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The Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy is presented annually to the Western Hockey League's defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. It is named after one of the league's founders, Bill Hunter, who was the driving force behind the creation of the Western Hockey League.

List of Winners[]

Season Player Team
2019-20 Ty Smith Spokane Chiefs
2018-19 Ty Smith Spokane Chiefs
2017-18 Kale Clague Moose Jaw Warriors
2016-17 Ethan Bear Seattle Thunderbirds
2015-16 Ivan Provorov Brandon Wheat Kings
2014-15 Shea Theodore Seattle Thunderbirds
2013-14 Derrick Pouliot Portland Winterhawks
2012-13 Brenden Kichton Spokane Chiefs
2011-12 Alex Petrovic Red Deer Rebels
2010-11 Stefan Elliott Saskatoon Blades
2009-10 Tyson Barrie Kelowna Rockets
2008-09 Jonathon Blum Vancouver Giants
2007-08 Karl Alzner Calgary Hitmen
2006-07 Kris Russell Medicine Hat Tigers
2005-06 Kris Russell Medicine Hat Tigers
2004-05 Dion Phaneuf Red Deer Rebels
2003-04 Dion Phaneuf Red Deer Rebels
2002-03 Jeff Woywitka Red Deer Rebels
2001-02 Dan Hamhuis Prince George Cougars
2000-01 Christian Chartier Prince George Cougars
1999-00 Micki Dupont Kamloops Blazers
1998-99 Brad Stuart Calgary Hitmen
1997-98 Michal Rozsival Swift Current Broncos
1996-97 Chris Phillips Lethbridge Hurricanes
1995-96 Nolan Baumgartner Kamloops Blazers
1994-95 Nolan Baumgartner Kamloops Blazers
1993-94 Brendan Witt Seattle Thunderbirds
1992-93 Jason Smith Regina Pats
1991-92 Richard Matvichuk Saskatoon Blades
1990-91 Darryl Sydor Kamloops Blazers
1989-90 Kevin Haller Regina Pats
1988-89 Dan Lambert Swift Current Broncos
1987-88 Greg Hawgood Kamloops Blazers
1986-871 East - Wayne McBean Medicine Hat Tigers
West - Glen Wesley Portland Winter Hawks
1985-861 East - Emanuel Viveiros Prince Albert Raiders
West - Glen Wesley Portland Winter Hawks
1984-85 Wendel Clark Saskatoon Blades
1983-84 Bob Rouse Lethbridge Broncos
1982-83 Gary Leeman Regina Pats
1981-82 Gary Nylund Portland Winter Hawks
1980-81 Jim Benning Portland Winter Hawks
1979-80 Dave Babych Portland Winter Hawks
1978-79 Keith Brown Portland Winter Hawks
1977-78 Brad McCrimmon Brandon Wheat Kings
1976-77 Barry Beck New Westminster Bruins
1975-76 Kevin McCarthy Winnipeg Clubs
1974-75 Rick Lapointe Victoria Cougars
1973-74 Pat Price Saskatoon Blades
1972-73 George Pesut Saskatoon Blades
1971-72 Jimmy Watson Calgary Centennials
1970-71 Ron Jones Edmonton Oil Kings
1969-70 Jim Hargreaves Winnipeg Jets
1968-69 Dale Hoganson Estevan Bruins
1967-68 Gerry Hart Flin Flon Bombers
1966-67 Barry Gibbs Estevan Bruins

CHL Defenceman of the Year winner highlighted in blue.
1The WHL handed out separate awards for the East and West Divisions.