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This is the 2015-16 Western Hockey League season.  This is the league's 50th season dating back to its' founding as the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League in 1966 and subsequent renaming to the Western Canada Hockey League in 1968 and to the present name in 1978. 

In marking the league's 50th season, the schedule started on September 24th with a match up between the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Regina Pats which was done in honour of the league's first championship series in 1967.  The league also had an online survey to choose the top 50 players in league history.  The list was be released starting in January with a countdown format.

The league hosted two games of the Canada/Russia Challenge with games November 9th in Kelowna, BC and November 10th in Kamloops, BC.  The league also hosted the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on January 28th in Vancouver, BC.  Kamloops also hosted Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada on February 6th.  The final event was be the 2016 Memorial Cup which wil be held in Red Deer, Alberta, returning to Alberta for the first time since the 1974 tournament.

WHL 50th logo

WHL's 50th anniversary logo

The league announced rules changes similar to the National Hockey League for the 2015-16 season involving 3-on-3 overtime, the marking on on the ice (face off circle hash marks and increasing the area behind the net where goalies are allowed to play the puck) and the procedure for face-offs.

The season also marks the move of the Medicine Hat Tigers to the new Canalta Centre.


Membership changesEdit

  • none

TeamsEdit

Eastern Conference Edit

Division Team City Arena Capacity
East Brandon Wheat Kings Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Westman Communications Group Place 5,102
Moose Jaw Warriors Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada Mosaic Place 4,714
Prince Albert Raiders Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada Art Hauser Centre 3,366
Regina Pats Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Brandt Centre 6,200
Saskatoon Blades Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada SaskTel Centre 15,195
Swift Current Broncos Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada Credit Union iPlex 3,239
Central Calgary Hitmen Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Scotiabank Saddledome

Stampede Corral (some playoff games)

19,289

6,450

Edmonton Oil Kings Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Rexall Place 16,839
Kootenay Ice Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada Western Financial Place 4,654
Lethbridge Hurricanes Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada ENMAX Centre 5,479
Medicine Hat Tigers Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Canalta Centre

5,500 (expandable to 6,500)

Red Deer Rebels Red Deer, Alberta, Canada ENMAX Centrium 6,000

Western Conference Edit

Division Team City Arena Capacity
B.C. Kamloops Blazers Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada Interior Savings Centre 5,464
Kelowna Rockets Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Prospera Place 6,286
Prince George Cougars Prince George, British Columbia, Canada CN Centre 5,971
Vancouver Giants Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Pacific Coliseum 16,281
Victoria Royals Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre 7,006
U.S. Everett Silvertips Everett, Washington, United States Xfinity Arena at Everett 8,149
Portland Winterhawks Portland, Oregon, United States Memorial Coliseum
Moda Center
10,407
18,280
Seattle Thunderbirds Kent, Washington, United States ShoWare Center 6,500
Spokane Chiefs Spokane, Washington, United States Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 10,759
Tri-City Americans Kennewick, Washington, United States Toyota Center 6,000


StandingsEdit

Eastern Conference
East Division
Team GP W L T OTL SOL GF GA PIM P
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 48 18 - 4 2 319 197 - 102
Prince Albert Raiders 72 38 26 - 7 1 222 223

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84
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 36 27 - 7 2 249 239 - 81
Regina Pats 72 36 28 - 3 5 243 253 - 80
Swift Current Broncos 72 24 38 - 7 3 189 249 - 58
Saskatoon Blades 72 26 42 - 4 0 219 318 - 56
Central Division
Team GP W L T OTL SOL GF GA PIM P
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 46 24 - 1 1 304 218 - 94
Red Deer Rebels 72 45 24 - 1 2 26 205 - 93
Calgary Hitmen 72 42 26 - 2 2 246 219 - 88
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 29 36 - 6 1 197 238 - 65
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 30 37 - 3 2 223 287 - 65
Kootenay Ice 72 12 53 - 6 1 155 320 - 31
Western Conference
B.C. Division
Team GP W L T OTL SOL GF GA PIM P
Victoria Royals 72 50 16 - 3 3 281 166 - 106
Kelowna Rockets 72 48 20 - 4 0 269 218 - 100
Kamloops Blazers 72 38 25 - 5 4 237 218 - 85
Prince George Cougars 72 36 31 - 3 2 240 225 - 77
Vancouver Giants 72 23 40 - 5 4 199 273 - 55
U.S. Division
Team GP W L T OTL SOL GF GA PIM P
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 45 23 - 4 0 228 186 - 94
Everett Silvertips 72 38 26 - 5 3 182 172 - 84
Portland Winterhawks 72 34 31 - 6 1 228 227 - 75
Spokane Chiefs 72 33 30 - 5 4 223 245 - 75
Tri-City Americans 72 35 34 - 2 1 236 253 - 73

2016 Ed Chynoweth Cup PlayoffsEdit

2016 WHL Playoff logo

2016 WHL playoff logo

The league is divided up into 2 conferences with 2 divisions each.  The Eastern Conference is made up of the 6-team East Division and the 6-team Central Division while the Western Conference is made up of the 5-team BC and 5-team US Divisions. The league uses the same format as the NHL does with the top 3 teams in each division qualifying for the playoffs and the next two best records in the conference qualifying as the 7 and 8 seeds and joining the playoffs for the division they start the playoffs in.

The winner of the Chynoweth Cup advances to the 2016 Memorial Cup.

The 2016 Memorial Cup is scheduled to be held in Red Deer, Alberta and be hosted by the Red Deer Rebels.  All of the games will be held at the ENMAX Centrium. This will be the 98th Memorial Cup championship and will determine the champion of the Canadian Hockey League.  This marks the first time that the Memorial Cup has been held in the province of Alberta since 1974.

The tournament wll match up the champions of the three member leagues of the Canadian Hockey League (the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the host Red Deer Rebels).

The tournament will take place from May 19-29, 2016.

Playoff for final Eastern Conference Playoff spotEdit

East Divsion SemifinalsEdit

Central Division SemifinalsEdit

B.C. Division SemifinalsEdit

U.S. Division SemifinalsEdit

East Division FinalEdit

Central Division FinalEdit

B.C. Division FinalEdit

U.S. Division FinalEdit

Eastern Conference FinalEdit

Western Confernce FinalEdit

Ed Chynoweth Cup FinalEdit

The Ed Chynoweth Cup winner, Brandon Wheat Kings advance to the 2016 Memorial Cup.

2016 WHL champs Brandon Wheat Kings

2016 WHL champions Brandon Wheat Kings

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