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The 1988–89 WHL season was the 23rd season for the Western Hockey League. Fourteen teams completed a 72 game season. The Swift Current Broncos won the President's Cup before going on to win the Memorial Cup.

League notes[]

Regular season[]

Final standings[]

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Swift Current Broncos 72 55 16 1 111 447 319
x Saskatoon Blades 72 42 28 2 86 366 335
x Medicine Hat Tigers 72 41 27 4 86 359 326
x Prince Albert Raiders 72 37 33 2 76 302 286
x Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 27 39 6 60 356 380
x Moose Jaw Warriors 72 27 42 3 57 318 372
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 25 43 4 54 286 331
Regina Pats 72 23 43 6 52 306 358
West Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
x Portland Winter Hawks 72 40 28 4 84 408 395
x Victoria Cougars 72 36 32 4 76 341 351
x Kamloops Blazers 72 34 33 5 73 326 309
x Tri-City Americans 72 33 34 5 71 300 299
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 33 35 4 70 315 276
Spokane Chiefs 72 25 45 2 52 326 419

Scoring leaders[]

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

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Dennis Holland Portland Winter Hawks 69 82 85 167 120
Stu Barnes Tri-City Americans 70 59 82 141 117
Tim Tisdale Swift Current Broncos 68 51 82 139 89
Blair Atecheynum Moose Jaw Warriors 71 70 68 138 70
Troy Mick Portland Winter Hawks 66 49 87 136 70
Wayne Hynes Medicine Hat Tigers 72 54 81 135 66
Peter Kasowski Swift Current Broncos 72 58 73 131 46
Mike Sillinger Regina Pats 72 53 78 131 52
Sean Lebrun Tri-City Americans 71 52 73 125 92
Kirby Lindal Medicine Hat Tigers 71 67 55 122 83

WHL Playoffs[]

First round[]

  • Swift Current earned a bye
  • Saskatoon earned a bye
  • Lethbridge defeated Prince Albert 3 games to 1
  • Moose Jaw defeated Medicine Hat 3 games to 0

Division semi-finals[]

  • Swift Current defeated Moose Jaw 4 games to 0
  • Saskatoon defeated Lethbridge 4 games to 0
  • Portland defeated Tri-City 5 games to 2
  • Kamloops defeated Victoria 5 games to 3

Division finals[]

  • Swift Current defeated Saskatoon 4 games to 0
  • Portland defeated Kamloops 5 games to 3

WHL Championship[]

  • Swift Current defeated Portland 4 games to 0

All-Star Game[]

On January 24, the West Division defeated the East Division 5–1 at Brandon, Manitoba with a crowd of 2,933.

WHL awards[]

Most Valuable Player - Four Broncos Memorial Trophy: Stu Barnes, Tri-City Americans
Scholastic Player of the Year - Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy: Jeff Nelson, Prince Albert Raiders
Top Scorer - Bob Clarke Trophy: Dennis Holland, Portland Winterhawks
Most Sportsmanlike Player - Brad Hornung Trophy: Blair Atcheynum, Moose Jaw Warriors
Top Defenseman - Bill Hunter Trophy: Dan Lambert, Swift Current Broncos
Rookie of the Year - Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy: Wes Walz, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Top Goaltender - Del Wilson Trophy: Danny Lorenz, Seattle Thunderbirds
Coach of the Year - Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy: Ron Kennedy, Medicine Hat Tigers
Executive of the Year - Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy: Dennis Beyak, Saskatoon Blades
Regular season Champions - Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy: Swift Current Broncos
WHL Plus-Minus Award: Darren Stolk, Medicine Hat Tigers

All-Star Teams[]

East Division
First Team Second Team
Goal Frederic Chabot Prince Albert Raiders Stan Reddick Moose Jaw Warriors
Defense Dan Lambert Swift Current Broncos Gord Kruppke (tied) Prince Albert Raiders
Collin Bauer Saskatoon Blades Todd Nelson (tied) Prince Albert Raiders
- - Bob Woods (tied) Brandon Wheat Kings
Center Mike Modano Prince Albert Raiders Tim Tisdale Swift Current Broncos
Left Wing Kirby Lindal Medicine Hat Tigers Gary Dickie Regina Pats
Right Wing Blair Atcheynum Moose Jaw Warriors Sheldon Kennedy Swift Current Broncos
West Division
First Team Second Team
Goal Danny Lorenz Seattle Thunderbirds Olaf Kolzig Tri-City Americans
Defense Steve Jaques Tri-City Americans Pat MacLeod Kamloops Blazers
Chad Biafore Portland Winter Hawks Geoff Smith Kamloops Blazers
Center Dennis Holland Portland Winter Hawks Stu Barnes Tri-City Americans
Left Wing Dave Chyzowski Kamloops Blazers Troy Mick Portland Winter Hawks
Right Wing Jackson Penney Victoria Cougars Pat Falloon Spokane Chiefs

References[]

Preceded by
1987–88 WHL season
WHL seasons Succeeded by
1989–90 WHL season
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