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Great Players of the WHL


Intro:

I have based this on two sources, Icemen and the the 50th Anniversary Edition of the Hockey News. Although there are many more great players than I listed here, I feel this list is rather complete.


The All Time Best of the West

Source: The Hockey News

Best Player Guyle Fielder Seattle 51-73
Best Forward Guyle Fielder Seattle 51-73
Best Defenseman Connie Madigan Portland 58-74
Best Goalie Lucien Dechene New Westminster 48-61
Best Coach Hal Laycoe Portland 56-69
Best GM Bud Poile Edmonton 52-65

All Time WHL All-Star Team

Source: The Hockey News

Position First Team Second Team
Center Guyle Fielder Seattle 51-73 Art Jones Portland 57-74
Left Wing Gord Fashoway New Westminster 50-63 Lou Jankowski Calgary 52-69
Right Wing Jack McLeod Vancouver 52-60 Andy Hebenton Portland 50-74
Defense Connie Madigan Portland 58-74 Sandy Hucul Phoenix 60-72
Defense Fred Hucul Calgary 58-74 Gord Sinclair Seattle 54-70
Goalie Lucien Dechene New Westminster 48-61 Don Head Portland 60-72

A Brief Bio and Some Stats of the Greatest

Lucien Dechene (G)

Dechene played with distinction for five different Western League teams. He holds the WHL record for career shutouts with 46, led the Brandon Regals to the Patrick Cup in 1957, played 13 years in the league, and performed in 798 games. He was the league's leading goalie five times and was first all-star four times. He won the Most Valuable Prayer Award twice.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP   Min   GA  EN SO   GAA   W   L   T   Svs    Pct
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1948-49 New-Westminster Royals PCHL 70 0 229 0 2 3.27 0 0 0 1885 0.890
1949-50 Vancouver Canucks PCHL 69 0 258 0 4 3.74 0 0 0 1881 0.880
1956-57 Brandon Regals WHL 66 0 175 0 3 2.65 0 0 0 1892 0.920
1957-58 Saskatoon/St.-Paul Regals WHL 61 0 259 1 2 4.24 0 0 0 1976 0.880

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
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1945-46 Boston Olympics EHL 7 0 0 0 0
1948-49 New-Westminster Royals PCHL 70 0 0 0 2
1949-50 Vancouver Canucks PCHL 69 0 0 0 0
1950-51 New-Westminster Royals PCHL 70 0 0 0 0
1951-52 New-Westminster Royals PCHL 70 0 0 0 0
1952-53 New-Westminster Royals WHL 70 0 0 0 0
1953-54 New-Westminster Royals WHL 0 0 0 0 0
1953-54 Vancouver Canucks WHL 0 0 0 0 6
1954-55 New-Westminster Royals WHL 59 0 0 0 2
1955-56 Brandon Regals WHL 68 0 0 0 0
1956-57 Brandon Regals WHL 66 0 0 0 6
1957-58 Saskatoon/St.-Paul Regals WHL 61 0 1 1 2
1957-58 Cleveland Barons AHL 5 0 0 0 0
1958-59 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 56 0 0 0 0
1959-60 Calgary Stampeders WHL 28 0 0 0 0
1959-60 Quebec Aces AHL 10 0 0 0 0
1960-61 Calgary Stampeders WHL 41 0 0 0 0
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WHL TOTALS 14 seasons 728 0 1 0 18


Gord Fashoway

Grod Fashoway

Gord Fashoway is second only to Art Jones in career goals scored with 485 goals in 843 games. He had 359 assists for a total of 844 points in 843 games and scored 40 or more goals six times, an all-time WHL high. He led the league in goals twice and was voted the most gentlemanly player award in 1961. He had five all-star selections.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1946-47 Harringay Racers BNL 36 63 22 85 44
1947-48 New-Westminster Royals PCHL 60 47 36 83 50
1948-49 Kansas-City Pla-Mors USHL 64 13 22 35 42
1949-50 Kansas-City Mohawks USHL 66 52 32 84 71
1950-51 New-Westminster Royals PCHL 32 12 13 25 26
1950-51 Milwaukee Sea Gulls USHL 10 4 9 13 4
1950-51 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 13 3 2 5 14
1951-52 New-Westminster Royals PCHL 70 51 34 85 46
1952-53 New-Westminster Royals WHL 68 35 28 63 31
1953-54 New-Westminster Royals WHL 70 43 26 69 35
1954-55 New-Westminster Royals WHL 70 45 32 77 20
1955-56 New-Westminster Royals WHL 69 47 32 79 16
1956-57 New-Westminster Royals WHL 70 41 25 66 36
1957-58 New-Westminster Royals WHL 69 33 33 66 43
1958-59 New-Westminster Royals WHL 67 37 24 61 16
1959-60 Victoria Cougars WHL 70 34 33 67 12
1960-61 Portland Buckaroos WHL 66 42 32 74 8
1961-62 Portland Buckaroos WHL 60 29 27 56 14
1962-63 Portland Buckaroos WHL 61 36 20 56 8
1963-64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 1 0 0 0 0
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WHL TOTALS 14 Seasons 843 485 359 844 311

Guyle Fielder

He was still competing when the league folded. Fielder was the all-time point scoring leader for the Western League and all of professional hockey. He played over 1400 games in the Western League and had over 1800 points. He averaged an assist a game throughout his career. He was the most Valuable Player six times, won nine league scoring titles, had 12 all-star mentions, including eight on the first team and was the most gentlemanly player three times. He played for three Patrick Cup championships winners. He was truly Mr. WHL.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1950-51 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1951-52 New-Westminster Royals PCHL 57 25 50 75 10
1952-53 Edmonton Flyers WHL 3 0 1 1 0
1952-53 St.-Louis Flyers AHL 62 22 61 83 12
1953-54 Seattle Bombers WHL 68 24 64 88 20
1954-55 New-Westminster Royals WHL 70 20 67 87 37
1955-56 Seattle Americans WHL 70 18 61 79 42
1956-57 Seattle Americans WHL 69 33 89 122 30
1957-58 Seattle Totems WHL 62 26 85 111 22
1957-58 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 0 0 0 2
1958-59 Seattle Totems WHL 69 24 95 119 18
1959-60 Seattle Totems WHL 69 31 64 95 12
1960-61 Seattle Totems WHL 69 24 71 95 32
1961-62 Seattle Totems WHL 69 21 52 73 46
1962-63 Seattle Totems WHL 69 17 80 97 20
1963-64 Seattle Totems WHL 66 17 85 102 34
1964-65 Seattle Totems WHL 70 14 78 92 38
1965-66 Seattle Totems WHL 70 19 75 94 10
1966-67 Seattle Totems WHL 72 20 71 91 22
1967-68 Seattle Totems WHL 70 15 55 70 26
1968-69 Seattle Totems WHL 74 20 74 94 12
1969-70 Salt-Lake Golden Eagles WHL 55 8 58 66 20
1970-71 Salt-Lake Golden Eagles WHL 64 15 46 61 22
1971-72 Salt-Lake Golden Eagles WHL 30 5 22 27 4
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 40 9 40 49 10
1972-73 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 11 47 58 4
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WHL TOTALS 15 Years 1425 416 1430 1846 491


Don Head (G)

Head played for 11 seasons with Portland and Seattle and had a 2.87 career average for 407 games, the best in WHL history. He backboned three Patrick Cup winners. He was the league's leading goalie three times and was an all-star five times, including three first team selections. He had 25 shutouts and 363 penalty minutes, including a record 101 in one season. He was the Rookie of the Year in 1961.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP   Min   GA  EN SO   GAA   W   L   T   Svs    Pct
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1956-57 Windsor Bulldogs OHASr 50 0 144 0 6 2.88 0 0 0 0 0.000
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 44 0 120 3 3 2.73 0 0 0 0 0.000
1967-68 Seattle Totems WHL 0 2717 114 0 3 2.52 23 19 4 0 0.000
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0.000

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM
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1953-54 Stratford Indians OHASr 14 0 0 0 0
1954-55 Stratford Indians OHASr 14 0 0 0 0
1955-56 Stratford Indians OHASr 45 0 0 0 0
1956-57 Windsor Bulldogs OHASr 50 0 0 0 0
1960-61 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 0 0 0 101
1961-62 Portland Buckaroos WHL 5 0 0 0 2
1961-62 Boston Bruins NHL 38 0 0 0 14
1962-63 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 0 1 1 34
1963-64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 15 0 0 0 4
1964-65 Portland Buckaroos WHL 50 0 2 2 49
1965-66 Portland Buckaroos WHL 35 0 0 0 24
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 44 0 2 2 49
1967-68 Seattle Totems WHL 46 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Seattle Totems WHL 43 0 3 3 42
1969-70 Seattle Totems WHL 21 0 1 1 16
1970-71 Seattle Totems WHL 16 0 0 0 2
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 1 0 0 0 0
1974-75 Portland Buckaroos WIHL 0 0 0 0 0
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WHL Totals 12 Years 416 0 9 9 323

Andy Hebenton

Hebenton's amazing career spaned almost the entire history of the WHL. He broke in during the 1950-51 season with Victoria and was active until its final days. He played almost 1,000 games in the WHL and had over 850 points. He had four all-star selections, three first team, including one at left wing. He has won the most gentlemanly player award four times, three in succession from 1970-72. He also played 630 games in the National League.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1949-50 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 44 8 7 15 0
1950-51 Victoria Cougars PCHL 56 16 16 32 12
1951-52 Victoria Cougars PCHL 66 31 25 56 81
1952-53 Victoria Cougars WHL 70 27 24 51 46
1953-54 Victoria Cougars WHL 70 21 24 45 29
1954-55 Victoria Cougars WHL 70 46 34 80 20
1955-56 New-York Rangers NHL 70 24 14 38 8
1956-57 New-York Rangers NHL 70 21 23 44 10
1957-58 New-York Rangers NHL 70 21 24 45 17
1958-59 New-York Rangers NHL 70 33 29 62 8
1959-60 New-York Rangers NHL 70 19 27 46 4
1960-61 New-York Rangers NHL 70 26 28 54 10
1961-62 New-York Rangers NHL 70 18 24 42 10
1962-63 New-York Rangers NHL 70 15 22 37 8
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 70 12 11 23 8
1964-65 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 34 40 74 16
1965-66 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 72 31 45 76 12
1966-67 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 72 24 36 60 19
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 16 29 45 10
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 74 26 51 77 26
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 36 42 78 9
1970-71 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 29 52 81 10
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 30 34 64 12
1972-73 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 30 36 66 26
1973-74 Portland Buckaroos WHL 74 27 43 70 16
1974-75 Portland Buckaroos WIHL 0 4 11 15 0
1974-75 Seattle Totems CHL 4 0 0 0 0
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WHL Totals 15 years 1052 424 531 955 344

Fred Hucul

The elder of the two Hucul brothers on the all-time all-star team. He played at Calgary, Victoria and Denver. He holds the league record for career goals by a defenseman (151) and unassisted goals in one game (3). He was a first all-star six times and made the second team twice. He played 711 games and scored 576 points, second only to Gordon Sinclair among WHL defensemen.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1950-51 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 1 0 1 2
1951-52 St.-Louis Flyers AHL 9 2 3 5 8
1951-52 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 34 3 7 10 37
1952-53 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 5 7 12 25
1953-54 Quebec Aces QHL 13 4 6 10 26
1953-54 Calgary Stampeders WHL 15 7 4 11 12
1953-54 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 27 0 3 3 19
1954-55 Calgary Stampeders WHL 51 12 23 35 59
1955-56 Calgary Stampeders WHL 70 21 38 59 85
1956-57 Buffalo Bisons AHL 9 0 6 6 11
1957-58 Calgary Stampeders WHL 61 18 40 58 51
1958-59 Calgary Stampeders WHL 64 7 36 43 61
1959-60 Calgary Stampeders WHL 66 7 46 53 32
1960-61 Calgary Stampeders WHL 67 9 42 51 55
1961-62 Calgary Stampeders WHL 53 19 37 56 42
1962-63 Calgary Stampeders WHL 70 16 41 57 56
1963-64 Denver Invaders WHL 69 8 49 57 58
1964-65 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 51 8 20 28 67
1965-66 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 61 16 43 59 56
1965-66 Tulsa Oilers CPHL 7 1 0 1 4
1966-67 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 13 3 6 9 12
1967-68 St.-Louis Blues NHL 43 2 13 15 30
1968-69 Kansas-City Blues CHL 2 0 1 1 0
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WHL Totals 10 years 575 111 360 471 490


Alex "Sandy" Hucul

Sandy is second only to Fielder in games played (1119). Hucul was one of the league's ruggedest and most consistent defensemen. He played with Calgary, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Spokane, Victoria, Denver and Phoenix. He was the league's outstanding defenseman twice and had six all-star team berths, three on the first team. He and his brother, Fred, played together on the 1966 Patrick Cup championship team at Victoria.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1954-55 Calgary Stampeders WHL 49 3 8 11 33
1955-56 Calgary Stampeders WHL 70 5 20 25 110
1956-57 Calgary Stampeders WHL 36 3 14 17 58
1956-57 Buffalo Bisons AHL 28 2 4 6 47
1957-58 Calgary Stampeders WHL 62 4 21 25 100
1958-59 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 63 4 16 20 41
1959-60 Vancouver Canucks WHL 67 6 20 26 62
1960-61 Spokane Comets WHL 62 6 24 30 83
1961-62 Spokane Comets WHL 61 6 21 27 100
1962-63 Spokane Comets WHL 68 7 24 31 85
1963-64 Denver Invaders WHL 66 7 23 30 85
1964-65 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 70 4 26 30 106
1965-66 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 68 5 22 27 92
1966-67 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 69 1 27 28 87
1967-68 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 71 6 26 32 67
1968-69 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 49 2 17 19 46
1969-70 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 63 8 21 29 38
1970-71 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 56 3 17 20 46
1971-72 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 69 5 23 28 91
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WHL Totals 18 years 1119 85 370 455 1330

Lou Jankowski

Jankowski is the league record holder for goals in one season with 57. He scored in 1960-61 with Calgary. He teamed with Norm Johnson and Ron Leopold to set a point mark for a line. He scored 367 goals and had 364 assists for 731 points in 698 games. He had five all-star mentions, four first team. He led the league in goals four times, three times in a row from 1959-61. He was the league's Most Valuabe Player in 1961 and won the most gentlemanly player award once.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1950-51 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 1 1 0
1951-52 Indianapolis Capitals AHL 51 18 18 36 13
1952-53 Edmonton Flyers WHL 10 3 1 4 0
1952-53 St.-Louis Flyers AHL 37 14 19 33 4
1952-53 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 1 2 3 0
1953-54 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 68 15 13 28 7
1954-55 Buffalo Bisons AHL 11 8 8 16 2
1954-55 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 39 3 2 5 8
1955-56 Buffalo Bisons AHL 62 14 20 34 8
1956-57 Buffalo Bisons AHL 64 13 24 37 17
1957-58 Buffalo Bisons AHL 59 21 25 46 0
1958-59 Calgary Stampeders WHL 54 45 47 92 13
1959-60 Calgary Stampeders WHL 70 42 42 84 9
1960-61 Calgary Stampeders WHL 69 57 42 99 7
1961-62 Calgary Stampeders WHL 64 44 40 84 13
1962-63 Calgary Stampeders WHL 67 24 26 50 4
1963-64 Denver Invaders WHL 69 41 44 85 10
1964-65 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 69 30 27 57 16
1965-66 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 68 32 32 64 10
1966-67 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 67 22 37 59 4
1967-68 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 72 25 23 48 6
1968-69 Denver Spurs WHL 19 2 3 5 0
1968-69 Amarillo Wranglers CHL 46 14 11 25 2
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WHL Totals 12 Years 698 367 364 731 92

Norm Johnson

Underrated, Johnson was one of the WHLs most consistent scorers. He scored 1,082 points in 943 games on 391 goals and 691 assists. He had four all-star mentions, including two first team spots. He finished in the top 10 scorers for eight straight years from 1964-71. He centered the line that holds the league record for points by a line (278). He played for two Patrick Cup winners and lead the league in assists in 1962.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1954-55 Fort-Wayne Komets IHL 22 7 8 15 17
1955-56 Brandon Regals WHL 69 15 22 37 53
1956-57 Brandon Regals WHL 70 32 46 78 75
1957-58 Springfield Indians AHL 52 8 33 41 46
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 15 2 3 5 8
1958-59 Rochester Americans AHL 14 3 4 7 8
1958-59 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 1 0 1 8
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 39 2 17 19 25
1959-60 Calgary Stampeders WHL 45 20 40 60 32
1959-60 Buffalo Bisons AHL 23 5 12 17 10
1960-61 Calgary Stampeders WHL 58 23 64 87 19
1961-62 Calgary Stampeders WHL 69 29 64 93 25
1962-63 Calgary Stampeders WHL 69 22 43 65 27
1963-64 Los-Angeles Blades WHL 70 33 53 86 38
1963-64 St.-Paul Rangers CPHL 1 0 1 1 2
1964-65 Los-Angeles Blades WHL 69 26 55 81 39
1965-66 Los-Angeles Blades WHL 71 23 54 77 34
1966-67 Los-Angeles Blades WHL 67 31 46 77 20
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 23 40 63 24
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 71 43 47 90 40
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 71 34 62 96 34
1970-71 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 37 55 92 86
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WHL Totals 14 years 943 391 691 1082 546



Art Jones

Jones was still active when the league folded and was still one of the best. He's the league's all-time goalscoring leader with over 550 goals. He holds records for points in one season (127) and consecutive games scoring points (27). He was Most Valuable Player twice, has six scoring titles, with five in a row from 1968 through 1972. He had eight all-star team mentions, four on the first team.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1957-58 New-Westminster Royals WHL 69 29 37 66 26
1958-59 New-Westminster Royals WHL 60 22 52 74 34
1959-60 Victoria Cougars WHL 70 35 44 79 30
1960-61 Portland Buckaroos WHL 69 36 64 100 22
1961-62 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 38 48 86 12
1962-63 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 25 48 73 18
1963-64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 67 36 51 87 10
1964-65 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 34 56 90 32
1965-66 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 35 67 102 40
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 65 38 51 89 26
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 34 53 87 34
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 74 38 76 114 29
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 71 43 84 127 16
1970-71 Portland Buckaroos WHL 71 44 70 114 43
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 38 86 124 34
1972-73 Portland Buckaroos WHL 66 34 55 89 42
1973-74 Portland Buckaroos WHL 74 19 56 75 28
1974-75 Portland Buckaroos WIHL 0 7 18 25 18
1974-75 Seattle Totems CHL 16 4 9 13 6
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WHL Totals 17 Years 1176 578 998 1576 476

Hal Laycoe (Coach)

An adversary of Poile's in the Western League, Laycoe later worked with him in Vancouver. He coached at New Westminster, Victoria, Portland and Vancouver. In nine years at Portland, he finished first seven times and second twice, an amazing record. Laycoe coached three teams to Patrick Cup championships, two at Portland and one at Vancouver. He also coached the National League Los Angeles Kings.

Player Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1945-46 New-York Rovers EHL 35 7 22 29 25
1945-46 New-York Rangers NHL 17 0 2 2 6
1946-47 New-York Rangers NHL 58 1 12 13 25
1947-48 Buffalo Bisons AHL 45 8 25 33 36
1947-48 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 1 2 3 4
1948-49 Buffalo Bisons AHL 10 4 1 5 10
1948-49 Montreal Canadiens NHL 51 3 5 8 31
1949-50 Montreal Canadiens NHL 30 0 2 2 21
1950-51 Montreal Canadiens NHL 38 0 2 2 25
1950-51 Boston Bruins NHL 6 1 1 2 4
1951-52 Boston Bruins NHL 70 5 7 12 61
1952-53 Boston Bruins NHL 54 2 10 12 36
1953-54 Boston Bruins NHL 58 3 16 19 29
1954-55 Boston Bruins NHL 70 4 13 17 34
1955-56 Boston Bruins NHL 65 5 5 10 16
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WHL Totals 0 years

Bill MacFarland

MacFarland went the full cycle, player, coach, general manager and then league president. He played 696 WHL games, scoring 315 goals and 377 assists for 692 points. In 68 playoff games, he had 68 points on 25 goals and 43 assists. He led the league in goals in 1962 with 46, and was the league's Most Valuable Player that season. He had four all-star selections.

Player Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1954-55 U. of Michigan NCAA 0 0 0 0 0
1955-56 U. of Michigan NCAA 0 0 0 0 0
1956-57 Edmonton Flyers WHL 70 16 33 49 39
1957-58 Seattle Totems WHL 70 31 28 59 57
1958-59 Seattle Totems WHL 68 35 40 75 43
1959-60 Seattle Totems WHL 70 35 51 86 36
1960-61 Seattle Totems WHL 70 40 55 95 24
1961-62 Seattle Totems WHL 70 46 35 81 60
1962-63 Seattle Totems WHL 66 26 32 58 40
1963-64 Seattle Totems WHL 69 34 37 71 25
1964-65 Seattle Totems WHL 70 21 31 52 33
1965-66 Seattle Totems WHL 72 31 35 66 22
1966-67 Seattle Totems WHL 1 0 0 0 0
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WHL Totals 11 Years 696 315 377 692 379

Connie Madigan

He was still active when the league folded. Connie was one of the great leaders among defensemen, rough and rugged. He was also a fine offensive performer. He was the league's all-time penalty leader and also held the record for assists in one season by a defenseman (59). He had seven all-star mentions, including four first team spots. He held the league record for penalty minutes in one game (37) and won the outstanding defenseman award in 1966.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1958-59 Spokane Flyers WHL 3 1 1 2 2
1959-60 Fort-Wayne Komets IHL 66 7 50 57 272
1960-61 Fort-Wayne Komets IHL 57 9 28 37 231
1960-61 Cleveland Barons AHL 8 0 2 2 13
1961-62 Fort-Wayne Komets IHL 2 0 0 0 9
1961-62 Spokane Comets WHL 63 9 28 37 171
1962-63 Spokane Comets WHL 48 7 15 22 115
1963-64 Denver Invaders WHL 0 0 0 0 0
1963-64 Los-Angeles Blades WHL 0 10 27 37 120
1964-65 Portland Buckaroos WHL 60 11 20 31 158
1964-65 Providence Reds AHL 10 1 2 3 34
1965-66 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 13 31 44 159
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 9 42 51 147
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 59 7 25 32 105
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 71 3 25 28 175
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 60 5 28 33 101
1969-70 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 10 1 4 5 26
1970-71 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 8 59 67 175
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 61 8 48 56 170
1972-73 Portland Buckaroos WHL 42 3 26 29 146
1972-73 St.-Louis Blues NHL 20 0 3 3 25
1973-74 Portland Buckaroos WHL 16 0 12 12 14
1973-74 San-Diego Gulls WHL 39 3 19 22 88
1974-75 Portland Buckaroos WIHL 0 2 11 13 20
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WHL Totals 14 years 738 97 406 503 1846

Phil Maloney (C)

A great WHL center, Maloney scored 923 points in 818 games. He was the league's Most Valuable Player twice. He led the league in scoring once, had five all-star team mentions, and won the most gentlemanly player award three times. He was co-holder of league records for points (8) and assists (6) in one game. He played on two Patrick Cup winners and also on Stanley Cup winner in Chicago.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1948-49 Hershey Bears AHL 64 29 50 79 21
1949-50 Boston Bruins NHL 70 15 31 46 6
1950-51 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 54 13 23 36 14
1950-51 Boston Bruins NHL 13 2 0 2 2
1950-51 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 1 0 1 0
1951-52 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 66 19 37 56 25
1952-53 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 28 8 22 30 22
1952-53 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 29 2 6 8 2
1953-54 Ottawa Senators QHL 27 9 13 22 37
1953-54 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 35 7 11 18 20
1954-55 Ottawa Senators QHL 25 8 14 22 7
1954-55 Vancouver Canucks WHL 37 16 27 43 9
1955-56 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 37 58 95 14
1956-57 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 43 55 98 8
1957-58 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 35 59 94 0
1958-59 Vancouver Canucks WHL 13 8 9 17 2
1958-59 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 24 2 2 4 6
1959-60 Buffalo Bisons AHL 46 21 41 62 14
1959-60 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 21 6 4 10 0
1960-61 Buffalo Bisons AHL 71 37 65 102 27
1961-62 Vancouver Canucks WHL 70 34 52 86 2
1962-63 Vancouver Canucks WHL 64 29 61 90 8
1963-64 Vancouver Canucks WHL 65 28 53 81 38
1964-65 Vancouver Canucks WHL 69 29 52 81 18
1965-66 Vancouver Canucks WHL 65 22 51 73 16
1966-67 Vancouver Canucks WHL 72 17 49 66 42
1967-68 Vancouver Canucks WHL 72 22 46 68 6
1968-69 Vancouver Canucks WHL 65 4 24 28 19
1969-70 Vancouver Canucks WHL 16 2 1 3 0
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WHL Totals 14 years 818 326 597 923 182


Jack McLeod

McLeod was an all-star for seven straight years in the WHL, from 1952 through 1959, gaining three first team and four second team berths. He played 428 games and scored 511 points on 246 goals and 265 assists. He was co-holder of the league record for points in a game (8) and helds the career hat trick record with 15. He also held the record for most times two goals in consecutive games (9) .

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1949-50 New-York Rangers NHL 38 6 9 15 2
1950-51 New-York Rangers NHL 41 5 10 15 2
1951-52 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 49 14 18 32 38
1951-52 New-York Rangers NHL 13 2 3 5 2
1952-53 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 55 30 47 77 28
1952-53 New-York Rangers NHL 3 0 0 0 2
1953-54 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 69 33 38 71 46
1954-55 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 0 0 0 0 0
1954-55 Vancouver Canucks WHL 0 20 31 51 44
1954-55 New-York Rangers NHL 11 1 1 2 2
1955-56 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 70 34 49 83 97
1956-57 Vancouver Canucks WHL 41 30 19 49 30
1957-58 Vancouver Canucks WHL 68 44 27 71 45
1958-59 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 63 27 26 53 44
1959-60 Calgary Stampeders WHL 62 28 28 56 50
1960-61 Trail Smoke Eaters WIHL 0 0 0 0 0
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WHL Totals 8 years 428 246 265 511 384


Tom McVie

A popular performer in the Western League, McVie played 857 games, scoring 763 points with 362 goals and 401 assists. He was one of the co-holders of the league record for goals in one game (5). He played on Patrick Cup winners in Seattle and Portland and had three all-star selections, two of them first team. He scored nine game-winning goal his rookie year to lead the league.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1956-57 Toledo Mercurys IHL 60 17 26 43 43
1957-58 Toledo Mercurys IHL 64 34 31 65 31
1957-58 Seattle Totems WHL 3 0 2 2 0
1958-59 Seattle Totems WHL 50 26 23 49 43
1959-60 Seattle Totems WHL 70 27 44 71 34
1960-61 Seattle Totems WHL 70 33 32 65 79
1961-62 Portland Buckaroos WHL 67 45 40 85 80
1962-63 Portland Buckaroos WHL 68 37 35 72 65
1963-64 Portland Buckaroos WHL 69 36 38 74 26
1964-65 Portland Buckaroos WHL 70 37 29 66 59
1965-66 Portland Buckaroos WHL 35 13 10 23 21
1966-67 Los-Angeles Blades WHL 70 24 30 54 48
1967-68 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 71 29 31 60 34
1968-69 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 73 25 31 56 28
1969-70 Seattle Totems WHL 73 19 33 52 63
1970-71 Seattle Totems WHL 58 10 21 31 60
1971-72 Fort-Wayne Komets IHL 50 21 35 56 28
1971-72 Seattle Totems WHL 10 1 2 3 12
1972-73 Johnstown Jets EHL 30 13 12 25 64
1972-73 Portland Buckaroos WHL 1 0 1 1 0
1973-74 Dayton Gems IHL 10 0 1 1 4
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WHL Totals 16 years 858 362 402 764 652

Arthur "Art" Michaluk

Michaluk was voted to the league's all-star team for five straight seasons from 1953 through 1957, three times to the first team and twice to the second. He played all five years with the Calgary Stampeders. He scored 148 points in 330 career games and added 24 points in 57 playoff games. He played on Calgary's 1954 Patrick Cup champions.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1947-48 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 0 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Providence Reds AHL 0 6 10 16 32
1947-48 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 5 0 0 0 0
1948-49 Providence Reds AHL 65 4 17 21 55
1949-50 Providence Reds AHL 67 7 20 27 32
1950-51 Providence Reds AHL 70 13 21 34 34
1951-52 Providence Reds AHL 62 3 15 18 41
1952-53 Calgary Stampeders WHL 70 10 26 36 22
1953-54 Calgary Stampeders WHL 68 7 26 33 20
1954-55 Calgary Stampeders WHL 70 8 22 30 24
1955-56 Calgary Stampeders WHL 54 3 14 17 28
1956-57 Calgary Stampeders WHL 51 2 12 14 15
1957-58 Calgary Stampeders WHL 17 3 15 18 2
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WHL Totals 6 years 330 33 115 148 111

Norman (Bud) Poile

Poile has coached four Patrick Cup winning teams, two at Edmonton and two at San Francisco. He coached at Edmonton for eight full seasons and part of a ninth, and won two league titles. He coached at San Francisco for two full seasons and parts of others. He went to the Philadelphia Flyers of the NationalLeague and then to the Vancouver Canucks.

Player Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1942-43 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 16 19 35 24
1943-44 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 11 6 8 14 9
1945-46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 1 8 9 0
1946-47 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 19 17 36 19
1947-48 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 4 2 0 2 3
1947-48 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 54 23 29 52 14
1948-49 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 4 0 0 0 2
1948-49 Detroit Red Wings NHL 56 21 21 42 6
1949-50 New-York Rangers NHL 28 3 6 9 8
1949-50 Boston Bruins NHL 38 16 14 30 6
1950-51 Tulsa Oilers USHL 60 15 38 53 48
1951-52 Glace-Bay Miners MMHL 84 33 60 93 69
1952-53 Edmonton Flyers WHL 70 20 29 49 62
1953-54 Edmonton Flyers WHL 49 12 39 51 34
1954-55 Edmonton Flyers WHL 3 1 2 3 0
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WHL Totals 3 years 122 33 70 103 96

Babe Pratt (D and Coach)

One of the National League's great defensemen, Pratt finished out his career at New Westminster as player and coach. He won the league's Most Valuable Player award in both 1949 and 1950. He was first all-star three straight years from 1949-51. He scored 164 points in 250 games and coached and led New Westminster to the Patrick Cup title in 1950. His son, Tracy, also played in the Western League.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1935-36 Philadelphia Ramblers CAHL 0 7 8 15 48
1935-36 New-York Rangers NHL 17 1 1 2 16
1936-37 New-York Rangers NHL 47 8 7 15 23
1937-38 New-York Rangers NHL 47 5 14 19 56
1938-39 New-York Rangers NHL 48 2 19 21 20
1939-40 New-York Rangers NHL 48 4 13 17 61
1940-41 New-York Rangers NHL 47 3 17 20 52
1941-42 New-York Rangers NHL 47 4 24 28 65
1942-43 New-York Rangers NHL 4 0 2 2 6
1942-43 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 12 25 37 44
1943-44 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 17 40 57 30
1944-45 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 18 23 41 39
1945-46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 5 20 25 36
1946-47 Hershey Bears AHL 21 5 10 15 23
1946-47 Boston Bruins NHL 31 4 4 8 25
1947-48 Cleveland Barons AHL 0 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Hershey Bears AHL 0 3 18 21 47
1948-49 New-Westminster Royals PCHL 63 18 48 66 64
1949-50 New-Westminster Royals PCHL 59 8 29 37 56
1950-51 New-Westminster Royals PCHL 65 8 15 23 54
1951-52 Tacoma Rockets PCHL 63 7 31 38 20
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WHL Totals 4 years 250 41 123 164 194

Gord Sinclair (D)

Gordon Sinclair is the all-time scoring leader among WHL defensemen with 614 points in 1054 games. He is also the career assist leader with 473. Small of stature, he weighed only 155 pounds. He was named to five first all-star teams and three second teams. He was a clever passer and excellent power play engineer. He played at New Westminster, Seattle and San Diego.

Stats

Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM
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1954-55 New-Westminster Royals WHL 59 5 12 17 34
1955-56 Seattle Americans WHL 70 13 12 25 83
1956-57 Seattle Americans WHL 70 14 34 48 66
1957-58 Seattle Totems WHL 70 11 32 43 78
1958-59 Seattle Totems WHL 69 14 31 45 80
1959-60 Seattle Totems WHL 67 6 33 39 34
1960-61 Seattle Totems WHL 62 6 31 37 26
1961-62 Seattle Totems WHL 70 10 38 48 48
1962-63 Seattle Totems WHL 70 10 43 53 44
1963-64 Seattle Totems WHL 69 14 42 56 62
1964-65 Seattle Totems WHL 61 9 26 35 52
1965-66 Seattle Totems WHL 66 7 36 43 42
1966-67 San-Diego Gulls WHL 69 4 29 33 44
1967-68 San-Diego Gulls WHL 72 10 33 43 22
1968-69 San-Diego Gulls WHL 74 5 34 39 32
1969-70 San-Diego Gulls WHL 36 3 7 10 10
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WHL Totals 16 years 1054 141 473 614 757

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