Canadian Major Junior Outline

The Western Hockey League is Major Junior hockey in Western Canada. The WHL is one of three leagues that constitute the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), as the highest level of junior hockey in Canada. The League winner moves on to play for the Memorial Cup.


In the fall of 1967, the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association agreed to allowed three teams to enter the Western Canada Junior Hockey League, front runner of the Western Hockey League, the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Flin Flon Bombers from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, and a new team, the Ben Hatskin's owned Winnipeg Jets. The League played under the jurisdiction of Saskatchewan and was sanctioned by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association.

During the 1968 offseason, the WCJHL & CAHA, disagreed on the number of overage juniors. Neither side budged, and for the next 3 seasons, the WCHL would be considered an outlaw league .

In 1978, the WCHL became the Western Hockey League.

Manitoba Teams:
Brandon Wheat Kings 1967-68 to Present
Winnipeg Warriors 1980-81 to 1983-84
Flin Flon Bombers 1967-68 to 1977-78
Winnipeg Monarchs 1967-68 to 1976-77
Winnipeg Jets 1967-68 to 1971-72
Winnipeg Clubs 1972-73 to 1975-76
Winnipeg Monarchs 1976-77
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