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This is the 2016-17 Western Hockey League season.  This is the league's 51st 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.

Game 6 of the Everett Silvertips-Victoria Royals first round series on April 2nd became the longest game in Western Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League history with Cal Babych scoring at 11:36 of the fifth overtime to give Everett a 3-2 win and to win the series.  The previous CHL record was 146:31 for a Victoriaville/Hull game in 1999 and the WHL record was 136:56 between Kamloops and Kootenay on March 25, 2003.

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 Langley, British ColumbiaCanada Langley Event Center 5,276
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 ConferenceEdit

Eastern DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Regina Pats 72 52 12 7 1 353 211 112
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 42 21 8 1 255 219 93
Swift Current Broncos 72 39 23 4 6 247 239 88

Central DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 51 20 1 0 350 248 103
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 44 21 4 3 280 253 95
Red Deer Rebels 72 30 29 9 4 239 258 73

Eastern Conference Wild CardEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 31 31 7 3 225 247 72
Calgary Hitmen 72 30 32 8 2 215 282 70
Saskatoon Blades 72 28 35 7 2 190 248 65
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 23 43 5 1 193 292 52
Prince Albert Raiders 72 21 44 5 2 198 283 49
Kootenay Ice 72 14 46 10 2 177 335 40

Western ConferenceEdit

BC DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Prince George Cougars 72 45 21 3 3 253 201 96
Kelowna Rockets 72 45 22 5 0 283 206 95
Kamloops Blazers 72 42 24 2 4 243 198 90

US DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Everett Silvertips 72 44 16 9 3 229 169 100
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 46 20 4 2 253 206 98
Tri-City Americans 72 41 28 3 0 272 252 85

Western Conference Wild CardEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Portland Winterhawks 72 40 28 1 3 278 256 84
Victoria Royals 72 37 29 5 1 239 219 80
Spokane Chiefs 72 27 33 8 4 235 272 66
Vancouver Giants 72 20 46 3 3 183 296 46


Link to League website standings page

2017 Ed Chynoweth Cup PlayoffsEdit

2017 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 presently 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 2017 Memorial Cup, which is being held at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario and hosted by the Windsor Spitfires.

Eastern Conference QuarterfinalsEdit

Western Conference QuarterfinalsEdit

Eastern Conference SemifinalsEdit

Western Conference SemifinalsEdit

Eastern Conference FinalEdit

Western Conference FinalEdit

Chynoweth Cup FinalEdit

2017 WHL champs Seattle Thunderbirds

2017 WHL champs Seattle Thunderbirds

Playoff BracketEdit

  Conference Quarter-finals Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals WHL Championship
                                     
E1  Regina 4  
W2  Calgary 0  
  E1  Regina 4  
  E3  Swift Current 3  
E2  Moose Jaw 3
E3  Swift Current 4  
  E1  Regina 4  
Eastern
  C2  Lethbridge 2  
C1  Medicine Hat 4  
W1  Brandon 0  
  C1  Medicine Hat 3
  C2  Lethbridge 4  
C2  Lethbridge 4
C3  Red Deer 3  
  E1  Regina 2
  U2  Seattle 4
U1  Everett 4  
W2  Victoria 2  
  U1  Everett 0
  U2  Seattle 4  
U2  Seattle 4
U3  Tri-City 0  
  U2  Seattle 4
Western
  B2  Kelowna 2  
B2  Kelowna 4  
B3  Kamloops 2  
  B2  Kelowna 4
  W1  Portland 1  
B1  Prince George 2
W1  Portland 4  

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