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This is the 2019-20 Western Hockey League season. This is the league's 54th 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.

Pausing of Season[edit | edit source]

The Canadian Hockey League and its' three member leagues announced the following on March 12th:

"The Canadian Hockey League and its three regional leagues, the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League, take the health and safety of our players, fans, volunteers, staff, and general public very seriously. CHL President Dan MacKenzie with Commissioners David Branch, Gilles Courteau, and Ron Robison have been monitoring the situation in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) including what local, provincial, and federal health agencies have recommended. Following consultation with medical professionals and meetings today among the CHL Executive Council, and regional league Board of Governors, the CHL announces that the balance of the 2019-20 season and all hockey activity shall be paused immediately until further notice."[1]

On March 18th the league would cancel the rest of the 2019-20 regular season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]


Cancelling of Ed Chynoweth playoffs and the Memorial Cup[edit | edit source]

The balance of play at the major junior level would be cancelled on March 23rd.[3] This would include the three CHL leagues playoffs and the 2020 Memorial Cup.

Membership changes[edit | edit source]

Teams[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

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
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
Swift Current Broncos Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada Credit Union iPlex 3,239
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
Winnipeg Ice Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Wayne Fleming Arena 1,400

Western Conference[edit | edit source]

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

Standings[edit | edit source]

Eastern Conference[edit | edit source]

Eastern Division[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Prince Albert Raiders 64 36 18 6 4 210 160 82
Winnipeg Ice 63 38 24 1 0 231 207 77
Brandon Wheat Kings 63 35 22 4 2 227 173 76

Central Division[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Edmonton Oil Kings 64 42 12 6 4 239 167 94
Medicine Hat Tigers 63 41 19 2 1 265 182 85
Lethbridge Hurricanes 63 37 19 2 5 249 193 81

Eastern Conference Wild Card[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Calgary Hitmen 64 35 24 4 1 219 201 75
Saskatoon Blades 63 34 24 2 3 211 197 73
Red Deer Rebels 63 24 33 3 3 181 250 54
Regina Pats 63 21 34 6 2 183 258 50
Moose Jaw Warriors 62 14 44 4 0 146 291 32
Swift Current Broncos 63 10 48 2 3 129 298 25

Western Conference[edit | edit source]

BC Division[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Kamloops Blazers 63 41 18 3 1 271 166 86
Victoria Royals 64 32 24 6 2 176 190 72
Vancouver Giants 62 32 24 4 2 189 166 70

US Division[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Portland Winterhawks 63 45 11 3 4 270 164 97
Everett Silvertips 63 46 13 3 1 228 142 96
Spokane Chiefs 64 41 18 4 1 258 179 87

Western Conference Wild Card[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Kelowna Rockets 63 29 28 3 3 181 208 64
Seattle Thunderbirds 63 24 32 4 3 175 240 55
Prince George Cougars 62 20 34 4 4 144 205 48
Tri-City Americans 63 17 40 4 2 157 302 40

2020 Ed Chynoweth Cup Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Format[edit | edit source]

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 (or runner up if the Kelowna Rockets win the championship) advances to the 2020 Memorial Cup being held at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia from May 22 to 31, 2020 hosted by the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League.

References[edit | edit source]

Western Hockey League
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