The teams from the Southern Alberta Junior League combined with the Moose Jaw Canucks and the Regina Pats from Saskatchewan to form the Western Canada Junior League.

Calgary & Lethbridge played a playoff series which was both the Western League's semi final and the Alberta provincial semi final.

After Lethbridge lost to Calgary it played Drumheller Valley in a qualifying series. Had Drumheller won, it would have gone on to play Calgary in the provincial playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Edmonton league winner played off against the Wetaskiwin Canadians. This team had been refused entry into that league. The Canadians instead played in an intermediate league.

Complicated? Contemporary newspaper reporters thought so!

League championEdit

Independent teamsEdit

Provincial playoffsEdit

Semi FinalsEdit

Best of 5

Date Winner Loser Location
March 14 Edmonton 10 Wetaskiwin 4 Wetaskiwin
March 16 Edmonton 6 Wetaskiwin 4 Edmonton
March 19 Edmonton 6 Wetaskiwin 3 Edmonton

On March 17th, at Wetaskiwin, the two teams refused to go on the ice at the beginning of the third period. The score was 2-2. This game was nullified,

Edmonton Athletic Club beat Wetaskiwin Canadians 3 wins to none.

Best of 7

Note:This was also the semi final in the Western Canada Junior Hockey League.

Date Winner Loser Location
February 23 Calgary 9 Lethbridge 1 Lethbridge
February 26 Lethbridge 6 Calgary 6 Lethbridge
March 1 Calgary 5 Lethbridge 2 Calgary
March 5 Lethbridge 6 Calgary 4 Calgary
March 7 Calgary 6 Lethbridge 5 Calgary
March 8 Calgary 6 Lethbridge 2 Lethbridge

Calgary Buffalos beat Lethbridge Native Sons 4 wins to 1, 1 tie.

Qualifying playoffEdit

Best of 3

Date Winner Loser Location
March 12 Lethbridge 6 Drumheller 4 Drumheller
March 13 Lethbridge 4 Drumheller 1 Drumheller

Lethbridge Native Sons beat Drumheller Valley Miners 2 wins to none.

This was to determine if Drumheller had a chance against Calgary. Had Drumheller won it wulod have gone on to play Calgary.


Best of 7

Date Winner Loser Location
March 21 Calgary 10 Edmonton 1 Calgary
March 23 Calgary 6 Edmonton 4 Calgary
March 24 Edmonton 5 Calgary 0 Edmonton
March 26 Calgary 8 Edmonton 1 Edmonton
March 28 Calgary 7 Edmonton 2 Calgary

Calgary Buffalos beat Edmonton Athletic Club 4 wins to 1.

Calgary Buffalos advanced to the 1948-49 Western Canada Memorial Cup Playoffs.

Team PhotosEdit

Game AdsEdit

See alsoEdit

List of Alberta Junior Playoffs

1948-49 WCJHL Season

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