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This is the 2017-18 Western States Hockey League season.  This is the league's 24th season.

Membership ChangesEdit

  • On May 24, 2017 the Butte Cobras, who's ownership transferred to the Butte Amateur Hockey Association back in April acquired the North American 3 Hockey League franchise rights to the Glacier Nationals and withdrew from the WSHL to join the NA3HL. They ended up folding in September 2017 due to a lack of players
  • The Tulsa Jr. Oilers ownership sold the team in the offseason. The new owners initially stated that the team would return, but they then decided to go dormant for the 2017-18 season.
  • The Las Vegas Storm were removed from the league website September 29th after being mentioned as having their season opener pushed back to October 12th in a posting on the league website previewing the weekend of September 29-October 1.  The team's website through the WSHL was also deactivated.  The team folded due to lack of players and team management worked with the league on getting their players on other teams in the league upon suspending operations.

TeamsEdit

Division Team City Arena Joined
Midwest
Dallas Snipers Euless, Texas Dr. Pepper StarCenter 2011
El Paso Rhinos El Paso, Texas Sierra Providence Event Center 2006
Oklahoma City Blazers Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Blazers Ice Centre 2014
Springfield Express Springfield, Missouri Mediacom Ice Park 2005
Wichita Jr. Thunder Wichita, Kansas Wichita Ice Center 2012
Mountain
Casper Coyotes Casper, Wyoming Casper Ice Arena 2014
Cheyenne Stampede Cheyenne, Wyoming Cheyenne Ice and Events Center 2004
Colorado Jr. Eagles Fort Collins, Colorado NoCo Ice Center 2013
Ogden Mustangs Ogden, Utah The Ice Sheet 2002
Superior RoughRiders Superior, Colorado Bouler Valley Ice at Superior 2007
Utah Outliers West Valley City, Utah Acord Ice Center 2011
Western
Fresno Monsters Fresno, California Gateway Ice Center 2009
Long Beach Bombers Lakewood, California Lakewood Ice 1994
Ontario Avalanche Ontario, California The Center Ice Arena 2012
Phoenix Knights Gilbert, Arizona AZ Ice Gilbert 1999
San Diego Sabers Escondido, California Iceoplex Escondido 2001
Valencia Flyers Valencia, California Ice Station Valencia 2001
Northwest Bellingham Blazers Bellingham, Washington Bellingham Sportsplex 2016
Idaho IceCats McCall, Idaho Manchester Ice & Event Centre 2009
Seattle Totems Mountlake Terrace, Washington Olympic View Arena 2012
Southern Oregon Spartans Medford, Oregon The RRRink 2012
Tahoe Icemen South Lake Tahoe, California South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena 2012
West Sound Warriors Bremerton, Washington Bremerton Ice Center 2015

Removed from league after schedule writtenEdit

Team City Arena Joined
Arizona Hawks Peoria, Arizona AZ Ice Peoria 2009
Kent Ravens Kent, Washington Kent Valley Ice Centre 2017
Las Vegas Storm Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas Ice Center 2014

StandingsEdit

Midwest DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
El Paso Rhinos 51 49 1 1 405 63 99
Oklahoma City Blazers 51 42 7 7 379 109 86
Springfield Express 51 29 16 6 334 194 64
Dallas Snipers 51 13 38 0 175 354 26
Wichita Jr. Thunder 51 3 48 0 70 546 6

Mountain DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Utah Outliers 51 39 11 1 290 100 79
Ogden Mustangs 51 38 12 1 353 133 77
Colorado Jr. Eagles 51 32 12 7 235 124 71
Superior Roughriders 51 25 25 1 213 211 51
Casper Coyotes 51 16 35 0 151 278 32
Cheyenne Stampede 50 2 48 0 64 463 4

Western DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Long Beach Bombers 51 36 11 4 263 158 76
Ontario Avalanche 51 33 15 3 227 177 69
Fresno Monsters 51 33 17 1 298 189 67
Valencia Flyers 51 25 22 4 242 215 54
Phoenix Knights 51 23 26 2 171 240 48
San Diego Sabers 51 5 42 4 112 312 14

Northwest DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Idaho IceCats 51 44 4 3 306 103 91
Tahoe Icemen 51 28 20 3 241 226 59
Bellingham Blazers 51 28 20 3 228 221 59
West Sound Warriors 51 21 29 1 210 254 43
Seattle Totems 51 13 32 6 159 321 32
Southern Oregon Spartans 51 12 38 1 147 253 25

Thorne Cup PlayoffsEdit

With the exception of the Midwest division where the top 4 teams qualified for the playoffs, six teams qualified for the playoffs in each division.

Division QuarterfinalsEdit

Mountain DivisionEdit

Western DivisionEdit

Northwest DivisionEdit

Division SemifinalsEdit

Midwest DivisionEdit

Mountain DivisionEdit

Western DivisionEdit

Northwest DivisionEdit

Division FinalsEdit

Midwest DivisionEdit

Mountain DivisionEdit

Western DivisionEdit

Northwest DivisionEdit

2018 Thorne Cup logo

Thorne CupEdit

The four division champions, a host team and the highest remaining seed in the division finals qualify for the Thorne Cup Finals; but based on the results division finals the Oklahoma City Blazers also qualify as Midwest Division runners-up or as the next highest seeded division final series loser.

Qualifying TeamsEdit

Schedule/ResultsEdit

April 11

April 12

April 13

Round Robin StandingsEdit

Flight "A"Edit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts Rank
Ogden Mustangs 3 3 0 0 13 5 6 1
Idaho IceCats 3 2 1 0 10 7 4 2
El Paso Rhinos 3 1 2 0 8 11 2 3

Flight "B"Edit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts Rank
Long Beach Bombers 3 1 2 0 7 10 2 4
Oklahoma City Blazers 3 1 2 0 7 12 2 5
Utah Outliers 3 1 2 0 9 9 2 6

SemifinalsEdit

April 14

FinalEdit

April 15

2018 WSHL champions El Paso Rhinos

2018 WSHL Thorne Cup champions El Paso Rhinos

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