The 1925–26 WHL season was the fifth and last season for the now defunct Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL), which was renamed Western Hockey League (WHL) at the start of the season due to one of its Canadian teams, the Regina Capitals, moving to Portland, Oregon in the United States and being renamed the Portland Rosebuds. Six teams played 30 games each. At season's end, some of the teams reorganised to create a minor pro league called the Prairie Hockey League that lasted for two seasons. The WHL was the last league other than the National Hockey League to contest for the Stanley Cup.

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points

Western Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA
Edmonton Eskimos 30 19 11 0 38 90 77
Saskatoon Sheiks 30 18 11 1 37 93 64
Victoria Cougars 30 15 11 4 34 68 53
Portland Rosebuds 30 12 16 2 26 84 106
Calgary Tigers 30 10 17 3 23 71 80
Vancouver Maroons 30 10 18 2 22 64 90

Scoring leadersEdit

Goalkeeper AveragesEdit

Name Club GP GA SO Avg.
Holmes, Harry Victoria 30 53 4 1.8
Hainsworth, George Saskatoon 30 64 4 2.1
Stuart, Herbert Edmonton 30 77 2 2.6
Winkler, Hal Calgary 30 80 6 2.7
Lehman, Hugh Vancouver 30 90 3 3.0
McCusker, Red Regina 30 110 3.7

All-Star TeamEdit


As in the previous season, the third place Victoria Cougars won the playoff championship. In the semi-final, the Cougars met the Saskatoon Sheiks.

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 12 Victoria 3 Saskatoon 3
March 16 Saskatoon 0 Victoria 1 8'10" overtime

Victoria wins two-game, total-goals series 4–3.

In the final, the Cougars faced off against the Edmonton Eskimos. As there was no ice available in Edmonton, Edmonton's 'home' game was played in Vancouver.

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 20 Edmonton 1 Victoria 3
March 22 Victoria 2 Edmonton 2

Victoria wins two-game, total-goals series 5–3.

Stanley Cup playoffsEdit

See 1926 Stanley Cup Finals

As in the previous season, the third place Victoria Cougars won the playoff championship and represented the league in the Stanley Cup finals. They faced the National Hockey League champion Montreal Maroons in a best-of-five series, losing 3 games to 1. After the WHL folded at the end of this season, the Stanley Cup would no longer be contested as a challenge tournament between league champions, but would only be awarded to the NHL champion, a custom formalized in 1947.

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 30Victoria Cougars0Montreal Maroons3
April 1Victoria Cougars0Montreal Maroons3
April 3Victoria Cougars3Montreal Maroons2
April 6Victoria Cougars0Montreal Maroons2

Team PhotosEdit

Game AdsEdit


Preceded by
1924–25 WCHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1926-27 PHL season
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