The Unofficial Old
Western Hockey League
with West Coast, Prairie and Rocky Mountain
Last updated: 17 June 2010
A Brief Intro
For 22 years the WHL played in the cities of Western Canada
and the US. For folks on the West Side of the continent, it was major
league hockey. The league died in 1974, due to financial pressures
caused by the WHL's prime venues being taken by the NHL and WHA. Three
teams, Denver, Salt Lake and Seattle, went on to play in the CHL.
Portland went on to play in the WIHL. The league still lives on in many
of our memories.
A Plea for Help
This page has a lot of good info. However, it's no where close
to being complete. If you can provide any additional info, MAIL ME. If you find any
inaccuracies, MAIL ME. If
you have any suggestions for format changes, MAIL ME. If you want to give
me a word of encouragement, MAIL
ME. Unlike a book, this page can be added to, changed and
corrected. I have received much help from folks from the internet. You
can help too.
The following sources were very helpful in creating this page
- An extensive if not complete historical list
of all North American pro teams and leagues
- An excellent Hockey database
by Ralph Slate (this one is good)
- Garth MacBeth for information on the WCHL/WHL
- A history of the WCHL/WHL
by a Regina Sports Writer
- Scott P. Belfield for San Diego Gulls Info
- Ralph Slate for some of the logos
- James Karkoski for historical information including the
Patrick Cup winners
- Mike Terran for standings from the earlier leagues.
- A pamphlet from an unknown publisher titled Icemen: a
History of the WHL. I believe the author is John Stott.
- Thanks to Dave Domanski for the puck photos