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Western Hockey League
This is the 2018-19 Western Hockey League season. This is the league's 53rd season dating back to its' founding as the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League in 1966 and subsequent renaming to the Western Canada Hockey League in 1968 and to the present name in 1978.

Membership changesEdit

TeamsEdit

Eastern Conference Edit

Division Team City Arena Capacity
Central Calgary Hitmen Calgary, Alberta, Canada Scotiabank Saddledome

Stampede Corral (some playoff games)

19,289

6,450

Edmonton Oil Kings Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Rogers Place 18,641
Kootenay Ice Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada Western Financial Place 4,654
Lethbridge Hurricanes Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada ENMAX Centre 5,479
Medicine Hat Tigers Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada Canalta Centre 5,500 (expandable to 6,500)
Red Deer Rebels Red Deer, Alberta, Canada ENMAX Centrium 6,000
East Brandon Wheat Kings Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Keystone Centre 5,102
Moose Jaw Warriors Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada Mosaic Place 4,714
Prince Albert Raiders Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada Art Hauser Centre 3,366
Regina Pats Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Brandt Centre 6,200
Saskatoon Blades Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada SaskTel Centre 15,195
Swift Current Broncos Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada Credit Union iPlex 3,239

Western Conference Edit

Division Team City Arena Capacity
B.C. Kamloops Blazers Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada Sandman Centre 5,464
Kelowna Rockets Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada Prospera Place 6,286
Prince George Cougars Prince George, British Columbia, Canada CN Centre 5,971
Vancouver Giants Langley, British Columbia, Canada Langley Event Center 5,276
Victoria Royals Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre 7,006
U.S. Everett Silvertips Everett, Washington, United States Angel of the Winds Arena 8,149
Portland Winterhawks Portland, Oregon, United States Memorial Coliseum
Moda Center
10,407
18,280
Seattle Thunderbirds Kent, Washington, United States ShoWare Center 6,500
Spokane Chiefs Spokane, Washington, United States Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 10,759
Tri-City Americans Kennewick, Washington, United States Toyota Center 6,000

StandingsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Eastern DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Prince Albert Raiders 68 54 10 2 2 307 156 112
Saskatoon Blades 68 45 15 8 0 259 190 98
Moose Jaw Warriors 68 40 20 6 2 234 192 88

Central DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Edmonton Oil Kings 68 42 18 4 4 259 196 92
Lethbridge Hurricanes 68 40 18 5 5 268 234 90
Calgary Hitmen 68 36 26 5 1 255 240 78

Eastern Conference Wild CardEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Medicine Hat Tigers 68 35 27 4 2 217 222 76
Red Deer Rebels 68 33 29 4 2 223 225 72
Brandon Wheat Kings 68 31 29 4 4 230 243 70
Regina Pats 68 19 45 1 3 173 271 42
Kootenay Ice 68 13 45 7 3 181 324 36
Swift Current Broncos 68 11 51 4 2 135 301 28

Western ConferenceEdit

BC DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Vancouver Giants 68 48 15 3 2 228 162 101
Victoria Royals 68 34 30 2 2 199 227 72
Kamloops Blazers 68 28 32 6 2 196 212 64

US DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Everett Silvertips 68 47 16 2 3 223 130 99
Spokane Chiefs 68 40 21 2 5 267 222 87
Portland Winterhawks 68 40 22 2 3 258 210 86

Western Conference Wild CardEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Tri-City Americans 68 34 28 5 1 214 230 74
Seattle Thunderbirds 68 31 29 6 2 231 245 70
Kelowna Rockets 68 28 32 6 2 169 209 64
Prince George Cougars 68 19 41 5 3 152 237 46

2018 Ed Chynoweth Cup PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

The league is divided up into 2 conferences with 2 divisions each. The Eastern Conference is made up of the 6-team East Division and the 6-team Central Division while the Western Conference is made up of the 5-team BC and 5-team US Divisions. The league presently uses the same format as the NHL does with the top 3 teams in each division qualifying for the playoffs and the next two best records in the conference qualifying as the 7 and 8 seeds and joining the playoffs for the division they start the playoffs in.

The winner of the Chynoweth Cup advances to the 2019 Memorial Cup, which is being held at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and hosted by the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

BracketEdit

  Conference Quarter-finals Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals WHL Championship
                                     
E1  Prince Albert 4  
W2  Red Deer 0  
  E1  Prince Albert 4  
  E2  Saskatoon 2  
E2  Saskatoon 4
E3  Moose Jaw 0  
  E1  Prince Albert 3  
Eastern
  C1  Edmonton 2  
C1  Edmonton 4  
W1  Medicine Hat 2  
  C1  Edmonton 4
  C3  Calgary 0  
C2  Lethbridge 3
C3  Calgary 4  
  E1  Prince Albert 4
  B1  Vancouver 3
U1  Everett 4  
W1  Tri-City 1  
  U1  Everett 1
  U2  Spokane 4  
U2  Spokane 4
U3  Portland 1  
  B1  Vancouver 4
Western
  U2  Spokane 1  
B1  Vancouver 4  
W2  Seattle 2  
  B1  Vancouver 4
  B2  Victoria 0  
B2  Victoria 4
B3  Kamloops 2  

Western Conference Tie-BreakerEdit

Due to the Kamloops Blazers and Kelowna Rockets finishing with identical records they would play on one game tie-breaker.

Eastern Division SemifinalsEdit

Central Division SemifinalsEdit

Due to the 2019 Men's World Curling championships being held at the ENMAX Centre, the Lethbridge Hurricanes were forced to move game 7 of the series to the Nicholas Sheran Arena in Lethbridge which was played April 2nd.

BC Division SemifinalsEdit

US Division SemifinalsEdit

Eastern Division FinalEdit

Central Division FinalEdit

BC Division FinalEdit

US Division FinalEdit

Eastern Conference FinalEdit

Western Conference FinalEdit

Ed Chynoweth Cup FinalEdit

The Prince Albert Raiders advance to the 2019 Memorial Cup. Ian Scott was named Chynoweth Cup Most Valuable Player.

2019 WHL champions Prince Albert Raiders

2019 WHL champions Prince Albert Raiders

ReferencesEdit

Western Hockey League
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