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This is the 2020-21 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.

Return to Play[edit | edit source]

On June 17, 2020 following the league's annual general meeting the following was release: The WHL has targeted a start date of Friday, October 2 for the 2020-21 WHL Regular Season, but this date remains contingent on receiving the necessary approvals from government and health authorities in each of the six jurisdictions in WHL territory. The WHL is committed to protecting the integrity of the WHL Regular Season schedule, and fully intends to complete a full 68-game schedule for 2020-21, regardless of when the season begins.

The WHL is also working with government and health authorities in each jurisdiction on the level of spectator capacities that will be permitted in each WHL Club arena facility. The WHL is a spectator-driven league and the welcoming back of WHL fans is vital to a successful return to hockey for all 22 WHL member Clubs.[1]

On October 14, 2020 the league announced that it scheduling a strictly divisional schedule that would begin on January 8, 2021.[2] Also as part of the reorganization of scheduling the Swift Current Broncos are moved from the Central Division to the Eastern Division so that the Eastern Division is teams from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the Central Division is all Alberta teams, and the Western Conference is unchanged with the BC and US Divisions.[3]

The league would finally begin play on February 26th. The schedule is tentatively scheduled to end on May 12th. Each team is scheduled to play 24 games.

On April 26th the province of Manitoba announced restrictions on indoor social gatherings and limiting outdoor gatherings to 10 starting on April 27th, this should not cause any complications with the leagues schedule as the Manitoba based teams are playing in a bubble envioronment in Regina, Saskatchewan along with the other East Division teams.[4]

Cancellation of Playoffs[edit | edit source]

On April 20th the league would announce that the season would conclude with the completion of the 24 game per team schedule on May 12th. The league cited logistical challenges involving travel across so many jurisdictions as the main reason for the cancellation of the playoffs.[5]

Membership changes[edit | edit source]

  • None

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 Westerner Park Centrium 6,000
East (Hub Centre) 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
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 (Hub Centre)[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts %
Brandon Wheat Kings 24 18 4 2 0 104 61 38 .792
Winnipeg Ice 24 18 5 1 0 100 70 37 .771
Saskatoon Blades 24 16 5 2 1 80 62 35 .729
Prince Albert Raiders 24 9 11 3 1 70 81 22 .458
Regina Pats 24 9 12 2 1 76 96 21 .438
Moose Jaw Warriors 24 8 13 3 0 71 95 19 .396
Swift Current Broncos 24 6 16 2 0 72 108 14 .292

Central Division[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts %
Edmonton Oil Kings 23 20 2 0 1 104 41 41 .891
Medicine Hat Tigers 23 14 8 0 1 87 69 29 .630
Calgary Hitmen 21 10 8 3 0 72 79 23 .548
Lethbridge Hurricanes 24 9 12 3 0 81 108 21 .438
Red Deer Rebels 23 4 15 4 0 59 106 12 .261

Western Conference[edit | edit source]

BC Division[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts %
Kamloops Blazers 22 18 4 0 0 87 51 36 .818
Kelowna Rockets 16 10 5 1 0 58 53 21 .656
Vancouver Giants 22 12 10 0 0 71 59 24 .545
Prince George Cougars 22 9 10 2 1 57 62 21 .477
Victoria Royals 22 3 17 1 1 48 96 8 .182

US Division[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts %
Everett Silvertips 23 19 4 0 0 91 45 38 .826
Portland Winterhawks 24 13 8 3 0 96 72 29 .604
Seattle Thunderbirds 23 10 12 0 1 67 82 21 .457
Spokane Chiefs 21 6 10 4 1 55 79 17 .405
Tri-City Americans 19 7 12 0 0 47 78 14 .368

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Cancelled due to logistical issues with the number of jurisdictions involved.[6]

References[edit | edit source]

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