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2008–09 WHL season
League Western Hockey League
Duration Preseason
2008-08-29 – 2008-09-13
Regular season
2008-09-18 – 2009-03-17
Playoffs
2009-03-20 – 2009-05-09
Champions Kelowna Rockets
Number of teams 22
Commissioner Ron Robison
TV partner(s) Shaw TV
WHL seasons

 2007–08

2009–10 


The 2008-09 WHL Season was the 43rd season of the Western Hockey League.


Standings Edit

Legend
GP Games played OTL Overtime losses GF Goals for X Clinched playoff berth
W Wins SL Shootout losses GA Goals against Y Clinched conference title
L Losses Pts. Points Bold Division leader Z Clinched league title
Eastern Conference
East Division GP W L OTL SL GF GA Pts.
x Saskatoon Blades 72 49 18 3 2 283 195 103
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 48 19 3 2 295 220 101
x Swift Current Broncos 72 42 28 1 1 258 220 86
Prince Albert Raiders 72 31 36 4 1 233 270 67
Regina Pats 72 27 39 1 5 228 265 60
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 19 50 1 2 198 352 41
Central Division GP W L OTL SL GF GA Pts.
z Calgary Hitmen 72 59 9 3 1 330 159 122
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 36 29 4 3 249 242 79
x Kootenay Ice 72 35 29 2 6 220 224 78
x Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 35 32 3 2 227 228 75
x Edmonton Oil Kings 72 29 34 4 5 191 252 67
Red Deer Rebels 72 25 37 1 9 172 250 60
Western Conference
B.C. Division GP W L OTL SL GF GA Pts.
x Vancouver Giants 72 57 10 2 3 319 151 119
x Kelowna Rockets 72 47 21 1 3 267 178 98
x Kamloops Blazers 72 33 33 2 4 242 277 72
x Prince George Cougars 72 25 44 0 3 188 298 53
Chilliwack Bruins 72 19 46 2 5 154 267 45
U.S. Division GP W L OTL SL GF GA Pts.
x Tri-City Americans 72 49 20 0 3 263 184 101
x Spokane Chiefs 72 46 23 0 3 244 145 95
x Seattle Thunderbirds 72 35 32 1 4 222 234 75
x Everett Silvertips 72 27 36 7 2 199 259 63
Portland Winter Hawks 72 19 48 3 2 176 288 43
Conference standings
Eastern Conference GP W L OTL SL GF GA Pts.
z Calgary Hitmen 72 59 9 3 1 330 159 122
x Saskatoon Blades 72 49 18 3 2 283 195 103
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 48 19 3 2 295 220 101
x Swift Current Broncos 72 42 28 1 1 258 220 86
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 36 29 4 3 249 242 79
x Kootenay Ice 72 35 29 2 6 220 224 78
x Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 35 32 3 2 227 228 75
x Edmonton Oil Kings 72 29 34 4 5 191 252 67
Prince Albert Raiders 72 31 36 4 1 233 270 67
Regina Pats 72 27 39 1 5 228 265 60
Red Deer Rebels 72 25 37 1 9 172 250 60
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 19 50 1 2 198 352 41
Western Conference GP W L OTL SL GF GA Pts.
x Vancouver Giants 72 57 10 2 3 319 151 119
x Tri-City Americans 72 49 20 0 3 263 184 101
x Kelowna Rockets 72 47 21 1 3 267 178 98
x Spokane Chiefs 72 46 23 0 3 244 145 95
x Seattle Thunderbirds 72 35 32 1 4 222 234 75
x Kamloops Blazers 72 33 33 2 4 242 277 72
x Everett Silvertips 72 27 36 7 2 199 259 63
x Prince George Cougars 72 25 44 0 3 188 298 53
Chilliwack Bruins 72 19 46 2 5 154 267 45
Portland Winter Hawks 72 19 48 3 2 176 288 43

Scoring leaders Edit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts. = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts. PIM
Casey Pierro-Zabotel Vancouver Giants 72 36 79 115 52
Brandon Kozun Calgary Hitmen 72 40 68 108 58
Brett Sonne Calgary Hitmen 62 48 52 100 58
Evander Kane Vancouver Giants 61 48 48 96 89
Justin Bernhardt Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 57 92 104
Colin Long Kelowna Rockets 68 33 58 91 28
Brayden Schenn Brandon Wheat Kings 70 32 56 88 82
Joel Broda Calgary Hitmen 67 53 34 87 64
C. J. Stretch Kamloops Blazers 72 29 57 86 72
Tyler Ennis Medicine Hat Tigers 61 43 42 85 21

Goaltending leaders Edit

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; Sv% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Team GP W L Sv% GAA
Dustin Tokarski Spokane Chiefs 45 29 14 .938 1.92
Adam Brown Kelowna Rockets 27 17 4 .912 2.01
Martin Jones Calgary Hitmen 50 41 3 .914 2.12
Tyson Sexsmith Vancouver Giants 45 35 6 .900 2.19
Chet Pickard Tri-City Americans 48 32 12 .922 2.26
Braden Holtby Saskatoon Blades 54 37 13 .913 2.51
Torrie Jung Edmonton Oil Kings 41 18 17 .912 2.54
Mark Guggenberger Kelowna Rockets 41 21 14 .911 2.57
James Priestner Brandon Wheat Kings 26 16 6 .893 2.77
Juha Metsola Lethbridge Hurricanes 45 20 19 .902 2.94


PlayoffsEdit

Overview Edit

  Conference Quarter-finals Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals WHL Championship
                                     
1  Calgary 4  
8  Edmonton 0  
  1  Calgary 4  
  7  Lethbridge 0  
2  Saskatoon 3
7  Lethbridge 4  
  1  Calgary 4  
Eastern
  3  Brandon 0  
3  Brandon 4  
6  Kootenay 0  
  3  Brandon 4
  5  Medicine Hat 0  
4  Swift Current 3
5  Medicine Hat 4  
  E1  Calgary 2
  W3  Kelowna 4
1  Vancouver 4  
8  Prince George 0  
  1  Vancouver 4
  4  Spokane 3  
4  Spokane 4
5  Seattle 1  
  1  Vancouver 2
Western
  3  Kelowna 4  
2  Tri-City 4  
7  Everett 1  
  2  Tri-City 2
  3  Kelowna 4  
3  Kelowna 4
6  Kamloops 0  

Conference Quarter-finals Edit

Eastern Conference Edit

(1) Calgary vs. (8) Edmonton
Date Away Score Home
March 19 Edmonton 0–5 Calgary
March 22 Edmonton 1–2
OT
Calgary
March 23 Calgary 4–1 Edmonton
March 25 Calgary 4–1 Edmonton
Calgary wins 4–0
(2) Saskatoon vs. (7) Lethbridge
Date Away Score Home
March 20 Lethbridge 1–5 Saskatoon
March 21 Lethbridge 5–2 Saskatoon
March 24 Saskatoon 3–1 Lethbridge
March 25 Saskatoon 1–2 Lethbridge
March 28 Lethbridge 3–1 Saskatoon
March 30 Saskatoon 5–1 Lethbridge
April 1 Lethbridge 4–3 Saskatoon
Lethbridge wins 4–3
(3) Brandon vs. (6) Kootenay
Date Away Score Home
March 20 Kootenay 2–7 Brandon
March 21 Kootenay 1–4 Brandon
March 24 Brandon 4–3
OT
Kootenay
March 25 Brandon 4–3 Kootenay
Brandon wins 4–0
(4) Swift Current vs. (5) Medicine Hat
Date Away Score Home
March 20 Medicine Hat 2–4 Swift Current
March 21 Medicine Hat 6–2 Swift Current
March 24 Swift Current 5–2 Medicine Hat
March 25 Swift Current 3–5 Medicine Hat
March 27 Medicine Hat 3–5 Swift Current
March 29 Swift Current 0–3 Medicine Hat
March 31 Medicine Hat 4–1 Swift Current
Medicine Hat wins 4–3

Western Conference Edit

(1) Vancouver vs. (8) Prince George
Date Away Score Home
March 20 Prince George 2–8 Vancouver
March 21 Prince George 1–9 Vancouver
March 24 Vancouver 3–2
OT
Prince George
March 25 Vancouver 3–2 Prince George
Vancouver wins 4–0
(2) Tri-City vs. (7) Everett
Date Away Score Home
March 20 Everett 5–6
OT
Tri-City
March 21 Everett 3–2 Tri-City
March 25 Tri-City 4–2 Everett
March 27 Tri-City 4–1 Everett
March 28 Everett 1–6 Tri-City
Tri-City wins 4–1
(3) Kelowna vs. (6) Kamloops
Date Away Score Home
March 20 Kamloops 2–4 Kelowna
March 21 Kamloops 1–5 Kelowna
March 24 Kelowna 3–2
OT
Kamloops
March 25 Kelowna 5–2 Kamloops
Kelowna wins 4–0
(4) Spokane vs. (5) Seattle
Date Away Score Home
March 20 Seattle 1–2 Spokane
March 21 Seattle 2–1 Spokane
March 24 Spokane 5–1 Seattle
March 25 Spokane 3–2 Seattle
March 28 Seattle 3–5 Spokane
Spokane wins 4–1

Conference Semi-finals Edit

Eastern Conference
(1) Calgary vs. (7) Lethbridge
Date Away Score Home
April 3 Lethbridge 1–7 Calgary
April 5 Lethbridge 1–2 Calgary
April 7 Calgary 4–2 Lethbridge
April 8 Calgary 6–0 Lethbridge
Calgary wins 4–0
(3) Brandon vs. (5) Medicine Hat
Date Away Score Home
April 4 Brandon 6–3 Medicine Hat
April 5 Brandon 8–6 Medicine Hat
April 8 Medicine Hat 1–6 Brandon
April 10 Medicine Hat 2–6 Brandon
Brandon wins 4–0
Western Conference
(1) Vancouver vs. (4) Spokane
Date Away Score Home
April 3 Spokane 1–3 Vancouver
April 5 Spokane 1–4 Vancouver
April 7 Vancouver 2–5 Spokane
April 8 Vancouver 0–1 Spokane
April 10 Spokane 3–2
4OT
Vancouver
April 12 Vancouver 3–2
2OT
Spokane
April 14 Spokane 0–1
OT
Vancouver
Vancouver wins 4–3
(2) Tri-City vs. (3) Kelowna
Date Away Score Home
April 3 Kelowna 3–4 Tri-City
April 4 Kelowna 2–3 Tri-City
April 7 Tri-City 2–7 Kelowna
April 8 Tri-City 3–4
OT
Kelowna
April 10 Kelowna 5–2 Tri-City
April 12 Tri-City 2–6 Kelowna
Kelowna wins 4–2

Conference Finals Edit

Eastern Conference Western Conference
(1) Calgary vs. (3) Brandon
Date Away Score Home
April 17 Brandon 3–9 Calgary
April 19 Brandon 4–5 Calgary
April 21 Calgary 4–3
OT
Brandon
April 22 Calgary 6–4 Brandon
Calgary wins 4–0
(1) Vancouver vs. (3) Kelowna
Date Away Score Home
April 18 Kelowna 4–2 Vancouver
April 19 Kelowna 3–4
OT
Vancouver
April 21 Vancouver 3–2 Kelowna
April 23 Vancouver 0–3 Kelowna
April 25 Kelowna 1–0 Vancouver
April 27 Vancouver 4–5
OT
Kelowna
Kelowna wins 4–2

WHL Championship Edit

Calgary vs. Kelowna
Date Away Score Home
May 1 Kelowna 3–1 Calgary
May 2 Kelowna 5–2 Calgary
May 4 Calgary 0–2 Kelowna
May 6 Calgary 6–2 Kelowna
May 7 Kelowna 1–6 Calgary
May 9 Calgary 2–3
OT
Kelowna
Kelowna wins 4–2

Memorial Cup Edit

See also 2009 Memorial Cup


The 91st MasterCard Memorial Cup was held in Rimouski, Quebec.

WHL awards Edit

Regular season Champions Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy Calgary Hitmen
Player of the Year Four Broncos Memorial Trophy Brett Sonne Calgary Hitmen
Top Scorer Bob Clarke Trophy Casey Pierro-Zabotel Vancouver Giants
Top Defenseman Bill Hunter Trophy Jonathon Blum Vancouver Giants
Rookie of the Year Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy Brett Connolly Prince George Cougars
Top Goaltender Del Wilson Trophy Chet Pickard Tri-City Americans
Top Plus-Minus Rating WHL Plus-Minus Award Paul Postma Calgary Hitmen
Most Sportsmanlike Player Brad Hornung Trophy Tyler Ennis Medicine Hat Tigers
Scholastic Player of the Year Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy Stefan Elliott Saskatoon Blades
Coach of the Year Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy Don Hay Vancouver Giants
Executive of the Year Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy Kelly Kisio Calgary Hitmen
Top Official Allen Paradice Memorial Trophy Chris Savage
Marketing/Public Relations Award St. Clair Group Trophy Mike Bortolussi Medicine Hat Tigers
Humanitarian of the Year Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy Taylor Procyshen Tri-City Americans
WHL Finals Most Valuable Player AirBC Trophy Tyler Myers Kelowna Rockets

All-Star TeamsEdit

Western ConferenceEdit

First Team Position Second Team
PlayerTeamPlayerTeam
Chet Pickard Tri-City Americans G Dustin Tokarski Spokane Chiefs
Jonathon Blum* Vancouver Giants D Tyler Myers Kelowna Rockets
Thomas Hickey Seattle Thunderbirds D Brent Regner Vancouver Giants
Casey Pierro-Zabotel* Vancouver Giants F Drayson Bowman Spokane Chiefs
Jamie Benn Kelowna Rockets F Colin Long Kelowna Rockets
Evander Kane Vancouver Giants F Taylor Procyshen Tri-City Americans

Eastern ConferenceEdit

First Team Position Second Team
PlayerTeamPlayerTeam
Braden Holtby* Saskatoon Blades G Martin Jones Calgary Hitmen
Paul Postma* Calgary Hitmen D Michael Stone Calgary Hitmen
Keith Aulie Brandon Wheat Kings D John Negrin Swift Current Broncos
Brett Sonne* Calgary Hitmen F Joel Broda Calgary Hitmen
Brandon Kozun Calgary Hitmen F Justin Bernhardt Prince Albert Raiders
Tyler Ennis Medicine Hat Tigers F Brayden Schenn Brandon Wheat Kings

*denotes unanimous selection


Team PhotosEdit

Bibliography Edit

Books
  • 2008–09 WHL Guide.

External links Edit

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