The Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the defenceman of the year in the Western Hockey League.

It is named after one of the league's founders, Bill Hunter, who was the driving force behind the creation of the WHL. Hunter served as the owner, general manager and head coach of the Edmonton Oil Kings, and was the first Chairman of the Board of the new league.

List of Winners[edit | edit source]

Season Player Team
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 (West) Glen Wesley Portland Winter Hawks
(East) Wayne McBean Medicine Hat Tigers
1985–861 (West) Glen Wesley Portland Winter Hawks
(East) Emanuel Viveiros Prince Albert Raiders
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 Jim 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
1The WHL handed out separate awards for the East and West divisions.

References[edit | edit source]

2006–07 WHL Guide, pg. 194

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