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This is the 2017-18 Western Hockey League season.  This is the league's 52nd 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

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
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 52 15 2 3 326 216 109
Swift Current Broncos 72 48 17 5 2 284 213 103
Regina Pats 72 40 25 6 1 245 235 87

Central DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 36 28 8 0 260 252 80
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 33 33 6 0 244 260 72
Red Deer Rebels 72 27 32 10 3 209 250 67

Eastern Conference Wild CardEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 40 27 3 1 272 255 85
Prince Albert Raiders 72 32 27 9 4 245 250 77
Saskatoon Blades 72 35 33 3 1 237 276 74
Kootenay Ice 72 27 38 5 2 215 275 61
Calgary Hitmen 72 24 37 9 2 226 276 59
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 22 42 6 2 204 315 52

Western ConferenceEdit

BC DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Kelowna Rockets 72 43 22 5 2 280 249 93
Victoria Royals 72 39 27 4 2 287 264 84
Vancouver Giants 72 36 27 6 3 233 257 81

US DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Everett Silvertips 72 47 20 2 3 246 167 99
Portland Winterhawks 72 44 22 1 5 274 214 94
Spokane Chiefs 72 41 25 3 3 282 240 88

Western Conference Wild CardEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Tri-City Americans 72 38 25 8 1 255 249 85
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 34 28 8 2 250 259 78
Kamloops Blazers 72 30 37 1 4 212 237 65
Prince George Cougars 72 24 38 5 5 217 295 58

2018 Ed Chynoweth Cup PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

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 2018 Memorial Cup, which is being held at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan and hosted by the Regina Pats.

Eastern Division SemifinalsEdit

Central Division SemifinalsEdit

BC Division SemifinalsEdit

US Division SemifinalsEdit

Eastern Division FinalEdit

Central Division FinalEdit

BC Division FinalEdit

US Division FinalEdit

Eastern Conference FinalEdit

Western Conference FinalEdit

Ed Chynoweth Cup FinalEdit

The Swift Current Broncos advance to the 2018 Memorial Cup.  Broncos forward and captain Glenn Gawdin was named Chynoweth Cup Most Valuable Player with 14 goals and 18 assists in 24 playoff games.  Swift Current won its first WHL championship in 25 years.

2018 WHL champions Swift Current Broncos

2018 WHL champions Swift Current Broncos