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This is the 2015-16 Western States Hockey League season. This is the league's 22nd season and the league's 5th under the sponsorship of the Amateur Athletic Union's United Hockey Union. The league was elevated to "Tier-II" Status by the AAU; however no explaination has been issued to explain the distinction between this and its previous status within the AAU.

Membership changesEdit

The league grew to 29 teams for the 2015-16 season.

  • On April 21, 2015 the Lake Tahoe Blue announced they were changing their name to the Tahoe Icemen.
  • The San Diego Gulls announced they were changing their name to the San Diego Sabers to allow for the new American Hockey League team in town to take the San Diego Gulls moniker.
  • On June 1, 2015 the league announced the addition of an expansion team to begin play for the 2015-16 season based in Vancouver, Washington.  The team has some of the same ownership as the Lake Tahoe Icemen The later announced it would be called the Vancouver Rangers.  According to the release the league is hoping to add a couple more teams in the northwest region for the 2016-17 season.
  • The Arizona RedHawks shortened their name to the Arizona Hawks.

Teams Edit

Division Team City Arena Joined
Midwest
Dallas Snipers Euless, Texas Dr. Pepper StarCenter 2011
El Paso Rhinos El Paso, Texas Sierra Providence Event Center 2006
Oklahoma City Blazers Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Blazers Ice Centre 2014
Springfield Express Springfield, Missouri Mediacom Ice Park 2005
Tulsa Jr. Oilers Tulsa, Oklahoma Oilers Ice Center 2012
Wichita Jr. Thunder Wichita, Kansas Wichita Ice Center 2012
Mountain Casper Coyotes Casper, Wyoming Casper Ice Arena 2014
Cheyenne Stampede Cheyenne, Wyoming Cheyenne Ice and Events Center 2004
Colorado Evolution Denver, Colorado Big Bear Ice Arena 2014
Colorado Jr. Eagles Fort Collins, Colorado NoCo Ice Center 2013
Ogden Mustangs Ogden, Utah The Ice Sheet 2002
Salt Lake City Moose Salt Lake City, Utah Accord Ice Rink 2011
Superior RoughRiders Superior, Colorado Bouler Valley Ice at Superior 2007
Western Arizona Hawks Peoria, Arizona AZ Ice Peoria 2009
Fresno Monsters Fresno, California Gateway Ice Center 2009
Las Vegas Storm Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas Ice Center 2014
Long Beach Bombers Lakewood, California Glacial Garden Skating Arena 1994
Ontario Avalanche Ontario, California The Center Ice Arena 2012
Phoenix Knights Gilbert, Arizona AZ Ice Gilbert 1999
San Diego Sabers Escondido, California Iceoplex Escondido 2001
Valencia Flyers Valencia, California Ice Station Valencia 2001
Northwest Butte Cobras Butte, Montana Butte Community Ice Center 2014
Idaho Jr. Steelheads McCall, Idaho Manchester Ice & Event Centre 2009
Missoula Maulers Missoula, Montana Glacier Ice Rink 2013
Seattle Totems Mountlake Terrace, Washington Olympic View Arena 2012
Southern Oregon Spartans Medford, Oregon The RRRink 2012
Tahoe Icemen South Lake Tahoe, California South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena 2012
Vancouver Rangers Vancouver, Washington Mountain View Ice Arena 2015
Whitefish Wolverines Whitefish, Montana Stumptown Ice Den 2014

StandingsEdit

Plains Conference

Midwest Division
Team GP W L T OL SL GF GA PIM P
Oklahoma City Blazers 52 42 9 - 2 - 274 147 1293 86
Springfield Express 52 27 17 - 8 - 237 208 805 62
Wichita Jr. Thunder 52 30 21 - 1 - 230 206 915 61
El Paso Rhinos 52 27 23 - 2 - 208 192 1012 56
Tulsa Jr. Oilers 52 19 27 - 6 - 188 230 1094 44
Dallas Snipers 52 19 29 - 4 - 182 257 890 42
Mountain Division
Team GP W L T OL SL GF GA PIM P
Colorado Jr. Eagles 52 43 7 - 2 - 325 126 1082 88
Ogden Mustangs 52 38 12 - 2 - 263 130 1054 78
Casper Coyotes 52 37 12 - 3 - 284 153 962 77
Superior RoughRiders 52 26 23 - 3 - 172 159 616 55
Salt Lake City Moose 52 25 27 - 0 - 158 167 772 50
Cheyenne Stampede 52 22 28 - 2 - 209 222 1065 46
Colorado Evolution 52 4 43 - 5 - 120 417 997 13

Pacific Conference

Western Division

Team GP W L T OL SL GF GA PIM P
Valencia Flyers 52 45 7 - 0 - 257 94 742 90
Long Beach Bombers 52 39 10 - 3 - 247 135 1333 81
Fresno Monsters 52 36 12 - 4 - 267 147 1214 76
Ontario Avalanche 52 28 23 - 1 - 175 166 877 57
Phoenix Knights 52 22 27 - 3 - 198 221 1208 47
Arizona Redhawks 52 16 32 - 4 - 142 225 1452 36
Las Vegas Storm 52 10 34 - 8 - 142 279 892 28
San Diego Sabers 52 9 40 - 3 - 110 275 1015 21
Northwest Division
Team GP W L T OL SL GF GA PIM P
Idaho Jr. Steelheads 52 44 7 - 1 - 335 78 818 89
Missoula Maulers 52 38 12 - 2 - 257 143 710 78
Southern Oregon Spartans 52 33 18 - 1 - 227 184 1390 67
Vancouver Rangers 52 30 18 - 4 - 278 242 1331 64
Whitefish Wolverines 52 20 31 - 1 - 190 267 1107 41
Seattle Totems 52 13 31 - 8 - 160 270 1188 34
Butte Cobras 52 11 35 - 6 - 142 300 1055 28
Lake Tahoe Icemen 52 2 50 - 0 - 83 412 947 4

2016 Thorne Cup PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

  • Top 6 teams in each division qualify
  • All series hosted by higher qualifying team except final which uses 2-3 format with team with better record having choice of which games to host
  • Division quarterfinals-Top 2 seed get first round bye, 3 vs 6, 4 vs 5 (best-of-three)
  • Dvision semifinals-#1 vs lower seeded first round winner and #2 vs higher seeded first round winners (best-of-three)
  • Division final-semifinal winners (best-of-three)
  • Conference finals (best-of-three)
  • Thorne Cup Final-Semifinal winners (best-of-five) dates TBA

Midwest Division QuarterfinalsEdit

  • Wichita defeated Dallas 2 games to none (5-1, 2-0)
  • El Paso defeated Tulsa 2 games to none 5-3, 4-3)

Mountain Division QuarterfinalsEdit

  • Casper defeated Cheyenne 2 games to none (4-3, 4-0)
  • Superior defeated Salt Lake City 2 games to 1 (1-4, 6-1, 3-0)

Western Division QuarterfinalsEdit

  • Fresno defeated Arizona 2 games to none (6-0, 13-0)
  • Ontario defeated Phoenix 2 games to 1 (4-3 (ot), 2-3 (ot), 6-1)

Northwest Division QuarterfinalsEdit

  • Southern Oregon defeated Seattle 2 games to none (4-2, 2-1)
  • Whitefish defeated Vancouver 2 games to none (6-1, 6-5 (ot))

Midwest Division SemifinalsEdit

  • Oklahoma City defeated El Paso 2 games to none (10-2, 3-2 (2ot))
  • Springfield defeated Wichita 2 games to none (5-3, 3-1)

Mountain Division SemifinalsEdit

  • Colorado Jr. Eagles defeated Superior 2 games to none (8-1, 5-2)
  • Ogden Mustangs defeated Casper 2 games to none (5-3, 4-2)

Western Division SemifinalsEdit

  • Valencia defeated Ontario 2 games to none (2-1, 3-1)
  • Long Beach defeated Fresno 2 games to none (6-2, 7-0)

Northwest Division SemifinalsEdit

  • Idaho defeated Whitefish 2 games to none (7-0, 15-1)
  • Missoula defeated Southern Oregon 2 games to none (5-4, 6-5)

Midwest Division FinalEdit

  • Oklahoma City defeated Springfield 2 games to 1 (4-1, 2-3, 7-5)

Mountain Division FinalEdit

  • Colorado defeated Ogden 2 games to 1 (5-4, 4-5, 5-3)

Western Division FinalEdit

  • Valencia vs Long Beach defeated Valencia 2 games to none (2-0, 4-3)

Northwest Division FinalEdit

  • Idaho defeated Missoula 2 games to none (2-1, 5-4)

Conference FinalsEdit

  • Idaho defeated Long Beach 2 games to none (2-0, 3-2 (ot)
  • Colorado defeated Oklahoma City 2 games to 1 (6-3, 5-7, 4-3)

League FinalEdit

2016 WSHL Playoff bracket printout

2016 WSHL Playoff Bracket

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