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2016-17 WHL Season

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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.

Membership changesEdit

  • none


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)



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
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


to be added upon completion of the regular season

2017 Ed Chynoweth Cup PlayoffsEdit

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.

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