founded: 1977-78 Home Arena: KeyArena Colours: navy blue, green and silver Head Coach: Rob Sumner General Manager: Russ Farwell The Seattle Thunderbirds are an ice hockey team in Seattle, Washington that belongs to the Western Hockey League. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Sunny South Established: Registred: 1885-10-15 Incorporated: 1890-11-19 Area: 127. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Industry Integrity Progress Established: Fort Edmonton: 1795 Town: 1892 City: 1904 Area: 683. ... Nickname: City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown Official website: http://www. ... The Portland Winterhawks are members of the Western Hockey League, the highest level of non-professional hockey in the world. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Billings skyline and Sacrifice Cliff, 2005 Motto: Billings Pride: City~Wide Nickname: The Magic City Star of the Big Sky Country City Beneath the Rims Map Political Statistics Founded 1877 Incorporated 1882 Yellowstone County Mayor Ronald Tussing Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 105 km² (41 mi²) 0. ... City: Billings, Montana Existence: 1977-1982 Home Arena: MetraPark Arena League Western Hockey League Colours Red, Blue & White The Billings Bighorns were an ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League who played from 1977 to 1982. ... City: Lethbridge, Alberta League: Western Hockey League Conference: Eastern Division: Central Founded: 1987-88 Home Arena: ENMAX Centre Colours: dark blue, white, burgundy and silver Head Coach: Michael Dyck General Manager: Roy Stasiuk Action during a playoff game against the Calgary Hitmen at the Pengrowth Saddledome The Lethbridge Hurricanes are... City: Seattle, Washington League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: U.S. Founded: 1977-78 Home Arena: KeyArena Colours: navy blue, green and silver Head Coach: Rob Sumner General Manager: Russ Farwell The Seattle Thunderbirds are an ice hockey team in Seattle, Washington that belongs to the Western Hockey League. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Industry Integrity Progress Established: Fort Edmonton: 1795 Town: 1892 City: 1904 Area: 683. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Great Falls, Montana the Electric Cityat dusk Great Falls is a city located in Cascade County, Montana, United States. ... December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ...

1980s

1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ... Motto:Salus Et Opes [Health and Abundance] Member of Parliament Betty Hinton(Conservative) - Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo Members of the Legislative Assembly Claude Richmond(BC Liberal) - Kamloops Kevin Krueger (BC Liberal) - Kamloops-North Thompson Governing Body Kamloops City Council Mayor Terry Lake (recently elected in November 2005 municipal elections. ... City: Kamloops, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 1984-85 Home Arena: Interior Savings Centre Colours: blue, white & orange Head Coach: Dean Clark General Manager: Dean Clark The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ... December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Prince Albert Raiders play out of East Division in the Eastern Conference of the Western Hockey League and have been in the league since the 1982-83 season. ... City: Kennewick, Washington League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: U.S. Founded: 1988 Home Arena: Toyota Center Colours: navy blue, red, cream & silver Head Coach: Don Nachbaur General Manager: Bob Tory The Tri-City Americans are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League, based in Kennewick... City: Spokane, Washington League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: U.S. Founded: 1985-86 Home Arena: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena Colours: Red, White and Blue Head Coach: Bill Peters General Manager: Tim Speltz The Spokane Chiefs are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League based out... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Member of Parliament Peter Julian (NDP) Dawn Black (NDP) Member of the Legislative Assembly Chuck Puchmayr (NDP) Mayor Wayne Wright Councillors Jonathan Cote Calvin Donnelly Bill Harper Betty McIntosh Bob Osterman Lorrie Williams Location , Population (2001) 54,656 Immigrant Population 15,025 (28%) Languages English(Official) 78% French(Official) 1... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Moose Jaw Warriors are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League which are based out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ... The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ... This article is about the year. ... Spokane (pronounced spō-CAN ) is the county seat of Spokane County in the State of Washington, USA. It was originally incorporated as Spokan Falls (without an e at the end), drawing on the Spokan Native American group of that name, which means Children of the Sun. ... The Spokane Chiefs are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League based out of Spokane, Washington. ... The Seattle Thunderbirds is an ice hockey team in Seattle, Washington that belongs to the Western Hockey League. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Sunny South Established: Registred: 1885-10-15 Incorporated: 1890-11-19 Area: 127. ... Action during a playoff game against the Calgary Hitmen at the Pengrowth Saddledome The Lethbridge Hurricanes are a junior ice hockey team in the Eastern Conference (Central Division) of the Western Hockey League in Lethbridge, Alberta. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ... The Tri-Cities in the state of Washington are Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick. ... The Tri-City Americans are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League, based in Kennewick, Washington. ...

1990s

1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Kelowna Rockets are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The Red Deer Rebels are a Western Hockey League junior ice hockey team based in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Prince George Cougars are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Playoff game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes The Calgary Hitmen are a junior ice hockey team in the Eastern Conference (Central Division) of the Western Hockey League in Calgary, Alberta. ... Motto:Fruitful in Unity Member of Parliament Ron Cannan(Conservative) - Kelowna—Lake Country Members of the Legislative Assembly Al Horning(BC Liberal) - Kelowna-Lake Country Sindi Hawkins (BC Liberal) - Kelowna-Mission Governing Body Kelowna City Council Mayor Sharon Sheperd Location , Land area 283 km² Population (2005) 105,000 Population Density... The Kelowna Rockets are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... City: Cranbrook, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 1997-98 Home Arena: Cranbrook Recreational Complex Colours: blue, black and bronze Head Coach: Cory Clouston General Manager: Jeff Chynoweth The Kootenay Ice are a major junior hockey team based in Cranbrook, British Columbia and competing... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Cranbrook, British Columbia is a city in the Canadian province of British Columbia, Canada located at a Latitude of 49°31 North and a Longitude 115°46 West. ... The Kootenay Ice are a major junior hockey team based in Cranbrook, British Columbia and competing in the Western Hockey League. ...

2000s

  • 2001: Vancouver Giants granted a franchise.
  • 2001: WHL divides into two conferences of two divisions each: Eastern Conference: East Division (Brandon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Prince Albert); Central Division (Red Deer, Swift Current, Lethbridge, Calgary, Medicine Hat); Western Conference: British Columbia Division (Kamloops, Kootenay, Prince George, Kelowna, Vancouver); United States Division (Portland, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Seattle).
  • 2003: Everett Silvertips are granted a franchise and play in the United States division.
  • 2005: Tri-Cities Americans' plan to move to Chilliwack is voted down by the league board of governors; however, three weeks after the initial vote, the league decides to grant Chilliwack an expansion team named the Chilliwack Bruins to be ready to play in the 2006-07 sesaon, with the Tri-City Americans staying put under a new ownership group lead by former Tri-City Americans and current National Hockey League players Stu Barnes and Olaf Kolzig.
  • 2006: Edmonton granted a conditional franchise that would begin play in 2007-08. The team will be owned by the Edmonton Investors Group, owner of the Edmonton Oilers.

2001: A Space Odyssey. ... City: Vancouver, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 2001-02 Home Arena: Pacific Coliseum Colours: black, red and silver Head Coach: Don Hay General Manager: Scott Bonner The Vancouver Giants are the BC Division affiliate of the Western Hockey League. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Everett Silvertips are a major junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League that plays in Everett, Washington. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Chilliwack is a Canadian city in the Province of British Columbia. ... The Chilliwack Bruins are an expansion team in the Western Hockey League, based out of Chilliwack, British Columbia. ... The Tri-City Americans are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League, based in Kennewick, Washington. ... The Tri-City Americans are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League, based in Kennewick, Washington. ... The modernized NHL shield logo debuted in 2005, replacing the orange and black shield, which had been used since the leagues inception. ... Stu Barnes (b. ... Olaf Kölzig makes a save against the Carolina Hurricanes. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Industry Integrity Progress Established: Fort Edmonton: 1795 Town: 1892 City: 1904 Area: 683. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a National Hockey League team based in Edmonton, Alberta. ...

See also

The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ...

References

Western Hockey League
Current teams : Brandon Wheat Kings | Calgary Hitmen | Chilliwack Bruins | Everett Silvertips | Kamloops Blazers | Kelowna Rockets | Kootenay Ice | Lethbridge Hurricanes | Medicine Hat Tigers | Moose Jaw Warriors | Portland Winter Hawks | Prince Albert Raiders | Prince George Cougars | Red Deer Rebels | Regina Pats | Saskatoon Blades | Seattle Thunderbirds | Spokane Chiefs | Swift Current Broncos | Tri-City Americans | Vancouver Giants
CHL: | Memorial Cup | OHL | QMJHL | WHL
Defunct Western Hockey League Teams WHL logo
Billings Bighorns | Calgary Buffaloes | Calgary Centennials | Calgary Wranglers | Edmonton Ice | Edmonton Oil Kings | Estevan Bruins | Flin Flon Bombers | Great Falls Americans | Kamloops Chiefs | Kamloops Junior Oilers | Kelowna Wings | Lethbridge Broncos | Moose Jaw Canucks | Nanaimo Islanders | New Westminster Bruins | Seattle Breakers | Spokane Flyers | Tacoma Rockets | Vancouver Nats | Victoria Cougars | Weyburn Red Wings | Winnipeg Clubs | Winnipeg Jets | Winnipeg Monarchs | Winnipeg Warriors
Current arenas in the Western Hockey League ice hockey layout
Art Hauser Centre | Brandt Centre | CN Centre | Centennial Civic Centre | Cranbrook Recreational Complex | Credit Union Centre | ENMAX Centre | ENMAX Centrium | Everett Events Center | Interior Savings Centre | KeyArena | Keystone Centre | Medicine Hat Arena | Memorial Coliseum | Moose Jaw Civic Centre | Pacific Coliseum | Pengrowth Saddledome | Prospera Centre | Prospera Place | Rose Garden Arena | Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena | Toyota Center

 
 

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