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The Western Women's Hockey League (WWHL) is one of two women's hockey leagues in Canada. The league was established in 2004, and consisted of teams in Canada (some former National Women's Hockey League teams) and one from the United States. The league office was in Vancouver, British Columbia and managed by Recreation Sports Management Inc.

On July 13, 2006, the NWHL announced it would absorb the WWHL's teams into its new West division. However, scheduling conflicts between the 2007 Women's World Championships and the WWHL championship game saw the merger collapse.

In 2007, Hockey Canada announced it would revamp the Esso Women's Nationals, with the WWHL champion and finalist meeting the Canadian Women's Hockey League champion and finalist.[1] Since 2009, teams from the two leagues instead compete for the Clarkson Cup at the end of the season.

WWHL FranchisesEdit

Team Home Home Arena
British Columbia Breakers Abbotsford, British Columbia Aldergrove Arena / George Preston Arena
Calgary Oval X-Treme Calgary, Alberta Olympic Oval
Edmonton Chimos Edmonton, Alberta River Cree Resort Twin Arena / Jubilee Recreation Centre
Minnesota Whitecaps No regular home, based throughout Minnesota No regular arena, home games played throughout Minnesota
Strathmore Rockies Strathmore, Alberta Strathmore Family Center Arena

Former teams include the Saskatchewan Prairie Ice (2003–07), which ceased operations after the 2006-07 season. The Chinese national women's team also played an exhibition schedule against WWHL teams in the 2007-08 season with points counting in league standings.


The champion of the WWHL is given the WWHL Champions cup.

A list of WWHL winners (winner is in bold):

  • 2009 - Minnesota Whitecaps vs. Calgary Oval X-Treme
  • 2008 - Calgary Oval X-Treme vs. Minnesota Whitecaps
  • 2007 - Calgary Oval X-Treme
  • 2006 - Calgary Oval X-Treme vs Minnesota Whitecaps in Lumsden, Saskatchewan
  • 2005 - Calgary Oval X-Treme vs Saskatchewan Prairie Ice in Calgary, Alberta
  • 2004 - Saskatchewan Prairie

League mergerEdit

The league announced on April 19, 2011, that it would merge with the Canadian Women's Hockey League for the 2011-12 season. The merger will feature one team based in Edmonton and Calgary and is a combination of the former WWHL franchises the Edmonton Chimos and Strathmore Rockies. The team will play their games in various locations around Alberta.[2]Strathmore Rockies founder Samantha Holmes-Domagala, will join the sponsorship division of the CWHL and look after the requirements of the expansion team. [3]


  1. Canadian Press. (2007, 09-27) "Players form new Canadian Women's Hockey League", Toronto Star. (Retrieved September 28, 2007)
  2. Chimos Part of Merger With CWHL

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