The 1978–79 WHL season was the 13th season of the Western Hockey League. Twelve teams completed a 72 game season. The Brandon Wheat Kings won the President's Cup.

League notes[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Final standings[edit | edit source]

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Brandon Wheat Kings 72 58 5 9 125 491 230
x Saskatoon Blades 72 26 32 14 66 385 398
x Edmonton Oil Kings 72 17 43 12 46 288 403
Regina Pats 72 18 47 7 43 297 481
Central Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Billings Bighorns 72 38 23 11 87 378 302
x Lethbridge Broncos 72 37 28 7 81 389 326
x Calgary Wranglers 72 28 38 6 62 349 392
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 15 50 7 37 270 479
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Portland Winter Hawks 72 49 10 13 111 432 265
x Victoria Cougars 72 34 27 11 79 318 295
x New Westminster Bruins 72 34 32 6 74 310 301
Seattle Breakers 72 21 40 11 53 299 334

Scoring leaders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Brian Propp Brandon Wheat Kings 71 94 100 194 127
Ray Allison Brandon Wheat Kings 62 60 93 153 191
Laurie Boschman Brandon Wheat Kings 65 66 83 149 215
Duane Sutter Lethbridge Broncos 71 50 75 125 212
Doug Morrison Lethbridge Broncos 72 56 67 123 159
Kelly Kisio Calgary Wranglers 70 60 61 121 73
Mike Toal Portland Winter Hawks 71 38 83 121 32
Brent Ashton Saskatoon Blades 62 64 65 119 180
Perry Turnbull Portland Winter Hawks 70 75 43 118 191
Gord Williams Lethbridge Broncos 72 58 59 117 60

WHL Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Division semi-finals[edit | edit source]

Round robin format

  • Brandon (7–1) advanced
  • Saskatoon (3–5) advanced
  • Edmonton (2–6) eliminated
  • Lethbridge (5–3) advanced
  • Calgary (4–4) advanced
  • Billings (3–5) eliminated
  • Portland (7–1) advanced
  • Victoria (3–5) advanced
  • New Westminster (2–6) eliminated

Division finals[edit | edit source]

  • Brandon defeated Saskatoon 4 games to 0
  • Lethbridge defeated Calgary 4 games to 3
  • Portland defeated Victoria 4 games to 3

League semi-finals[edit | edit source]

Round Robin format

  • Brandon (3–1) advanced
  • Portland (3–1) advanced
  • Lethbridge (0–4) eliminated

WHL Championship[edit | edit source]

  • Brandon defeated Portland 4 games to 2

All-Star Game[edit | edit source]

There was no All-Star game in 1978–79.

WHL awards[edit | edit source]

Most Valuable Player: Perry Turnbull, Portland Winter Hawks
Top Scorer: Brian Propp, Brandon Wheat Kings
Most Sportsmanlike Player: Errol Rausse, Seattle Breakers
Top Defenseman: Keith Brown, Portland Winter Hawks
Rookie of the Year: Kelly Kisio, Calgary Wranglers
Top Goaltender: Rick Knickle, Brandon Wheat Kings
Coach of the Year: Dunc McCallum, Brandon Wheat Kings
Regular season champions: Brandon Wheat Kings

All-Star Teams[edit | edit source]

First Team Second Team
Goal Rick Knickle Brandon Wheat Kings Warren Skorodenski Calgary Wranglers
Defense Keith Brown Portland Winter Hawks Craig Levie Edmonton Oil Kings
Brad McCrimmon Brandon Wheat Kings Blake Wesley Portland Winter Hawks
Center Laurie Boschman Brandon Wheat Kings Mike Toal Portland Winter Hawks
Left Wing Brian Propp Brandon Wheat Kings Perry Turnbull Portland Winter Hawks
Right Wing Ray Allison Brandon Wheat Kings Dirk Graham Regina Pats

Team Photos[edit | edit source]

Game Ads[edit | edit source]


Edmonton ad from http://www.vintageedmonton.com

References[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
1977–78 WCHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1979–80 WHL season
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