This is the 2019-20 Western States Hockey League season. This is the league's 26th season.
Cancelling the season[edit | edit source]
The league issued the following statement on March 12th:
"As of 10:00 pm Wednesday March 11, in follow-up to our initial decision based totally on player, staff, spectator, community safety, the WSHL Executive Committee with the approval of the Board of Governors meeting which has taken place at 11:00am Thursday March 12 has terminated the 2019-2020 season, including the league Championship Event – the Thorne Cup."
Membership Changes[edit | edit source]
The Cheyenne Stampede announced they would be sitting out the 2019-20 season as part of a lease dispute.
The Casper Bobcats ceased operations.
An expansion team was awarded to Barrhead, Alberta for the 2019-20 season to be based out of the Barrhead Agrena. The team is owned by the former owner of the Long Beach Bombers and the new team is named the Barrhead Bombers.
On June 13, 2019 it was announced that the Western Provinces Hockey Association teams that had been previously affiliated with the Western States Hockey League for the 2018-19 season would become affiliated with the GMHL and form the GMHL's Western Division. By early July the WSHL had two teams, the Edson Aeros and Meadow Lake Mustangs that had opted stay with the WSHL and announced the formation of new teams in Cold Lake (Cold Lake Hornets)  and Hinton, Alberta (Hinton Timberwolves), The previous teams in those towns, the Cold Lake Wings and Hinton Wildcats, apparently left a trail of unpaid bills prior to joining the Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League. 
On March 8th, due the the outbreak of COVID-19 in Washington state the Seattle Totems and Bellingham Blazers announced they would be cancelling the balance of the two teams games and would be vacating their playoff positions.
On April 17, 2020 the Anaheim Avalanche, Fresno Monsters, Las Vegas Thunderbirds, Northern Colorado Eagles, Pueblo Bulls, San Diego Sabers, Southern Oregon Spartans, and Utah Outliers were announced as joining the United States Premier Hockey League's Premier League for the 2020-21 season. On April 21st the Ogden Mustangs were announced as joining them. Both announcements indicated that more announcements on teams from the west coast would be coming shortly.
Teams[edit | edit source]
Standings[edit | edit source]
Midwest Division[edit | edit source]
|El Paso Rhinos||51||43||4||2||2||294||80||135|
|Northern Colorado Eagles||51||30||13||4||4||201||136||102|
|Oklahoma City Blazers||51||20||26||1||4||192||179||66|
|Wichita Jr. Thunder||51||6||40||3||2||113||397||26|
Note:Steamboat was removed from the league over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. League records credit them with one addition additional forfeit loss this is their actual playing record.
Western Division[edit | edit source]
|San Diego Sabers||51||31||18||1||1||180||145||96|
|Las Vegas Thunderbirds||51||26||22||2||1||194||146||83|
Northwest Division[edit | edit source]
|Southern Oregon Spartans||50||6||41||2||1||101||361||23|
|West Sound Admirals||19||0||19||0||0||34||169||0|
Note:West Sound was removed from the league over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Official league records add on six more forfeit losses. Above indicates their actual playing record
Provinces Division[edit | edit source]
|Cold Lake Wings||47||9||35||0||2||137||308||29|
|Meadow Lake Mustangs||28||8||19||0||0||92||196||24|
Note: Meadow Lake was removed from the league late in January They would be credited with one additional forfeit loss. This is their actual playing record.
Thorne Cup Playoffs[edit | edit source]
Playoffs Cancelled, along with balance of regular season on March 11th.
References[edit | edit source]
- Pueblo Bulls bringing junior hockey to Steel City. KOAA-TV (September 18, 2018).
- LAS VEGAS ADDS THUNDERBIRDS HOCKEY TEAM. WSHL (February 14, 2019).