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Encyclopedia > Western Hockey League

The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. It was founded in 1966 as the Western Canada Junior Hockey League, and then Western Canada Hockey League with Bill Hunter as chairman of the board. In 1978, it became known as the Western Hockey League. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Canadian Hockey League is an umbrella organization for three North American Major Junior A Tier I hockey leagues for players of 15 to 20 years of age. ... This article discusses the ice hockey personality Bill Hunter. ...

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History

See Also: Timeline of WHL history

Despite winning the 1966 Memorial Cup, 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 all had their own junior league, and Hunter felt that this put them at a disadvantage when competing nationally against the powerful leagues in Ontario and Quebec. Hunter hoped to form a unified western league to compete. This is a timeline of events throughout the 40 year history of the Western Hockey League // 1960s 1966: League began play as the Western Canada Junior Hockey League with seven teams: Calgary Buffaloes, Edmonton Oil Kings, Estevan Bruins, Moose Jaw Canucks, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, and Weyburn Red Wings. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... The Memorial Cup is the championship trophy of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). ... The Portland Winterhawks are members of the Western Hockey League, the highest level of non-professional hockey in the world. ...


Hunter's hopes became reality in the summer of 1966, when a revolt within the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League caused several of its top clubs, the Estevan Bruins, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, Moose Jaw Canucks and Weyburn Red Wings, to leave the league and join Hunter's Oil Kings, and a new franchise in Calgary, the Calgary Buffaloes. The seven franchises formed the Western Canada Junior Hockey League. The Moose Jaw Canucks won the first league championship. The Canadian Junior A Hockey League (CJAHL), an association of Canadian Junior A hockey leagues and teams, formed in November 1993, emerging from the Canada West Association of Junior A Hockey. ... 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. ... The Moose Jaw Canucks were a junior ice hockey team based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ... The Weyburn Red Wings are an ice hockey team, based in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and currently playing in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. ... 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 Moose Jaw Canucks were a junior ice hockey team based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ...


The early years

In the beginning, the WCHL - which dropped the word 'Junior' from its name in 1968 - battled continuously with the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. Initially, the CAHA considered the WCHL to be an "outlaw league", and denied its champions the right to compete for the Memorial Cup. The provincial junior leagues quickly realized that the WCHL was too strong to compete against, and bowed out of competition for the Memorial Cup. When the CAHA reorganized junior hockey in 1971, it named the WCHL one of three Tier I Major-Junior leagues, along with the Ontario Hockey Association's Tier I division (now the Ontario Hockey League) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association was the governing body for amateur hockey in Canada between 1914 and 1994 before merging with Hockey Canada. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... A typical OHL hockey game. ... A typical OHL hockey game. ... The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (French: la Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec, abbreviated QMJHL in English, LHJMQ in French) is one of the three Major Junior A Tier I hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ...


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 and Reggie Leach. The Brandon Wheat Kings and Swift Current Broncos joined in 1967, the Medicine Hat Tigers in 1970. The WCHL truly became a western league in 1971 when Estevan moved to B.C. to become the New Westminster Bruins, joined by expansion franchises the Victoria Cougars and Vancouver Nats. The Flin Flon Bombers are a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) team based in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... Robert Earle Clarke OC (b. ... Reginald Joseph Leach (born 23 April 1950 in Riverton, Manitoba, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey right winger who played in the NHL between 1970 and 1983. ... The Brandon Wheat Kings are a Canadian ice hockey team based in Brandon, Manitoba. ... City: Swift Current, Saskatchewan League: Western Hockey League Conference: Eastern Division: Central Founded: 1966 Home Arena: Centennial Civic Centre Colours: blue, black and silver Head Coach: Dean Chynoweth General Manager: Dean Chynoweth The Swift Current Broncos are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club, founded in 1966. ... The Medicine Hat Tigers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League who play out of Medicine Hat, Alberta. ... The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ... 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. ... 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. ...


In the mid 1970s, the 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 of the World Hockey Association and relocated to Portland to become the Winter Hawks, the WCHL's first American franchise. With the addition of American teams in Seattle and Billings a year later, the WCHL shortened its name to the Western Hockey League. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown Location Location in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Oregon Multnomah County Mayor Tom Potter Geographical characteristics Area     City 145. ... The Portland Winterhawks are members of the Western Hockey League, the highest level of non-professional hockey in the world. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Emerald City Location Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Washington King County Incorporated December 2, 1869 Mayor Greg Nickels Geographical characteristics Area     City 369. ... 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 County Yellowstone County Mayor Ronald Tussing Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 105 km² (41 mi²) 0. ...


Brawling 80s

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 GM/Coach Pat Ginnell traded blows with a linesman during a bench clearing brawl against the 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 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."[1]. LaForge would resign following the season after serving three separate suspensions. The 1980-81 WHL season was the 15th season for the Western Hockey League. ... The Swift Current Broncos are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ... The Regina Pats are a junior hockey team that plays in the Western Hockey League. ... 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...


On January 19, 1983, the Seattle Breakers dealt the rights to Tom Martin to the Victoria Cougars in exchange for the Cougars' team bus. The Breakers could not sign Martin, who wanted to play in his home town of Victoria, while the Cougars could not use the bus, as they had purchased it from the Spokane Flyers when they folded, but were unwilling to pay the taxes and duties it would cost to register the vehicle in Canada. Thus, the deal made perfect sense. January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... Tom Martin is an American television writer. ... 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. ... City: Spokane, Washington Existence: 1980-1981 League Western Hockey League Colours Blue & White? The Spokane Flyers were a short lived ice hockey team that played in the Western Hockey League from 1980-1981. ...


On December 30, 1986, tragedy struck the 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. The Broncos retired their numbers, and to this day still wear a commemorative patch in remembrance of the four players who died. The WHL would later rename the award for Most Valuable Player as the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy in their honor. December 30 is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 1 day remaining. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Four Broncos Memorial Trophy is awarded to the Player of the Year in the WHL. The trophy is named in honour of four members of the Swift Current Broncos who died in an accident when the team bus was enroute to a game. ...


The modern WHL

The last 15 years in the WHL have been marked by another period of expansion, and the return of the league to Western Canada's major cities. In 1995, the 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 Ice, who unfortunately failed after only two seasons because of conflicts with the 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 2001, the Vancouver Giants were born. In 2006, with the Oilers finally supporting the WHL rather than opposing it, Edmonton will get its third chance, as the Oilers were granted an expansion team to begin play in the 2007-08 season. 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. ... Bret Sergeant Hart (born July 2, 1957 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian former professional wrestler, and part of the famous Hart wrestling family. ... The 2004-05 WHL season was the 39th season for the Western Hockey League. ... 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... The Kootenay Ice are a major junior hockey team based in Cranbrook, British Columbia and competing in the Western Hockey League. ... 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. ... 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. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The 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 Rockets may become the third dynasty, winning two WHL titles in 2003 and 2005, and winning the Memorial Cup as host city in 2004. The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ... City: Kelowna, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 1995-96 Home Arena: Prospera Place Colours: red, turquoise and black Head Coach: Jeff Truitt General Manager: Bruce Hamilton The Kelowna Rockets are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League. ...


The WHL is known for producing large, hard-hitting defensemen and gritty power fowards.


Member teams

For the 2006-07 season, the WHL will be comprised of 21 teams divided into two conferences. With the addition of the expansion Chilliwack Bruins, the league is realigning as follows: The 2006-07 WHL season will be the 41st season for the Western Hockey League. ...

The Chilliwack Bruins are an expansion team in the Western Hockey League, based out of Chilliwack, British Columbia. ... The Kootenay Ice are a major junior hockey team based in Cranbrook, British Columbia and competing in the Western Hockey League. ... City: Swift Current, Saskatchewan League: Western Hockey League Conference: Eastern Division: Central Founded: 1966 Home Arena: Centennial Civic Centre Colours: blue, black and silver Head Coach: Dean Chynoweth General Manager: Dean Chynoweth The Swift Current Broncos are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club, founded in 1966. ...

Eastern Conference

The Eastern Conference is divided into the East and Central divisions, which comprises teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Motto: Fortis et liber (Latin: Strong and free) Official languages English Flower Wild rose Capital Edmonton Largest city Calgary Lieutenant-Governor Norman Kwong Premier Ralph Klein (PC) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 28 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked 6th 661,848 km² 642,317 km² 19... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Official languages none stated in law; English is de facto Flower Pacific dogwood Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 36 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) Official languages English (French is an official language of the Manitoban legislature and courts) Flower Pasqueflower Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 14 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of... Motto: Multis E Gentibus Vires (Latin: From many peoples, strength) Official languages English Flower Western Red Lily Capital Regina Largest city Saskatoon Lieutenant-Governor Gordon Barnhart Premier Lorne Calvert (NDP) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 14 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked 7th 651,036 km² 591...

Division Team City Arena Founded* Titles**
East Brandon Wheat Kings Brandon, Manitoba Keystone Centre 1968 2
Moose Jaw Warriors Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Moose Jaw Civic Centre 1984 (1980 as Winnipeg Warriors) 0
Prince Albert Raiders Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Art Hauser Centre 1982 1
Regina Pats Regina, Saskatchewan Brandt Centre 1966 2
Saskatoon Blades Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Credit Union Centre 1966 0
Swift Current Broncos Swift Current, Saskatchewan Centennial Civic Centre 1967 2 (3)
Central Calgary Hitmen Calgary, Alberta Pengrowth Saddledome 1995 1
Edmonton WHL Edmonton, Alberta Rexall Place 2007 0
Kootenay Ice Cranbrook, British Columbia Cranbrook Recreational Complex 1998 (1996 as Edmonton Ice) 2
Lethbridge Hurricanes Lethbridge, Alberta ENMAX Centre 1987 (1967 as Winnipeg Jets) 1
Medicine Hat Tigers Medicine Hat, Alberta Medicine Hat Arena 1970 4
Red Deer Rebels Red Deer, Alberta ENMAX Centrium 1992 1

The Presidents Cup is awarded annually to the champion of the Western Hockey League. ... The Brandon Wheat Kings are a Canadian ice hockey team based in Brandon, Manitoba. ... Location of Brandon, Manitoba Brandon, known as the Wheat City, is a city in southwestern Manitoba, Canada. ... The Keystone Centre is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Brandon, Manitoba Canada. ... The Moose Jaw Warriors are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League which are based out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ... Location of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Moose Jaw is a city in south-central Saskatchewan, Canada on the Moose Jaw River 71 km west of Regina. ... The Moose Jaw Civic Centre is a 3,146-seat multi-purpose arena in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Canada. ... City: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan League: Western Hockey League Conference: Eastern Division: East Founded: 1984-85 Home Arena: Moose Jaw Civic Centre Colours: red, silver and black Head Coach: Steve Young General Manager: Chad Lang The Moose Jaw Warriors are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League which... 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. ... Location of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Downtown Prince Albert Prince Albert is the third-largest city (after Saskatoon and Regina) with a population of 41,640 as of 2001, in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. ... The Art Hauser Centre is a 3,366 -seat multi-purpose arena in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan,Canada. ... The Regina Pats are a junior hockey team that plays in the Western Hockey League. ... Motto: Nickname: The Queen City Motto: Floreat Regina (Let Regina Flourish) Location City Information Established: 1882 Area: 118. ... The Brandt Centre, formerly the Regina Agridome, is an indoor arena in Regina, Saskatchewan. ... The Saskatoon Blades are an ice hockey team in the Eastern Division of the Western Hockey League. ... Saskatoon is a city located in central Saskatchewan, Canada, on the South Saskatchewan River. ... Credit Union Centre, formerly known as Saskatchewan Place or SaskPlace (names still in wide use by locals), is an arena located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. ... City: Swift Current, Saskatchewan League: Western Hockey League Conference: Eastern Division: Central Founded: 1966 Home Arena: Centennial Civic Centre Colours: blue, black and silver Head Coach: Dean Chynoweth General Manager: Dean Chynoweth The Swift Current Broncos are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club, founded in 1966. ... Location of Swift Current, Saskatchewan Swift Current is a small city Where Life Makes Sense in the southwestern region of Saskatchewan, Canada. ... The Centennial Civic Centre is a 3,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Swift Current, Saskatchewan Canada. ... 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. ... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... The Saddledome and Calgary skyline The Pengrowth Saddledome is the main indoor arena facility in Calgary, and is situated on the east end of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede grounds. ... In 2007-08, Edmonton, Alberta will re-join the Western Hockey League as its 22nd franchise. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... Inside during The 2005 Tim Hortons Brier Rexall Place (formerly known as the Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton Coliseum and Skyreach Centre) is an indoor arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... The Kootenay Ice are a major junior hockey team based in Cranbrook, British Columbia and competing in the Western Hockey League. ... 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 Cranbrook RecPlex is a 4,264-seat arena in Cranbrook, British Columbia. ... 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... 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. ... Lethbridge is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... The ENMAX Centre is a 5,479-seat multi-purpose arena in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. ... 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... The Medicine Hat Tigers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League who play out of Medicine Hat, Alberta. ... Motto: Template:Unhide = A Community of Choice Location City Information Established: City: 09 May 1906 Area: 120. ... The Medicine Hat Arena is a 4,006-seat multi-purpose arena in Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada. ... The Red Deer Rebels are a Western Hockey League junior ice hockey team based in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. ... Red Deer () is a city in central Alberta, Canada, located almost midway between Calgary and Edmonton within the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor. ... The ENMAX Centrium is a 5,858-seat multi-purpose arena in Red Deer, Alberta Canada. ...

Western Conference

The Western Conference is divided into the B.C. and U.S. divisions, which consist of teams from British Columbia, Oregon and Washington. Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Official languages none stated in law; English is de facto Flower Pacific dogwood Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 36 6 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) None Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,824 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ...

Division Team City Arena Founded* Titles**
East Chilliwack Bruins Chilliwack, British Columbia Prospera Centre 2006 0
Kamloops Blazers Kamloops, British Columbia Interior Savings Centre 1981 (1966 as Estevan Bruins) 6 (11)
Kelowna Rockets Kelowna, British Columbia Prospera Place 1995 (1991 as Tacoma Rockets) 2
Prince George Cougars Prince George, British Columbia CN Centre 1994 (1971 as Victoria Cougars) 0 (1)
Vancouver Giants Vancouver, British Columbia Pacific Coliseum 2001 1
U.S. Everett Silvertips Everett, Washington Everett Event Center 2003 0
Portland Winter Hawks Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum & Rose Garden 1976 (1966 as Edmonton Oil Kings) 2 (4)
Seattle Thunderbirds Seattle, Washington Key Arena 1977 (1971 as Vancouver Nats) 0
Spokane Chiefs Spokane, Washington Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 1985 (1982 as Kelowna Wings) 1
Tri-City Americans Kennewick, Washington Toyota Center 1988 (1982 as Nanaimo Islanders) 0

Denotes franchise originated in a different league prior to this date
The as-yet unnamed Edmonton team will begin play in the 2007-08 season
* First year is when team began in current market. Year in brackets is original franchise date
** First number is titles won in current market. Number in brackets is titles won in franchise history The Presidents Cup is awarded annually to the champion of the Western Hockey League. ... The Chilliwack Bruins are an expansion team in the Western Hockey League, based out of Chilliwack, British Columbia. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Latin: Cor Viride Provinciae (English: The Green Heart of the Province) Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canadas Location. ... The Prospera Centre is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. ... The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ... This page is about the city of Kamloops, British Columbia. ... The Interior Savings Centre is a 5,658-seat multi-purpose arena in Kamloops, British Columbia Canada. ... The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ... City: Kelowna, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 1995-96 Home Arena: Prospera Place Colours: red, turquoise and black Head Coach: Jeff Truitt General Manager: Bruce Hamilton The Kelowna Rockets are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League. ... 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 Elevation 344 m Population (2005) 105... The Prospera Place(formerly known as Skyreach Place) is a 6,800-seat multi-purpose arena in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. ... The Kelowna Rockets are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League. ... The Prince George Cougars are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League. ... These cutbanks on the Nechako River are Prince Georges signature natural landmark. ... The CN Centre, formerly the Prince George Multiplex, is a 5,987-seat multi-purpose arena in Prince George, British Columbia Canada. ... Victoria Cougars logo from 1990-1994 The Victoria Cougars were a Pacific Coast Hockey Association (and after its merger with the Western Canadian Hockey League, the Western Hockey League) hockey team based in Victoria, British Columbia. ... 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. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... Pacific Coliseum is an indoor arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... The Everett Silvertips are a major junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League that plays in Everett, Washington. ... Everett High School (part of Everett Public Schools) Everett Public Schools logo Everett Station Everett is a city located in Snohomish County, Washington. ... The Everett Event Center is a 8,250-seat multi-purpose arena in Everett, Washington. ... The Portland Winterhawks are members of the Western Hockey League, the highest level of non-professional hockey in the world. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown Location Location in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Oregon Multnomah County Mayor Tom Potter Geographical characteristics Area     City 145. ... Portland Memorial Coliseum The Memorial Coliseum is an indoor arena, the oldest part of what is now known as the Rose Quarter area within Portland, Oregon. ... Inside of Rose Garden Arena (with old Blazers woodmark design). ... The Portland Winterhawks are members of the Western Hockey League, the highest level of non-professional hockey in the world. ... The Seattle Thunderbirds is an ice hockey team in Seattle, Washington that belongs to the Western Hockey League. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Emerald City Location Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Washington King County Incorporated December 2, 1869 Mayor Greg Nickels Geographical characteristics Area     City 369. ... KeyArena is located north of downtown Seattle on the grounds of Seattle Center (the site of 1962s Century 21 Exposition, a Worlds Fair). ... 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. ... 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... 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 Native American tribe known as the Spokanee, which means Children of the Sun. ... The Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena is a 10,455-seat multi-purpose arena in Spokane, Washington. ... 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... The Tri-City Americans are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League, based in Kennewick, Washington. ... The view from Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve in Richland looking toward south Richland (foreground), Kennewick (upper right) and Pasco (across the Columbia River). ... The Toyota Center is a 5,780-seat multi-purpose arena in Kennewick, Washington. ... 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...


2005-06 season

For regular season final standings and other stats, see 2005-06 WHL season The 2005-06 WHL season was the 40th season for the Western Hockey League. ...

  Conference Quarter-finals Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals WHL Championship
                                     
C1  Medicine Hat 4  
C4  Swift Current 0  
  C1  Medicine Hat 4  
  E2  Saskatoon 0  
E3  Regina 2
E2  Saskatoon 4  
  C1  Medicine Hat 1  
Eastern
  E1  Moose Jaw 4  
C2  Calgary 4  
C3  Lethbridge 2  
  C2  Calgary 3
  E1  Moose Jaw 4  
E4  Brandon 2
E1  Moose Jaw 4  
  E1  Moose Jaw 0
  B1  Vancouver 4
B1  Vancouver 4  
B4  Prince George 1  
  B1  Vancouver 4
  U3  Portland 1  
U3  Portland 4
U2  Seattle 3  
  B1  Vancouver 4
Western
  U1  Everett 0  
B2  Kelowna 4  
B3  Kootenay 2  
  B2  Kelowna 2
  U1  Everett 4  
U4  Tri City 1
U1  Everett 4  

The Medicine Hat Tigers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League who play out of Medicine Hat, Alberta. ... City: Swift Current, Saskatchewan League: Western Hockey League Conference: Eastern Division: Central Founded: 1966 Home Arena: Centennial Civic Centre Colours: blue, black and silver Head Coach: Dean Chynoweth General Manager: Dean Chynoweth The Swift Current Broncos are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club, founded in 1966. ... The Medicine Hat Tigers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League who play out of Medicine Hat, Alberta. ... The Saskatoon Blades are an ice hockey team in the Eastern Division of the Western Hockey League. ... 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. ... The Medicine Hat Tigers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League who play out of Medicine Hat, Alberta. ... The Moose Jaw Warriors are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League which are based out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... The Moose Jaw Warriors are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League which are based out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ... The Brandon Wheat Kings are a Canadian ice hockey team based in Brandon, Manitoba. ... The Moose Jaw Warriors are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League which are based out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ... The Moose Jaw Warriors are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League which are based out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ... 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. ... 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. ... The Prince George Cougars are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League. ... 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. ... The Portland Winterhawks are members of the Western Hockey League, the highest level of non-professional hockey in the world. ... The Portland Winterhawks are members of the Western Hockey League, the highest level of non-professional hockey in the world. ... The Seattle Thunderbirds is an ice hockey team in Seattle, Washington that belongs to the Western Hockey League. ... 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. ... The Everett Silvertips are a major junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League that plays in Everett, Washington. ... City: Kelowna, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 1995-96 Home Arena: Prospera Place Colours: red, turquoise and black Head Coach: Jeff Truitt General Manager: Bruce Hamilton The Kelowna Rockets are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League. ... The Kootenay Ice are a major junior hockey team based in Cranbrook, British Columbia and competing in the Western Hockey League. ... City: Kelowna, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 1995-96 Home Arena: Prospera Place Colours: red, turquoise and black Head Coach: Jeff Truitt General Manager: Bruce Hamilton The Kelowna Rockets are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League. ... The Everett Silvertips are a major junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League that plays in Everett, Washington. ... The Tri-City Americans are a major junior hockey team of the Western Hockey League, based in Kennewick, Washington. ... The Everett Silvertips are a major junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League that plays in Everett, Washington. ...

Memorial Cup champions

The Memorial Cup has been captured by a WHL team 16 times since the league's founding: The Memorial Cup is the championship trophy of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). ...

The 2004 Memorial Cup occured May 15-23 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia. ... City: Kelowna, British Columbia League: Western Hockey League Conference: Western Division: B.C. Founded: 1995-96 Home Arena: Prospera Place Colours: red, turquoise and black Head Coach: Jeff Truitt General Manager: Bruce Hamilton The Kelowna Rockets are a junior ice hockey team playing in the Western Hockey League. ... The 2002 Memorial Cup occurred May 18-26 at the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Centre in Guelph, Ontario. ... The Kootenay Ice are a major junior hockey team based in Cranbrook, British Columbia and competing in the Western Hockey League. ... The 2001 Memorial Cup occurred May 19-27 at the Agridome in Regina, Saskatchewan. ... The Red Deer Rebels are a Western Hockey League junior ice hockey team based in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. ... The 1998 Memorial Cup occurred May 9-17 at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Washington. ... 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. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal. // Events January Bill Clinton January 1 : North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City: Swift Current, Saskatchewan League: Western Hockey League Conference: Eastern Division: Central Founded: 1966 Home Arena: Centennial Civic Centre Colours: blue, black and silver Head Coach: Dean Chynoweth General Manager: Dean Chynoweth The Swift Current Broncos are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club, founded in 1966. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Medicine Hat Tigers are a junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League who play out of Medicine Hat, Alberta. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... 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. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... The Kamloops Blazers are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Regina Pats are a junior hockey team that plays in the Western Hockey League. ...

List of WHL Trophies and Awards

The Presidents Cup is awarded annually to the champion of the Western Hockey League. ... The Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the regular season champion of the Western Hockey League. ... The Four Broncos Memorial Trophy is awarded to the Player of the Year in the WHL. The trophy is named in honour of four members of the Swift Current Broncos who died in an accident when the team bus was enroute to a game. ... The Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy is presented annually to the top scholastic player in the Western Hockey League. ... The Bob Clarke Trophy is awarded annually to the top scorer in the Western Hockey League. ... The Brad Hornung Trophy is awarded annually to the most sportsmanlike player of the Western Hockey League. ... The Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the Defenseman of the Year in the Western Hockey League. ... The Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the top rookie in the Western Hockey League. ... The Del Wilson Trophy is awarded to the top goaltender of the Western Hockey League. ... The Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the Coach of the Year in the Western Hockey League. ... The Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the top executive in the Western Hockey League. ... The Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy is awarded annually by the Western Hockey League to its top on-ice official as voted by the leagues coaches and general managers. ... The St. ... The WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award is given out annually to the Western Hockey League player who best shows a commitment to his community and to humanitarian values. ... The Plus-Minus Award is given annually to the player who finishes with the top plus/minus in the Western Hockey League. ... Each year, the Western Hockey League awards a trophy to the Most Valuable Player in the Playoffs. ...

See also

This is a list of Western Hockey League seasons since inception of the league. ... This is a timeline of events throughout the 40 year history of the Western Hockey League // 1960s 1966: League began play as the Western Canada Junior Hockey League with seven teams: Calgary Buffaloes, Edmonton Oil Kings, Estevan Bruins, Moose Jaw Canucks, Regina Pats, Saskatoon Blades, and Weyburn Red Wings. ... This is a list of current Canadian Hockey League franchise league championship and Memorial Cup droughts. ... A typical OHL hockey game. ... The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (French: la Ligue de hockey junior majeur du Québec, abbreviated QMJHL in English, LHJMQ in French) is one of the three Major Junior A Tier I hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... The table below lists domestic sports leagues from around the world by total attendances for the last completed season. ... This is a list of ice hockey leagues from around the world. ...

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Given the amateur status of the league, capital and operating costs surrounding the implementation of a broadband distribution system for the Internet posed financial and logistical challenges outside the scope of the leagues normal operating capabilities.
Subscriptions for WHL action reached a level in year one that established a healthy revenue stream to the league.
The WHL avoided what would have been costly start up charges normally associated with the deployment of pay-per-view video processing and payment infrastructures.
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The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior "A" Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League.
The 20 teams of the WHL are divided into Western and Eastern conferences.
The Western Conference is divided into the B.C. and U.S. divisions, which consist of teams from British Columbia, Oregon and Washington.
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