This was the 1970-71 season of the Western Hockey League. It was the nineteenth season of the league.

The Vancouver Canucks withdrew to join the National Hockey League. For the first time, the league only had American teams and no teams from Canada.

The Canucks were the last Canadian team in the league's history.


Standings[edit | edit source]

Portland Buckaroos       72-48-17- 7-103    306-210
Phoenix Roadrunners      72-36-27- 9- 81    271-234
San Diego Gulls          72-33-27-12- 78    248-223
Denver Spurs             72-25-31-16- 66    242-253
Seattle Totems           72-27-36- 9- 63    223-260
Salt Lake Golden Eagles  72-18-49- 5- 41    217-327

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Best of 7

Semi Finals[edit | edit source]

  • San Diego 3 Portland 2
  • Portland 3 San Diego 1
  • San Diego 5 Portland 4
  • Portland 5 San Diego 2
  • Portland 3 San Diego 1
  • Portland 8 San Diego 2

Portland Buckaroos beat San Diego Gulls 4 wins to 2.

  • Phoenix 5 Denver 4
  • Denver 2 Phoenix 1
  • Phoenix 7 Denver 6
  • Phoenix 6 Denver 2
  • Phoenix 3 Denver 1

Phoenix Roadrunners beat Denver Spurs 4 wins to 1.

Final[edit | edit source]

  • Portland 4 Phoenix 3
  • Portland 4 Phoenix 2
  • Portland 3 Phoenix 2
  • Phoenix 3 Portland 2
  • Portland 5 Phoenix 0

Portland Buckaroos beat Phoenix Roadrunners 4 wins to 1 and won the Lester Patrick Cup.

All-Star Teams[edit | edit source]

First Team[edit | edit source]

Second Team[edit | edit source]


Team Photos[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

List of WHL (minor pro) Seasons

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